Sometimes fun lands in our lap softly, other times loudly and still others deeply and brings you to tears of joy and sadness which unites us.
My days have been full with clients, managing our construction project, family members and more recently the decline of my stepfather. In actuality, he has been on the decline for quite a while, in and out of hospitals and rehab centers but it has become clear that his life on earth is numbered.
Yesterday after a session I peeked out my window and was greeted by the most beautiful hawk up close and personal. It was in my magnolia tree and was just hanging around and I was elated.
I immediately thought of my MIL.
While we loved and adored her she loved to nag and specifically my husband about not getting a haircut. A week after she died, he was at the golf course and a hawk literally swooped down on his head and bit him bringing blood gushing. The staff had never seen this before. As he was leaving, there were 2 hawk feathers right at his feet. We all knew that was a message from her.
It may sound crazy to you if you’re not seasoned in messages from spirit but for those of us that are, we knew it was a message and we get a chuckle out the story and are always collecting hawk feathers.
I was excited to get these gorgeous pictures and felt blessed and immediately thought of the timing of my MIL and the message she might be conveying. My Stepfather and MIL were like oil and water, cut from the same cloth and could rip each other to shreds at a moments notice and sadly, they brought out the worst in each other.
Not as much as a half hour later, I got an emergency call from my mother saying come now, he doesn’t have much time. I called my daughter and I met her there. He was given his last rights and blessed and they expected him to pass any time since the crash was so extreme, but he actually rallied and his vitals were stabilized. It was uncanny.
I took the timing of the hawks visit as a sign from my MIL saying “hey, I’m ready to soar the skies with you, you can’t get away from me.” Haha. I told him about it and he rolled his eyes.
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We don’t die all at once but slowly over time and the worst death is to have never lived at all and taken chances.Cindy
We die little bit everyday from things we didn’t say, places we never saw we dreamed of going,
chances we didn’t take, playing it safe out of fear.
Yet in truth, the only place we ever needed to go was in our own backyard to face our inner victories and defeat.
Life is meant to be lived, explored, seen for better or worse, the dips and the peaks, the rain and the sun, the buds and the blooms and the branches charred black.
And when our leaves have fallen and our last one hanging blow whispers of I love with tenderness while we witness the biggest gift you can give someone which is simply a peaceful presence.
All of my children are in different parts of the country at the moment except “Blhat” who has been a pillar of strength and today my baby from New York “Brontavalo” is on the plane heading home to visit which are the gifts we can never prepare for. “Gato” was at a work conference with his new colleagues and got to talk with him and broke into tears on the phone, “Narnia” can’t possibly leave 116 students who just got to New York. On the plus the two girls got to have dinner together last night.
My heart breaks for all of you who couldn’t be with loved ones during Covid and they had to die alone. I’m truly sorry and grateful to have this closure. I do love birth and death that stops time, and our hearts registers what is important as we shut off from what isn’t and time stands still for pausing and reflection.
And one more thing that truly made my heart stop on a happy note was driving by Joan Baez’s House and seeing this in honor of Ukraine which is a walking prayer in action.
If you are unfamiliar with Joan Baez here is a little information about her:
Joan Chandos Baez is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest and social justice.
Years active: 1958–present
Associated acts: Bob Dylan; Mimi Fariña; Odett…
Occupation(s): Singer; songwriter; musician; a…
Instruments: Vocals; guitar
Have a Fun Fri-Yay whatever that means to you and a weekend of respite and love. Listen to your messages that just might surprise you when you just open your eyes.
Blessings of a mindful and loving heart,
Beautiful hawk. Great photos of it. Lovely post. Happy familying.
Thank you so
Much Tim. So much appreciated! Fun to have them together!
Beautiful pictures. Loved the part of your step father and your MIL bringing out the worst in each other. Sometimes, it’s fun watching the drama.
Thanks Eunice! Oh man they are brutal. Sitting back it’s laughable and looking forward with the hawk karma has it’s way. 😂😂😂
Great post, love the hawk…sorry for your sad news…🌞🌞
The hawk looks wonderful and the reference of mil is nice
Yes, soooo pretty for sure and a funny scenario for sure. She was a pistol! 💖💖🌻🙏🙏
I love the photos; the red-tailed hawk is indeed a majestic and inspiring bird. We see them occasionally and just love collecting feathers when we find them. The swooping hawk incident sounds practically unbelievable, making it all the more believable. <3
Hi Jaya! I think actually he is a cooper hawk. I’m not 100 % sure but when they were fledging a few years back and the cats were kittens I was worried about that and it seems that Red Tail Hawks could take them down but not Cooper. Burt again, I’m not 100 % sure. I love your assessment which i think is so true! 💖💖💖
Thank you, Cindy, for the pictures and the music. I hope things will get easier!
