The Canoe Sent From Heaven


Canoe Outdoors Nature

One night when my then boyfriend (now hubs) was working night shift, the phone rang. I did not recognize the number so I reluctantly answered.

The voice asked for my boyfriend and I told him that he wasn’t available right now. Being the polite person I am I asked if he wanted to leave a message. The next words took me by surprise.

“Just tell him that he won a canoe.”

“Excuse me? A canoe?”

“Yes, he won a canoe!”

“But he never told me anything about a canoe.”

“Oh, he entered a raffle and he won the main prize which includes a (insert make here) canoe, life jackets, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment.”

“OK, I will let him know. Thank you for calling.”

When the hubs returned home the next morning I told him about his winnings. He was shocked. He usually never wins anything and neither do I.

A few days later, a memory came to the surface.

When hubs and I first started dating we were invited to a wedding in my hometown. The groom worked for my dad’s business and my parents were very good friends of the couple. They even asked my mom to cater the reception. (My mom was a fantastic cook. One of her many talents I did not inherit.) The couple wanted to have a pig roast and my mom was in charge of side dishes, salads and maybe even desserts.

The wedding reception was being held outdoors in the backyard of one of the couple’s family members. Hubs and I were thirsty and so we headed to where the drinks were. We gathered around and started visiting with other invited guests (many of whom I happened to be related to). Hubs received quite the family history lesson at that wedding.

My mom approached us and made a shocking announcement. Now, this was not at all abnormal for my mother. She was quite forward and always spoke her mind.

“When you two get married,” looking straight at hubs and myself, “you guys should have a reception just like this.”

I responded, “when we get married?”

“Yes! And you can use a canoe like this one to hold all of the ice and drinks like they have done. Isn’t it a great idea?”

“OK” was about all I say.

I had only been dating hubs for about two weeks and my mom was already planning our wedding and reception!

Now, I do not know if you believe in coincidences or fate but I am. In the past few years I have experienced a few unbelievable and what some may say amazing twists of fate.

This canoe was one of them.

When I received the call that hubs had won a canoe we were engaged and in the process of planning our own wedding. I truly believe that my mom was trying to send us a message and wanted us to know that in some small but strange way that she was still with us.

And she sure wanted us to have a canoe at our wedding.

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Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. AlwaysARedhead
    November 26, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    lol, well your mom certainly knew something.

    • Brandy
      November 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      She was always kind of sneaky that way. hehe!

  2. ashley p
    November 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I am right with you, and this post gave me goosebumps!

    • Brandy
      November 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed readying it. Thanks for visiting Ashley!

  3. Crystal
    November 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Awww, I LOVE this! I hope that you will use the canoe at your wedding! I lost my Mom when I was a young teen and I always look for signs, I think you are right, this is definitely one! xo

    • Brandy
      November 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Thank you Crystal. We didn’t end up having an outdoor wedding. It would have been neat to use the canoe. But it did stay in the family. My dad and stepmom use it all the time.

  4. Ninja Mommers
    November 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    What a beautiful story! I am so in love with this! I am willing to bet it WAS a message from your Mom!

    • Brandy
      November 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Thank you! It is kind of unbelievable hey?

  5. Kyla @ Mommy's Weird
    November 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM


    • Brandy
      November 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Thank you Kyla!

  6. Laura
    November 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I also got goosebumps on this one. I do believe in signs. And she was a great cook!

    • Brandy
      November 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Thank you Laura! I wish she would have taught me how to cook like she did. She did not want us in her kitchen messing anything up. hehe!

  7. Joann @ Woman in Real Life
    November 27, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    What a touching story! How comforting that your mom still watches out for you! I hope you guys enjoy the canoe. :)

    • Brandy
      November 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Thank you so much Joann! The canoe ended up staying in the family. My dad and stepmom use it all the time as they live at the lake.

  8. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo
    November 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    So, are you going to keep me in suspense or tell me if you have a canoe at your wedding!?

    We had a cow trough at ours filled with beverages. Considering it was held on a farm, it made sense.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • Brandy
      December 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      LOL Sarah! We got married 10 years ago and did not have an outdoor wedding sadly. The canoe did stay in the family. My dad and stepmom have it as they live on lakefront property.

      Your wedding sounds fun!

  9. paula schuck
    December 3, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Brandy: This is an amazing post, I love this message from heaven. It is comfroting to me having just lost my mom this past year.

    • Brandy
      December 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      I am so very sorry for your loss Paula. If you ever need to chat, I am here to listen. *hugs*

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