“Heaven is For Real” the Movie

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I wrote a whole post about this movie after Mark and I watched it about a month ago but did it on my new tablet and promptly lost everything.  So I’m going to do it again from the desktop.

Have you seen this movie?  If you haven’t, I strongly suggest that you do.  It is fabulous and deeply moving in every way.

Here is the official plot summary:

  • Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.

    - Written by Sony Pictures Publicity

The little boy they cast to play the part of Colton was superb, along with the rest of the cast.

I has watched it once before Mark and I watched it together and it got me thinking about my own experience.  It saddened me greatly to realize how far away from my connection to God that I have allowed the world and the enemy to take me.  Just a short time ago, no more than 3 or 4 years, I would have told you it was impossible but here I am.  I don’t pray for the first hour of each day, or read daily in the Bible, or walk around the house praying in tongues.  The only time it seems that I do pray these days is when requested to or someone I know is in need.  I have determined to strive hard this year to correct that situation.  After that, I also realized how much Mark has changed over the last few years as well.

We’ve both been through a lot and, in reality, it’s not surprising to find some bitterness has set into both of us.  Just seeing it in writing really pounds the point home.

Anyway, when we were watching this movie I kept glancing over at Mark through my tears and wondered if it was affecting him as much as it had me.  I was pretty sure it was.  Afterwards I asked if it made him remember more clearly his experience.

He said that whomever did the cinematography for the scene where Colton tells his dad about entering their church and seeing the angels in Heaven did a spot on job.

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I asked what he meant ’cause I thought he didn’t see any angels.  Mark said that he didn’t see the actual angels forms but he saw the lights just exactly as they had depicted them.  I found that not only awesome but also reassuring ’cause I only saw the light as well.

So take it from two “near-deather’s” this is the inspirational movie of the decade to see.

I’m sure I had more to say about it in the first post I did right after viewing it but I don’t remember :(

Love and blessings to you all, my friends,
Terri

P.S.  Check out also Akiane Kramarik’s (another near-deather mentioned in the movie) painting of Jesus.  To see more on her Pinterest page click on the link:

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Latest Art Pictures

I’ve been working as hard as my health has allowed me to and have some new things to share with you all :)

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Graciously

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For Dancing Days

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OMG! I Forgot Again!

This is terrible on my part!!  I feel like a perfect ass on this big screw-up; I try so hard to be a woman of my word and I hate when my disease interferes with me maintaining that goal.

Remember when I got all fired up about trying to get medical support and manufacturer backing for polymer clay physical therapy?

Finally, after having every door shut in my face, I gave up.  I didn’t have the energy to pursue it after Mark was diagnosed either.  BUT, I completely forgot to tell you this part!!

I kind of feel like a heel about the results but you all know that my intentions were all good and I was on the up and up about trying to shine the light on how clay has benefitted me, right?!

Well, here’s the thing, I did hear back from one of the manufacturers, Sculpey, and they were extremely supportive of my quest, just not on a long-term basis.  They told me to pick out what colors I wanted ’cause they were shipping me a one time donation of 50 bars of clay!!

I stated that I hadn’t got anything started yet on the weekly workshops I was hoping for and, therefore, could they make sure the clay was good and fresh since I might have to store it for a while.

Long story short, they said don’t worry about it if I ended up using it myself, they just wanted to contribute back into the community whenever possible, something like that.

Darn it!  I wish I had posted this story immediately after everything happened so I could remember the details better!!!!

But hey, I’m just glad I could share that with you all :)

Sculpey rules!

New Family Photos

My eldest Shawna and her new beau; isn't she beautiful?

My eldest Shawna and her new beau; isn’t she beautiful?

 

 

Emily Grace and Christopher James; her babies

Emily Grace and Christopher James; her babies

 

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My youngest beauty, Sara Jayne with one of her many hair coloring jobs.

My youngest beauty, Sara Jayne with one of her many hair coloring jobs.

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Us three girls and one of the few photos that you will ever see of me, lol!

Us three girls and one of the few photos that you will ever see of me, lol!

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My second child; son Blaine and his wife Cait.  Another gorgeous couple if I do say so myself :)

My second child; son Blaine and his wife Cait. Another gorgeous couple if I do say so myself :)

 

If you are wondering about the tat's:  that's a Gaelic cross  in the center and the Serenity Prayer on his shoulder

If you are wondering about the tat’s: that’s a Gaelic cross in the center and the Serenity Prayer on his shoulder

 

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Their eldest son Trenton is in the yellow tank top; with cousins Emily and CJ and someone I don't know.

