Wednesday, May 27, 2009


The dedication of Michael's memorial garden was yesterday.  The garden is beautiful ... and put together so lovingly by Michael's class and the school.  The stepping stones spell out his name and were designed by Michael's class.  The flowers were also planted by Michael's class.  

At the dedication, the principal spoke as well as two of Michael's classmates and his teacher.  Their words were so sweet.  Michael would have loved it.

Afterwards, we went to Michael's classroom and spent time with his class.  The students shared their Michael moments.  So funny.  We ate pizza.  Laughed together.  It was good to be there.  Good to see his friends.  Good to be amongst kids again.  I haven't been around kids in a long while.  I needed that.  It was good for my soul.

Our neighborhood is just across the street from the school.  I can walk to Michael's garden whenever  I want.  It is so peaceful - I drove by there tonight.  I look forward to seeing it grow.

Michael was blessed with a great school.  A fantastic teacher.  Good friends.  Their tribute to him is beautiful.  I don't have enough words to thank them for all they have done.


Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures. Kim mentioned that she has more, I look forward to seeing them. Did the weather hold out during the dedication?

Anonymous said...

The people at the school are amazing. They have been so supportive and caring. It was such a sweet way to remember Michael and the garden is beautiful. I am so impressed with Michael's class. They are like a family. And now, they have bonded in a way you do not see very often. A true testimony to them, their parents and their teacher. It's no wonder Michael loved them so much and did so well. This is the environment in which he was comfortable. It was what he was used to with his family. I'm so thankful we got to come too.

Stacie Hollingsworth said...


You don't know me, but I found your blog through a request that a friend put up on face book. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your heart and experiences here. I won't pretend to understand the grief that you are going through because it is a pain that the mere thought of experiencing myself makes it difficult for me to breathe. I have been reading your blog entries today and it makes me so grateful for my children. It makes me want to play games with them tonight when I get home, it makes me want to allow them to help with dinner and not worry about them spilling something, it makes me want to be a better mom. I know that must be little comfort to you but I hope that you know that sharing your thoughts keeps Michael's memory alive by inspiring those of us who haven't experienced the loss of a child to be the kind of parents that would look back with fewer regrets, the kind of parents that remember to treat our children as the gifts that they are. Thank you, please know that you and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers and that when we play our game tonight I will thank God for my family, for the lesson that a little boy named Michael taught me through his mommy and pray that he will comfort you and your family.