Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Big Fluffy Bear


Let me tell you the story behind my big, fluffy bear.

When my great grandson was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, we spent the biggest part of 15 months at the Children's Hospital at St. Francis Hospital here in Tulsa.

The doctors and nurses were just fantastic.

Three months before Landen passed away, we were getting ready for his birthday which was May 10th.  When we asked him where he wanted to have his birthday party (telling him he could have it anywhere he wanted), he quickly said he wanted to have his party at the Children's Hospital.

So, we planned a big party at the hospital making sure we had cupcakes and favors for all of the children on the cancer floor.  Some of them could not make it so we took their treats to their rooms.

A good time was had by all and the nurses on the floor gave this beautiful big bear to Landen for his birthday.  He loved that bear and would sit and watch TV with that bear as a seat.

When he passed away, I took the bear to my local florist and ask if she would fix it for his funeral.  We had balloons in one hand and a big bouquet of flowers in the other.  The big bear sit in a chair next to his casket.

I ask Landen's Mom if I could keep the bear and I love to put a ribbon on him for different holidays.  He is sitting in my breakfast room and will always be a precious memory of our time with Landen and the impact that darling little boy had on our lives.

So, if you see the big bear around the house, you'll know his story.

He makes me smile.

Enjoy!

Judy



26 comments:

  1. How nice you can enjoy him and be close to Landen. What a special story!

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  2. What a special bear you have and a loving way to honor Landen.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  3. How sweet, Judy. Such a loving tribute to your Landen...I know you must miss him every day. xoxox

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  4. Judy, that story was so touching. I am glad you can have the bear and the good memories that went with it and Landen.

    xo Dianne

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  5. What a special remembrance of Landen. Very touching.

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  6. Oh Judy, what a special bear. I am so glad that he got to have his Bday party at the hospital with the other children. So glad that you have the bear to remember your very special grandson.
    Mary

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  7. Sweet bear! I know it brings SO many memories in your heart! Have a blessed day dear friend, BIG HUGS!

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  8. Oh, Judy, what a sweet remembrance of little Landen. Thank you for sharing this and blessings to you today, my friend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. I love that story, Judy. What a lovely memory - a continuous reminder - of your sweet Landen. Bless him. Bless you.

    xo
    Claudia

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  10. What a sweet story and such beautiful memories of a very special little boy.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  11. Oh Judy, what a lovely story of the big fluffy bear and the memory of your sweet grandson. Blessings to you and your family as you carry the memory of his precious life in your heart!! xo

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  12. I am glad you have kept the bear and that it holds beautiful memories of the time you spent with your grandson.
    Hugs,
    Arlette

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  13. Judy, what a precious way to keep your precious grand bay always in your heart! Hugs!

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  14. Very sweet way to remember Landon. Beautiful story, Judy.

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  15. Sweet and precious memory. God bless you!

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  16. Oh Judy, I have chills from reading this. He sounds like a very caring and brave little one. I am so glad you have the bear to hug when you need one.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  17. I can't imagine what you all went through, but I'm glad the teddy bear brings a smile to your heart.

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  18. Thank you for sharing such a personal and dear story with us. Blessings to you dear Judy! Cindy xo

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  19. Oh Judy. Does it make you sad or bring you comfort? I'm sure it's different each day. Hugs to you.

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  20. Judy, I saw your big bear on my side bar, and had to come right over, as I have a thing for bears. I'm so sorry to hear about your great grandson, Landen. You will always have memories of him, especially when you look at this wonderful big brown bear! Maybe you can have him holding a cross for Easter. This is a precious story about a precious grandson.

    love, ~Sheri

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  21. What a sweet memento of your grandson. I'm sorry to hear he passed away at such a young age.

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  22. Judy, what a precious story! I can just see your little guy snuggling to that big bear. I am so glad that you kept it! What a sweet reminder of your grandson, Landen taking way too early in life. I'm sure he's smiling down on you and that big bear!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Oh Judy, what a sweet, touching, precious story, and a treasured memory of your dear Landon. I'm glad the big, fluffy bear makes you smile.

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  24. What a sad, sweet story. I can imagine your grandson snuggly up to the bear and feeling all safe beside him. He's happy to know his favorite bear is safe with you.

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  25. Judy, this is such a sweet, touching story. As a grandmother I can only imagine the pain of losing your great grandchild. I'm so sorry. Big Fluffy Bear is a very special, personal way to remember Landen every day, and I'm so happy he makes you smile. By the way, you look waaaay to young to be a GREAT grandmother. Gentle hugs, Nancy

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