Friday, January 23, 2015

Stuck Like Glue

Last year around this time I posted this to the Facebook group Signs From Our Loved Ones.  I later went back to the store and bought the Stuck On You stuffed porcupine (the first picture with this post).

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Stuck On You
A week or two ago I posted this great song, "Stuck Like Glue," by Sugarland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q9Gou6d9Uo I felt that it was a message from my dear son in spirit, Graham.  Yesterday this card was in my mailbox.  I couldn't believe it.  The one stuffed animal has a heart that says, STUCK ON YOU!  There are so many ways that we can receive signs and messages from our loved ones.  Love never ends.  It is such a comfort understanding this.
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That was almost exactly a year ago.  Three days ago I had a message from my son through a friend who is a medium.  She said she heard my son say, "I love you mom," and the words, "I'm stuck on you," so she looked up these words and discovered two different artists that have a song with a name similar to "stuck on you".   Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue" is one of these.  She asked me if this song meant anything to me.  Of course I knew exactly what she was talking about.  A day or so later I stopped by my local Hallmark store to buy a few cards.  I smiled when I saw there were different Stuck On You porcupines this year for Valentine's Day. (the second picture).   I picked one up to look more closely and noticed these ones were musical.  Guess what song they play?  "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland! What beautiful Valentine messages of love again from my darling angel boy.  I thought I would go back and buy this porcupine too!   Love is always and forever. 

I went back to the Hallmark store today to buy this porcupine and was surprised even further.  It turns out this is not only musical.  It also spins to the music.  I couldn't believe it when I heard these words in the song:  "I love you!"  They are not in the original lyrics.  A Valentine message across dimensions.   Enjoy this cute little video. :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

We'll Meet Again


The day after my son passed my husband drove to my son's college town to find his car.  My husband found that the CD in the CD player in my son's car was Johnny Cash's "American IV:  The Man Comes Around."

One of the songs on this great CD is a cover of a World War II British song, "We'll Meet Again."  I had never heard this song until I listened to my son's Johnny Cash CD.

My husband and my daughter worked for several days recording a compilation of Graham's most played music from his iTunes play list. They ended up with six CD's.  Graham had very eclectic tastes in music. There was jazz, blues, alternative, classical, rock, American roots, country, etc. After Graham's funeral service many people came over to our house.  We had Graham's music playing in the background. The music was all random. As people were leaving we were standing with some of his closest friends, who were the last to leave.  It had gotten quiet as we said our goodbyes, when all of a sudden the song, "We'll Meet Again," by Johnny Cash started playing.  My dad said the hair on his arms stood up!  The perfect song at the perfect moment.  It was amazing.  There was no doubt that was from Graham.

Until today I had never heard this song play anywhere except when we played it at home.  This afternoon my husband and I were in a bookstore before going to a movie.  As I was standing in the store "We'll Meet Again" started playing on the background music in the store!  It was a woman singing, and we didn't recognize who had done the recording.  My husband and I were so surprised.  I stood there with a full heart thanking Graham for his wonderful message to us.

While we were at the movie theater waiting for the movie to start my husband did a search on his phone to find out who else has covered this song.  One of the groups was "She and Him."  We wondered if that could have been who we heard singing this in the bookstore.

When the movie was over we went to Starbucks.  While we were waiting to order our drinks we noticed the CD's at the counter.  One of them was a "She and Him" album.  We wouldn't have looked at the CD except that my husband had found that She and Him had done a cover of "We'll Meet Again."  We looked to see what songs were on the CD, and one of the songs was "We'll Meet Again"!  We bought the CD and listened to it.  It's the same song and artist that was playing in the bookstore!

Our passed loved ones are a living presence in a different form.  They tell us in so many ways they are still here, and that we'll meet again.  Bless us all and our dear loved ones in spirit.  LOVE NEVER ENDS.  

Here are the Johnny Cash and She and Him covers of "We'll Meet Again."

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Childhood Memory

The day after Christmas my husband and I went to a Children's Museum with our daughter, son-in-law, and little granddaughter. There were two floors of wonderful exhibits and themed rooms with educational things for children to do.  When my children were little, at Christmas we all enjoyed watching the delightful Muppet movie, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.  My 22 year old angel boy, Graham, even had the DVD of this movie.  One of the displays at the museum reminded me of this movie - it brought tears to my eyes. There were also some little animals toasting marshmallows.  That was something that Graham liked to do too.   I felt this animated woodland scene that was so like this movie was a way for Graham to let us know that he was with us enjoying this special time.  Love and family is forever.

