• letting weakness shine

    October 19, 2016, Michaela Evanow, 0 Comments

    I never wanted to be strong. But from the age of 16, when my spine was fused together with titanium, and my typical teenage problems disappeared into the bleeping of ICU monitors, I was told to be strong. I had to get out of bed the next day and learn

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  • the ministry of meal making

    August 11, 2016, Michaela Evanow, 4 Comments

    When I think back on our lives with Florence, often in and out of hospital and appointments, I remember being fed. I remember food. Another cup of coffee, an oat bar in a paper bag sitting at her feet on the starchy hospital blanket. I remember the first meal brought

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  • beauty from ashes: flowers for Florence

    June 3, 2016, Michaela Evanow, 5 Comments

    My cousin, The Samurai Carpenter, is a talented woodworker and carpenter. We asked him to make an urn for our Florence’s precious ashes. I really wanted marigolds and a butterfly on the urn somehow, but I couldn’t even begin to imagine what the final result would be. He is truly

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  • Marigolds in bloom at Canuck Place

    April 29, 2016, Michaela Evanow, 1 Comments

    This post was originally published on the Canuck Place blog. This wonderful place has made such a difference in our lives. They recently sent out a letter and packets of Marigold seeds in honour of #FlorenceMarigoldinBloom Click here to donate to Florence’s Canuck Place page in honour of Mother’s Day and our beautiful

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  • g o l d e n.

    April 5, 2016, Michaela Evanow, 3 Comments

    It’s that time of year. Marigold season. This time last year we had no idea that Florence would be gone from us in a month. I heard marigolds were finally in bloom, and everything inside of me wanted to hop in the car and find them. I felt drawn to

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  • happy 4th birthday Florence Marigold!

    March 7, 2016, Michaela Evanow, 18 Comments

    On Saturday we celebrated you, Florence Marigold. It was supposed to rain all day, but guess what? The sun came out! It always has on your birthday party. We wrote in the book that was at your celebration of life and also on banners that we have hung on our wall. We

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