I think today is a great day to tell the story of our kitty, Jacket.
Prior to Cayden’s passing, I didn’t have much of an opinion on whether I believed in signs and things of that nature. I had never personally experienced anything like that. I’m a believer now…and I 100% believe that Jacket was given to us by Cayden from Heaven. Here’s why.
The day of Cayden’s funeral was, and will always be, one of the hardest days of my life. It didn’t even seem real. I felt like I wasn’t even in my own body. Looking back, most of the day is a blur. I don’t recall many details and I’m no quite sure how I even made it through the day without having some sort of meltdown. It touched my heart to see how many people came to the service and how even people who barely knew us wanted to be there for us during that time.
After the funeral, family and close friends went to the cemetery. While we were on our way there, my mom’s close group of girlfriends went to my parents house to set up a wonderful spread of food for the family to have after the services. These ladies did a FABULOUS job and went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of. While we were at the cemetery, the ladies at the house were working to make sure everything was ready on time. While filling coolers on the back deck, they noticed a little grey and white cat with a pink nose come up on the deck. They weren’t sure where she came from but she was hanging around like she belonged there. As the night went on, and people came to the house, the little cat just hung out with us. We kept wandering outside to see what she was doing and if she was still there. She wanted attention, like she knew us. While we stood out back playing with her, we kept talking about how weird it was that she showed up at my parents house at the exact time we were laying Cayden to rest. I started to get a feeling, like this little cat didn’t just show up, like she was meant to be there.
For the next 48 hours the cat never left my parents house. I called my Dad multiple times to ask if she was still there. My dad asked around to the neighbors to see if she belonged to anyone, no one claimed her. No matter how many times my parents tried to get her to “go home”, she wouldn’t leave. In the mean time people could not stop asking about what was going on with the cat. Everyone that was at my parents house that night just got an overwhelming feeling that the cat meant something. It was as if no one could get the little cat showing up when she did out of their minds.
I called my Dad one more time and told him, if she is there in the morning when you go to work, I’m keeping her! I couldn’t shake the feeling that is was meant for us to have her.
Sure enough, when my Dad went to his truck to go to work the next morning, the cat jumped in the truck with him! At that point, he couldn’t help but think there was something special about her as well.
When I called my Dad that morning to ask him if the cat was at his house still, he told me she was at work with him sleeping, and I should come get her. So Heather and I jumped in the car and immediately went to pick her up and take her to the vet to get checked out. She’s been hanging out at our house ever since 🙂
We found out she’s a young cat, around a year old. She loves to play and has a cute little personality. Jacket follows me everywhere, just like Cadybug did. When I wake up in the mornings, she’s at the foot of my bed. When I get dressed and put my makeup on, she hangs out in the room with me, just like Cadybug did. When I’m having a bad day or I’m crying, thinking about Cayden, Jacket is sitting next to me.
Those first few weeks after Cayden passed were horrible. My thoughts were consumed with memories and the realization that I would never see her sweet face again. Rescuing the little stray cat and getting her setup in our house with food and toys and all the things you need when you get a new pet, gave me something to focus on….a purpose. I believe with all my heart that Cayden sent Jacket to me for that very reason, to help me through a tough time. Cayden wanted us to know she was there, and wanted to give us a cute little addition to care for. And come on, the cat has to be from Cayden…..she does, after all, have the cutest little pink nose ❤
ps…..the bracelets are coming soon. As soon as they are here I will send info. out about them 🙂