…it helps to have it.

This past week and a half have been packed full of back to school teacher activities, including classroom set-up, professional development, safety training (one involving an active shooter), and orientation for graduate coursework in order to add an endorsement to my teacher certification. I am exhausted.

Yes, that about sums up the whole back to school scenario.

I had hoped to be proactive before all of this work began. I thought I had a secret weapon.

The little bracelet below was purchased by my mother for me when I was 8 years old. We were visiting Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Quebec, Canada, along the Saint Lawrence River, 35 kilometers north-east of Quebec City. Several years ago during school testing season, the bracelet reappeared in my life. I wore it every day during testing season. You will note the blue on the medallion has been worn slightly as I gave it a little rub when I was saying prayers for my students.

If you would like to know more about the shrine you can read about it here.

Since I felt like I needed a little strength for me this time, I wore it to school every day beginning Wednesday, August 24. This past Tuesday when I came home from school I couldn’t locate the bracelet. I emptied my school bag & purse and searched my car. The next day I searched my classroom. I could not locate Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré so I called in Saint Anthony. My version of the prayer goes something like this:

Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony

Something is lost and can’t be found.

Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony

Please look around.

I know those of you who know the actual prayer, recognize I have veered from the script. Needless to say, Saint Anthony and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré decided I was going to have to get through the active shooter scenario training and whatever else was thrown at me on my own. As of yesterday morning, I had determined the bracelet was a lost cause.

Last evening was Back-to-School night. It is a time for families to come to school to see the classroom and meet the teacher to begin to understand the expectations for the school year. As I was beginning the second session of meetings, a young lady came over to the laptop where I was setting up the presentation. In her hand was my bracelet.

“Mrs. Beemie, I just found this on the sofa, should I bring it to lost and found?”

Not sure how I didn’t see the bracelet among the mix of texture and patterns.

I recognized her from last school year in our intermediate hall. I nearly hugged her but managed to contain the emotion.

I told her how I had looked high and low for the bracelet and even mentioned I prayed to Saint Anthony over the last two days. I asked her name….she said, “Faith.”

Sometimes Faith is all you need,





  1. Kelly L McKenzie says:

    How I love this. Wow. Thank you for sharing and please know I shall add it to my faith bank that was opened when the Secret Garden honored Mom’s gift certificate. We all need a little bit of Faith.

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