2016: 3 Positive Things About the Year

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It’s not even December & already people are starting to post negative things about how awful 2016 has been. I agree, but I challenge all of you to comment here with 3 POSITIVE things about 2016. They can be huge or tiny, it doesn’t matter. Look back at YOUR 2016 & post in the comments here 3 positive things about YOUR year. I shall begin:
 

2016 was a great year for me because in signed-copies-final-copyJanuary I was informed my Egyptian Lenormand deck won ATA Tarot Reflections & CARTA awards for Lenormand Deck of the Year for 2015. The Egyptian Lenormand also won a second CARTA award for Best 1st Work by an Illustrator. My personal 2016 was off to a great start!
 
2016 was a great year for me because I began work on not just one, not just, two, but FOUR new deck projects! I have been very busy being creative. When I am creative I am always at my happiest. 
 
blog-cover-image2016 was a great year for me because I completed my deck, Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm, which is about to open for pre-orders any day now. I am so excited about my latest deck creation & I hope you’ll be excited about it also! 
 
2016 was a great year for me because …
THE CHICAGO CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!
My childhood dream came true before I died!!!!
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Oh wait, that’s FOUR things. Oh, well. I was never good at Math. Now it’s your turn. What 3 wonderful things happened for you in 2016? I could go on. Let’s see …  

2016 was a great year for me because I decided to invest more in myself & began a healthier lifestyle.

2016 was a great year for me because I decided to no longer allow negative people (even friends!) pull my energy down. No more! YES! I am FREE of all that!

first-time-voter2016 was a great year for me because my daughter was inducted into the National Honor Society, and at the end of November she will be inducted into the Science National Honor Society. She is already a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. My husband & I are so incredibly proud of her & all of her accomplishments!

2016 was a great year for me because I gained many new clients for my business, all of whom told me my services helped them and now many of them have become repeat clients.

signing-the-contract-online2016 was a great year for me because my husband decided to leave his banking career for an altruistic business, Always Best Care, which provides care & companionship for seniors who are stuck at home. He may make peanuts, but he is making a HUGE difference in the lives of seniors & his employees. I am so proud of him!

As we all look ahead to 2017 with great anticipation, what are your positive expectations for the New Year? What do you look forward to accomplishing? What sort of blessings are you opening your heart to receive? Again, I ask you to list 3 things. Once again, their importance or size doesn’t matter. What 3 things are  you looking forward to in your personal 2017?

As I glance into 2017 I look forward to completing my manuscript for my publisher. My forthcoming book will focus on Lenormand cards, but with a twist. I can say no more.

I also look forward to my daughter graduating high school in June and starting college in the fall. That will be a MAJOR adjustment since she is an only child & the apple of our eye.

I also look forward to focusing my creative pursuits on TWO new Tarot decks in production. I am creating one on canvas painted with acrylics. The other deck is a mixed media project involving watercolor pencils, Copic marks, and whatever other artistic mediums I decide to use.

I also look forward to 2017 when my husband’s business will experience major growth and our personal prosperity will greatly increase!

marquee-this-is-the-year-funnyFinally, I look forward to 2017 when the Chicago Cubs will be known as the Big Blue Machine & will defend their World Champions title by winning the World Series for a second consecutive title!! Now, THAT will make for an incredibly exciting baseball season if you’re a Cubs fan! I can’t wait!!!

What are you grateful for in 2016 and what are you looking forward to in 2017? Set your positive expectations now, then next year at this same time look back at them and marvel at all you have accomplished!

Wishing for You Abundant Blessings in 2017 & Beyond!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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The Game 7 Rain Delay Miracle

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This morning when I woke up to Steve Goodman’s immortal classic, “Go Cubs, Go” running through my head on repeat I thought to myself, “as I get out of bed it’s the first time I’ll be doing that with the Cubs as World Champions.” I had the same thought when I showered, brushed my teeth, got dressed, & had a bowl of RizzO’s cereal for breakfast.

As I ate my RizzO’s I thought back to Game 7. I thought back to the prayer I sent up to Archangel Michael, who just happens to be a personal friend of mine. I explained to him for the upteen millionth time what it means to be a Cubs fan. How much hope & disappointment is involved. I asked him to send a miracle so that just this once before I die I could see my fondest wish manifest into reality. I asked him to do something stupendous. Something that would never be forgotten so that as I told my version of events to others I could say, “it was because of Michael. Michael, the greatest of Archangels, made this happen.”

