Monday, February 14, 2011


Last summer Cooper attended Camp Erin, a weekend camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Last night we attended a Camp Erin reunion for the 2010 campers and their families.

Cooper and Katie played on the playground, we ate dinner and s'mores, we watched a slideshow from camp, and we visited with other families.

We were also invited to make bracelets in memory of our loved ones.

Cooper's memory bracelet

Katie working on one of three bracelets

Katie was too young to attend last year. This summer she'll meet the age requirement, and she's ready to go. (We do have to apply first, then get accepted -- details that Katie views as mere formalities.) Cooper hopes he can go again, too. I am thankful that they don't hide from their grief.

And I am thankful that Steve's love lives on in these two -- my sweet Valentines.

Katie and Cooper before school this morning

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