Oh thanks so much Joanna. You’re welcome and thanks for the kind hearted thoughts. MEEEEE too! 💖
Gorgeous hawk, Cindy! We see hawks here sometimes. I loved listening to Joan Baez and seeing the sign in her yard. Lovely photo of your daughter and grand daughter. I will be thinking of you in this difficult time! all the best! <3 <3 <3
Thanks so much Cheryl. Oh they are so special! She is a special lady, I’m glad you enjoyed the picture and her song. She has had a lot more prints of others.. I’ll have to post them at some point. Those are actually both my daughters.. No grandchildren yet…. they wait these days you know… ! I so much appreciate the wishes. Thank you so much!
What a beautiful hawk, Cindy. Gorgeous pictures too. I love that you saw the message in the hawks arrival. My husband and I very drawn to hawks. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope this Fun Friyay brings you a smile, my friend. So sorry that you are going through this difficult time. Hoping things get easier. Much love to you.💕
Soooo glad you enjoyed the pictures Grace and glad you enjoyed the message I took from it. I will bring him a feather later and see if I can get a response. He’s still with us but slowing down. Thanks for being here and the girls bring a lot of light which is certainly uplifting/. I appreciate your support and you know what they say….it gets worse before it gets better. I do hope so too and love to you as well! 💖💖
What a beautiful and heartwarming message Cindy. Girl, I have a resident Red Tail Hawk living amongst the trees in our backyard. It’s so amazing, yet a little eerie, how they stare you down as if you were in the middle of a duo in a western. Still they are some amazing creatures with a warrior’s spirit. Great pics BTW!
Sending you lots of love and hugs my friend. Hang in there! 🌞🙏🏼😘
Oh thanks so much Kym. Glad you enjoyed it my Dawlink!!! Oh wow they are quite powerful. That’s so funny, they do have quite a stare alrighty. I think they are blessings actually and like you said warrior spirits.
Thanks or the much needed love and encouragement and love right back at you! 💖💖🙏🙏🌻🌻🌻🤗🤗
I receive all your love Cindy! No matter what, keep smiling and keep shining girlfriend. 🤗🌞🥰 Always seek out the best even in the midst of troubling situations. You can do it! When all else fails, put on some music…and DANCE! 💃🏼🎶💃🏽
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Yes love in many colors alright. you have the right attitude with the nagging wife.. lol. stay loved and fly high. Thanks for the light! 💖💖💖🌻🌻🌻🙏
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Love you story, and I am all about omens and signs. I wrote a short story about how an encounter with a hawk inspired a woman to embrace life again. Your hawk is particularly handsome.
Thanks VJ and happy to have a kindred spirit on the path that embraces omens and signs. Oh I’d love to read it. Did you post it? It sounds like an inspiring story! He really is. And so wild I haven’t seen him again yest. xo 💖💖🌻🌻🙏
You’re welcome. Here’s the post: https://onewomansquest.org/2016/03/10/hawk-inspired/
oh thanks!~!! xo 💖
That is a wonderful hawk…I particularly like when it looks like its looking at you and by the way you have a unique way energizing the moments then blend in a meaning message.
I’m glad you enjoyed his pictures Tony. Yes his eyes were quite piercing. Oh thank you so much, I’m happy to hear that my friend!💖
How lucky. You. A hawk. Your tree.
And the feathers were
her (m-i-l’s) message to him.
I see it loud and clear.
Stay as you are. xoxo
Yes, I agree Selma. Thanks so much.
I’m glad you get this and appreciate your share. 💖💖
This is a majestic bird. Beautiful message Cindy.
It really is. Thank you very much Sadje!💕
I loved your sentence about the fact that time stops when there is a birth or death. We know instinctively what the important times are and every thing else stops. They are both precious. Have you ever watched Call the Midwife? I love that series because birth never stops and when it is time, it is time.