As many of you know, I have channeled Archangel Michael since 1996 & I am the exclusivesword-scales-of-justice channel of his Clear Iridescent Energy Ray (CIER). I hear his voice in my head when I connect with his energy. As I explained the situation and how absolutely dire it was as I sat there fighting back tears & biting my nails this is what I heard:

“Oh, so it’s a MIRACLE you need? Well, why didn’t you say so!” Three minutes later it began to rain at Progressive Field.

Rain is spiritually cleansing. Unless you’re aware like myself, most people have no idea how effectively rain can be used to break hexes, curses, & to cleanse away what amounted to 108 years of negative energy. As it began to rain & my husband began to swear like a sailor due to the rain delay I sat there watching the rain. All the while thinking, “Michael, I trust you. You must know what you’re doing. Make that rain work for the Cubs.”

There were a number of turning points during Game 7, but when the rains came just hard enough so that the grounds crew had to roll the tarp out to cover the field it only caused a delay of 17 minutes. I knew as those minutes ticked by something stupendous was happening. I could FEEL it. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew where it was occurring: within the confines of the visitor’s clubhouse or locker room.

jason-heywardAs it turned out, Jason Heyward, had stepped up. Despite his stellar career with the St. Louis Cardinals, he did not do well all season long & fans grumbled about his $184 million price tag. Other than his great arm in the field fans had begun to consider Heyward a very expensive miscalculation. As it turns out, Heyward called a team meeting & gave the players a pep talk. He told them to go back out there & play as if the score was 0-0. Just play to win.

And that’s just what the Cubs did. They played to win, and win they did, by only one run. It takes only one run to win a ball game.

What price do you place on a World Series championship? For life-long fans it’s priceless. Or, perhaps it has a price of $184 million. I only know one thing: despite his shortcomings this season, Jason Heyward stepped up during the deepest, darkest moment of Cubs history. Heyward revved up his team & helped them to all believe in themselves & in each other once again.

If you ask this Cubs fan, I would tell you that Archangel Michael created a miracle with that short rain delay and he was the one who put the right words in Jason Heyward’s mouth. Archangel Michael has honestly NEVER let me down. Not ONCE. He came through last night with flying colors, to say the least.

Today is different from any other day of my entire 53-year life. Today is the first day that I shall be able to go through the rest of my life knowing that MY team is finally at the top. They are the very best of the best. The curse was broken. The goat died. The black cat is no more. The Chicago Cubs are World Champions & that can never be taken from them or their fans.

Long live the Chicago Cubs!!!

 

Blessings!

 

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD

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Will the Chicago Cubs FINALLY Achieve the Dream?

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Last night I was having a coronary. After all the stress & crying over our poor dog, Sheila (who is recuperating NICELY!!! from having a nearly 9 lb tumor removed from her abdominal cavity) I was watching my Chicago Cubs. I am a die-hard life-long third-generation Cubs fan. I grew up in Waukegan, just one hour north of the Friendly Confines. I’ve been to numerous Cubs game including the Sandberg Game, as it came to be known.

It’s now 2015. I’m living in Houston, Texas  & the Astros are no longer in the National League so my family & I can no longer see the Cubs play in person. I pay for MLB Extra Innings on Direct TV every season so I can watch the games. I’ve only missed 15 games this entire season, mainly due to being out of town. 

We were in Colorado for 10 days & my family doesn’t have MLB Extra Innings, then we saw my in-laws for a weekend, & twice the DVR wasn’t getting a signal due to the 26 days of rain Houston received back in May. I started the season CONVINCED that THIS IS THE YEAR so I didn’t want to miss any games.

I kind of wish I had missed last night’s game.

The Cubs were ahead 8-0 by the third inning. My husband considered the game over & went upstairs to watch TV, but we all know what Yogi said. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. When it comes to baseball there are no guarantees because anything can happen. 

The Cubs’ relief pitching nearly threw it all away. That 5-run Cardinal 7th inning nearly gave me hives from the stress! The Cubs did end up winning 8-5, but in the process I had about 14 mini heart attacks!!! Who knew that watching a baseball game could be so stressful??? Despite that, I’ll be watching again tonight as the Cubs go for the SWEEP against the Cardinals & then it’s on to the next.

