Want to end your week in an amazing way? Go check out the #honoringmaura hashtag on Instagram and Twitter and see just how wonderful people can be.
A note from Clare’s sister:
I am so touched by everyone’s willingness to jump in and spread joy. I have read every single comment on the post and on Instagram. I’m still discovering posts on Facebook and Twitter and tumblr. Kelle, my whole family was smiling all day yesterday. I sat down with my parents to show them a few posts and nobody could say anything. And the momentum is still going. My brother texted me yesterday and said, “best day of ‘grieving’ ever.” I think we were all shocked at the level of participation. We all had our moments of tears, but honestly, I had no idea how cathartic and healing it would be to tell others about Maura. To know that because of her and strangers’ generosity, people all over the world were smiling. Tears. Happy, bittersweet tears. People have written some of the kindest, most thoughtful things about Maura and my family–and they don’t even know us. So thank you. Thank you for honoring Maura.
A few Friday Favorites:
Making rainbows on the beach
Time with Grandma
Sailboat coveralls a gift from our talented friend, Leanne at Lee Marie
Morning Cars and Trucks
Getting some Valentines stashed away.
I helped Lainey set up a place to take pictures, and she used my phone to photograph some little still lifes with candy and puffy hearts and a portrait of our dogs (we bribed them with cheese). I cropped and edited the photos for her and had them printed with some others through Printstagram (through my phone, arrived just days later). We stapled the photos onto paper bags filled with candy and sealed them with decorative washi tape.
I’ve been meaning to mention this since Christmas. We’ve been playing this game at least once a day, and Nella loves it. It offers some great cognitive and occupational therapy skill practice–sorting, patterns, colors, counting, tweezer grasp and pinching (we swapped the tight tweezers that came with it for some from another game we own that are a little easier to manage). It’s the Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie, a great toy for any toddler but an especially good tool for kids who need a little extra practice with skills.
I really loved this one this week from Momastery: One teacher’s brilliant method of using math to make sure every child feels valued and loved in the classroom.
And I’m at All Parenting this week with our favorite cold remedies (I’m the last one in our house to be sick, and it’s almost gone, thank goodness).
Have a great weekend!