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Family Update

About two years ago, many, many Naturally Curious readers showered my daughter Sadie with a phenomenal amount of support and compassionate wishes after she lost her husband, Waylon.  Both Sadie and I were stunned by the warmth and generosity of all of you who responded, 99% of whom we have never met.  I just wanted to share with you a recent photograph of Sadie, Otis (4 years old) and Lily Piper (1).  Your thoughtfulness helped make the past two years as good as they possibly could have been, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  As you can see, Otis and Lily Piper are thriving!

 

61 responses

  1. I keep you and your family in my thoughts each day. Wonderful to see thier smiling faces and to know you are all doing this well. My love to you and your family….

    August 13, 2019 at 7:09 am

  2. Karen Hein

    How precious! We appreciate getting to know your family as you help us know the natural world around us🙏

    August 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

  3. Karen Hein

    How precious! We appreciate getting to know your family as you help us know the natural world around us🙏

    August 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

  4. Let’s pray for the happiest childhood with as many smiles for Sadie as possible.

    August 13, 2019 at 7:20 am

  5. Nancy LeMay

    Thank you for your family update – Absolutely precious! The children are adorable and happy. God bless you and family. Nancy

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    August 13, 2019 at 7:21 am

  6. Joan Ray

    Thanks for the family update! When I read your posts I often wonder how they are doing.

    August 13, 2019 at 7:22 am

  7. Phyllis

    This is a beautiful family. My hands are that age and our little apartment is full of photos of how quickly they grow. When my Dad didn’t come from the War, my Mom raised us with discipline, humor , and lots of reading and mainly Outdoor time. Best wishes to Sadie, Otis, and Lily as they grow through the ages. They are lucky to have you! Thank you for sharing. Love

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    August 13, 2019 at 7:28 am

  8. goingoverjordon

    Big smile on OUR faces! Katharine M. Preston

    Author of: Field with a view; Science and Faith in a time of Climate Change.

    Ecology Ministry Wild Orchard Farm 247 Christian Road Essex, NY 12936 518-963-8966 katharine.preston@gmail.com

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    August 13, 2019 at 7:30 am

  9. Thank you for sharing this, Mary. I too often wonder how they are doing.

    August 13, 2019 at 7:32 am

  10. Patricia Normand, also a grammi

    ❤️❤️💖❤️❤️ you are a wonderful family! The best to you all!,,

    August 13, 2019 at 7:32 am

  11. Frances Howes

    MY dear Mary. What a nice note. That lovely picture says it all. Glowing , Happy faces . It has been a journey for Sadie that she has weathered well with her own courage and the support that backed her up. We all wish her continued Success and happiness. And to you as well! The strength of the outfit. Love and hugs to you and thanks for your wonderful work. Pogo

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    August 13, 2019 at 7:37 am

  12. Linda

    What a beaufptiful photo. You captured the essence of a lovely family. Enjoy them to the fullest.

    August 13, 2019 at 7:47 am

  13. What an adorable family you have Mary!

    August 13, 2019 at 7:51 am

  14. Sally

    What a wonderful photo! Thank you for sharing it. Sally

    August 13, 2019 at 7:53 am

  15. kate

    Thank you for sharing Mary. I think of Sadie often. So wonderful to see those sunshine bright smiles. x

    August 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

  16. Helen Carroll

    What a lovely picture. My best wishes to you and your daughter. Helen Carroll

    On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 7:03 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” About two years ago, many, many Naturally Curious > readers showered my daughter Sadie with a phenomenal amount of support and > compassionate wishes after she lost her husband, Waylon. Both Sadie and I > were stunned by the warmth and generosity of all of” >

    August 13, 2019 at 8:10 am

  17. Alicia Jenks

    What a wonderful update, thank you Mary. Such a pleasure to see those sparkling eyes and know they have a world of wonder and discovery ahead of them. Just received my new “Curious” am learning even more about the special world around us.

