Derby

Do you believe in numbers being a sign for certain things? I do.

I started seeing the numbers 813 a couple months before my 30th birthday. I like to think it’s my grandparents in Heaven saying hi. My birthday is August 13th. I still see 813 at least once during the day, and I smile each time remembering I have loved ones watching over me.

When I was very young, I remember I couldn’t wait to be 9 years old. I would look in the mirror and think, “I wonder what I will look like when I’m 9 years old”. At 9, I would officially be a “kid”, not a little girl anymore.

After I turned 9 years old, I couldn’t wait to be 16. I would look in the mirror and think, “I wonder what I will look like when I’m 16 years old.” At 16, I would officially be “adult”, not a little kid anymore.

Those numbers always stuck out to me more than any other ages.

A couple years into dating my now husband, I excitedly had this thought I had to tell him right away…. “Babe! I used to love the numbers 9 and 16 when I was a kid! That’s your birthday!! September 16th! 9-16.” I had a feeling God had a hand in putting us together then, but I also thought it could just be a great coincidence.

Fast forward to last night.. I was scrolling Poshmark looking for vintage finds. I often like to look for gifts for others by finding things from the past that would mean something to them. One year, I got my mom an old Maxwell Coffeehouse tin. Her dad, my grandpa, used to work at Maxwell Coffeehouse for many years. Last night I had the random thought to search for my old favorite Beanie Baby. I know this is crazy. I haven’t even thought of a Beanie Baby in years. However, there was one Beanie Baby in particular that was my absolute favorite, more than all the others. Derby.

I found Derby on Poshmark and immediately got excited. A rush of childhood feelings came back to me, and I had the biggest smile on my face.

The smile quickly turned to shock when I looked at the inside of the red heart “Ty” tag for Derby. DATE OF BIRTH: September 16th, 1995.

9.16 — My husband’s birthday again.

I had such a feeling of peace come over me. Something so simple, but I just got the feeling that God has had his plan for me for way longer than I could have ever imagined. It reminded me to let go of trying to control the outcome of my life. God will lead the way and has it all figured out. A reminder to relax and enjoy the ride.

"Time, curious time
Gave me no compasses, gave me no signs
Were there clues I didn't see?
And isn't it just so pretty to think
All along there was some
Invisible string
Tying you to me?"
Invisible Strings, Taylor Swift 
[Folklore]

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