Here is the movie on You Tube -
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Memorial Ornament Idea

The picture above shows our Christmas decorations; we added the angel next to our Christmas tree this year.  The picture on the right shows a very special ornament that a friend helped me make.  I had mentioned to her my idea about using some of my feathers from my heavenly feather collection I have from my son for an ornament.  She told me she had a glass bulb she could give me and suggested adding artificial snow and iridescent glitter to it along with the feathers.  I also wanted to add something written. I found a sheet of words at a Craft store that had some words that were perfect.  I added the words, "Always & Forever", with the sparkly red ribbon.  That's also the title of one of my poems.  Thank you, Betsy, for your love and compassion and help in the creation of this lovely ornament that helps to keep Graham close at Christmas.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2014 Annual Service of Remembrance

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The northern Virginia chapter of The Bereaved Parents of the USA had their lovely candle lighting service in honor of our beloved children last night.  I read a couple of my poems for this special service.  Our precious children, forever loved and remembered. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Language of Spirit

A couple of weeks ago I was the guest on this special show.  We discussed a topic dear to my heart, the language of spirit.  Tune in to listen to the different ways our loved ones in spirit communicate with us.
Click on this link to listen to the show - "The Language of Spirit" with Pamela Marie Edmunds on her Bridge Between Two Worlds Internet radio show


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Memorial Glass Candle Holder

This special glass candle holder that I ordered arrived today. It has the words, "tonight I hold this candle in memory of you" on one side and Graham's name on the other. These words are from a beautiful song that Alan Pedersen wrote in loving memory of his daughter, Ashley. "Tonight I Hold this Candle" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPlBrxzBO9s This song is now played in December in candle lighting memorial services all over the world.
Here is a link to the candle holder if you would like to order one - http://thegrieftoolbox.com/p…/beautiful-personalized-candle….
God bless all who are missing loved ones this holiday season.



Friday, November 21, 2014

Little Signs



There are so many little ways that our loved ones in spirit give us signs.  We just need to learn to recognize them.  This morning when I was driving the song, "Gone, Gone, Gone" by Phillip Phillips came on my car radio.  I have that song on my iTunes play list for my angel boy, Graham.  I love the lines, "I'll love you long after you're gone," and "Like a drum, my heart never stops beating for you."  As I was thinking about this I noticed a decal on the back of a car that passed by me.  It was for a school with a Ram as its mascot.  My son was an Aries, the sign of the Ram.  I felt this validated that the song was a message from him. 

When I got back in my car after shopping I glanced at the car parked next to me.  There was a feathered dream catcher hanging from their rear view mirror!  What a great way to receive a feather sign.  We are never truly alone.  Watch for the signs.  Love is always and forever. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Blessed Encounter

This is an example to me of how I am learning that nothing is ever truly random. My husband and I decided to go to a local fall home and craft expo this afternoon. One of the craft booths had small matted pictures with names. I stopped to look to see if there was one with my granddaughter's name. These pictures also have the meaning of the name, where it is derived from, personality traits, and real pressed flowers. 

As I was looking through the names I asked the man selling them if he had any with the name of my son, Graham. It's not a common name here and hard to find anything with that name. He said he did! There were two to choose from. I was attracted to the one with the red flower. The personality traits were even very accurate. I then explained to him that Graham was my son and that he had passed. He pointed out to me that the blue flower in the picture is a forget-me-not! It brought tears to my eyes. He had tears too. 

As we spoke a little more he shared with me that he had a wife that passed all of a sudden when she was 37 years old. I gave him my card with info on my blog and book and told him about the wonderful Facebook group that I work with, Signs From Our Loved Ones. He said how he and his son smell his wife's perfume sometimes and know it is her. He was happy to learn about our special group. We hugged and parted knowing that none of this was coincidental. What a blessed gift from spirit. Here is the web site for these special name pictures.  http://www.NameMeCompany.com

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hanging with the Guys

We celebrated my dad's 87th birthday over the weekend at his house.  This is a picture of two of my brothers that was taken in my dad's kitchen.  We were delighted to see the orb to the left of my brother Rob's head in the picture!  Graham is hanging with his uncles.  He is always a part of our family celebrations.   We love you, Graham.  Love is always and forever.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Healing Grace

That is Graham's bedroom window with the candle light shining forth.  His light will shine forever.  

Healing Grace

My house and surrounding lawn,
Bring great comfort to look upon,
A sanctuary of healing grace,
My own personal sacred space.

A contemplative angel takes center stage,
With divine memories in her gaze,
A statue that speaks of life’s sorrows and joy,
The emotions I feel for my dear angel boy.

They soothe and set my soul at ease,
Bringing a sense of calm and peace,
Imbued with my son’s spirit of love and care,
I feel wrapped in his love when I am there.

A lovely flowing waterfall feature,
Visited by nature’s little creatures,
Cascades beside my patio deck,
A tranquil spot to think and reflect.

Frogs sing a chorus of hellos,
With their noisy bellows,
Dragonflies hover over plants in his pond,
While butterflies flit here and yon.

