Stepping Stones and Memories

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Have you ever been looking for a good movie to watch? Something that everyone in the family would enjoy and maybe even be inspired by? We were itching for a movie like that last week and my friend Deb told me to watch Miracles From Heaven.  She said we would love it so we took her advice and I am so glad we did.  Miracles from Heaven - in house photoIn a nutshell it's the story of the Beam family and how they dealt with the illness, and ultimate healing {yay}, of their middle daughter.  The movie was filled with Love, Faith, Spirit and perseverance.  It was one of those movies that got me thinking, in a very good way, about life's moments...about times that can seem so hard but that can lead to something better than you could imagine. 

In particular I was thinking about my oldest son.  When he was still a little guy I became a single parent. I had always been a stay-at-home mom and at that point I needed to get a job to support us all. Leaving them was one of the hardest things I had ever done. My oldest son had been homeschooled and we continued the process which was not easy at times but he was determined and worked hard at it learning much on his own so that I wouldn't feel overwhelmed. He went on to successfully graduate from high school and even earned a diploma from our local school district for completing a senior project and complying with all of their stipulations to obtain a diploma.Joe with Tassel in Face SO CUTE June 30 2016After graduation he wasn't sure what he wanted to do and so he got a job...a very hard one at that. I prayed and hoped that he would seek something more....I wanted a better life for him and I wanted him to do something he would love.  He saved his money and out of the blue (not really....I knew God was working on him) he decided to go back to school and get a degree.  He paid for everything himself and continued to work while going to school.  Picture of Boys to Print 4x6 Joe Jordan Max Joe's Graduation June 30, 2016This year he graduated with honors and also received a special award "for outstanding achievements in demonstrating excellence in leadership and perseverance......" As I sat there in the audience I fought off tears and was so proud of the man he had become in spite of the obstacles he faced knowing that God, faith, prayer and love was what got him there. 

Handprint-stepping stoneSo now how does this all tie into stepping stones you may ask? One of the last crafts I made with my two oldest sons was a stepping stone and a decorative stone for our garden...this was the summer before our lives changed.  

Sun Dial craft with the boys

In the following years there were very few crafts..... 

Garden Stepping Stones - Making Memories with Kids

but after watching the movie...again, it got me thinking, I decided to make a stepping stone with my middle son and youngest son.  I bought a kit...only one (what was I thinking?). Their hands were too big for two hand prints on one stone so we compromised and did thumbprints instead.

They had fun adding their initials, the year and some gems to their stone and I had one of those wonderful "mom moments" watching them.  Our new stepping stone will be dry in a day or two and we'll place it in the garden with the other two stones....

All of this was sparked by watching a good movie! We bought our copy at Walmart (available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital) and for every Miracles From Heaven DVD purchased $1.00 will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network - now that's wonderful. 🙂 

hugs, mb new logo March 2016

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  1. Amy Anderson says:

    This is AWESOME! Congratulations to your oldest son - what did he get his degree in??

    And those step stones are cute. I love that idea!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Amy! His degree is in Science with Mechanical Engineering Concentration. He wants to get a degree in nuclear engineering next - I can barely spell that. 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and I'm glad you like the stepping stones.

  2. Shasta L Walton says:

    That is an awesome story! I can tell how proud you are of your son and you should be proud of yourself too because it sounds like he has a pretty awesome mom! #client

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Shasta, I truly appreciate your kind words. 🙂

  3. Jennifer Priest says:

    Congrats! What a great story and I love the way you made memories together 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you very much, Jennifer! 🙂

  4. What a fun way to create memories with your kids. That's what they will remember most. Congratulations to your son!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Leanne!