I’m so glad you did so I could go and read it and fix the sentence Marsha so thanks so much dear. I HAVE to watch that. I have heard it’s awesome. Thanks for that reminder to watch it too. I also love how someone dies and a baby come in. thanks Marsha! 💖💖
I don’t remember any mistake, but mistakes are everywhere. I used to feel so guilty when someone found a mistake of mine. Now just say thanks, fix it and move on because even the smartest of bloggers seem to have tiny errors somewhere. LOL. The more we write, the more opportunities there are for errors.
oh that’s great but it was a great opportunity. I try to read about 4 -5 times and I still miss things. I’m always grateful to hear it because of course I want it grammatically right but sometimes it’s so busy, I run by the seat of my pants.. 💖💖🙏🙏🙏
It’s the pressure to blog, LOL.
hahahah yes for sure! 💖😂
I’m always trying to move away from our cultural believes that hawks, owls and vultures are inauspicious. It’s what we grew up back in the boondocks believing and would mercilessly throw stones at these animals. Now that’s really too primitive to even say in such a platform I guess. But these days I see all the beauty in these creatures. They all have their uniqueness and strength and are nature’s greatest posessions. I’m glad to learn that hawks can represent the inimitable power within us. I love this. May God grant your step-father the peace as he walks this tough journey, always painful indeed. There’s a time my mum had cerebral malaria and was sick to near-death, and everyone thought she wouldn’t live. But she lived and is very much alive today, though always on and off illness. I continue to thank God for her. It shows the power of God. When all hope is gone, God is still our strength. I continue to pray for Ukrainians too. Have a wonderful weekend my dearest friend. 💖💖💖
Well, it l’s true we adapt cultural norms Lam! You were only carrying out reflections of what you knew at the time. Learning and growing is the main thing. Wow Lam, I. So happy your mom recovered from such a horrible illness and is very
Much alive and present.
Happy to hear you found strength in the spirit of the hawk! It was so special to see that. So you know I couldn’t respond on your site from phone but i be back-:)
Hugs and love!❤️❤️♥️
Yes, this has been a great installment of Fun-fri Yay. Thank you. HUGS and LOVE too ❤❤
Awww thanks Lam!!! xo xo hugs and love to you too! 💖
Hey Lam.. here is the link to check your Emojiku up and running
Thanks for the reminder. I’m glad to see it published 😊❤👏
I think I responded to this Lam? I’m heading over later when I can get some time.. lmk if you got my message on this. 💖💖
Oh yes, I got that. Well understood, dear. No prob about that. I understand commitment. ❤❤❤
got it and loved it.. the phone and computer interact differently so I don’t always know.. 💖💖🙏🌻
Oh sure they do. I’m sorry they’re causing you jitters. But glad you got it. 👍❤❤👍
I think you are right about the hawks. The golf course incident is too freaky! Thanks for sharing the Joan Baez tune She has a beautiful voice. The style of this song is very different from the songs i remember.
I know, it’s too uncanny. It really is… loud and clear and yes freaky. Ha!
You’re welcome. She’s actually amazing that she has painted so many others which I’ll have to post. I hadn’t heard that version either. Thanks always John !
Beautiful post, Cindy💛✨
I love you hawk story, Cindy – so uplifting at what must be a difficult time, but it’s at times like these that we realise the true value of life, as you said 🙏 you daughters’ blog names have me in hysterics 🤣
Glad you enjoyed it Ingrid and having pockets of softness and joy around times of distress are imperative. I know they’re rather ridiculous ( actually names they gave to each other as names… ha! Thanks much! Laughing is good!!!💕
Does not sound crazy at all. I too believe in animal spirits and messages and all that. If you look, you see them all the time, I believe anyway.
I’m glad you can relate Lolsy! I so agree with you and shamans live by the animal kingdom as well. Thanks for sharing that my friend! 💖
Cindy, great story and pictures. While an eagle on a golf course is appreciated (two under par on a hole), a hawk swooping down would be a scary sight and feeling. Thanks for sharing and I am glad he is unscathed. Keith
Thanks so much Keith. oh that is so true! I know so true. I was a little worried for my kitty outside. You’re welcome … he’s good just a word from his mother. They are always there. 💖😂😂
This is a beautiful post covering so many aspects. Pictures are great. The golf course incident is amazing, but I tend to agree what you say about hawks. I’m really worried about your stepfather. May God grant him peace. Hope things will get easier. My good wishes and love 💐🌹💖
Thanks you so much KK! I’m so happy you enjoyed the pics and sentiments of the Hawk and my husband mostly keeps his hair cut these days. 😂 Thanks so much for the kind wishes for him and I sooo hope for the same! 💖 thanks always for your wishes and love. 💖
You’re welcome, Cindy, always 💖
Happy Fun-Friday and what a majestic bird, loved the Hawk and you have taken such beautiful pictures, Cindy. Nice to see your girls they are looking so lovely. Such a nice post. Loved it.