Here’s the candle I’m burning for them. It’s the 5th of the season. The intention is always

My Cubs cap along with signed baseballs from Ferguson Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg & my hero, Ernie Banks up front & center.
My Cubs cap along with signed baseballs from Ferguson Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg & my hero, Ernie Banks up front & center.

the same: in what may have been the words of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks were he alive today:

“The Cubs will be supreme in 2015!”

I’ve never focused so much energy their way in all my life.  We have a very young team who isn’t mentally wrapped around weird stories of goat “curses” or black cats running across the field. They aren’t jaded (yet). I could really see it last night more than ever: scoring 17 runs in the past 2 games the Cubs are PLAYING FOR BROKE!!! There’s only ONE thing on their mind & it’s what’s been on my mind the entire season: they are going ALL THE WAY!!

Legend and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks and me.  2013. Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX.
Legend and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks and me. 2013. Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX.

We have a VERY special angel up there working on this, my hero – Ernie Banks – and if ANYONE can bring a World Series to Chicago it is Mr. Cub himself, whom I was honored to meet in 2013. He was the sweetest man. Everyone who actually knew him will tell you that. 

When we met him, Ernie spent all the time asking about me, Ariel & Stuart. We only paid for me to meet him, but he spoke with all of us asking us where are we from, have we been Cub fans for life? Our parents? What did they do for a living? And so on. He was very happy when I proudly told him Ariel is a fourth-generation Cubs fan and that I wouldn’t marry Stuart until he swore the ONLY baseball that would be on TV in our house would be the Cubs. He had to convert to being a Cubs fan in order to marry me. Most convert for religious reasons. Well, in my opinion, Stuart did as well! Ernie began talking about the importance of family & what a blessing it is to be a member of a Cubs family. He and I were in perfect agreement.

Meeting Ernie was one of the loveliest experiences of my life. At one point I told him that. He laughed & said, “Oh, no it’s not!” He was so unassuming. When he hugged me for this picture he told me that he’s had a great life & so much fun, but my story had to be the best he had ever heard (for that story, click here). He probably said that to everyone, but I believed him. He then got a sad look in his eye & said he’d be sorry to go because it’s been so much fun. I then told him at the time, and I can basically quote myself because it came from me heart:

“I know, Ernie, but look at it this way. You’ll be on the other side cheering the Cubs along & if ANYONE can bring the Cubs a World Series, it’s YOU!” He laughed & said, “Yep, I gotta have a serious talking to with the Lord because this has gone on long enough!” He shook his fist & head vehemently to add emphasis.

So Ernie, I hope you’ve been doing a LOT of talking!!! And, as always, from my very soul:

GO CUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wishing you (and the Cubs) many blessings!

Nefer Khepri, PhD, R. M-T.

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Dream: Getting Into Heaven By the Back Door

Dream heaven iphone LINE FORMS HEREI once had a dream I had died & was standing in this LONG line waiting to get into heaven. Jesus was up at front of the line with a huge ledger book. He was also wearing glasses. St. Peter was with him. They would ask your name, then confer amongst themselves while reading about you in that ledger.
When I got up to the front & Jesus asked my name, firstly I said, “What? You already know my name!” He replied, “don’t get cheeky with me. It’s a formality. State your name.” So I did. Then he looked me up in his ledger & as he read he went, “hmm. Hmmm” as did St. Peter.
After what seemed to be an eternity, Jesus looked me up & down & said, “It says here in 2010 you purchased an iPhone. Is that true?”
I said, “well, yes it is, Lord, why? Is that a problem?”
He said “it sure is! That’s the Mark of the Beast so DOWN you go!”
I found myself falling and falling while it was getting hotter and hotter.
When I arrived in hell the devil greeted me and said, “I have only 1 question.”
I replied, “OK, Mr. Devil, what is it?”
He asked, “Are you a Cubs fan?”
I replied, “Well, yes I am! I love the Chicago Cubs! I’m very proud to say I’m a third generation fan! I’ve seen some great games at Wrigley and even got to meet Ernie Banks, my personal hero!”
Legend & Hall of Famer Ernie Banks & me.
Legend & Hall of Famer Ernie Banks & me.
The devil released a long drawn out sigh and replied, “No one of such great faith is allowed into hell. You must go straight up to heaven!”
And that’s how I got into heaven by the back door.
True dream! I had it about 2 years ago & it still makes me laugh to think about it, but gee whiz, if the iPhone really is the Mark of the Beast then many of us are screwed, especially me since I’m on my third one!