Their eldest son Trenton is in the yellow tank top; with cousins Emily and CJ and someone I don’t know.

LIlly Jo

LIlly Jo

Hayden Ray

Hayden Ray

Twin love

Twin love

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As Neil Diamond sang “Hello Again, Hello!” To All American Heroes; Home and Abroad!!

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It is been quite some time since I’ve had the energy/inspiration to write.  I wanted to say hello to you all and wish you a happy holiday weekend, even though it is now almost over.  I was watching movies today while laying around on the couch ( seems to be a daily thing of late ) and I said to Mark that I didn’t know why I started watching one movie in particular because it always tares me up every time I see it; Ladder 49.  I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about but, for those of you who don’t, it has a stellar cast led by one of my favorite actors – large_An6ECPfiWWlh6k412QyTwr1WLjs (1)John Travolta – and chronicles the life of firemen at one particular fire station.  The main focus of the story is on John and Joaquin Phoenix’s characters.  I’ve watched it enough times to know how it ends but not enough to remember the journey between start and finish.

Now I remember why I don’t ever watch it when I see it’s on; I balled my eyes out through the majority of it and ended up with a head ache!

But, having said all that, it did remind me that I need to be more vigilant about honoring the everyday American heroes that are walking our streets night and day with only one goal; the saving of lives.  I have seen it and experienced it personally more than once; Mark has told me; my children, brothers, parents, cousins, friends…

No one that I know has come through this life without having been touched by one of these heroes whether it be Police, Fire Rescue, EMT, Nurse, Doctor, etc.  The list goes on and on.

So, in addition to my usual Military Honors given throughout the year, I want to add all of you Everyday American’s who are also our heroes and deserving of the same level of respect that we give the military.

Those of you who have personally touched my life and those of my family, a special thank you goes out to you with every blessing of God bestowed upon you and yours!!

Peace and love,  Terri

 

PS:  BTW I consider my cyber friends out there who have been so supportive and loyal to be my heroes also.  There are many days that I would not have made it through had it not been for your kindness and love!!  Cyber buddies, sweeties, and baby girls: I love each and every one of you!!!!  xxxxxxxxxxxx

Some New Pictures to Share

Hi everyone!  My hand is healing slowly and it still is hard to type but I thought I had better jump on here and let you know that I am alive, lol..  I’ve been doing well with my sales at the local hand made  shop, yippee!  I even had a commission for a candle holder to encase the large sized Yankee candle order and she was so thrilled with it that she promised to be back for more.  Lucky me, I have recently had the pleasure of shingles for the second time :(

Please say a prayer for my eldest brother, Kevin, the one with cancer.  He has been in the hospital for a week now.  He went in with pneumonia, original diagnosis, but now they can’t figure out why he is so sick.

I have some new pic’s of the grandkids and the latest masterpieces I’ve created, also a few that are still not quite finished.  I’m most proud of my owls, my new style of dragons and the one for Sara to give her boyfriend for his birthday..  :)  Much love and many blessings to you all!!  Terri

First for family bragging:

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Next for the Artist in me:

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Quick Update

I had surgery on my hand a week and a half ago, so typing isn’t very easy right now.  I had “trigger finger” in my thumb and it was causing me all kinds of problems but the surgeon said that he has never had anyone come back a second time after having this procedure done.

I was also on one of my MS sleeping jags again too.  Last week, I believe, I averaged being awake for maybe a total of 4 hours each day :(  I’m hoping that’s coming to an end, although I have been fighting to stay awake several times today.

I know, through the grapevine, that my brother finished up with all of his chemo for now.  Praying it worked.

Dad and mom have been back from Florida for about a month now, both are doing good.

Mark had a new ultra-sound done and it showed some improvement in the inflammation of his heart.  We figured that was probably due majorly to his now working.  Mom said that will make him harder than ever to control and I agreed.  I catch him doing things that he shouldn’t be often and have to remind him that he can’t do anything he wants to anymore.  Today I had a can-nip fit about him carrying a TV in from the Jeep.  He was pretty winded when he was done and I think he realized I was right ;)

The twins are both well over 7 lbs. each now and doing great!

Looking forward to my other two babies (Emily and Christopher) coming over to spend some time with grandma and papaw in the next couple of weeks.  Emily was on the A Honor Roll last semester!!!  I was so proud of her.

That’s about all my hand can take for now.

Peace, love and blessings to you all,  Terri

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