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Mum spots terrifying figure lying behind daughter on baby monitor but friends think it's something very special

"I've tried to think of any possibility but nothing adds up. The features are so clear."

By Zoe Forsey Social Audience Writer
12:40, 28 FEB 2018Updated09:42, 1 MAR 2018

Like most parents, Bonnie Moore has a video monitor in her baby daughter's room so she can check she's safe.  But one day when she had a quick look to see if little Athea was asleep, she spotted something strange in her cot.  Athea was almost out of shot, but it looks like there is something terrifying lying just behind her.  Bonnie, who lives in Norfolk, said: "I've tried to think of any possibility but nothing adds up. The features are so clear.  I honestly don't know what to do."

It looks like there is another child or a doll lying behind Athea, who will celebrate her first birthday next week, but according to Bonnie there's nothing there.  Bonnie added: "My daughter is at the bottom of the screen. If you zoom you can see her head and body then this *thing* laying behind her."

Other parents have been quick to agree that there is definitely something there, and many of Bonnie's friends believe it's actually the spirit of someone very special.  She lost her brother when he was just nine years old, and the figure appeared just a few days after the anniversary of his death.  One woman wrote: "Wow hun I am connected with my spiritual side, this is definitely a spirit that I can see and it is amazing that you have managed to capture that.  I feel it is a young boy, possibly a relative or another child of yourself, he is giving protection over your little one and will watch them often whilst them are sleeping to make sure they are okay.  There is nothing to be afraid of, this is amazing actually. A beautiful angel and a beautiful little daughter."

One added: "Ahh that's amazing! I've always been sceptical about spirits but this makes me want to find someone who can see if I've got any spirits nearby."

Another wrote: "There is a young child cuddling Athea babe."

A friend commented: "This child's a family member. A friendly spirit watching over Athea."

Happy St David's Day 2018! Top facts and history behind the Welsh feast day

March marks the celebration of the patron saint of Wales but here's some things you might not know about it and how to say Happy St David's Day in Welsh

ByJo-Anne RowneyDeputy Audience Growth Editor
14:02, 1 MAR 2018Updated14:03, 1 MAR 2018

Today many people across the country and in wales will celebrate St David's Day the first patron saint celebration of the year.  Saint David's Day is the feast day of St David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on March 1, the date of Saint David's death in 589 AD.  The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century (by Pope Callistus II), though it is not a national holiday in the UK.  The Welsh mark it with tasty treats and celebrations.  If you live in Wales it's probably pencilled in your diary but if not here's some things you might not know about the annual celebration.  Here's what you need to know.

When is St David's Day?

It's celebrated every year on March 1. It's not a national holiday in the UK. In 2007, former PM Tony Blair rejected calls for it to become a public holiday. In a poll 87% of Welsh people were in favour.

Who was St David?

David's date of birth is unknown, but it was about 1,500 years ago.  He was born on the Pembrokeshire cliffs during a fierce storm. Legend has it he was the son of Sant (aka Sanctus), king of Ceredigion and a nun called Nonnita (non). Though this has been dismissed by historians who instead say he descended from Welsh royalty.  In medieval times people thought he descended from King Arthur.  David became a monk at a young age and is said to have founded a monastery close to where he was born. This area is now known as St Davids.  The Cathedral and St David's Bishop's Palace are built on the site of the original monastery according to historians.  No one is quite sure what stories about St David is true, or if any are.  There are many stories about the saint, from tales about him raising the dead to myths about milestones in his life being marked by springs of water appearing.  So what do we actually know?

St David was made an archbishop later in life.  The legend passed down is that when the decision was made a great crowd gathered. When David stood up to speak, one of those gathered shouted: "We wont' be able to see or hear him.'

At that instant the ground rose until everyone can see or hear him.  David is said to have died on March 1, 589 AD at 100-years-old.

Why do the Welsh wear leeks?

Another legends harks back to a battle when the men in Wales fought to protect their land from Saxon invaders. Wales was losing, both sides wore similar clothing making things confusing.  A monk noticed it was becoming an issue, so he cried out: "Welshman, you must mark yourselves so that you can better tell who is Saxon and who is Welsh."

