My father and Noah playing cars.

Thrift Store Shopping

Hi Noah, I’ve been spending more time than I should browsing through thrift stores. There are quite a few in our area. My local favorites are Restore, Goodwill, Worthwhile Wear, Nova, Care and Share, Heaven’s Treasure’s, and the Holy Redeemer Thrift Store. Since you left us, I find thrift shopping oddly reassuring. My Thrift Shopping Upsides It’s basically shopping, but it usually doesn’t cost much money at all, and it many cases the funds go to a good cause….

February Photo-A-Day Grief Photo Challenge

What’s Your Grief Photo-a-Day Challenge

Hi Noah, I didn’t know what to expect with this What’s Your Grief Photo-a-Day Challenge for the month of February 2018. Some time ago your sister got me involved working on Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-a-Day Challenge. We’ve both since given up on it. But, it was fun while we were working on it. You may remember how very many photos I took. I know I drove you crazy a little bit with all of my picture taking. For…

At Last

At Last

Hi Noah, Crazy news. If you haven’t heard already, for the first time in the history of the Super Bowl the Philadelphia Eagles won! The game was so exciting with a final score of 41 to 33. Friends and family who know you very well said how difficult it would have been for you to watch the game, how you would have been so nervous, turning the TV off, saying “I can’t watch.” and then turning the TV back on…

3 Birthdays and a Super Bowl

3 Birthdays and a Super Bowl

Hi Noah, We had a little season of celebrations to work through without you. BIRTHDAY NUMBER 1 We celebrated Birthday Number 1 on Friday, January 26. I know you will remember it’s the date of Aubrey’s second birthday, because you never failed to remind me. Every year I’d hear, “Mom, don’t forget, it’s Aubrey’s second birthday this week.” I usually had forgotten and was happy for your friendly reminder. For some reason, last year I finally decided to take…

Noah's Pink Floyd Wall Hanging

Pinkus Floydus and the Eagle Named Noah

Hi Noah, So many things are happening here on my planet. It’s been quite a week. I will try and give you the highlights, so you can catch up with what’s been going on. I seriously hope you know the Eagles are headed to the Super Bowl. Yes, you heard me correctly; the Philadelphia Eagles football team is headed to the Super Bowl. Crazy stuff, I know! They are the biggest underdogs for the Super Bowl since 2009,…

letters to noah notes from friends and family

Letters and Notes

Hi Noah, I’ve been meaning to share this with you. I guess I haven’t really had the courage to read it again until today. Jeff’s writing is gorgeous and heartfelt and his note was literally a Godsend to Dad and me. We received it just before Christmas. The day the card arrived by mail, we sat down on the sofa and read it together, right away. December 10, 2017 New Hope, PA Dear Gary and Nancy, Our hearts and…

The Grief Monster

Hi Noah, I don’t want to cause you any bad feelings, and I’m certain that’s impossible. I know where you are living now; in heaven there are no sorrows. Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” I do want you to know the grief you left me with can be darn intolerable, and it never…

2018 Vision Board

My 2018 Vision Board

Dear Noah, Already seven months have gone by since you died. What can I say? Happy death day is obviously horribly inappropriate. Seems most of the people I know like to celebrate family and friends on the anniversary of their “birth” day, and try and forget the family and friends they have lost on the anniversary of their “death” day. Our culture doesn’t really like to acknowledge death. You are only seven months dead. Like a toddler in eternal life….

Honor Your Memory

Dear Noah, I have been carrying this word, my One Word for 2018, “honor” with me. I’ve been thinking about it, and pondering what it means – to honor your memory with my life. I know it gets me out of bed in the morning. I eventually plant both feet somewhat firmly onto the carpet and head over to the shower, beginning my day, wanting to find a way to honor your memory. It’s been a good thing,…

Lake Naomi

Happy New Year

Dear Noah, Dad and I went to the lake the Thursday after Christmas. We took “The Fredster” with us. We hated to leave our little pup shivering in the kennel while we were gone. I know. We usually spend our summer vacations with “the fam” at Lake Naomi in the Poconos. But, after Christmas this year we felt the need for a short getaway. We stayed at the same house we always rent. It was freezing cold in…