Do You Believe in Heaven?

It was an attorneys birthday yesterday, so we had breakfast treats.  I knew there were going to be bagels, so I brought stuff to make an egg white/bacon/cheese breakfast sammie.  Lori, I always think of you when I eat a bagel!

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That was super filling, which was a good thing, because I had one boss wrapping things up before leaving for a spring break trip with one of her kids, and my other boss had a brief due yesterday.  I eventually heated up my soup around 2 – no picture though, there wasn’t any time.   But happily, my boss finished her brief during normal working hours, which doesn’t happen sometimes.  The very first day I worked with her she had a brief that was due in Chicago and I worked with her and another attorney until 4:00 a.m., only to get home at 4:20, get up at 7:00 and drive downtown to file it. 

Later in the afternoon we did have birthday treats again – I normally never partake in the birthday treats – I don’t deem them insulin worthy, but um, this fruit tart?!  INSULIN WORTHY!  I had a small slice of it – it was delicious.

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I was happy I was able to leave work on time, because Tony and I had a date night before I work this weekend.  We met at Wok n Fire – $3 beers and half price appetizers – score!  We had Sopporo on tap, fried calamari and beef skewers for apps.

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I ended up getting steak Kung Pao for my dinner – I was so full from beer and apps, I only ate half of this – so spicy good though! 

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We had plenty of time to relax at dinner – the movie Monuments Men didn’t start until 6:45 – it was nice not to be in a hurry.  Okay, two new movies that I have to see – first up:

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That movie Tony and I will both see.  The movie Ted killed us it was so funny.  Invariably there will be previews that Tony takes one look at me and says “that’s why you have a Mother, daughter and sister to see that movie with!”

I can’t wait to see this movie:


Do you believe in Heaven?  I do.  I am not overly religious by any means.  I grew up going to church and I believe in God but as an adult, I never felt the urge to go to church every week. 

When my Dad died at home over 15 years ago, we were all there when he took his last breath.  I saw angels in the corner and I suddenly knew that everything was going to be okay.

As luck would have it, when my grandma died in Virginia when I was a Freshman in college, I just so happened to be playing field hockey on the East coast and got to see her before she passed away.  Right before she died she said “Johnny is here.”  That was my grandpa.  I like to think that when you die you get to see all your loved ones again.

What do you believe?

I have to get this show on the road – I made this creamy tomato and tortellini soup for lunch today – thanks for the recipe Renee – it looks amazing!!

Happy Friday – make it a great day!

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  • Kym
    February 28, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Ummm…are the things that look like tiny little octopus part of the calamari ? They kind of creep me out. So happy you two had a good date night. We rarely go to the movies anymore. We don’t seem to have the patience for all of the people (young & old) texting & talking on their phones. It is too distracting for us. I guess that is a sign I’m getting old.

  • Tami@NutmegNotebook
    February 28, 2014 at 8:54 am

    That you saw angels in the corner of the room is so amazing. I do believe we will be reunited with our loved ones on the other side.

    It’s nice that you and Tony are having date nights. We saw Minument men and I liked it.

  • CPaul
    February 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Yes, I believe in Heaven! Yes we do reunite with loved ones but the for me knowing that I get to spend eternity with God without pain, sickness, or sadness makes the wait worthwhile. That is when our true lives begin.

  • wendy
    February 28, 2014 at 9:22 am

    My mom died at home and our family was there. When people talk about a bright light and going to the light, my mom saw that . She commented that it was so bright. I’m sure she saw her Lord coming for her.

  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    February 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I’ve never seen angels, but maybe I haven’t known they were angels. I always like to believe I will see friends and family again AND all of my pets. I think it is interesting that many people when close to dying, have the same experiences. Have a great weekend, Biz!

  • Sherry Werth
    February 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Yes, I do believe in Heaven. My family wasn’t close but after my Dad died I felt a huge guilt for not trying harder. About a month later I had a very vivid dream of my Dad and his brothers & sisters – all passed – sitting around talking & laughing with each other. He had a huge smile on his face & I think that was his way of letting me know it was all ok. 🙂
    We don’t go to the movies. I just wait until it comes out on one of the movie channels and watch it then. I’m with Kym; just too distracting. And they won’t pause the movie while I go pee! lol
    Looking forward to the creamy tomato & tortellini soup recipe!
    Happy Friday to everyone! 😀

  • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.
    February 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I’m not sure about heaven, per se, but I like the idea of our loved ones looking out for us. I don’t know if we necessarily have to go somewhere for that or not, but it is comforting at times.