The monk plucked a leek from the ground and added: "Here, wear there so you will know any soldier who does not have a leek is your enemy."

They thought it was odd, but they went along with it. Soon all soldiers had one on their helmet. The Welsh won the battle. The monk?

David!  Leek is the national flower of Wales and David is the patron saint.

How is St David's celebrated?

The flag of St David and the national flag is flown across Wales.  There is a national parade in Cardiff, with live performances.

What do people eat?

Welsh cakes, as well as lamb, mutton and leek dishes.  Top ten St David's Day facts

1. St David’s Day falls every year on March 1. This was the date patron saint of Wales, St. David died in 589.

2. It wasn’t until the 18th century, though, that St David’s Day was declared a national day of celebration in Wales.

3. Saint David is typically depicted holding a dove, and often standing on a hillock. His symbol is the leek.

4. In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for St. David’s Day to become a Welsh national holiday, despite a poll saying that 87% of Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday.

5. A Welsh stew, named Cawl and containing lamb and leeks, is traditionally consumed on St David’s Day.

6. Across Wales on March 1 St David’s Day parades take place, and in bigger cities food festivals, concerts and street parties also occur.

7. The year 2009 saw the inaugural St David’s Week festival in Swansea, a week-long event featuring music, sporting and cultural events.

8. Disney's Mickey and Minnie were turned Welsh in 2014 for the Disneyland Paris St David's Welsh Festival.

9. St David's Day in Welsh is Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant.

10. Despite the fact that Saint David abstained from drinking and advised others to do the same, a number of Welsh breweries make special St David’s Day ales.

How to say Happy St David's Day in Welsh

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! means ‘Happy St David’s Day’ in Welsh.

But if Welsh isn't your mother tongue, you'll be sure to impress your friends with these handy phrases...

1. Cawl a bara lawr i swper heno, ie? means 'Cawl and laverbread for tea tonight then?'

2. Cymru am Byth means 'Wales Forever'

 3. Ife Tom Jones sydd draw fan'na? means 'Is that Tom Jones over there?'

4. Pryd mae’r dawnsio gwerin yn dechrau? means 'What time does the folk dancing start?'

5. Cymro/Cymraes i’r carn means 'Welshman/Welsh woman through and through'

Why There’s No Such Thing as Happily Ever After (and that’s Okay!)
Elisabeth Klein
2017 Sep 29

Is there such a thing as happily ever after?

Yes and no.  Let me share with you an evening and a morning scenario that played out in our home.  One evening shortly after our wedding, I fell asleep in the arms of the man I love after he prayed for me, and the next morning I woke up next to the man I love, grateful through and through.  Also, one evening shortly after our wedding, I practically cried myself to sleep filled to the brim with worry and fear and stress and swirly panic, and the next morning I woke up after fitful sleep and tears began flowing within moments out of a sense of overwhelming helplessness.  Here’s the thing: these were both the same evening and the same next morning.  My point, sweet ones?

My marriage is wonderful and it’s a better gift than I ever hoped or prayed for a gift that God did not owe us but we are both so grateful for but life is still so very hard sometimes. Though Richard totally did sweep me off my feet, he did not swoop in as my hero and make all of our ex-spouse related issues, all of our children related issues, all of our work and logistics issues disappear. There is light between us but dark clouds still hover off in the distance, ever so slightly encroaching in on our little world. There are battles that were in our lives before we got married that are still battles now, tears I cried before that still linger post wedding day.  He and I are good so very good and it is a gift to be together and we are partners, standing side by side, but life is still very much well life.  I feel like you need to hear this. Just like having a boyfriend didn’t make my life perfection, having a husband even a good, good, kind, tenderhearted, loving, praying-over-me husband has not eradicated my problems, and though my hope and prayer is simply to make that man’s life better and sweeter, I cannot eradicate his problems either.  And I need you to know this it’s not about a new man.  And here’s why: because life will always be hard and you will always be your very human, sinful, struggling self, even at your best (and, by the way, that's okay…it's what Jesus came for).  I feel like culture has set out this equation before us that many of us women Christians included subconsciously take on as truth:
lonely girl + good man = needs met and happily ever after

