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It’s coming! It’s coming! Get Ready for Meek Manor’s Shark Activities!

Over the last year or so, I've been having an incredible amount of fun planning and executing themed activities with our toddler. We pair books with crafts, outings, sensory activities, and more--much like I did when I ran after school programs for preschool and elementary students before I got married. And now it's time to [...]

By |2018-07-17T10:04:32+00:00July 17th, 2018|Shark Activities, Toddler Activities|0 Comments

My Greatest Fear during my Pregnancy after Loss

As Maternal Mental Health Week comes to a close, I feel compelled to share a piece of my journey that I’ve kept mostly private—my greatest fear during my pregnancy after loss— in order to help raise awareness. This is #RealMotherhood, and there is #NoShame. Photo by Katie Donovan I’ve suffered from mental illness [...]

Make Toddler Magic: Get Outside!

We live in New England, and our early spring has been so cold and snowy and rainy and not conducive to getting outside much. We've been so stir crazy! FINALLY, some nice weather has arrived, and oh, how it has changed the tone in our home. Turns out, now that our girl is walking, she'd [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:05:21+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Adventures, Toddler Activities|0 Comments

Five Quotes to Remind you that Life isn’t always Awful

My anxiety has been heightened the last few days. While I try to sort out all of the contributing factors, I pulled out a few of my favorite trusty quotes that affirm my strength to get through the times that feel awful. I wanted to share them with you too. I've printed these and taped [...]

By |2018-04-12T09:10:13+00:00April 12th, 2018|Coping Strategies, Mental Health|0 Comments


Today we celebrated our son, Patrick’s, 4th birthday. Four. If I’m being honest, I think this has been the toughest birthday yet. I’ve very much felt the pull of life moving on without him, so today has been rough. I almost didn’t take Stitch to “school” this morning. We were very late, but we made [...]

Patrick’s Spot: How We Created a Space in our Home for our Child who Died

Last week I spent some time with Pregnancy After Loss Support's founder, Lindsey Henke. At lunch before she dropped me off at the airport, we were chatting about our first born children--our stillbirths. She asked if Patrick was buried or cremated. I'm always a little defensive about this topic. I know we made the right [...]

Our Family Heart

Some families have a family crest. In our family, we have a family heart. See, we're storytellers--through words and illustrations. Through that storytelling, we show our love--for each other and for the world. If you are new to our family's story, let me try to catch you up. On our first date, my husband and [...]

By |2018-02-14T17:14:50+00:00February 14th, 2018|Family, Our Story, Patrick, Stitch|0 Comments

Valentine’s Day Themed Sensory Bin

Our daughter received the most gorgeous sensory table for her first birthday. It was handmade by her Godfather, and it has become one of the most-used fixtures in our home. The table holds its proper place as the centerpiece of our living room, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. In the last couple [...]

By |2018-02-09T18:52:18+00:00February 9th, 2018|Crafting, Toddler Activities|0 Comments

Embracing a Mantra: Create a Storybook Life

Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash On New Year's Eve, I wrote this on the Meek Manor Facebook page: Have you seen all the inspiration going around about choosing a word for the new year? A word of the year will motivate you, inspire you, and help you focus. It's seriously all the rage. New Years Resolutions [...]

By |2018-01-02T19:53:41+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Adventures, Just Life, Life after Loss, Our Story|0 Comments

A Toddler Christmas Tree Activity with Endless Possibilities

The theme for this Christmas season certainly seems to be "magic." Magic doesn't always make itself, though. Sometimes it needs a little help. And a nice dose of humor. We've been working through a bunch of Christmas activities from the Celebrate Activity Plan by Jamie Reimer of Hands on We Grow. It's been so helpful [...]

By |2018-01-14T13:13:25+00:00December 20th, 2017|Parenting, Toddler Activities|0 Comments
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