It was a Dark and Stormy Night…  Wait, no it wasn’t.  That’s a different story entirely.

Yesterday marked the 1-year anniversary of my Father-in-Law’s passing.  It’s hard to believe it’s already been a whole year.  The hubby was quieter-than-normal yesterday, since it was his final parent and he was an only child, the passing of his father hit him harder than most.   At least having the Princess Nagger and I (and my crazy extended family) has helped him not feel as lost and lonely as he might have.

Where am I going with this?  Glad you asked.  See this clock?

This Seth Thomas antiquity belonged to my Father-in-Law.  He loved clocks, and we brought home half a dozen of his favorites when we cleaned out his apartment last year.  This particular clock didn’t seem to be working.  At all.  I wound it up (and made sure not to wind it too tight – we all know how things and people are if they’re wound too tight) but no matter what coaxing I did, the clock refused to tick.

Until Father’s Day.

The clock had been sitting silently on the same end table (well, OK, not an actual end table, but a bar stool posing as an end table) for months, refusing to tick or chime.  I figured it was just a unique thing to look at, without actual functionality.

Until it suddenly started ticking.  And chiming. 

On Father’s Day.

I told my hubby it must have been his dad’s spirit, because my hubby was exceptionally sad that particular day, being the first Father’s Day he wasn’t able to banter with his dad on the phone celebrating their mutual fatherhood.  It was his dad’s way of trying to cheer him up – or creep him out, whichever worked.  And it did. 

It has worked ever since without fail, albeit it does run behind.  His dad did joke about wanting to slow down time.  Maybe he figured it would be the perfect way to do so.

Which brings me to this weeks question(s):

Do you believe in ghosts?  Either way, have you ever felt like you’ve gotten a message – big or small – from loved ones who have crossed over?

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Following from stalk hop! When I was 19, I had a dream that my Grandpa was standing over me telling me everything was going to be okay. It was very peaceful. Not 5 minutes after I woke up, my Dad called me to tell me he had passed away. No one knew he was sick…it was sudden…so I think anything is possible. Follow me back at I love your blog 🙂
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  2. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law. That is an amazing story about the clock. I don’t really believe in ghosts per say, but I do believe that things occur that are beyond our understanding. Whether it was your father-in-law sending a message or not, I am glad that the clock was able to bring your husband some comfort on the first Father’s Day without his dad:)
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  3. Hi there,

    New follower here, found you via Feed Me Friday’s blog hop.
    I’ve never experienced anything like a message from beyond but I still can’t shake the feeling that it exists. There’s too many other stories of it out there.
    The clock is a beautiful keepsake for you and your husband, whether it’s working mysteriously or not.
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  4. I like to think that I believe in ghosts although I’ve never “seen” one or signs of one. It was very interesting though, that my husband’s grandfather passed away just a few months before our third son was born. When I gave birth to him, everyone was astonished because he looked exactly like my husband’s grandfather. Even as a newborn, his expressions were eerily similar.
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  5. It is really possible to have spirits/ghost around us although I haven’t seen one before.. but since we do believe in GOD and can’t really see him.. anything is possible.
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  6. Well I do believe in spirits. Now that is odd about the clock. glad you see the joy in the time slowing down. Just having a laugh or two helps dealing with the passing of a love one. When my Mother passed on I needed to find a picture plate for my grandmother. Mom had put things away and Dad could not remember where. I kept getting the message in my head LOOK UP. Not sure I started looking up. Then I figured it must mean the attic. Told Dad I need to get in the attic. I found the plate as a entered the attic on top of a box. Now that was truly a laughable moment. I think of that often and it makes me smile.
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  7. I love this! I am a total believer in ghosts, spirits, etc.; have been since I was a wee one, even though I would vehemently deny it because it frightened me tremendously.
    I’m less frightened these days, because I actually live in a haunted house, beside an historic cemetery, and I had to either deal or get out. I deal, but on my terms – for the most part.
    Being woken up in the dead of night (ha!) by a cacophony of untraceable noises, or a “HELLO!” (shouted; that’s why the caps) in my ear is not acceptable behavior, and I let my unseen roommates know that, firmly, but kindly. After all, they were humans.
    The coolest thing, though, is a repeat visitor who I know by scent – specifically, the scent of baking. I believe this visitor is either my mother’s mother, or grandmother. Both passed decades before I was born, and both were exceptional cooks, and bakers, as evidenced by my mother’s homemade breads, doughnuts, etc. 🙂
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  8. I can totally relate to your husband since I am an only child without parents. It definitely can make you sad.

    As far as ghosts are concerned, I don’t know. I used to watch John Edward religiously and I did participate in his birthday bash this year but I have never gotten a message.
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  9. Awe… I kinda find that heart-warming. After a loved one passes it is often little things like this that get us through the hard times. Doesn’t matter if it is coincidence or someone from the other side sending us a message. Although I think it is possible and actually do believe in ghost even though I have never seen one.
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  10. I believe sometimes they do “stuff” that reminds us that they should not be forgotten and that they are in the best place. Reminds me of my BIL who passed away last April, the clock stopped at the minute he passed away. And I don’t know what will happen when it will be his 1st year death anniversary. Happy weekend!

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  11. I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’d like to think there are spirits of someone gone. Like when I look at my dad’s watch his spirit lives within me because I feel the warmth of my love for him. Thanks for asking. I love the story about your clock and a very handsome clock indeed. Now if I may ask a favor, please stop by & check out my 2 CD give-away and help me with the statistics to bring to one of the top agents in LA. I’m bring him all my blog information on how I advertise, all the CD’s that I have cut with Lone Star & pictures. Thanks & pass the word.

  12. Yes, I think it’s your father in law. I do think sometimes ways are found to get us messages from beyond (beyond what I don’t know). My brother passed away in April and I had spent the last two months almost entirely up with his family. I had come home 3 days before he died and was supposed to come back that night that he died. I had talked to him nights before. About 1/2 an hour after he passed away my home phone rang. I didn’t recognize the number from caller ID. I answered and all I got was static and then the connection broke. I immediately called the number back. It was a disconnected number. I seriously think it was him letting me know he was ok. I had asked him to send me a “sign” to let me know he was “home”. I think he made it!
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  13. I think it makes us all feel better to think that our loved ones might be hanging around… I guess I do. Kind of skeeves me out just a little bit though. Especially since the previous owner of our house died here. YIKES!

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  14. What an interesting story about your clock. I like to think that the spirits of the people we love is always among us. And sometimes it’s hard to to believe they are still around – if not where would they be?
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  15. I’ve never received a message from a dead person. Well, except maybe . . . I think I have to write about this over at my place sometime. It’s too good to put in a comment. Anyway, I definitely believe in angels.

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  16. Hard to believe it’s been a year already. Yes I do believe that he sent his son a sign. When my mother passed away the clock in my parents kitchen above the sink had stopped, it was electric and nothing else in the house had stopped. We believe that is when she passed. When we all gathered back at the house after the funeral it started up again. We believe she was telling us that all is well.
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  17. Wow, that is quite the story. I don’t know, I think that might have creeped me out a bit! I’ve never really believed in Ghosts but did do a blog sometime back about an image I saw in my home. I’m not sure what the image was (I have no explanation for it). Was it a ghost, I suppose it could have been. I’m skeptical- I’m not real sure if I believe or not!
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