Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Short Answers Take #5

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What is your favorite thing about where you live?

K: Eating food.
Me:Is there something about our house that you like?
K:Eating food, playing with toys and going to the swimming pool. You know that!

What do trains carry?
K: Anything but not except dirt...but not dirt or mulch.

What does a Sherriff do?
K: What is a Sherriff.
Me: Like Dougie.
K: A different kind of that a sherriff?

Where do gas stations get gas?
K: From a gas truck.

If you could do whatever you wanted for a whole day, what would you do?
K: Swim in the pool.

Where does salt come from?
K: It comes from.....from.....a store.

Where does electricity come from?
K: Um,...I don't know.

How many years have you been alive?
K: Um...25.

What is your favorite kind of car?
K: umm..purple. a purple car
Me: how many doors?
K: Um...4, I mean 3, maybe 2. Actually 4. 4 doors on a van and 2 on a car.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

CMH Butterfly Release

I am finally getting around to posting about the butterfly release at the Children's Mercy Memorial Service. I loved doing it last year and was really looking foward to it this year too!
After the service, everyone gets a butterfly in a box. We all go outside, a prayer is said, we all open our boxes, say our child's name and watch the butterflies flit around and eventually fly away. It is quite a breathtaking sight!
Last year, my butterfly didn't want to go...."he" hung around and sat on my shoulder for a bit before leaving! I remember my friend, Sally, saying "Look! Sam doesn't want to leave you!"
Well, this year something special happened as well! Jeff opened his box first and I tried to get photos (which didn't turn out so well....). The lil butterfly flitted in front of him for a second and flew away. I handed the camera to Jeff and opened my box. But my butterfly didn't move. It was happy to just sit on the box and take in the view! After a minute I tried to nudge it to fly and it fell to the ground. At first I was horrified, but then decided this was Sam telling me something again. :)

I scooped it up into my hand as gently as possible and tried to put it in the box again...but it fell another time. So I gently scooped it up again and Jeff held it for awhile. We tried multiple times to coax it to fly but decided maybe it was injured. We placed it back in the box and decided to tak it home with us.
As we were leaving, the staff was handing out extra butterflies, so we grabbed another box to take home to Kennedy!
Kennedy loved it so much!!!! She opened the box slowly and peeked at it! Then she opened it completely and it didn't fly away, so she put it on her finger!
It stayed a minute or so and flew away.
Then we told her about "my" butterfly. We took this one to the front yard. She knew to be extra extra gentle as it was likely injured. Kennedy just loved on this little butterfly. It would never fly away so she carried it around the front porch. She thought the rose bushes would be a good home for it and tried to put it on the leaves.
Then she changed her mind and wanted to put it in the potted plant by the front door. Then changed her mind again. I think she just wanted to hold it as long as she could!!! She was so precious - caring for it and being so soft!

Finally we put it deep in the branches of the potted plant on our porch and let it be. We checked on it again before bedtime and it was still there.

By the next morning, it was gone. I choose to believe it decided to come home with us, give all three of us great joy, and then fly away.....

Psalm 126:5 Those who sow in tears will reap in songs of joy.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Short Answers!!

Ready for another installment of Short Answers??! Here we go!!!!

How tall are you?

Kennedy: mean how old I am or how tall I am little or big or medium?
Me: However tall you think you are
Kennedy: Uhh....middle


What are mom and dad doing when they pay bills?

Kennedy: Um....I don't know.


What’s the fanciest restaurant you’ve ever been to?

Kennedy: I don't know.


Do you think you look more like Mom or Dad?

Kennedy: Mommy.
Me: Why do you think that?
Kennedy: Because I just do.
Me: What parts?
Kennedy: Ummm...our shirts.


If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

Kennedy: Umm...Alsie. Actually I would turn it into Alex.


Is she cute or what?!?!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Getting To Know You

Just wanted to let you all in on another fun blogosphere activity!!!! I follow Lynette Kraft's Blog and she has a fun thing called Getting to Know You! It is a great way to find new blogs - and meet new bloggy buddies! So...head on over and join in the fun if you like!!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Children's Mercy Hospital Memorial 2009

This Sunday was the yearly memorial for Children's Mercy Hospital. Each year they have a Memorial Service for children that have died at their hospital. We attended last year as well. This year was extra special because they were unveiling and dedicating the 2008 quilt.

Each year families can create a quilt block for their child. A group of volunteer puts the blocks together to create an amazing quilt. Myself and two friends from my grief group had stewed over our quilt blocks for months. We wanted them to be perfect and kind of stressed ourselves out over them! We all waited until the last minute to create them and turn them in. I created Sam's with digital scrapbooking materials, as did my friend Julie for her son, Micah. Our friend Sally had a family member create Tommy's quilt square. We were all pleased with how the quilt turned out. And I think we were all fairly surprised at how emotional it was. But I am so proud to see my boy's beautiful face on there!!! It will be displayed in the hospital for some years to come!

Here is the entire quilt:

Here is Sam's square.....

and a close up of the words if you need it....

This is Micah, son of my friends Julie and Kirk......
And this is Tommy, son of my friends Sally and Todd.....

Also at the memorial, they have a large tree set up. If you wish you can take a leaf, write a note to your child, and pin it to the tree......

And here is my note to Sam....

The Memorial was nice. At the end we do a butterfly release. I will save that story and those photos for another day and another post.
We miss you everyday my dear boy!! I am so proud to call you my son and to share you with the world!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Secret Garden - August

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This month we are talking about our babies bedrooms and their belongings.

If you created a bedroom for your baby tell us what it was like.
Sam's bedroom was going to be Kennedy's old nursery. He was due in March, so we moved Kennedy out of the nursery and into a big girl room in January. We didn't know if Sam was going to be a girl or boy, and we hadn't known with Kennedy either. We did the room in greens and yellows to keep it neutral. We kept the same crib, furniture and bedding. We did inherit a wonderful changing table with awesome storage under it from Jeff's sister, Kate. So we had to rearrange furniture a bit. But other than that it was almost exactly the same as it was for Kennedy. We did take Kennedy's name off the wall and were planning on replacing it with our new baby's name.

Did you have it ready for them before they were born?
The room was completely ready! I had a few sleepers that were white and cream that could work for both genders - they were washed and ready. The basinette was set up in our bedroom with fresh sheets. The baby bouncers were out and ready. The Boppy, the blankies, the bottles, the diapers, the wipes, the swing....they were all ready. The carseat was installed in the van and ready to carry home our precious cargo.

If so how did you cope coming home to it without your baby?
We were so very, very blessed to not HAVE to come home to it. My father and his wife were staying at our home with Kennedy. That had always been the plan. So, while I recovered from the c-section in the hospital, they put it all away. The took apart the swing, placed most of the baby items into the nursery, and then shut the door. I was so thankful to not have to look at it when we got home.

Did you pack it all away?
For about a year, it all just stayed in the nursery. I had two pregnant friends that had babies in May of this year and I lent them most of the bigger items like the carseat, basinette, bouncers, etc. The nursery kind of became a storage room - the door stayed closed always. Just recently I cleaned most of it up and packed most everything away.

What is your baby's room now?
The nursery is still a nursery...the furniture is all in its place. But I also store Kennedy's clothes in there - and anyone who knows me well knows that she has lots!!

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