Wishing You Many Blessings!

Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Dreams DO Come True: My Meeting with Chicago Cubs Legend, Ernie Banks.

On Friday the sport of baseball lost the great ambassador it ever had, the great legend, Ernie Banks. I am heartbroken at the realization the world is now a smaller, darker place without Ernie here, but I console myself with the face that his Spirit will shine on forever & will encourage others from the world of spirit. Perhaps one day, soon – you never know – he may help the Cubs get to a World Series. Ernie, hopefully before I die, please. Just ONE. You changed my life & helped me to overcome tremendous obstacles to get to where I am today. I am blessed to have been able to tell you that I OWE IT ALL TO YOU. God bless you & RIP, Mr. Cub. Your legacy will never be forgotten. For video coverage go to: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/24/the-legacy-of-ernie-banks-mr-cub/ where WGN-TV of Chicago has posted some lovely tributes. If this is your first time visiting my blog, thank you & to all of Ernie’s fans out there, let’s play two!

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Ernie just having signed my baseball. Ernie just having signed my baseball.

Last Sunday I had an amazing day. It was a total surprise & I didn’t find out anything about any specifics until we were at the venue & I was looking at the list of events scheduled. Stuart took me to what I thought was a sports memorabilia show as we walked into one of the event halls at Reliant Stadium here in Houston. Then I saw a sign of events & there were all sorts of professional sports people showing up. Two of them were former Chicago Cubs Ferguson Jenkins, & my personal HERO – Ernie Banks, former short-stop back in the late 60s/early 70s.

My husband had purchased the tickets two weeks prior to the event.  Stuart had bought me an autograph ticket for each Chicago Cub & he bought 2 baseballs so I could get them signed by each player. I…

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Dreams DO Come True: My Meeting with Chicago Cubs Legend, Ernie Banks.

Ernie just having signed my baseball.
Ernie just having signed my baseball.

Last Sunday I had an amazing day. It was a total surprise & I didn’t find out anything about any specifics until we were at the venue & I was looking at the list of events scheduled. Stuart took me to what I thought was a sports memorabilia show as we walked into one of the event halls at Reliant Stadium here in Houston. Then I saw a sign of events & there were all sorts of professional sports people showing up. Two of them were former Chicago Cubs Ferguson Jenkins, & my personal HERO – Ernie Banks, former short-stop back in the late 60s/early 70s.

My husband had purchased the tickets two weeks prior to the event.  Stuart had bought me an autograph ticket for each Chicago Cub & he bought 2 baseballs so I could get them signed by each player. I stood there in front of the sign of that day’s events & when I realized all this I became overwhelmed.  My knees began to shake and I just broke down and cried in front of everyone there.   I was completely taken by surprise.

No one knows this.  I have kept a secret since 1995 and I held it so close to my heart that I never dared to share it with another living soul.  I never told my parents, and I never told Stuart.  All he knew was that Ernie Banks is my personal hero.

I have had a dream since getting my doctorate in 1995 to tell Ernie how instrumental he was in that achievement, what a huge part he had played although he would have no idea. When I was six or seven I sent him a letter. I told him I was a Mexican, that no one in my family had any education beyond high school & that my own dad never graduated having the equivalent of a 9th grade education. I told Ernie I wanted to be the first in my family to go to college (a thought my mom began to put in my head when I was 4 or 5 so we did the same with our daughter & now she wants to go).

So I told him all that, told him I loved him. He sent me a signed picture & he wrote on it, “Keep hitting those books.”

I kept that picture.  All through all the teasing & bullying I endured in elementary, Jr. High & high school & would look at that picture pinned to my bulletin board & tell myself Ernie would not let this type of thing get to him.  He’d just go on & do what he had to do & I was going to do the same.  I graduated junior high a member of the National Junior Honor Society & was 3rd in my graduating class.

