They say that when you do good things, the universe has a way of repaying you with the same kindness. Well, that's exactly what happened to Dina Theissen and her family. While Dina had a husband and daughter, the last thing they expected was to get a new addition to their nest. But it wasn't a second child that the Thiessen's welcomed, but rather a blue jay named Gracie. How they met was unexpected, and how they became a family was so heartwarming. And when life threw Dina a shocking curveball, Gracie was more than happy to help her out.

Dina and daughter found a baby bird on one fateful morning that changed their lives forever.

The blue jay was only a few days old and sitting at the bottom of a tree. But it was so young that they couldn't tell what kind of bird it was at the time. One thing was certain, they had to help the cute little guy out.

The Thiessens named the bird Gracie, even though it was male, and decided to raise him.

They gave him a place to stay, and eat. On the advice from a wildlife rescue service, Dina tried leaving Gracie where she'd found him to see if his mom would return, but she didn't. Since they knew that Gracie wouldn't survive alone, they took him in.

The Thiessens named the bird Gracie, even though it was male, and decided to raise him.

Dina Theissen

For Dina, caring for Gracie was like becoming a mom all over again, and Gracie seemed pretty comfy.

While the blue jay continued to bond with its human mommy and the rest of the family, Dina knew she had to teach him what it meant to become a bird. As he grew, she nurtured and taught him all about the natural environment.

For Dina, caring for Gracie was like becoming a mom all over again, and Gracie seemed pretty comfy.

Dina Theissen

Dina had noticed how Gracie was becoming stronger and eager to learn about the world.

She decided to help him learn what it was like to forage food for himself by hunting insects. Using her hands and her arms, she'd lift him up and lead him towards his potential food source. In the process, she became a mommy bird too.

Dina had noticed how Gracie was becoming stronger and eager to learn about the world.

Dina Theissen

The Thiessens used their patio to raise Gracie, knowing full well that he'd one day return to the wild.

Until he flew the proverbial coop, Gracie learned to hone in on his natural instincts and used his abilities to fly, search for food, and explore his surroundings. At first, it seemed like Gracie didn't really want to leave his human family behind.

The Thiessens used their patio to raise Gracie, knowing full well that he'd one day return to the wild.

Dina Theissen