Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation Promotional Video

Thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive!

Dear Mattie Blog Readers,

It means a great deal to us that you take the time to write to us and to share your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on Mattie's battle and death. Your messages are very meaningful to us and help support us through very challenging times. To you we are forever grateful. As my readers know, I promised to write the blog for a year after Mattie's death, which would mean that I could technically stop writing on September 9, 2010. However, at the moment, I feel like our journey with grief still needs to be processed and fortunately I have a willing support network still committed to reading. Therefore, the blog continues on. If I should find the need to stop writing, I assure you I will give you advanced notice. In the mean time, thank you for reading, thank you for having the courage to share this journey with us, and most importantly thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive.

As Mattie would say, Ooga Booga (meaning, I LOVE YOU)! Vicki and Peter

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary!

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation was created in the honor of Mattie.

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. We are dedicated to increasing childhood cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and psychosocial support services to children, their families and medical personnel. Children and their families will be supported throughout the cancer treatment journey, to ensure access to quality psychosocial and mental health care, and to enable children to cope with cancer so they can lead happy and productive lives. Please visit the website at: and take some time to explore the site.

We have only gotten this far because of people like yourself, who have supported us through thick and thin. So thank you for your continued support and caring, and remember:

.... Let's Make the Miracle Happen and Stomp Out Childhood Cancer!

A Remembrance Video of Mattie

Random Shots of Mattie, Family and Friends

June 9, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2005. Mattie was three years old and we took him to the National Arboretum. This is a special place to visit in April and early May, because hundreds of azaleas are blooming. For as far as the eye can see. My joke with Mattie was the azaleas were blooming in celebration of his April birthday. Mattie loved to hear that and we did try to visit the Arboretum around Mattie's birthday to commemorate the occasion. 

Quote of the day: Where flowers bloom so does hope. ~ Lady Bird Johnson

It is hard to believe that Mattie's classmates graduated from 8th grade today. Middle school is done for them and they are moving onto high school in the Fall. I am not sure what is more earth shattering, the fact that I am forever the mom of a kindergartner, or that Mattie is no longer with us and we have missed the opportunity to see him grow like so many other parents get to do and frankly take for granted with their children. What parent thinks.... I better cherish this year, because there may not be more to come? Most parents fortunately do not live with that mindset or childhood cancer experience.

Yet I assure you graduation puts Peter and I into a funk and quandary. I know full well that it is natural for children to graduate and parents to celebrate, but it is very hard to be happy on one hand for our friends, while on the other hand it further solidifies what is missing in our life. I have no answers for this dilemma, other than acknowledging it outright and trying to balance my own feelings, while being sensitive to those around me.

I spent a good portion of my morning doing finishing touches on four flower arrangements I created. I am not sure what was more challenging, buying and carrying all these flowers, arranging them, or packaging them up so they could be safely transported 25 minutes away from where I live. I vote on boxing and transporting!

In all reality I wasn't sure whether I was home or in a flower shop???? The fragrance of all these flowers filled our home. Which was an intoxicating aroma.

I am in love with flowers and yesterday I went shopping to create these graduation gifts shown below. Each arrangement represents a stage of schooling in my friend's daughter's life..... preschool, elementary, middle, and high school.

This photo shows all the flowers I bought, but they had not been arranged yet. 

I like all the arrangements I created but I do have a favorite. Most likely so do you!!!
From Left to Right: Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High School flower arrangements
This to me signifies the beauty of preschool, where one finds their inner ray of sunshine (symbolized with sunflowers). I also happen to be a big sunflower fan. I received many of them through Mattie's cancer battle and they signify hope, community, and love to me.
This is my elementary school arrangement. The sweet years, where one's personality unfolds..... symbolized by the lily (at first they are closed up, but over time they open up and produce an incredible fragrance).
It is my middle school years arrangement.... filled with ups and downs and trying to figure out who one is as a student and person. To me the purple rose and mums capture that mood.

The high school years and graduation arrangement.... an anticipated day after years of hard work. I wanted to capture the feeling of celebration and the big pom pom flowers of a hydrangea do that for me!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


I know I will never look at an arrangement of flowers the same again. What you created out of all the flowers, you chose was magnificent.
My favorite was the Sunflower. I too, like sunflowers. I also love the Preschool age. Of course all ages are amazing. Your arrangements and explanations, beautiful.

I admire you greatly for creating these beautiful arrangements of flowers while also having a heavy heart. Mattie should have graduated today. Childhood Cancer robbed Mattie, you & Peter yet in consideration of your friends who are celebrating graduations with their children and families, you created a way of showing you care through the magic of flowers and the beauty, they represent. You are amazing, Vicki - one of a kind. I am sorry for every day that you don't have Mattie and for all the milestone events, you will miss!!!