At that point in my life I wrote Ernie a second letter. By this time he was doing public relations work for

The autographed picture that inspired 3 degrees.
The autographed picture that inspired 3 degrees.

the Chicago Cubs so I knew if I wrote him in care of Wrigley Field the letter would reach him.  I never expected a reply.  In that letter I wrote during my freshman year in high school I told Ernie how I now wanted to go college & had set my sights on Northwestern University.   I also told him how my teachers and high school counselor all told me to forget it, that I would never get into NU, but that I was going to try anyway.  I received a second autographed picture.  Across the bottom was his pre-printed signature, but in the upper right hand corner he had added,

“That’s the way to hit the books.  I love it.  Ernie Banks.  4/15/77.”

I graduated high school a member of the National Honor Society & in the fall despite all the naysayers I went to Northwestern & took his picture with me.  Every time the students were hateful toward me (all my professors loved me so you all know what can happen to Teacher’s Pet) or I had a hard time with a class or did poorly on an exam I’d look at that picture & be encouraged.  Four years later I got my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology.

Next, I took that picture to the University of California at Santa Barbara & every time I had roommate problems (I had alcoholic & drug abusing roommates, roommates with psycho & very dangerous boyfriends, and so on, it was really bad) & professors were manipulative & mean (many just used their grad students to complete research on their own projects instead of encouraging their grad students to do research on independent projects), I would look at that picture. Santa Barbara was the worst four years of my entire life & had it not been for that picture I definitely would have packed it in. Instead, I graduated with my Master’s degree in Anthropology.

Finally, I took that picture to the University of Texas at Austin.  Despite students ostracizing me because they were jealous, despite the chair of my dissertation committee trying to publicly steal the idea behind my thesis & attempt to claim it as her own, I would look at that picture & just keep going.  I now have my doctorate.

I’ve prayed I don’t know how many times to have ONE chance to tell Ernie Banks what that simple picture he sent to a then six-year-old child meant (& a second picture later to a then 14 year old). I remember praying as recently as in September around my daughter & husband’s birthdays to have ONE chance to tell Ernie because I knew he would love to know & for me to tell him before he dies (he’s 82).

Ernie intrigued to hear my story.
Ernie intrigued to hear my story.

My prayers were answered on Sunday – in spades! It was AMAZING!! Ernie is as nice as I have always heard.  He speaks to each fan, he just doesn’t sit there & sign the ball then hand it back to you & you go on your way.  No.  He asks your name, where are you from, so we got past that & then I told him that I have waited to tell him something since 1995. That got his attention. He was very intrigued & he asked me what it was. I then told him nearly word for word what I’ve just shared here.

When I got to the part about Santa Barbara I shared that with a hitch in my voice. I wanted to cry so badly.  Well, Ernie had tears in his eyes! Then when I ended my story with, “and now I use the title of Doctor” he grabbed my hand in both of his & shook it vigorously, nodded up & down & he was swallowing hard as he said, “Congratulations!  I am so proud of you!”

Meanwhile, a lady with him was snapping pictures of my like crazy with her

Check out the dude at the end of the table. He's crying.
Check out the dude at the end of the table. He’s crying.

iPhone!  Ariel was of course taking pictures , the guy who had been in front of me getting his baseball signed was taking pictures AND crying, and Ariel said 3 people still in line who were close enough to hear were also all taking pictures of us & that some lady in line who was close enough to hear my story was also crying.

Ernie thanked me and told me it meant so much for him to know this.  He motioned for me to come around the table and said he needed a hug.  He hugged me so tight with both arms, while those who posed with him for pictures while I waited in line to speak to him received only one arm hugs or handshakes.  He put his face right up against mine cheek to cheek & he thanked me several times with a hitch in his voice.  He still had tears in his eyes & then he asked to see the picture that had been such a huge inspiration to me.

Ernie Banks & I. Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX. 1-27-13.
Ernie Banks & I. Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX. 1-27-13.

Since this was a surprise I didn’t have it on me, nor did I know where it was at the time.  I told Ernie  it was in my stuff somewhere, but where, I didn’t have a clue!!!!   Ernie asked if I had a card so he could contact me.  Nope, but he had one so he gave me his, told me to email him & to send him my mailing

Congratulating me on my doctorate.
Congratulating me on my doctorate.

address & when I found that picture to scan it & send it to him because he really wants to see it.  He also said, and I quote, “I really want to keep personally in touch with you, so please email me.”

By that point I was seriously convinced I was dreaming.   I tend to have very vivid dreams and when I dream, I dream BIG.

