It was a rough day... and added to it was taking care of three grandchildren by Grandma Becky and Grandpa Rick Youngmark of Cannon Falls.
This was a normal procedure for them as they babysit five days a week.
Plus it means a half hour drive to the children's home too.
But this was a special outing.
They were on their way to Grandma's house when they stopped at what her grandkids call "the bacon and sausage store" - aka Greg's Meats.
As the children busied themselves among the yummy foods, Becky noticed a mother and her young-adult daughter shopping on what appeared to be their first visit to the store.
As Becky's group was checking out, the other mother asked the grandkids if they were having a good day with Grandma? They giggled and replied, "Yes."
Becky talked with her a while and explained how she and her husband take care of the children almost every day.
Then the kids waved goodby and along with Grandma they headed out the door.
Becky had just buckled two of them into their car seats and had gone around the car to buckle in the third one. It was when she bent over to adjust that child's seat that she felt a hand on her shoulder.
It was the mother from the meat market.
A special gift...
She handed Becky a necklace and explained that she was a St. Paul police officer who was participating in what was called the St. Michael project.
This included St. Michael necklaces that were blessed by a Catholic archbishop and were being given out to random people that this group felt led to give to.
She thanked Becky for taking such good care of her grandchildren and said they would remember her always for giving them such loving care.
Now Becky always has a "giving heart" but there's times folks like her need care too. And tears streamed down Becky's cheeks as she thanked the woman for the encouragement and necklace.
Then Becky turned to show the children the necklace.
But when she turned back to say "Thank you" again to the stranger, she saw that the woman, her daughter and their car were gone!
Becky recalled that she hadn't realized how much she needed this encouragement at this point in time.
Becky encourages you: "May our eyes, ears and hearts be open to the simple everyday miracles God is doing in our lives."