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

July 8, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2003. Mattie was a year and a half old and was visiting Peter's parents in Boston for Thanksgiving. As you can see Mattie was with me by the fireplace. Of course Mattie was always under supervision, but I also understood at an early age that Mattie understood about the need to be cautious. That was something I really did not need to remind Mattie about, I just needed to explain the dangers of something once, and he seemed to get it right away! 

Quote of the day: A man's immortality can be found in his children. ~ Patricia Briggs

I realize I did not post as many photos of Sunny and Indie while we were visiting Boston. This is a photo Peter took of Sunny while walking in the woods behind his childhood home. This is a path we took often with Mattie, and I have no doubt Mattie would have enjoyed walking Sunny. 
We gave Sunny a long leash to explore around in Peter's parents backyard. Given that we are still getting to know Sunny, he was under constant supervision when outside. But he was a very good boy and understood right away the limits of his leash. Sunny was enthralled with the sight of squirrels and chipmunks. Those were his favorites! 

Sunny got a ton of outdoor time, which he loved. Ironically Sunny won't sit on our deck in DC. But it makes sense, since Sunny needs a deck with a view! Sunny has an active mind and loves to observe and chase anything that scurries. 
Meanwhile, Indie got around the house and was exploring. When she was brave enough to come downstairs, this was her favorite perch! Another animal of ours that loves a view!

As of today, we have officially had Indie for ONE YEAR!!!
At night time, Indie slept on our bed. Don't you love how she thinks a TV remote is a toy?!
Though Peter's parents live in the suburbs of Boston, they have daily visitations by wild turkeys in their backyard. Two males and one female. Given that they have been coming by for almost two years, each of the turkeys have a name. 
Can you see the turkey by our car?!
We were in the car 8 1/2 hours today! That may sound long, but it beat the 10 1/2 hour trip last Saturday to Boston. One of the most challenging parts of the trip is usually Connecticut! Always bumper to bumper traffic!
The beautiful George Washington Bridge!
Traffic going over the bridge. But overall New York and New Jersey were smooth sailing. Unlike Connecticut and Maryland. We are all settling into being back home tonight. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, WELCOME HOME! I was glad to read about Sunny, Indie and their week in Boston!