It's been a long couple of weeks. Literally every single time I check the news a new, heartbreaking, catastrophe has taken place.
I often wonder if we were designed to carry this much. As mother's we carry the burdens of our children, our extended families, our communities, and more and more with the instantaneous nature of the news we are carrying every burden of our country and world.
The last few days I've found myself grabbing for distractions. I started reading my son's summer reading assignment. I've been organizing my iPhoto library. I've been looking for a Netflix distraction after the kids have gone to bed. Really - anything to give my brain a break.
I knew I had this post coming up for the upcoming DVD release of Miracles From Heaven (and lucky me they sent me a copy) and it was a welcome distraction as well.
The first time I saw the movie in the theatre, I was bawling. Like, glad I brought my hooded sweatshirt, where are some more tissues, I need to stay in the theatre for an extra 15 minutes once the movies over, BAWLING. But in the best of ways.
The movie hit me as a mother, thinking about my own children. It hit me as a sister as I reflected on my sister's experiences with a heart transplant and cancer in our local pediatric hospital.
It hit me as I thought about my husband's car accident and all of the miracles that accompanied his recovery. I remember keeping a daily journal of all of the amazing things that people did for us and all of the small (and big) acts of service that were performed for our family. I never want to forget them. I was constantly looking for the silver lining.
I took this photo from my husband's hospital room. It was dark outside, but that bright light, the silver lining around the clouds as the sun went down, that light was for our little family.
I had to count the miracles. Our life was (and is) full of them. Right now the state of the world is overwhelming. But there are still miracles all over the place. We just need to slow down and recognize them.
If you are like me, and you need to focus on something brighter, just for a couple of hours, I can promise you you'll find this movie a much needed shift in focus. (Or maybe just a really good cry!) Even better, it's a movie that you can watch BEFORE you put the kids to bed. My girls loved this movie from start to finish.
Experience the miracle, you can own Miracles From Heaven now. Purchase at Walmart.
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ABOUT THE FILM – NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY & DVD
When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Annabel has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.
Bonus content on the MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN Blu-ray and DVD releases include two featurettes, as well as commentary. Join Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, their costars and crew for a behind the scenes look at the making of this very special film, in “Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven.” Viewers will also meet the real-life Beam family and Dr. Nurko, learn about the casting of the film and the challenge of “the tree.” Shot at the Beam family ranch in Burleson, TX, “Bearing Witness,” features the Beam Family, their pastor, friends, first-responders and community as they gather around the tree and celebrate their faith and the miracles that brought them together. In the “Your Words” montage, experience some of the film's most touching and memorable moments set against Third Day's powerful rendition of the inspirational song.
The Blu-ray release exclusively contains deleted scenes and the featurette “Accounts from Annabel,” where Christy and Anna reflect together on their past, present, future, faith and bonding over the past four years since the incident.
Blu-ray & DVD Extras include:
- "Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven"
- "Bearing Witness"
- Creating Heaven: Concept Art Exploration
- "Your Words" Music Montage
Commentary with Director Patricia Riggen and Screenwriter Randy Brown
Additional exclusive Extras to the Blu-ray include:
- "Accounts From Annabel"
Based on the memoir by Christy Beam
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, with Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah
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