I thought I'd share with you some of our moments at the cemetery from her anniversary. February 28th was a Sunday, so after Mass we bought some fresh flowers. Isabel was excited to be the one to lay them at the gravestone.
She also scattered rose petals from the 18 roses Rob got me for Valentine's Day.
We tried to sprinkle them all around the edge of Mary Grace's gravestone.
Isabel did a great job decorating with the petals. She was really proud of herself.
I think Mary Grace would have liked it.
We sat and talked for a little bit while Isabel continued decorating with anything she could find, especially pine branches and needles. In fact by the time we left, the grave was really quite the collage!
It was a very chilly and blustery day. The wind reminded us of how gusty it was the day we buried her.
After her nap I promised Isabel that we would do a "Mary Grace craft" because Isabel has been very interested in making crafts lately. So I came up with the idea to make a picture frame to hang in her room. She really has nothing of her own by which to remember her baby sister. While she never got to meet her, Isabel certainly includes Mary Grace in her prayers and still speaks of her, so I thought it would be a good idea to have something tangible to look at (and probably long overdue!). I gave her a choice of two pictures; she chose the one of Mommy and Daddy holding Mary Grace.
We glued some popsicle sticks around the photo.
She decorated the edges with some stick-on flowers.
And the sweetly decorated picture frame hangs in her bedroom.
A gentle reminder of the friend, sister, daughter we have in heaven.