Yes, I am a dorky believer in signs. I am one of those optimistic people who truly believe that everything happens for a reason. We may never know the reason of certain things while we live on earth, but God's plan will unfold once we are with Him. Someone once explained it to me like this, and I thought it was a beautiful and easy-to-grasp concept. God's plan for our lives is like a gorgeous embroidered quilt. However, we can only see the back of the quilt. The colors are stunning, we can see some glimpses of what the overall design is, but mostly we see a lot of knots, crisscrossed threads, and general chaos. However, once we are with God, the quilt is flipped over and we finally see God's ultimate, perfect design. It was always there and it's the same quilt, we are just looking from a different side.
My uncle Steve was recently in Vienna, Austria. While there, he toured a local church. In an alcove were two female statues. The tour guide explained who the two saints were - St. Clare and St. Therese. Steve was struck that Clare's two patron saints (her full name is Clare Therese) were together in this one alcove. He snapped some photos to share with us. It's little signs like these that remind me that God is watching out for our Clare. And that our family watches out for us, too. Thank you, Uncle Steve, for thinking of us and taking the photos!