June 8, 2009

shadow boxes

My friend, Allison, and I worked our butts off on Friday night hanging pictures and placing accessories around the new house. It's a lot of work decorating a new house, but I love it. It's so rewarding seeing everything put together. My main focus was to get the first floor all set up and looking complete, but in addition to that we also hung the shadow boxes that I made for The Green Beans in the hallway upstairs. I've been looking forward to finally getting my shadow boxes hung since I put them together weeks ago.

I used some random items that I got for each baby from their TGH memory boxes, and some other items that I collected for them. All of the shadow boxes contain the baby's little outfit and hat that they wore the night they were born. But other than that, they are all a little different and unique.

Heidi Michelle ~
For Heidi's box, I included a note that Josh's cousin sent us. It reads, " I know Gram's is smiling down on us with her hands full..." I just loved that idea of his grandma in heaven holding little Heidi, and it gave me peace when we lost her. I also included an Angel pin that was given to me, and since Heidi was our first angel, I put that pin in her shadow box.


Lily Nicole ~
Lily's box is unique because she was the only one that had the card made of her hand and feet prints. I also included a little handmade card that was sent to us with lilys on it.


Paige Elise ~
Paige's box includes a saying that was part of her TGH memory box that reads, " When someone comes into our lives... and they are too quietly and quickly gone, they leave footprints on our hearts... and their memory stays with us forever". I love that little saying.


Rylan Otto ~
Rylan's box contains a card with his birth weight and length on it that reads, " The memory of your smallness fills my heart with the blessing and the reality of you".
I love that saying too :)


And finally, here is all four of them together on the wall. I picked this particular place in our new house because this is the hallway that you walk down to go to the kid's rooms. I hope one day we will be walking down that hallway to our babies in their rooms, while passing the shadow boxes and remembering our Green Beans.

30 comments:

  1. I'm having some trouble loading the images, but just reading what you wrote about the shadow boxes gives me an idea of how beautiful and special they are - just like your little Beans.

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  2. Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Jenna. I've got tech support (aka Josh) fixing it right now. Check back in a little while and you should be able to view them.

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  3. Those are great Lauren! You did a wonderful job; what a sweet tribute. And, I am so confident that someday you WILL be chasing little babes down that hallway, carrying them off to sleep, and more. I have so much hope for you guys!

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  4. Lauren, those shadowboxes are beautiful. I can't believe you did those yourself. What a wonderful way to remember your "Green Beans".

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  5. they are beautiful! love them!

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  6. Lauren, they are precious. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. THose are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. lauren, your strength is so inspirational. i bought supplies to make shadow boxes for our little ones a few months back and just haven't had it in me to put them together. I love how you made each one unique for Heidi, Lily, Paige and Rylan. And the placement in your new home sounds perfect, it can be the first thing you show your new baby/ies when you bring them home.

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  9. They are all so beautiful and special.

    Julie

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  10. What a beautiful way to have a visual reminder of your babies! The first time I got pregnant I miscarried around 6 weeks and I made a shadow box as well. It really helped me with the grieving and healing process.

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  11. check out my last post, you're mentioned! ;)

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  12. What a great way to remember your Green Beans! You will be walking down the hall with a baby, and you can show your babies the boxes! How special.

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  13. They are wonderful tributes to your little beans.

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  14. Oh Lauren, they are just gorgeous. Personalized and unique like each of your children. I feel like I know your beans so well just from reading their names and seeing their photos. What a wonderful mother you are to them, memoralizing and remembering...

    Would you mind emailing me your addy? I have something I want to send you.

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  15. Spending time with you on Friday was wonderful as always & it felt good to get so much done. We are picture hanging masters! I'm so glad we got your precious little Green Beans on the wall for all to remember & admire! Your new house is AWESOME and I look forward to many great times there!

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  16. The shadow boxes are beautiful. I love all the quotes you used and how each box is so unique.

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  17. Just beautiful sweetheart! I love them and cried when I saw them. xoxo Nan

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  18. Lauren,
    The boxes are beautiful. What precious memories. I'm inspired!

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  19. The boxes are beautiful Lo. Can't wait to see y'all.

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  20. Wow, how beautiful are those! What precious keepsakes of the GreenBeans. So glad you shared that with us!

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  21. Lauren, SO BEAUTIFUL!!! thank you for sharing the photos of your shadow boxes and the descriptions- so sweet and thoughtful...and gives me some good ideas, too. :-) I hope one day you will be walking down that hallway to babies fast asleep in those bedrooms...and those babies will know how much you love their older brother and sisters...

    love,
    Erika

    tinylittlefootprints.blogspot.com

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  22. They look beautiful. Your new house looks amazing!!
    I have been following your blog for awhile now and finally joined.
    If you want to follow me...
    http://lexxiesmama.blogspot.com/

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  23. thats wonderful that they have a prominent spot in your new home. they deserve it. i hope you are very happy there and have many blessings in the future.

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  24. What a beautiful way to remember the sweet "green beans". I just read your story and will be praying for you and your family.

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  25. I just came upon your blog tonight and want to say I'm so sorry for your loss(es). You have four angels up in heaven to watch over you, your husband, and hopefully someday soon their siblings.

    The shadow boxes are gorgeous. In perusing your blog, I can see you are a very talented and creative lady. I couldn't resist following your blog.

    Take care.

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  26. I, too just stumbled upon your blog while looking on google- I am so sorry for your losses and am very inspired by both your creativity and your strength! You definitely have the angels on your side and in your heart forever. Hopefully there are some babies in your arms in the near future because it sounds like you already are an excellent and deserving mother! Best wishes to you and your husband-

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  27. Hi Lauren, I came across your blog looking for inspiration for my own angels shadow box. They are lovely. :) Such a beautiful way to remember your babies. I have a blog too, but sadly I have not had time to write on it lately. It was created in honour of my daughter Julia who was with us for only a very short time. She was born and died Christmas, 2009. We now have a rainbow baby named Lauren! She was born January of this year. Congrats on your rainbow baby Taylor! She is beautiful. Warmly, Andrea

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  28. can u just use picture frame? Or have to buy "shadow box"

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    Over the past three years it has been flipped upside down. I am 31 years old, and married to my hubby of three years, Josh. We have 4 beautiful angel babies, who are fondly known as our “Green Beans”. The first of my quads, Heidi, held on as long as she could and was born on January 31, 2009 after pPROMing at 17 weeks. A few weeks later, I pPROM’d with my sweet Lily. Lily, Paige, and Rylan were all born at 22 weeks on February 23, 2009. Just after being released from the hospital empty handed, I returned with a high fever and infection. Two of the nights I spent in the hospital that week, I honestly thought I was going to die. It was the sickest and most hopeless I’ve ever been. I’m pretty sure my diagnosis was a broken heart.

    Our journey to becoming parents has had its share of happiness and heartbreaks. I got through every day by staying close to Josh, friends and family, blogging, and relying on God that my future will be bright. All the love and support I’ve gotten has greatly helped me manage……I am alive and well, and want to be my absolute best as a result of this.

    On May 1st 2011, we welcomed our sweet baby girl, Taylor, into this world. She is our miracle baby and brings so much joy and happiness in our lives. She is such a gift from God.

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