Thank you Kamal and now Happy Saturday Fun-Day!!! I’m glad you like the pics and the girls are always so happy together for sure. Glad you enjoyed it my friend! 💖💖💖
Yes your post was awesome dear Cindy. Lots of love and light. Happy Saturday ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Thanks dear and so was yours! 💖
Welcome dear Cindy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Fascinating! I have a dear friend who is very in touch with the spirit world; he would love this post! So many things weigh heavy on our hearts and minds these days; I will pray for your father-in-law 🙏🏼 🌹
It is right!.. feel free to pass it on to him, Nancy. I do appreciate your prayers and kind wishes, thank you so much!💖💖
I’ll do that, Cindy. He’s a member of one of my writing groups so who knows – maybe a story will come out of it! Blessings on you and your family. 🙏🏼 💕
A beautiful post, Cindy. I am always seeing different animals so I am going to research Spirit Animals. If I was your husband I think every time I saw a hawk, I would go get a haircut 💇.
I love your posts; keep inspiring me. ❤️🤗🙏
Thank you so much Scott. It is quite fun actually. I’m sure you’re enjoy it. hahahaha you are so right. I’ll let him know that so true😂I’m happy to hear that and appreciate you always 💖
Memories are the reason we write. Thanks Cindy.❤️🌺❤️
Yes so true Laleh! 💖💖
A gorgeous post, Cindy. I’m sorry to read about your step father, and am sending you and the fam prayers and love. 🙏❤️ The hawk pic is amazing! 💞
Thanks so much Jeff! I appreciate your love and prayers..Right?!!! News as it happens.. ! 💖 xo 💖💖
Most welcome, Cindy! xoxo 💞💖💞
“We don’t die all at once but slowly over time and the worst death is to have never lived at all and taken chances.”
Well said, Cindy.
Oh thank you so much dear Chris! 💖
I’ve always believed in symbolisms and been mocked for. People say it’s just there in my mind but I have so many instances that correlate with the happenings of my life. This post felt so warming. Great pictures!
We know what we know Anissa and I know the feeling! I am too but they loose out on these gifts that are out in the world in abundance.
Keep sharing your light! 💕❤️🙏👏thanks so much my friend!🙏
The gift of the hawk🤓☺️🕊happy weekending Cindy ~ hugs hedy ☺️
Indeed Hedy! Thanks!
You too! 💕❤️💕
Cindy, your post is packed with beauty, inspiration, gorgeous photos, and moving stories. I am fascinated by hawks; their symbolism is very meaningful to me. Last summer I had the privilege of seeing one up close while traveling up north. Sadly, it was injured, but a rescue team took and hopefully rehabilitated it. Recently, I have seen one in our backyard which is highly unusual. Of course, I am thrilled by its visits. I am sorry about your stepfather. Sending you peaceful thoughts. 🕊️
Thanks truly Michele!
It was a lot jumbled into one for sure and I’m glad you enjoyed the Eagle. They are special alright and how awesome you rescued one or at least tidied. That’s so awesome you are enjoying the gifts of their spirit too.
Thank you so much! The gift is all of the kids made it home and will make it in time to see him! 💕❤️🙏💕
Many gifts, yes. You are welcome. Thank goodness your kids will have time to see him. That is a blessing. 💝
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thanks so much Goff!!
So much appreciated!
Great pics auntie!
Thanks a lot Akshita!
What a gorgeous bird!!!
I too believe in all of those messages from above.
The one about the eagle biting your husband was very funny, even though it probably hurt a lot.
All the best to the family and to your stepfather, may whatever time he has left be with family and painless!!! Blessings!!
It really is!!!
