Pookie’s Roles

(Topic: weighted bears and how they can help with grieving, personal observations) Hi Friends, I’ve had Pookie featured on this blog a lot. If you’re new, Pookie is the weighted bear we have, representing our stillborn son Charlie (Pookie’s introduction is here, and Charlie’s story is written out here). So you know, because I will

Thoughts about Easter

(Topics: Grief and Anxiety, mental health, Easter/Religion, cemeteries) Hi Friends, The other day, I spent the day with Charlie. I have been feeling really, really sad and overwhelmed lately. Sometimes, when I’m feeling heavy, it’s very hard for me to figure out why – and knowing why makes it easier for me to either live

Visiting Charlie in January

(Topic: visiting grave) Hi Friends, I’d like to share with you a little bit about visiting Charlie. At the moment, we live about 45 minutes away from where he’s buried. Pretty soon we’re going to be more like 2 hrs and 15 minutes away… This means that we visit Charlie whenever it makes sense to

Scottish Pookie

(Topic: sewing, crafts, weighted bear) Hi Friends! Remember a few weeks ago, when I knitted a hat for Pookie? One of the things hubby noticed was that Pookie’s hat, when set on top of his head, looks like a tam. Hubby joked that Pookie would start borrowing daddy’s bagpipes! Well, you know me: this put

Sophia’s Wings walk/fundraiser

(Topic: Memorial walks for infant loss) Hi Friends, This is about something that happened last fall, that for some reason I hadn’t gotten around to writing about. In October, which is PAIL awareness month (Pregnancy And Infant Loss), many organizations hold memorial services or memorial walks, and occasionally fundraisers (and sometimes the walks have minor

Pookie Adventure: Columbus and Ikea

(Topic: Travel, weighted bear) Hi Friends! Another Pookie Travelogue. Last fall we did a lot of traveling, and I take Pookie along and take pictures of him, so here’s a fun photo story of our adventures in Columbus Ohio and visiting the Ikea store there! First stop, hotel! This one had some fun “modern” style

Adventure Pookie: Altoona PA

(Topic: Travel, weighted bears, blueberries, trains) Pookie wanted to dress like Daddy, and do Work. Daddy asked him what he was reading on Mommy’s tablet. Blueberry futures, said Pookie. Research. Important Work. Also, yummy. See, Daddy? Market shares. Sharing. Blueberry PIE. Important. Also, yummy. Hi Friends! As part of last fall’s travels, most of which

Adventure Pookie: Cincinnati

(Topic: Weighted bear, photo story, Cincinnati, History) President Taft’s front room Dear Friends, Yet another installment in Pookie’s Fall Travel Adventures! We recently had the opportunity to visit Cincinnati, and while there, my first stop was the Taft home (a National Park site). This is the house that President Taft grew up in, and has

Pookie’s red crocheted hat and shoes

(Topic: Crocheting! Specifically for the dimensions of my weighted bear) Hi Friends! As mentioned a few posts ago, when I was talking about Pookie’s shoes, I realized that his crocheted hat and shoes – my first attempt at either, for him – had not yet made it into this blog! This is the hat, on