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

January 1, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2005. We took Mattie to Boston to visit Peter's parents for Christmas. While there, snow was on the ground, and Mattie got to experience sledding. Unlike me, Mattie had no problem with the cold and enjoyed the cold weather adventures. 

Quote of the day: God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. ~ Pope Francis

 We visited Butterfly World today. One of our favorite attractions near Ft. Lauderdale. We visited it many times with Mattie (in fact this photo was taken in 2006)! Butterfly World opened in 1988, and is the largest butterfly park in the world, and the first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The facility houses around 5000 live butterflies.

After retiring from a career as electrical engineer, Ronald Boender started raising butterflies and their food plants in his home in Florida. In 1984 he established MetaScience to help supply farmed butterflies to zoos and universities. After having visited England in 1985, where he met Clive Farrell (founder and owner of the London Butterfly House), he decided to create his own facility in Florida. Boender and Ferrell entered into partnership and started planning the facility, which was to be a public attraction, but also a research facility and a butterfly farm.

Entering Butterfly World is a total sensory experience. Besides walking in the aviary, with thousands of butterflies fluttering around you, there is piped in music. The music is serene and tranquil and it almost feels like going on a spiritual retreat. Along the pathways are these wonderful benches. I love reading each of them! 

This bench says.... We will always have hope in our hearts. Naturally hope could mean many things here. Hope was the person this bench was dedicated to, but it could also signify the hope we all need in our lives. 

Butterflies diet on ONLY liquids. They consume the liquid of fruits and nectar of flowers through a long straw like proboscis connected to their heads. 
This beauty landed right on me! Butterflies do not land on everyone, so when it happens, it makes you feel special. To me, this is a special Mattie visitation. 
The vegetation inside the aviary!
Another bench, in which I admired the saying..... Your light now shines from above and within. With blue morpho butterfly fluttering by!
This is a birdwing butterfly. A first for me, and a true beauty. 
Peter had a visit and landing today as well. 
Glorious no? You can get so close to these beauties and for a moment in time, you feel like you are living in their world, rather than the other way around. 
These butterflies seem to be friends, as they all travel and flutter in groups. These yellow and black butterflies are called longwing zebra butterflies. 
The aviary is so beautifully designed and provides all sorts of vegetation and flowers a butterfly may need. 
My second visitation by a blue morpho butterfly! This is an incredible butterfly. Its outer/underneath side is brown for camouflage. However, when it opens its wings, it is a glorious iridescent blue! Only something this beautiful could be created by nature. 
Gouldian Finches and other birds fly amidst the butterflies. In fact, Butterfly World has the largest free flight hummingbird aviary in the United States.
More of the aviary!
Another beauty!
We visited the lorikeet area today. Lorikeets are small to medium-sized arboreal parrots characterized by their specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar of various blossoms and soft fruits, preferably berries.

Mattie loved to visit the lorikeets and to feed them. For $1, the caretaker will give you a small cup full of nectar. These birds LOVE nectar and will sit all over you to scoop some up. Peter made several friends today. 
This fellow seemed to be pecking at Peter's shoe. Another one was nipping at his face. 
This is a Honeycreeper, a type of bird. They are typically found in Mexico down to Brazil. These birds specialize in nectar feeding with their long curved bills. Their coloring is glorious, such a vibrant blue and purple. 
These long tailed finches are attracted to people and like to sit on heads. Butterfly World advises you not to swat at the birds, but instead to stand still and eventually the birds will fly off.  

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, I am so excited for my upcoming visit to Butterfly World. I love Butterflies! They signify many things to me. Through my years of working, the children and I created butterflies so many different ways, painting, modeling clay, food color, coffee filters and pipe cleaners are just a few ways, we made our own office butterfly world. Now I know it is a place, Mattie liked so it will be special for another important reason!
I love the benches dedicated to people. Hope has long been an important word to me. It carries many different meanings in my life!
Thank you for sending me the picture of the bench dedicated to a woman named HOPE!
I am freezing in the cold too, despite growing up in Wisconsin. I don't like being cold! However the picture of you and Mattie on the saucer in the snow, melted the cold