Marygrace [Joshua's 7 year-old sister] told Regina a dream she had about Joshua on July 18th, 2006. Regina retells Marygrace's words below.
Marygrace told me that she had a dream about Joshua last night.
She said she was asleep and Joshua came down from heaven with a little girl and he said, "Hi Marygrace! This is our little sister Ann!"1 We lost a baby to miscarriage before we had Joan.
And then there were a whole bunch of other children there, about twenty. They all wanted to play with Marygrace and Joshua and Ann. They sat in a circle and they played Duck Duck Goose. "And it was so fun," Marygrace said, "because there were so many children. You had to run a lot."
Then, she said, they began to do exercises. The boys helped the boys do sit-ups and the girls helped the girls do sit-ups. "I had to have someone sit on my feet because I was the youngest," she said.
"Why were you doing sit-ups?" I asked.
"Because we were getting ready for a race, a very very long race. We had to do all sorts of exercises.
"We ran the race and it took a long long time. But then we won! We all won!
"And then we had a BIG party and everyone we know was there. Actually, everyone in the whole world was there. It was so much fun.
"And they had dress-up clothes and I wore a beautiful dress with a puff-out skirt, and I danced with a boy who was seven, who liked me. It was a beautiful dance."
I tried to imagine all of this.
"Remember that dream," I told Marygrace. "It's important. Remember it."
1It is interesting to note that we soon realized that the feast day of St. Ann is the same as Joshua's birthday - July 26.