    August 13, 2019 at 8:14 am

  18. Alice

    Love, diligence, support and balancing, all very necessary to have a wonderful outcome. I, as well, often wonder how they are doing. Obviously very well. Lily’s dimples are adorable! Otis & Lily Piper are fortunate to have each-other & two happy Moms. Just told my almost 5 year old grand daughter, yesterday, how ‘Otis the Owl’ got his name!

    August 13, 2019 at 8:18 am

  19. Inge Ackermann

    A fabulous photo! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    – Inge 413.549.4870 bobingeack@icloud.com

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    August 13, 2019 at 8:30 am

  20. Deborah Luquer

    Thriving and utterly beguiling. Thank you for pic.

    August 13, 2019 at 8:36 am

  21. Kristina Burnett

    Mary. You make my day! Every day. And this post/photo is no exception!

    August 13, 2019 at 8:40 am

  22. Thank You for Sharing! What a beautiful family! Sorry for the loss of Waylon! Hope everyone is adjusting appropriately! Blessings! 🙂 ❤

    August 13, 2019 at 8:41 am

  23. So very good to hear. Know what it is like to lose a spouse, but the upside is to realize one’s own resilience and strength.

    August 13, 2019 at 8:42 am

  24. Christy Stout

    Thank you so much for the update. It is good to see all your smiling faces!

    August 13, 2019 at 8:52 am

  25. Frances Henry

    This was a wonderful update. Thank you! I know you must be proud of your daughter and how she has handled this tragedy. The children’s faces say it all. Warm regards from western MA, Fran and Walter

    Virus-free. http://www.avast.com

    On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 7:03 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” About two years ago, many, many Naturally Curious > readers showered my daughter Sadie with a phenomenal amount of support and > compassionate wishes after she lost her husband, Waylon. Both Sadie and I > were stunned by the warmth and generosity of all of” >

    August 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

  26. Bill On The Hill

    Precious cargo there be… (3) sweethearts & Mary, you make it (4)…
    Bill… :~)

    August 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

  27. Kathie Fiveash

    Mary, it is wonderful and poignant to see how the movement of time and the human heart bring healing and new life and in the face of loss. Those beautiful smiling faces! You have all done well.

    August 13, 2019 at 8:57 am

  28. Susan Huppi

    What a wonderful picture…love seeing those smiles. Glad they are doing well

    August 13, 2019 at 8:57 am

  29. Thank you for this family post. Fabulous news and great photo. Best wishes to you and your fine family.

    August 13, 2019 at 8:59 am

  30. Kathi Govatski

    You have a beautiful family. The children are indeed thriving!!

    August 13, 2019 at 9:04 am

  31. Toni Callahan

    This is lovely and heartwarming, Mary. Many thanks for this and for all of your posts! Toni Callahan, Concord, NH

    August 13, 2019 at 9:05 am

  32. Chris Runcie

    What a lovely photo of a sweet family. We’re so happy to see them thriving and feel a special fondness for that little trio of yours. Lots of love, Chris and Jim

    August 13, 2019 at 10:02 am

  33. Daphne

    I think of Sadie, Otis, and Lily often. Thank you, Mary, for including all of us on your family’s journey.

    August 13, 2019 at 10:14 am

  34. Sue

    What a beautiful update! Love, support and kindness goes a very long way. Thanks for sharing.

    August 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

  35. Michelle

    It may not be comfortable for you to share your private life, but so many of us have prayed for you and are glad to know how the family is doing and to see those sweet little faces

    August 13, 2019 at 10:36 am

  36. Bern R

    What a beautiful happy family! I am so glad for you. It is the circle of life – all that you gave out, came back. Bern in Barre >

    August 13, 2019 at 11:53 am

  37. Pat Nelson

    What a wonderful photo! Thanks for sharing it. And look at those dimples!

    August 13, 2019 at 11:54 am

  38. Linda Deetjen

    Wonderful…just wonderful!

