The Place Where Dreams Come True

For me, her garden is more than just a flower bed. Her garden symbolizes so much. It’s actually hard to put into words, but I’ll try.

It represents peace…



dreams, broken and new.

It is a reminder of beauty and pain.

It is a constant work in progress. If you’ve ever seen it in person, you know that for a fact! ;)

I like to think of it lately as a place where dreams flourish.

I take my cares to this place, though I wish I had more time to spend in her garden. When I am there, usually Bubby is wrapped in his own little world, doing things that little boys do. It’s a nice, though often short- quiet time.

I’m almost glad it’s something that’s never quite done.

I’ve spoken to so many babylost mamas who have thought about starting a garden in their baby’s memory, and if you haven’t I encourage you to give it a try. :) Gardening isn’t everyone’s forte, and if I’m totally honest- it’s not mine either! But when I do make baby steps and actually keep a plant alive (yay me!) it helps this dream build- of a quiet place of peace, built by my two hands for her.

Yesterday I saw one cottontail bunny fly past our yard, out of the garden. I kept watering the flowers and to my surprise, there was another :)

She stayed for a while, but then hopped out of sight. See her hiding behind the arch? :)

If you keep a garden in your baby(ies)’s memory, in what ways has it helped your healing?


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  1. 1
    Nika M. says:

    I started a garden at my parents’ house a few weeks ago while I was home on leave. It felt so good. I don’t get to visit them very often though, so it makes me sad when I think about it. We’re moving across town in a few weeks, and I’m thinking about making something for the new place, even though it will have to be something smaller that stays on the patio.

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      Franchesca Franchesca says:

      Nika I hope you can make a new place, I’m sorry it is sad to think about. I think I would be sad too. Sending big hugs, xxxx

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    Jill says:

    Love Jenna’s garden! For me, having a garden in their memory is just a special place. I look at it all the time and think about them and their beauty. It makes me feel like part of them is at home with me. Whether it is looking out the window at the garden or spending time in it, I just smile! :) I always get excited when something new blooms or grows!

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      Franchesca Franchesca says:

      New blooms are definitely so exciting!! :) I love the garden you have for Emma and Chase too Jill, so beautiful <3

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    Jenna’s garden is so beautiful. I want to start a garden for Sami but until we are in the home we are planning to stay in forever. I want to plant a beautiful tree that I can watch grow.

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    Deanna says:

    this is so beautiful! I love the Bubby picture, Babe often walks around and takes all of the solar lights out of River’s garden. he loves being out there, and I too, love that.

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    Holly says:

    I wish I could say working with my hands is healing but I haven’t planted a single flower in her corner yet! Well, I planted hostas but that was before she died. She just has the concrete statues underneath the weeping cherry. I may not do much with it now but it’s nice that it is there and that I can look at it.

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