This is the first wall you see when you walk into our home, and this is what it looks like year round:
Duncan’s shelf holds his ultrasound photo, footprints, Willow Tree figurine, and tile.
Seth’s shelf holds his ultrasound photo, Willow Tree figurine, and a photo from his 9-month shoot.
But during the holiday season, when the ache of missing our second son reaches an all-time high, it helps to look around our festive home, and see little touches of Duncan.
Nonna ordered him a Pottery Barn stocking, just as she did for Seth last year.
With the help of my mother-in-law, we also selected a weather-resistant ornament to hang on Duncan’s maple tree on our church property. In addition to the ornament that hangs on his tree, I purchased matching ornaments that will grace our tree in Tennessee, and Nonna and Papa’s tree in Florida, where we will spend Christmas morning.
Of course, we chose a “christmas cookie’ initial ornament for him, just as we selected the J, M, and S for the rest of us.
In addition to these subtle touches, there will be a gift for Seth from Duncan under the tree. The tag may read, “to the best BIG brother ever. Way to poop in the potty!” Or something equally sentimental and meaningful. ;)