But that's not the right equation. The equation should be:
woman (in any circumstance) + Jesus = the path to wholeness and beauty and meaning and joy and peace

So the goal is to ask God to help you become the most whole, beautiful, strong and yet tender version of you, and then lean into it, and embrace it, and simply become who God wants you to become, even in your mess. And follow him, even in your pain. And serve him, even in your loneliness. And worship him, even in your failures. And be a friend, even in your sadness. And take care of your children, even in your waiting. And shine, because this is your life, now.  No matter your hard or lonely current circumstance, you can become right now who God wants you to become. And no matter your pain or your failures, you can be right now a light.   Abusive man or no man or good man, sweet girl: God crazy loves you, down to your core and all the way through and his love will never end.  Hard marriage or no marriage or good marriage, sweet girl: God can heal you and restore you and make you whole.  Pain or no pain or circumstantially peaceful, sweet girl: God wants to and will use you if you let him and it will be beautiful. Even now.
Christian / Re: Devotion
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Friday, September 15, 2017   

With Us Always
Jen Wilkin  |  Bio  @jenniferwilkin  Facebook

Today’s Verse
“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’”  Matthew 28:18–20

Paul expressed a desire to be “with Christ” (Phil. 1:23), though no doubt he knew and believed Jesus’s promise to be with us always.  Paul is eager for the time when his experience of the presence of Christ will be unclouded by the limits of his time-bound existence. And this is the challenge for the believer this side of eternity: we cannot trust our perception of God’s closeness to be accurate. God is near whether we feel him to be or not. How mindful we are of this truth will directly affect the way we live.  When our hearts deceive us with the lie that God is distant, when we begin to wonder if our sorrows are unseen or our sins are disqualifying, we can cling to the assurance of Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (ESV).

The “with me” of God does not depend on our worthiness but his will. He wills that his chosen children will never be left alone.  His certain presence is not merely a comfort in sorrow or distress, it is a comfort in the mundane and the joyful as well. He does not need to greet you in the morning with, “How did you sleep?” or in the evening with, “How was your day?”

He has been with you for all of it.
Fun, Games and Silliness / Re: Jokes
« Last post by The Rani on March 01, 2018, 02:44:16 pm »
Spooky Pookie

There was a case in one hospital's Intensive Care ward where patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11 a.m., regardless of their medical condition.  This puzzled the doctors and some even thought that it had something to do with the supernatural. No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11 a.m. on Sundays.  So a World-Wide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents. The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11 a.m., all doctors and nurses nervously wait outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits.  Just when the clock struck 11 Pookie Johnson, the part time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so that he could use the vacuum cleaner.
Fun, Games and Silliness / Re: Jokes
« Last post by The Rani on March 01, 2018, 02:33:16 pm »
 Signs You've had too much of the 21st Century, Part I

1. You try to enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 4.

4. You e-mail your colleague at the desk next to you to ask if they're ready to go to lunch.

5. You chat on-line regularly with a stranger from the U.S., but you haven't spoken to your next-door-neighbor yet this year.

6. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends is that they do not have an e-mail address.

7. Your idea of being organized is multiple colored post-it notes.

8. You hear most of your jokes via e-mail rather than in person.

9. When you go home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in a business manner.

10. When you make phone calls from home you accidentally dial "9" to get an outside line.

11. You now think of three espressos as "getting wasted."

12. You call your son's beeper to let him know it's time to eat. He emails you back from his bedroom, "What's for dinner?"

13. Your daughter sells Girl Scout Cookies via her web site.

14. You didn't give your valentine a card this year, but you posted one for your e-mail buddies via a web page.
Fun, Games and Silliness / Re: Actors / Movies
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Growing Up Smith
Fun, Games and Silliness / Re: Use the last two letters to make next word
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Fun, Games and Silliness / Re: Word association
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Fun, Games and Silliness / Re: Keep A Word, Drop A Word, Add A Word
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