Molly Schultz certainly has her hands full! With five children (including one adopted son and one set of twins) and another one on the way, life can get crazy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Recently, Molly was at the grocery store with her little brood when she spotted another mom wearing a shirt that said, “I’m so crafty, I make people.” She immediately fell in love with the cute quote and decided to put the phrase on a letter board and hold it next to her growing bump for a maternity update picture.
“My plan was to just make a silly sign about my reproductive system,” Molly said, “but Heaven had different intentions in mind.”
You see, Molly recently lost her father to cancer and it has been difficult for her to adjust to life without him.
“He died two weeks after his 50th birthday and I was only 25,” she said. “I had time to prepare for it as he had pancreatic cancer, but he was my best friend. I was never ‘ready’ for this life changing event.”
This pregnancy has been difficult for Molly because this little baby is the first of hers who will never get to meet her dad, never be held by him or hear him say, “I love you.”
“Sometimes the rawness of this reality can knock me to my knees,” she said.
Since her dad’s passing, Molly has prayed for him to show up in a special way – and he has!
“He sends my kids and I pennies on the ground that we find all the time,” she wrote. “He sends me signs in the form of numbers constantly.
“But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t continually skeptical of these events,” she continued. “I’m always questioning whether or not it really is him or if I’m just imagining it. While I keep a journal of these incidences, and that is definitely enough to make anyone believe it’s real, I’m still asking for more. I still ask him every day to make himself more obvious.”
She had no idea he was about to show up in a big way.
When Molly and her kids got home from the store, she got to work putting the quote board together and then asked her 6-year-old daughter, Presley, to snap some photos of her with the sign.
“She stood on the bench and took a few pictures before I approved of one,” Molly recalled. “It was a tad windy this afternoon so the wind had blown a little piece of my hair from one side of my head to the other.
“It wasn’t a huge detail…but you know, it was enough for me to request she take a few more. I showed her the hair and we laughed at how silly it really did look. So I told her if she noticed anything else like that, to let me know and I’ll fix it.
Presley began to take some more pictures, then – following her mother’s instruction – called out, “Mama, there’s a light coming into the picture!”
Thinking there must just be some sort of glare, Molly told Presley not to worry about it and to just keep taking the pictures.
“She looked at me a bit oddly, and said ‘okaaaaay…’” Molly recalled.
A few seconds later, Molly walked over to see how the pictures had come out, and that’s when she saw something that took her breath away.
“She was right, there was a light,” Molly said. “But this wasn’t any ole sunlight in a picture. This was a beam straight from Heaven itself.”
When Molly saw the pictures, she knew her father was once again giving her a sign that he was there, even if she couldn’t see his face or wrap her arms around him for a hug.
“I smiled and I shook my head a little, while I laughed,” Molly recalled. “There he was, showing up for me in an extremely unmistakable way. It was like he was saying, ‘is this going to work for you, Molz? Is this obvious enough? I did good, right?’”
“You did good, Dad,” she wrote. “Great, actually. Thank you.”
“Now I have my first picture of my dad with this child growing inside of me,” Molly said. “I expect there to be many more throughout the years, each showing him in different ways. But this one is exactly what I needed from him when I didn’t even know what I wanted.
“His signs are always unexpected, even when I ask for specific things,” she continued. “He’s always surprising me and pushing me to pay attention to the smallest of details. His love and presence now comes softly and camouflaged. It takes effort and interpretation. But he’s here. He’s always here. And I’ll always be looking for him.”
Molly added that she thinks her three grandparents up in heaven were also “in” on the celestial sign.
“The light in that photo is so strong it’s hard to deny their presence as well,” she wrote. “If anything, I feel blessed and supported by those who walk invisibly beside me. Their constant watchfulness and security brings about a lot of peace. Their love continues to radiate all around me and they make quite the effort every now and again to prove it.”
Molly has received so much peace and comfort since seeing this beautiful sign and said she hopes others will be inspired to look out for signs from their loved ones as well.
“I hope others keep looking for their loved ones’ signs,” she wrote. “I hope others start to learn the subtle messages and find peace in the little ‘winks’ they discover.
“Heaven doesn’t have to feel so far away if we believe our loved ones are close by.”
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