Remembering my girl

Today would have been Abby‘s 7th adopted birthday with the Nosy Parker family. I miss her acutely today. It’s raw, like it was right after we lost her. She died in October from brain cancer. We were devastated. Abby was my everything, and I credit her with my survival as a solo caregiver. Abby made every…

366 Days of #OneGoodThing

If you asked me to tell you 366 good things that happened in my life this year, I’d be at a total loss. It was a crap year in a lot of ways. Physically, I felt like shit every single day. That’s right. Every. Single. Day. It turned out that I have a chronic autoimmune disease.…

Abby’s paw print in stone

Though we had to say goodbye to our beloved Abby, she holds a permanent place in our hearts. And now she’s left another permanent mark in the world. Today we picked up a beautiful stone etching of Abby’s paw print. When we chose the stone a couple weeks ago, our grief was palpable. Paisley came…

My painted ladies

Today I finished painting the tiny clay busts of Abby that I recently sculpted. First I made the bigger one, which stands at about 2.5 inches tall. The smaller one I made as a gift for Mama. Having to say goodbye to our sweet Abby has been difficult on both of us. I painted the…

Painting a mini Abby

I’ve really been missing our sweet Abby this holiday weekend so I decided to resume one of my art therapy clay projects. I baked the mini clay sculptures I made of Abby recently, and I began painting them. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m enjoying it so much that I wanted to share…

New warm friend

I’ve slept with a hot water bottle every night since we had to say goodbye to our sweet Abby. Feeling that warmth beside me allows me to trick my brain into falling asleep without my baby. Plus, the heat really helps my lower back pain. Sadly, my hot water bottle sprung a leak earlier this…

African Violets for Abby

Our dear friend Kelley came over tonight and brought us a beautiful plant in honor of Abby. Kelley was also Abby’s rehab vet and helped us when it was time to say goodbye. Along with the lovely flowers, Kelley brought Abby’s ashes back home to us tonight. It doesn’t feel like it makes sense, but…