When you enter our house, you will see this lovely saying.
(It's not near as big as it looks in this picture.)
Aubrey's hand and foot prints are on display in our living room.
In our bedroom we have a medium sized cedar chest with Aubrey's special things. The board above it says, "When I count my blessings, I count you twice." Additionally, we each selected a picture to put on our nightstands.
We thought long and hard about the best way to celebrate her and finally decided on a couple of guidelines. For holidays that I would have bought or made her a cute outfit for (such as 4th of July, Father's Day, or Valentine's Day), we change the flowers on her grave (they aren't always new, I keep previous flowers in Rubbermaid containers in the garage to re-use since they don't stay out there that long). To date, I have never changed the flowers alone, we always go as a couple.
Aubrey's birthday flowers this year.
Easter flowers (we'll see if they come back next spring :)
For special holidays such as her birthday and Christmas, she gets flowers AND we make a donation in her name (normally to a kid oriented charity such as St. Jude). Pretty much, if we would have bought her a gift, we make a donation. (Last year at Christmas, we received a letter saying one of our friends had made a donation to the Ronald McDonald house in Aubrey's name since it was our first Christmas without her. Let's just say it really touched this mama's heart.)
All of her "in memory" cards go in her box.
For her birthday this year, we decided to make a donation to the OSU Center for Early Childhood Teaching and Learning. The best part of this donation is that your choice of wording is put on a bronze name plate that is then placed in a mural on campus.
This is the wall...
that contains the tree...
that contains the leaf with Aubrey's name.
As I said before, there is no right or wrong way to celebrate an angel baby, this is simply how we choose to do it. My words of advice, follow what's in your heart.