Once Ernie heard how Stuart had surprised me that day with this fabulous gift he asked to shake Stuart’s hand & told him, “you must be one hell of a husband!” So Stuart’s head has swelled to about 40 times its natural size. He’s been calling himself “one hell of a husband” ever since & every time he does I say, “you can take that 2 ways, you know!” LOL  However, I agree with Ernie.  I have one hell of a husband who thought meeting Ernie Banks just MIGHT make a really great early Valentine’s Day present, and wow, was he right about that!  When Stuart told me this was my Valentine’s Day gift, Ariel said, “Well, not very romantic, but it’s pretty dang cool!”  I’d so say J

I now have such nice pictures of Ernie & I together.  My daughter took them.  Coincidentally, or not as I really don’t believe in coincidences, my daughter is 14, which was Ernie’s uniform number while he was with the Cubs.   He sent me that picture back in 1977 when I was 14.  Also while there at the event after we met Ernie I bought Ariel a Sammy Sosa autograph that is numbered 14 out of a total of 14.  He was her favorite as a little kid.  There were a lot of 14’s that day, which were completely appropriate given the circumstances.

After meeting Ernie I followed Stuart in a daze.  He led me to another line at another table, me in a

Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins & I.  Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX. 1-27-13.
Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins & I. Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX. 1-27-13.

fog of disbelief as I kept asking myself, “did that just happen?  Did I really just meet and talk with Ernie Banks??”  I also got to meet former Cubs pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, or Fergie, as he is affectionately known.  He was nice, but not nearly as friendly as Ernie.  He also let me pose with him for a picture.  They’re not supposed to do that at the autograph tables. You have to pay separately for photographs and autographs at these events.  Pictures are done prior to the autograph sessions, but both of them posed with me & someone who was with Fergie also took pictures of me with him.  I guess because of my t-shirt, which is a whole OTHER story.

I was going to wear a nice shirt on Sunday because my husband was taking us out to somewhere, but I had no idea where.  As I went into the closet I literally heard a little voice saying, “pick me, pick me! You need to wear me!” I looked & it was my Chicago Cubs Ryne Sandberg t-shirt calling to me!! He was second baseman for the Cubs 1982 – 1994, retired, then came out of retirement in 1996 and retired for good in 1997.  Next to Ernie, Ryno (as he became known to the fans) is my favorite.  I passed Ryno’s shirt by for the pretty shirt I had planned to wear, but felt so bad afterwards I took that shirt off & put on the Sandberg t-shirt. Then my husband suggested I wear my Cubs earrings with it, and yet I still had NO CLUE where we were going!  However, my Ryne Sandberg t-shirt somehow knew, LOL

On Sunday not only did my dream come true & I met my personal hero, but I know what I told him meant so much to Ernie.  Just remembering the look in his eyes I know it meant a great deal to him personally to hear what a tremendous source of inspiration and hope he had been to me over the years.

I am grateful I was able to give him that gift.

Stuart scored MAJOR points with this one. He’s given me some lovely presents over the years, but I really think this one even out-does those 2 trips to Maui.  For me, to be able to tell Ernie to his face how much an autographed picture he had sent me had inspired me to complete 3 degrees at 3 different universities, I nearly made him cry.  It was an incredibly touching moment.  Thinking back on our meeting it makes me feel just like those feel-good sports movies where the underdogs finally win the big championship or the long suffering ball player finally gets his big break and hits it out of the park.  We all cry because we’re happy for them and it reaffirms our faith that yes, dreams DO come true.

Ernie Banks as I will always remember him.
Ernie Banks as I will always remember him.

I did find that autographed picture. I had it so well and safely stored that it took me six hours of searching to locate it.  Today I scanned it and sent it to Ernie along with the pictures Ariel took of us on Sunday.  Just in time too because tomorrow is Ernie’s 83rd birthday!

Ernie Banks is, and always will be, my personal hero.  It was so gratifying to see in person what a truly NICE person Ernie is, worthy of the title of HERO in my book any day.

Dreams do come true.  Just keep them close to your heart, guard and protect them, and never allow anyone to tell you that you cannot do something.  If you can think it up, you can do it.  I did!

Ernie Banks: Chicago Cubs 1953 – 1971.  Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame:  1977.  Vote:  83.8% (first-time ballot).
 Stats:  512 career home-runs, .274 batting average, 2,583 hits, 1,636 runs batted in & countless kids made happy when he visited them in hospitals or stood outside the ballpark after a game signing autographs.