The Reason Behind The Cardinals


Last night, my husband and I had a very deep conversation that brought me to major tears.   As we call it…a “Come to Jesus” Meeting.  It all stemmed from me snapping at him for no particular reason to the point where he finally got enough.  Now, remember, Michael is a mental health counselor by day, and as hard as he tries to leave those skills at work, those counseling skills always seem to linger through.  He made me sit down with him and figure out why I had been in this “mood”.

Have you ever had that feeling inside where you knew that something was bothering you, but you didn’t know what it was?  I encourage you to find you that person to have those “Come to Jesus” meetings with.  Sit down together, go for a walk in the woods or on the beach together, or find anywhere away from the hustle and bustle…and discuss those things that you don’t normally talk about every day.  It really does rejuvenate your mind and soul.

So our “Come to Jesus” meeting last night enlightened us both:  Although November and December are special times of the year and I love the holiday season, it’s also the most difficult time for me personally.  It revolves around my parents.  My mom and dad’s birthdays are in November.  They would have both been 77. In addition, my dad passed away 22 years ago and my mom passed away just last year, almost on the same December day.

So, in no way was I aware of my change in personality until Michael brought it to my attention during our “Come to Jesus” meeting.

In his words, “No wonder you are painting so many cardinals lately”.  Little did I know, my inspirations do come from within.


A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you.
Well, I haven’t seen a cardinal yet in our yard, but I’ll be sure to let you know when I do.
Sending love and peace your way,


  1. Donna Shockley says:

    Ginger I know what you’re saying here. And yes, I have lost both my parents and miss them everyday! And yes last summer I could look out my kitchen windows and see a cardinal on a regular basis. Either in a tree or on a bush just sitting there. I always would think which one was looking after me or both!! I also have birds everyday in my bushes under my front windows. Tweeting away I can hear in my house. Even through the snow this winter they’ve been there everyday. Such a calming blessing!

  2. says:

    Gin you may not have them in your yard. But you have them coming off of your fingertips. They are that close to you… the closeness may have overwhelmed your personal space. I love Cardinals.

    1. Ginger Lacour says:

      So true, LouAnn:-))

  3. Eileen Kownslar says:

    I love this!!!

  4. Melanie Moreau says:

    Oh gin.
    I have needed several of those meetings from friends and loved ones.
    Things here get harder and most days I fell alone and at a loss.
    Mom is back in the hospital. I had to call the ambulance last night. I haven’t slept since Sunday night and it’s Tuesday evening. Part of me wants to drive to the hospital but I won’t be allowed in due to covid. I’ve done it before when she was in hospital, I couldn’t sleep and walked in her room at 11 pm, just to be there even though I had to be at work at 8 am it didn’t matter, I would drive there now but will be turned away.

  5. Melanie Moreau says:

    I will take all of my sciatic pain I am going through as long as she is okay

  6. says:

    I know that feeling Gin, I lost my Mom on Nov 12, it will be 10 yrs this upcoming month. I miss her daily, and I cry her often, I sit in my backyard in moments that I just need to feel her in the air, and I have had cardinals come very close to my feet and i say thank you Mami, will forever cry her loss but I keep her alive in my heart. You have made me understand why I get so moody sometimes. Sending my love to you and Michael

  7. Louise Jones says:


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