Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Special Pen

I was in a Things Remembered store a few days ago.  I had been looking for a pen because I lost the one I had carried in my purse.  I found and bought a special blue pen there.  It is unique because it has three different lovely charms you can interchange with it.  I like it because one charm is a heart and one says "MOM".  The pen can also be engraved.  I had "LOVE NEVER ENDS" engraved on it.  Those words are on Graham's grave stone and on the back of Graham's thumbprint necklace I always wear.  Here is a link to Things Remembered with information for this pen and a picture of the one I bought.  Things Remembered pens

Saturday, April 12, 2014

From Here to the Moon and Back

I was in Hobby Lobby the other day with a girlfriend.  I happened to see this wonderful heart plaque with a phrase that has so much meaning to many who have lost a loved one.  I had my girlfriend take a picture of me with it.  Another great message!  Enjoy this beautiful song by Dolly Parton, "From Here to the Moon and Back."

Counting Stars

I heard some parts of a song playing in a store I was shopping in a few days ago.  I felt the song was significant.  The only line I remembered from the song was "counting stars," so I did a Google search trying to see if I could find the song.  I somehow found it!   I am sitting here in tears as I listen.  I believe my dear angel boy, Graham, led me to find this beautiful song.  It speaks to my heart.   I am sure it will speak to yours too.  Love to all.
"Counting Stars" by Augustana (YouTube)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Birthday Gift From Beyond

Graham - Shining In God's Holy Grace
A year and a half ago I met a man who works with stained glass as a part time hobby. He had some pretty sun catchers for sale in a local shop. I asked him if he had ever done anything with a face or a figure. I was thinking that it would be wonderful to have something special made with my son's image on it. I came up with the idea of a fireplace screen to have in our family room. He had never done anything on this large of a scale, but said that he would welcome the challenge. We exchanged ideas, photos, designs, and thoughts over several months and decided to go forward with this very special project. Darryl didn't know how long this would take him. It was new territory. My husband and I told him that time wasn't an issue. A couple of months ago Darryl had completed the stained glass portion. The next step was for the piece to go to a woodworking shop where a cherry frame and stand would be made for it. That ended up taking much longer than was thought.
A few weeks ago I said to my husband that I thought that we were meant to get the fireplace screen on our son's birthday, which is March 30. Last Saturday night I received an email from Darryl saying the screen was done and asking what weekend would be good for us to get it! I just sat there and cried because that meant we could have the screen on Graham's birthday. I know that Graham was the one who orchestrated the timing. Darryl didn't even know when Graham's birthday was. It is all miraculous to me. Darryl and his wife delivered the screen yesterday and were a part of the celebration on many levels for Graham's birthday weekend. We think the screen is extraordinary. Darryl feels that he had help from my son all along as he worked on this amazing piece. Graham was a very talented artist and graphic designer. What a blessed birthday gift. LOVE is everything.

Here is Darryl's email address for anyone interested in having a stained glass piece made -