Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Special Visitor!

We were very blessed recently to receive a visit from Patches, the bear!

Ter, at With an Angel on my Shoulder, started sending Patches around the country (and Canada) to help "patch up" the broken hearts of mommy's recovering from pregnancy or infant loss..

Patches came to me from Emmalee in Utah. She sweetly sent a gift WITH Patches:

(It's a little hard to see but obviously it's Seth's name and that's Patches up by the S. This is a digital copy. She actually sent one IN a frame! It's in "Seth's corner" at our house.)

I am so touched by how much it blesses me to see Seth's name. Thank you, Emmalee!!

And at our house, I was NOT the only one excited to see Patches.

All three of my "big kids" were excited to see Patches but Kayleigh immediately fell head over heels in love. So in love as a matter of fact...

I had the opportunity to spend a quiet day with Patches at home. Together, we took some time to remember Seth and I took the opportunity to share somethings Seth missed out on.

This frog has appeared on my blog before. This was one of Seth's "stuffies" primarily during his first hospital stay. The Chaplain reminded us of the acronym; Fully Relying On God.

When Seth was born, my sister was on a cruise in the Cayman Islands. She called when she could to check in on us and she sent Seth this sweet piggy bank from the Cayman's. (The big kids got Tshirts).

After Seth went to Heaven, I was bound and determined to do something fun with the big kids. We were blessed to be able to go to Disneyland and I've talked a bit about that trip here. While there, we were blessed to experience some real Disney magic and part of that inclulded being instructed to go to City Hall where we recieved these mouse ears for Seth. I love them, and of course, Seth never got to see them so it was fun to "show" them to Patches.

A day or two before Patches showed up on our door step, I received this handkerchief from Deb at For Your Tears. It seemed fitting to pose them together.

A day or two after my quiet day with Patches, remembering Seth, I had a quiet day with Cary. We did a few things together and so we also went by the cemetery

Because Cary was with me, he took a picture of me.. Please don't notice.. well, me!

And so I dont' have to leave you with THAT image in your head, one last picture:

Each kid insisted on a chance to hold Patches for the picture and since Sean occasionally reads my blog, I need to share his!

I really enjoyed my time with Patches. I've been negligent in sending him on but I will get him on his way to Heather's pronto. Ter, this was an amazing idea. I was surprised by how much just revisiting Seths things and acknowledging the things we have for him, in his memory, impacted me. Thanks for giving me this opportunity!


Lucy and Ethel said...

What a neat idea!

So glad you had a turn :)


ter@waaoms said...

I'm so glad you had a great visit with Patches, and I am glad your kids had fun with him too! I hope you felt your heart being patched up a tiny bit during his visit. Thanks for hosting Patches!

Holly said...

Kathryn, it looks like Patches had a great time with you and vice versa! :)

Anonymous said...

Awww! I love Patches!!!

Lynnette Kraft said...

That is precious! Patches is so cute and I think that's just the sweetest thing.

What do you mean "don't notice me". What, are you crazy? I LOVED seeing the picture of you! After all, it's you I know and come to visit. You silly lady.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

So sweet...I love Patches...great idea. Thanks for sharing it here, Kathryn. I've never heard of it before.

Lisette said...

Patches is so cute. Glad you had fun with him, your pictures are great (even the one including you). I can't wait for Patches to come my way.

Lisa said...

Hi Kathryn, I found your blog thru Patches' blog. What a special little visitor Patches is. I can't wait to meet him. I am also an HLHS angel momma. I look forward to reading more of your blog.