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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lilly's Garden

Last Friday, during our weekly Walmart shopping trip, we stopped in the garden department.  I told both boys that they could each pick out one (cheap!) flower and then we would plant them.  Then it was their job to water their flowers and watch them grow this summer.

It was interesting to me, just how interested they both were in looking at the flowers, and asking me the names.  I don't know many flower names so I showed them where to read the names for each plant.  Solomon finally chose a purple Petunia.  (He said he liked the name "petunia" because it was like a character on Veggie Tales.)  Hunter choose a white Impatiens.  We thought the name could help him remember to be less "impatient" at times.  ;)

I helped them plant their flowers in pots that afternoon:

Hunter has such a problem of looking at the camera for pictures.  Solomon loves giving silly grins for the camera.

Last spring, NONE of the lilies I had planted in Lilly's memorial garden from the previous years grew.  It was so upsetting.  This year I waited awhile just to see if anything would happen but nothing did.  I planted a couple calla lilies that I had been given several weeks ago, and those are both growing.  Then while buying the boys flowers, I bought two Asiatic lilies for Lilly's garden.  These worked out great because each had three bulbs in their pot them so when I broke them apart, I ended up with six lily plants. 

And, even though they aren't lilies, I bought three Lilly-colored plants.  I thought would add some nice color around the lilies.  Red, white, and blue.

After shopping, we load up our purchases into our car.  Then Solomon likes to help me return the cart.  We give it a push into the cart return then he "uses the force" to push it in all the way.  It's so funny:

On a completely different note, if you or someone you know has struggled with infertility, you may find comfort in a guest blogpost that my friend Megan did.  Click the title to read "Infertility Is Not A Curse." Megan and her husband went through so much pain, and five miscarriages, in the six years they tried to have children.  (They have no living children.)  But the Lord finally redeemed and healed them from that dark time, in an amazing way.

Now, by popular demand, here are some baby goat pictures!  (Christa still hasn't given birth to her kids.  Yet.)

Sundrop and baby Dandelion
Christa checks on her daughter (Sundrop) and granddaughter

Pippi's baby Odysseus

Solomon petting Odysseus
Pepper says "Hello!  Just what is going on around here?!"

Pepper - I am pretty sure she is NOT pregnant!
Happy Pentecost!


  1. Lisa, have your cypress vines returned? The ones I mailed you? I have tiny baby seedling up ALL over the place! Start looking for them if you haven't already seen them. :)

    1. I looked for it a week or two ago but didn't see it and was so disappointed. I will check again! :)

    2. Let me know! I can certainly share again. :)

  2. I love these little visits mj

  3. Thanks for the shout out, Lisa! By the way, that little Pepper goat is so cute!