Lissie & No No


MEANING:  A light; sweet;
of noble kin
BECAUSE:  You are all of these things, and more.

MEANING:  Beautiful bird
BECAUSE:  Pretty little birds remind me of you.

Read posts about Ailis here.


I'm sorry you couldn't stay. Our life would not have been easy, but I would have loved you, you know. I think you do know.

I think in your brief life, you loved me too.


Lady of Silence
by e.e. cummings
Lady of Silence
from the winsome cage of
thy body
through the sensible
quick bird

(tenderly upon
the dark’s prodigious face
scattering perfume-gifted
suddenly escorts
with feet

the smarting beauty of dawn)

the searing pain of unspeakable loss
by Vera Kate Hadley
Flesh of my flesh, ripped from my body;
swept away from me in a sudden gush of blood.
My heart stopped with yours, but started again on its own
whether I wanted it to or not.

Begun with violence, and ended with heartache.
I am so sorry, little one; I am so sorry for us.


I can see you when I close my eyes, baby girl, and you are so beautiful! You and your someday sisters, heart-breakers and breath-takers, the lot of you. You're like sunshine and raindrops at the same time.

Save a place for me, where you are, okay? I want to sit and hold you for at least a million years. Love -- Mommy



MEANING:  Comfort; rest; peace
BECAUSE:  I will always think of these things when I think of how you came to be.

MEANING: Half lion, half eagle
BECAUSE: He wanted you to have a good, strong name. Plus, griffins are super awesome--just like we knew you would be!

Read posts about Noah here.


I want to touch you so badly. I want to touch your face, your hands, your tummy, your toes. I wish I could have said goodbye to you in person. More than that, I wish I could have said hello. 

i carry your heart with me
by e.e. cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)


I think I never saw anything as lovely as your face. It squeezes my heart, squeezes it so tight I wonder if I'll ever remember how to breathe. Until the air startles its way into my lungs again for me, reproachful, long after I've forgotten to try.

I blink awake, and you're gone. Gone. As if you were never really here, though I know you were, if only for a little while. I still see you, so many nights; you and that once-possible future that is not possible any more.



Eulogy, by Mark Twain
(Adapted from Annette, by Robert Richardson)

Warm summer sun, shine kindly here.
Warm southern wind, blow softly here.
Green sod above, lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart. Good night, good night.