It was funny and he always keeps his haircut now for the feast of mother transformed into an eagle. Lol. Thanks for the wishes Ana . Everyone just got in which is the gift! 💕
Dear Cindy, I am extremely sorry to hear about your step father, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. 💝
You capture some really good pictures of the hawk, it is a beauty. Have a blessed week ahead my friend, sending you lots of love. 💖💞
Thanks so much Daphny! It’s great to see you and I appreciate all of your prayers and love! 💕
You’re welcome, dear Cindy! Stay strong my friend. 💝💝
Thanks so much dearest. Have you written lately? Haven’t seen you. Was just gonna ask Alan if you were ok ..lol 😂
Most welcome dear. I’ve actually been working on one short horror story based on true event, regarding posting in my blog I took a break last week due to some health issues but all good now will be back pasting in a day or so. 😊
So kind of you to check on me dear Cindy and I’m glad I returned before you ask haha… 😁😃 Lots of love to ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Great job snapping the photos, Cindy. I always look up the meaning of animals after encountering them repeatedly or in an odd manner. We are, after all, a part of Nature, so why would She not communicate with us through our 4-legged and winged brothers & sisters? Sending you & your step-dad warm, loving energy. I adore what you’ve written about the importance of taking chances to feel really alive. I couldn’t agree more. Blessings to you & your whole family, my friend. 🌞
Thanks dear Lisa! Glad you like the pics and knew you would love the message and follow our nature animals! So many lessons and fun play with them. Thanks for the love Lisa!
Kids are all home now and that is the gift. They all made it.
Yes we continue our journeys risking what we have for what we want which you do so well! Thanks for your gifts of love and visiting -:)
❤️💕♥️💕hugs and 💕 love
I’m happy to hear your kids are with you now. Gratefully receiving your love & hugs!🌞🙏🌻
Thank you so much and 2 went and slept over at my moms.. 💖🙏🙏🙏
Hon, this is such a beautiful post. I enjoy the photos and your words.
Sending plenty of love your way.
My condolences, Cindy. A beautiful hawk and message. It sure doesn’t seem like a coincidence. <3 <3 <3
Truly beautiful to read and listen to dear Cindy. Have a lovely day. 🌹🌺🌺🌷
Cindy this whole post is so very precious. Yes, I believe in signs absolutely. The owl has so many symbols. It sounds like everything was a process that worked out, although never easy, God sent you many a gifts that day, including the owl on your magnolia tree. What gorgeous photographs too. Sorry for your loss dear friend but I am so glad that some of your children made it home, what a big blessing. Some very special things. Your poem is just beautiful. Love you sweetie
I’m so glad you liked it Joni. I knew you would believe in the messages from our spirit guides. They are very powerful messages and this one was a direct gift for sure. Thanks I’m glad you like my pics and poem my friend of my heart. It was great they were all here and one stayed and is working out of her sisters places.. So awesome. Love you Joni and thanks again! 💖
My pleasure Cindy. I loved all your work and yes of course I believe in direct messages. That was a powerful one. Scott just called me for dinner. I will be back tomorrow to read more. Your new poem on MasticadoresUSA is truly amazing. What a wonderful poet you are my kind friend. See you again tomorrow sweetie. ❤️🤗🙏
Oh thanks and How fun is this we’re online at the same time. Oh glad you enjoyed it. I think you’re all caught up and thanks so much. Happy dining. Glas you lied that. But I’ll maybe see you then dearie! 💖💖
People who love you come when they are needed. I am glad you have a good family. I love you too. So happy to know you have that kind of support. Blessings to you. 🙏
What a great post Cindy. That is a beautiful hawk. I love all your family stories. They made me smile. I think we all have folks in our family that make us roll our eyes! We have hawks that come to visit now and then.They are such interesting animals.
Oh thank you Dwight. It really was. I’m happy you enjoyed it and he was always rolling his eyes or screaming.. lol. We do, don’t we?! I think I will put 2 Halk feathers on his casket.. ha! They have been swirling the house but not as close as that day. Happy Saturday my friend. 💖🙏
You are weclcome Cndy!
I very much believe in signs from those we love that are no longer with us and I definitely think the hawk was one of them. In my culture, we often associate birds with death or dead loved ones so it makes sense for me.
As a tarot reader I thought you would get this Pooja! Thanks for the validation as he shook his head and I get a lot of naysayers on the path.. lol.! 💖💖
Well not everyone really understands spirituality since many are on a different path but I definitely see where you’re coming from 🥰💕💖
This is so true Pooja. It’s nice to have people in our path that get us. Thanks so much! 💖💖
When I was first seeing the pictures you shared I was thinking – such glimpses and messengers of joy only for those so very much in algnment with spirit. And then as I proceeded to read, it was such a deep confirmation. I so trust you to know and have these experiences ever so deeply than I can even comprehend.
Thank you for taking time to read this Pragalbha and all of my posts as I know how catching up feels like. Such gifts from spirit and I feel so blessed by the experiences and your words! 💖💖💖 🙏