Birds are singing in his apple trees,
Caressed by the gentle scented breeze,
The crepe myrtle trees add bright color,
And remind me of our time together.

Love is the gift that he gave to me,
I feel his presence continually,
His love is my healing grace,
Comforting, cherished, and eternally embraced.
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Comforting Signs

Yesterday my husband and I went to visit our son's grave site.  We stopped at our local grocery store to buy some flowers.  As we were walking across the parking lot to the store we noticed this license plate.  The first three numbers, 330, are the same as for our son's birthday, March 30th!  When we arrived at the cemetery we noticed a Red Tailed Hawk feather a few feet away from Graham's grave stone. We knew there was special symbolism associated with this feather.  As we were driving through the cemetery on our way home this song came on our car radio, The Police - I'll Be Watching You. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH_YbBHVF4g  This is a special song to me.  I have it on my iTunes play list of songs for my son.  Graham was letting us know he was (is) with us.  Love never ends.  Notice the signs.  Blessings to us all. 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Memorial Bench

When my son was a senior in high school he took a Biology class. Part of the Biology class requirement was to grow something in their school lab. Graham took some seeds from a Fuji apple that he ate and planted them. Surprisingly, they did well. He had four apple trees growing. They looked like little twigs. When the school year was over he brought them home. This was in June of 2004. The following year we bought a home and moved in April of 2005. We were so happy to stop moving after years in the military and to have a home of our own. One of the first things Graham did was to plant his apple trees in our back yard (they were still small enough that they had been in plant pots up to then). 

On September 22, 2007, our world changed in an instant when we learned our dear Graham had passed in a tragic accidental fall. He had just started his senior year of college. The first spring after Graham died (2008) was the first year that his apple trees had some blossoms on them. We went out and took a picture of one of his trees. I was crying and talking to Graham and saying, do you see your beautiful trees? When we downloaded the picture there was this beautiful rainbow beside his tree! This special picture is the picture we used on the back of my book, A Mother's Tears.

Graham's apple trees have grown so much. A couple of months ago I had the thought that it would be so special to have a memorial bench to sit on under this special tree. We ordered this outdoor bench and are so happy with it. We also wanted to have this be a lovely landscaped area. I was really hoping that it would be completed by tomorrow for Graham's angelversary. I never know when the landscaping people will show up. It's been in various stages for the past month or so. Friday they were here planting the last plants! I just knew that Graham would help to see it done by tomorrow. We are so grateful for the gift of his beautiful apple trees.













I also had this poem come to me. Thank you, Graham. You live in our hearts forever.


Memorial Bench

We now have a memorial bench to sit upon,
In our back garden lawn,
Under one of your apple trees,
That you planted and grew from seeds.

LOVE NEVER ENDS is engraved on the plaque,
That is on the bench’s back,
In your loving memory,
Of life, love, and legacy.

There could be no more perfect place,
For a reflective resting space,
Among the scented blooms and leaves,
Your love permeates the air we breathe.

We love you son and feel you near,
Love does not ever disappear,
You are in our hearts forever,
Loved, cherished, and remembered.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Family Heritage Sign

The men in my husband's family have a tradition of carrying a coin in their pocket. I would like to share this meaningful experience from last night and why it's such a significant sign for us.

My husband's maternal grandfather always carried a silver dollar in his pants pocket. He passed a few months before my husband was born. The 1922 "Peace" dollar in the picture with this post is the last one he carried. When my husband graduated from high school his maternal grandmother gave him a 1964 silver Kennedy half dollar in a key chain holder as a gift. Ever since then my husband has always carried a 1964 Kennedy half dollar in his pocket. When this coin was lost he replaced it from the coin collection he inherited from his dad with another 1964 silver Kennedy half dollar. My father-in-law always carried a silver dollar in his pants pocket, the 1885 "Morgan" dollar in the picture. After my husband's father died my husband took our son to a coin shop in the town where my father-in-law lived and bought him a commemorative "Standing Liberty" silver dollar coin, the 1993 coin shown in the picture, which was based on the old "Standing Liberty" half dollar. Later, my husband found the 1942 "Standing Liberty" half dollar in the picture in his dad's coin collection and gave it to Graham so he would have a coin he could carry in his pocket as a substitute for the collectible dollar coin. Graham always carried it in his pants pocket. A family tradition honored. When Graham passed it was in his jeans pocket. I keep it in a special box that was his.





Last night my husband and I were with my parents, three of my brothers, and my daughter and her family for a special family get together and celebration. At some point my dad went out and picked up his mail. When he was opening up the mail there was a solicitation that included a half dollar! I knew that was Graham letting us know that he was with his family too. I was amazed at the personal significance of this. It brings tears just writing about it. Notice the little miracles and gifts we are given. Love is the greatest gift of all. It transcends space and time. I am so very grateful.