Friday, August 13, 2010


My cousin and her family were here for a 3 week visit the beginning of July. They drove in from Colorado and we enjoyed our visit so much. The kids hit it off as though they have been best friends for years!

My cousin hadn't seen Nicholas' garden yet. I was proud to show her and very grateful by her loving response. She sat by Nicholas' Garden on her own for while, really feeling his presence in our family and the strong bond that we share with him. Then she did something that a grieving mother/father often longs for.... she invited her family to sit with us and say a prayer. I can't begin to describe the graciousness, the pride, the love I felt at that moment. Our baby boy was being honoured by people who had never met him. He was being loved and recognized as the beautiful boy that he was. The tears flowed openly, but so did the smiles. I am so very grateful for such wonderful, caring and supportive people in our lives.

A lot of visits

Dear Nicholas,

I wanted to take a minute to thank you for visiting us so often this summer. You always seem to know when mommy's heart needs a little lift. You fly in... often to your brother and he comes running.... "Mommy, mommy, a ladybug! Nicholas wants to play!" You have been in the garden while the boys pick beans for dinner, you have been sunbathing on the dock when the kids are swimming in the water. The most special visit was on August 7. Exactly 21 months since we said hello and goodbye in the same breath. Kyle proudly brought you to me... thank you.

We are so lucky to have you in our lives.

Love you baby boy.