A Memorial Garden Designed for Olivia…


For those of you that are new here…we lost our granddaughter Olivia Mabel three years ago, she was stillborn at full term. Yes, Little Man has a sister in heaven and our hearts are still break from missing her. Her birthday was a few days ago, and we wanted to do something special in her remembrance. Little Man’s family just moved to Texas and we thought it would be special to build a little Memorial Garden in her memory with some beautiful flowers to bloom along with her bench and plaque.


My daughter picked out purple flowers for the garden…Like Mother like Daughter see here.

We planted Echeveria and Society Garlic…


Along with Purple Hyacinth…love these!


For all the tears that have been shed…she definitely would be back home with us.

We only have our faith to know she is up in heaven with our Lord…taking very good care of her.

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In this time of remembrance of Olivia Mabel…can I tell you…this Little Man brings such JOY in times of sorrow!

Here he is watching us build the garden and giving us instructions♥

I hope in times of YOUR sorrow…you have your faith to pull you through and there is someone to bring you joy too!


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68 thoughts on “A Memorial Garden Designed for Olivia…

  1. Can there be anything worse than loosing a child? I’m so sorry for your tragic loss. My heart goes out to you all. It feels so good and heartwarming to read your blog Laurie. In every post the love and affection for one another shines through. This is a beautiful tribute to Olivia. I didn’t know this, thanks for filling us in.
    Big hugs across the pond

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  3. I haven’t walked in your shoes so I don’t pretend to understand the pain, but I do send you my sincere condolences. Your memorial garden is perfect. I think Olivia looks down on it with a huge smile on her face and may the handsome young man continue to provide happiness and joy to your heart.

  4. I love this idea! As a grandmother myself, I don’t know how you were all able to handle such a loss. I know it happens, but I just can’t imagine the pain you must have felt. I’ll keep Miss Olivia and all of her family in my prayers. I’m sure she loves her garden and is watching over her loved ones. (Sorry to be late in commenting, I’ve been with my mom for the last month or so, & my time is very limited online) ((Hugs)) and Blessings ~

    • Keli, You have been such a blessing to me! You are always here supporting me and this blog and it is so appreciated! You have the most lovely uplifting words that touch the heart…thank you again my friend. I have been keeping your situation with mom in my prayers too. Tough stuff♥

  5. This pairs beautifully with Emily’s link up about belief – what a beautiful memorial garden and testament to your faith after such a trial. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  6. I cannot begin to comprehend the pain you must have gone through at losing your beautiful granddaughter. The garden is a wonderful way to remember her and I am so happy that you have Little Man to bring joy and laughter. Abigail x

  7. Dear Laurie, I was not aware of this know this tragedy, I’m so sorry for your loss … Can not imagine the sorrow in hour family … Such a beautiful memorial!

  8. Your post today has me teary eyed. What a beautiful memorial you have for your sweet angel.. I just know she is looking down with a big smile on her face.

    Great Big Hugs~

  9. Such a lovely garden and a beautiful tribute post. I work as a Women’t Health NP and have been in OB care for over 25 years. I have witnessed this too many times. A loss at term, with so many dreams and hearts broken … so very sorry for your family’s loss.

  10. Stillborn at full-term, your loss is beyond words. Most especially for Olivia’s mother. May time ease the pain for all of you, as you find a path to deal with your suffering.
    Blessings ~ Maxi

  11. Laurie, I am so sorry that you did not get to spend more time with Olivia Mabel on this side of heaven. The death of a child/grandchild has got to be the hardest pain to go through. Your post is such a beautiful tribute to her. Hugs!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  12. I didn’t know about this either! So, sorry you went through this… still are. Lovely tribute, beautiful words, touching faith in our Lord! Little Olivia is with Him and there is no doubt in my mind you will see her again! Blessings from above!

  13. This is such a lovely idea. I love the bench with the quote…..As we do not have a huge garden and weather is rather dry, I buy, whenever I go for a capucchino in the cafe inside the nursery, a pot plant which flowers and put it on the side board under Matthias photo (my son who died in May 2012 in a car crash). I am not so good at the names, but one of my posts http://dailylifeimpressions.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/quick-diy-or-how-to-decorate-old-ceramic-pots/ shows one of the plants
    I am sorry for your loss, my first son died in 1988 only three days after birth (hyperplastic left heart syndrome) so I feel you in my heart.
    Keep the faith. Lots of love

  14. A beautiful tribute to your granddaughter. My brother lost his daughter stillborn three weeks before she was due to be born. I have never seen such a small casket nor experienced such sorrow at a funeral.

  15. Dear Laurie

    What a beautiful tribute to Olivia. You are so wonderful with your thoughts and putting them into such touching phrases. God Bless the memory of little Olivia.

    We ladies really missed you tonite. It was a fabulous show. We laughed all nite. Hope you get to see it. It is showing until March 9. Thank you for coming up with the idea.

    All the best to you and your family.

    Sincerely Bev

    Sent from my iPad

  16. What a beautiful way to commemorate your granddaughter. And the purple flowers — gorgeous. I am sorry for your loss, and glad you found a way to channel your grief into a lovely memorial that can bring your family some peace.

  17. Very pretty garden. I remember your sorrow and think of you and your daughter often and pray for both of you. Like Little Man’s contraption, too.

  18. What a precious way to remember your beautiful girl! Our first granddaughter was born 4 months after our first born daughter, at age 28, went home to be with the Lord last May. She has brought us much joy during this last year of sorrow! Just holding her in my arms brings comfort. We are planning on planting a memorial garden this Spring in memory of our daughter, as well.

  19. What a beautiful way to remember Olivia. I am so saddened to hear of your loss in your family, and although we don’t know why things like this happens, it does make you stronger and makes you hold onto your family a little bit longer. It is truly the hardest thing to deal with, a loss of a family member. I was holding my Father’s hand when he passed away, and that is something that I will never forget. Love you! Virtual Hugs!

  20. I didn’t know this. So sorry for your loss., may God bless you all each day. I believe that your little one is safe in Heaven by virtue of purity and innocence.

  21. Bless your heart, this is such a sad story. The memorial garden is such a wonderful way to honor her memory and give your family a place to remember the little one.

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