  • SuziCate
    February 28, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Yes, I absolutely believe you saw angels. When you’ve had the honor of being with someone terminally ill during their last days/hours you learn some interesting things about the afterlife. I truly think they receive visitations to comfort and ready them for their travel home.

  • Lynne
    February 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I was raised Catholic and still consider myself that, but not going to church regularly, disillusioned and certainly questioning lots of things. That being said, I do believe in angels, guardians and heaven – no questions there! And I love the idea that all of our loved ones are reunited, happy and healthy and waiting for us to join the party! So, BE GOOD 😉 Have a great Friday and weekend! And – I LOVE those fruit tarts! They are worthy of whatever meds are necessary 😉

  • Nicole@HeatOvenTo350
    February 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I think we definitely will see our loved ones again, and they can visit us from the other side, too. My sister lost her husband after 5 years of marriage and she has had some very touching experiences where she knew for certain her husband was there to cheer her, guide her, or just let her know he still loves her.

  • Erica
    February 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    oh my gosh totally! We had a relative do something similar right before she passed. Crazy. I’m glad you had a little time off last night. You’ve been working SO much and SO hard biz!! That fruit tart- ohmygoshyummmmmmmmmmmm. Happy Friday!

  • Jessica H.
    February 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I do believe. When my mom passed away 8 years ago, right before she died (from cancer at 43 years old), she was talking about the past and people who were no longer living. She had our priest talk to her and she felt free for the first time of things, and I truly believe she had sightings of heaven before she died based on other things that happened.

    I was with Grandpa when he passed away last week, and he kept talking about my Grandma who had passed away years ago. He was not truly conscious when this happened, so I find comfort that his soul was able to meet hers again.

  • Kim
    February 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I do believe in heaven and that families are reunited there! I have never seen angels or anything though.
    Glad y’all had a nice date night and that you didn’t have to stay till 4:00 am!!

  • Lisa
    February 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    That breakfast looks amazing!

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    February 28, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Love that fruit tart, I don’t blame you for indulging!

    I believe in the Bible. The Bible likens death to “sleep” and promises a resurrection to earth. For me personally, it just doesn’t make sense why God would put us on earth for a short time just to take us to heaven after. I can’t wait for a life without suffering and pain, right here on earth. 🙂
    Rev 21:3,4

  • Erin
    February 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I am quite firm in my religious beliefs, so yes I do believe. I’ve read this book and it was a very odd process. I couldn’t put the book down but I felt like I was wrapped in a blanket of love while I was reading. Very comforting.
    Have a great weekend, Biz!

  • Louise
    February 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    It takes alot of faith to believe in Heaven. But yes I do. The body dies but our soul and spirit live on. God gives us a choice, Heaven or Hell. If we ask Jesus into our heart and that can be at any age, He hears that prayer and we can have eternal life with Him. But if we decide to not believe…….well, it is a different story. Our soul and spirit will not be in heaven with God and those we love. 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you who believe on the Name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have Eternal Life, and that you may believe on the Name of the Son of God.

    I certainly will have to see that movie when it comes to Netflex….most likely will not go to the movie house to see it.
    Food looks yummy today. You make me hungry for oriental food 🙂

  • Veronica
    March 1, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Yes, I believe in heaven too. And yes, I think we will get to see our faithful loved ones again there! And why is it that dessert pictures are always the prettiest? No wonder it’s hard to resist – so gorg!

  • Lori
    March 1, 2014 at 10:15 am

    That tart looks amazing!

    I apparently am in the minority here. I do not believe in heaven. I grew up catholic, but then came to my own conclusions as an adult and am pretty much an agnostic now.

  • Fran
    March 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I have a Christian background. My Mom went back to church after my dad died, it helped her with dealing with her loss. For me, I haven’t been to a church in years. Actually I don’t know what or if I believe, I used to even when I didn’t go to church but the past couple of years I don’t really believe anymore.

  • Christina
    March 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I absolutely, 110%, believe in an after life. My father left us (as in walked out of our lives to be with his little brother’s WIFE) when I was 18 months old. I never had a relationship with him. He died when I was 14. One week before he died I walked into the livingroom and told my mom that my father would die the following Thursday afternoon and he did. That night I was laying in my bed and I felt the full body weight of an adult sit on the edge on my bed. It wasn’t my mom either, it was him. I have never been so sure of anything in my entire life. I feel like maybe that was a moment allowed to him by God, to check in on the child he must have wondered about now and then. I hope so anyway. Both that he wondered about me and that God gave him a moment of solace at the end whether he deserved it or not.