    On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 7:04 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” About two years ago, many, many Naturally Curious > readers showered my daughter Sadie with a phenomenal amount of support and > compassionate wishes after she lost her husband, Waylon. Both Sadie and I > were stunned by the warmth and generosity of all of” >

    August 13, 2019 at 12:16 pm

  39. Leslie English

    What beautiful children! those dimples! my 15-month old and 3-yr old grandsons coming from California today (first time). Enjoy!
    time to order more of your books for them…
    your posting is such a joy, Mary!
    warmly
    Leslie

    August 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm

  40. Anne Wilson

    What a lovely photo and so happy that all are thriving. It is a joy to receive this good news!

    August 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm

  41. Randi Filoon

    DARLING CHILDREN AND SUCH A WONDERFUL GRANDMOTHER MARY!♥️

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    August 13, 2019 at 1:19 pm

  42. Judy Fox

    I think of your family so often. Thanks so much for the update. I’m glad to see smiling faces. Adorable smiling faces. All three of them! May the days grow softer for everyone.

    August 13, 2019 at 1:20 pm

  43. Carol Abbey

    That’s great, Mary. Your family is both beautiful and brave.
    Carol Abbey

    August 13, 2019 at 1:42 pm

  44. jccoppenheimer@gmail.com

    Congratulations to you Grandmom and Mom. Those kiddies are adorable and clearly very very happy. Hang in there.

    Please use this new email address: jccoppenheimer@gmail.com

    August 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm

  45. Adorable grandkids, Mary. Glad to see them doing so well.

    August 13, 2019 at 2:37 pm

  46. Rita Pitkin

    Wonderful picture. “Children” and Grandchildren are the best!!

    August 13, 2019 at 2:58 pm

  47. Wallie Hammer

    Be still my heart! Thank you so much Mary for the photo- please keep it up Much love Wallie A Connecticut Fan

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    August 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm

  48. marie fisk

    What a adorable family,you must be so proud! Those dimples just melt your heart. ________________________________

    August 13, 2019 at 4:31 pm

  49. Jean Knox

    A fabulous photo! Thank you p, Mary, for this update. I think of your family often when I read your excellent blog.

    August 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm

  50. Lin Peyton

    So thrilled for this update!! What a gorgeous photo and What an amazingly courageous daughter you have and how lucky they are to have you!!!

    August 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm

  51. Cordelia Merritt

    Loved the picture and the update! What cuties! ALL1Thank you. Love Cordie

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    August 13, 2019 at 9:32 pm

  52. Lynn Haslett

    What a beautiful photo. I think of all of you often and pray that there is joy and peace in each of your lives.

    Thank you for sharing this picture.

    August 14, 2019 at 4:45 pm

  53. Kim

    Such beautiful smiles!💗

    August 14, 2019 at 5:33 pm

  54. Helen Searle

    PRECIOUS!

    August 15, 2019 at 6:48 pm

  55. Judith Pettingell

    How beautiful they are. I’m sure they give you moments of great joy (as do my 3 grandsons)

    August 15, 2019 at 8:01 pm

  56. Frances Strayer

    Mary, What a beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

    Frances Strayer

    On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 7:03 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” About two years ago, many, many Naturally Curious > readers showered my daughter Sadie with a phenomenal amount of support and > compassionate wishes after she lost her husband, Waylon. Both Sadie and I > were stunned by the warmth and generosity of all of” >

    August 17, 2019 at 9:08 am

  57. Dianne Rochford

    Dear Mary,

    THANK YOU….THANK YOU….. for this precious, happy update!!!

    :-), Dianne >

    August 21, 2019 at 8:56 am

  58. Dee Dee Niswonger

    such a brave family. you give us all a little bit of joy day after day–thank you

    August 27, 2019 at 4:04 pm

  59. Susan Brown

    Such a beautiful family! A testament to the power of love and support, which you have given with abundance, Mary. Thank you for sharing….

    August 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm

  60. Lucy Hull

    Hi Mary, I’ve gotten far behind with my email and in trying to catch up today I found this post. Thank you so much for sharing this image, which speaks volumes. Congratulations on your marvelous family, and thank you for the update so we can see they are, indeed, thriving. They are lucky indeed to have you in their lives (and no doubt the same is true in reverse).

    September 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm

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