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

August 4, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2004. That week we went to Boston to visit Peter's parents. Outside their home they have a tree swing. Mattie loved being outside and was getting the hang of being on a swing. Mattie particularly liked the time he spent with Peter and me, and having our undivided attention. Which we always gave Mattie right from the beginning. We did not want to miss out on any of the stages of his life and fortunately we made this decision because we wouldn't have gotten a second chance. 

Quote of the day: We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more. ~ Anne-Sophie Swetchine

Today we went to visit Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, RI. It is a very unique place, because it features topiaries, a wonderful Estate, and gardens. 

This small country estate in Portsmouth was purchased in 1872 by Thomas E. Brayton (1844-1939), Treasurer of the Union Cotton Manufacturing Company in Fall River, Massachusetts. It consisted of seven acres of land, a white clapboard summer residence, farm outbuildings, a pasture and a vegetable garden.

Gardener Joseph Carreiro, superintendent of the property from 1905 to 1945, and his son-in-law, George Mendonca, superintendent until 1985, were responsible for creating the topiaries. There are more than 80 pieces of topiary throughout the gardens, including animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs, sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood.

Green Animals is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. Mr. Brayton's daughter Alice gave the estate its name because of the profusion of "green animals." She made the estate her permanent residence in 1939. Upon her death in 1972, at the age of 94, Miss Brayton left Green Animals to The Preservation Society of Newport County. Today, Green Animals remains as a rare example of a self-sufficient estate combining formal topiaries, vegetable and herb gardens, orchards and a Victorian house overlooking Narragansett Bay.

One of the interior rooms of the estate. This house was filled with all the original furnishing that belonged to Alice Brayton. 

The Sailing ship--- Topiaries made in the 1940s, continued to be made from California privet. Privet is a semi evergreen shrub is fast growing with dark green, elliptic leaves. It was used because it produced relatively quick results. Since it was a summer residence, it was not a concern that privet was deciduous and sheds its leaves in the fall. It requires regular pruning and maintenance including weekly hand trimming. Some conservation metal supports have been discreetly positioned inside the forms to provide stability in wind and snow.

A Camel

 Flower basket
 Another favorite of mine, the giraffe!
A lion, since my astrological sign is Leo the Lion, I am kind of partial to this fellow. 
A bear, which apparently is a community favorite!

The grounds also include a small orchard, a cutting garden, a vegetable patch and gourd arbor, and a damask rose garden. Vegetables from the garden are maintained by a community farm program and the produce is used by the Rhode Island Food Bank.

Beech tree -- which is over 160 years old, greets you as soon as you enter the property. 
There are over 35 formal flowerbeds, geometric pathways, rose arbor, grape arbor, fruit trees, and vegetable and herb gardens.

 Unbelievable Dahlias

One of my favorite flower sights.... the Sunflower
Isn't this artichoke a cutie? 

Beach house -- we had lunch by the bay today, and this restaurant is voted as one of the top scenic dining views in Rhode Island. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

I am so glad you have all the beautiful pictures of Mattie to share. He is such an engaging child!!!!!!

You are the ultimate in tour guides, even if it is in a blog on Facebook. Between the pictures and your descriptions, I could have been there. Thank you. I have a few favorite flowers, the sunflower is one. Looking forward to what tomorrow bring brings!