As I was posting this thread, I remembered the day I lost and mysteriously found my little wooden Rosary.
In May of 2011, I went for a walk with my small wooden, pocket Rosary, as usual. It was a gift from a friend back in the 1980's and I cherished this small and humble sacramental.
My walk was interrupted when Mom called asking me to shuttle her to Confession, so I returned home quickly, grabbed my purse and with Rosary still in hand, hopped in the car and rushed to pick her up.
Once Mom went to Confession, we returned to the car in the church parking lot and I suddenly realized I wasn't holding onto my Rosary. I retraced my steps inside and outside the church, but nothing. I raced home with Mom and searched everywhere, inside the house, outside, small places. I searched the car. A friend was here and helped me search, combing the lawn which had some patches of dirt at the time. I looked out there too, thinking I had accidentally dropped it. I distinctly remember both of us searching this one small area in particular, but nothing. I raced back to the church and again, retraced my steps. Again, no Rosary so I returned home to search some more.
I prayed fervently, asking both St. Anthony and my Guardian Angel to help me find it. By now, I was heartbroken. I loved that Rosary... where was it??? For some reason, I walked outside and again searched the front lawn with the patch of dirt and suddenly stopped... staring down at that dirt in utter disbelief. I could not believe my eyes: to my great surprise and relief, there it was! My little wooden Rosary lay in a perfect circle. I was shocked and happy at once.
When I told my friend she barely believed me, insisting she had carefully searched that area and I agreed that I had indeed witnessed her looking. We both searched it but we did not see the Rosary. I must have dropped it on the way to the car, but why didn't we see it when we combed this area? There is no way we could have missed it.
I can't explain this, although God can. Is this a miracle? It is to me. God is good and merciful.