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[b]Gone, but not forgotten[/b] a solemn ‘pause moment’ today

I know I promised my friends here that I would write a wonderfully entertaining blog about my 49th birthday adenture to Miami, but today I had a solemn ‘pause moment’ and wanted to share it.

As many of you know, I believe in embracing ones inner child and have a website thus named ‘Embrace Your Child.’ This is an excerpt from the blog I wrote today talking about my experience after church:

"Yes, death is a part of life. That fact, does not make it any easier. A sobering 'pause moment' this Sunday was to place 16 separate floral bouquets at Babyland  in the cemetary after church today.

The idea to visit Babyland  and place flowers, occurred to us after we sat graveside singing hymns to mom from today's church service. The pews at church had been brightly decorated with white hydragenas and ivory satin bows and ribbons (left from a wedding the previous evening).

After today’s church service, I learned that the pew bows were going to be thrown away and I asked if I could take them. I gathered the pew bows and carried them with me to the car. As Dan drove, I sat and removed the extra ribbon from each bouquet to use on future wedding accessories and we set off to the cemetary with the intention of placing the flowers on mom’s grave.

I tied four bunches of the white hydrangeas with one of the ivory satin pew bows and placed it on the grave marker as we sang to mom in heaven. I then looked at Dan and said, "we should leave flowers on Stephanie's grave." [I was referring to the isolated grave at the curb that I discovered once when we walked from the parked car on a visit to the cemetary to talk to mama.] Stephanie's grave always looked so forlorn, never a flower adorned it and I often wondered if anyone ever came to visit the grave of this little girl who lost her life when she was 8 years old. As we placed a bouquet on her marker and said a prayer, Dan suggested that we visit Babyland  and distribute the remaining bouquets. We thought it would be nice to place the beautiful bouquets on unadorned graves in the children's cemetary."

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