Birthday Blessings – by Jay Westrom


Kindness Blog

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I recently stopped at a convenience store for coffee and a breakfast sandwich.

As I was walking in, I remembered it was March 17th and my deceased mother’s birthday, so I said a little prayer to myself, wishing her a happy birthday, among other things.

As I got to the counter, the clerk told me that my purchase had already been paid for by the woman who had been ahead of me.

I caught up to her outside the store, thanked her for her kindness and asked her what possessed her to do such a generous deed.

She said, ” I don’t know, when I got up to the counter a feeling came over me to just do it. I’ve never done that before, but it felt nice and so I’ll probably do it again.”

I thanked her again and promised to pay it forward.

Then said to myself, “Thanks…

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Girl Forms Instant Bond With Teen That Looks Like Her.


Never give up hoping, for you do not know what the future will bring.

Original post from IJReview

When an 18-year-old teenager from Cape Town was told by friends that a new, younger student looked strikingly similar to her, she befriended the younger girl.

They had an immediate connection and bonded instantly. Like sisters.

According to the Cape Argus, when the younger girl told her parents about her new friend, they invited her to get coffee with the family.

As soon as the family met their daughter’s new friend everything made sense. The two bore a resemblance to each other and bonded like sisters because they were, in fact, sisters.

The older girl had once belonged to the parents of the younger girl, but she had been kidnapped shortly after she was born.

It was 1997, and Celeste Nurse had just given birth to a baby girl at a Cape Town hospital. She encountered a woman dressed as a hospital nurse sitting by her bed.

via Twitter/@JwanButimar

She drifted back to sleep but when she awoke again, her newborn was gone. In a previous interview she explained to Cape Times:

“When I woke up there was a nurse saying my child is gone. You can’t imagine the feeling,”

As it turns out, the baby had been kidnapped by the woman posing as a nurse.

And when Celeste and her husband Morne saw their daughter’s new friend, they immediately knew she was their long lost daughter. The girl’s aunt told Cape Talk:

“When she saw (her) yesterday, she knew, ‘This is my child.’ She said DNA wasn’t necessary, she just knew.”

DNA tests were given and what Celeste and Morne knew in their hearts to be true was indeed just that. It was their long lost daughter.

Photo cred: AFP/STRINGER

Photo cred: AFP/STRINGER

The woman who posed as a nurse is now facing kidnapping charges, along with fraud and pretending to be the girl’s biological mother.

via Twitter/@eNCAnews

Although the couple went on to have three more children after the kidnapping incident, they never lost hope that their daughter was out there somewhere. In fact, they threw her a birthday party on the date of her birth every year.

“I’ll never, ever give up hope. I can feel it in my gut — my daughter is out there and she is going to come home,” Morne proclaimed in an interview five years ago.

And five years later, she came home.

Finally reunited with their biological daughter, the Nurse’s birthday celebration will be a little different this year. Because this year, their daughter will be there to blow out the candles on her birthday cake.