Triple digits

Seems like no matter where I turn, I end up in the land of the triple digits.

Evolution of the glyph – 3 number by Wikipedia.

I wrote about the three flames of love back in April.

I (almost) have three daughters.

Sydney, Molly, and Bridget at the Japanese gardens.

I have three dogs.

Salem first, Anna middle, Brownie last.

I have changed my last name three times. Married name #1. Married name #2. Back to maiden name #3. I actually don’t plan on changing it again. That means it stays at three.

My friend Luisa Doraz at Believe in yourself, represents my blog on her blog roll with a picture of three smiling daisies (I did not pick it out).

I adore them.

I am getting married on three tens….at three ten.

I can cook three things well; chicken with noodles in the steamer, mac and cheese casserole, and spaghetti.

There are three chores, I actually like doing; laundry, dishes, and cleaning.

Texas has more triple digits temps in the summer than Arizona (okay, maybe not, but it feels that way some years).

And finally, the month of July, which is not a three, but does remind me of three very special little boys who live in heaven.

My two nephews, and my friend, and photographer extraordinaire, Kellene, from Bella Lucia photography’s son Leo. They lived long enough to capture our hearts, and they died way to soon – leaving a wake of hearts in their ascension.

Kellene’s story of Leo is a moving one. It touched me to the core the first time I read her blog about him. Kellene is not just gifted in intimate portraits of life, but also in capturing intimate moments of life. Precious moments that live forever. I have those with my nephews and she has those with her son. I feel that is part of what connects us.

She is amazing, not only does she praise God for her day with him, but she continues to shine light and love to all who meet her. She illuminates life through her lens and her memories.

I wish I could describe what I feel for her, and what I felt for her immediately upon “blog meeting” her. I guess I just knew how special she was. And talented. And giving. And loving.

This is someone who deserves to be lifted up and praised, not just for her work, but for the sheer will and effort, she put forth to survive the death of her baby.

When she posted on her blog a remembrance memorial request in Leo’s honor, to celebrate his life. His one day. The day that changed her life forever. I was honored to accept, because it’s such a small thing for me to do, but a HUGE thing to her, and her family.

From Kellene’s blog , here is her request:

This month marks the one-year anniversary since our son Leo passed away after being born at 30 weeks due to a placental rupture. The past year has been a rough journey of both sorrow and faith. As we approach this season of remembering, many of you have asked what we were planning to do to remember Leo. After thinking long and hard, and asking other’s their ideas, I have come up with something everyone can participate in to celebrate his life!!

So, if you’d like to participate, here are the details…. I would like to start a Name Memorial for Leo. Find a creative way to write his name and capture it. You can write it in sand, in a letter, on an object, etc. You can incorporate anything you’d like… flowers, balloons, stuffed animals… be creative and have fun with it! The images will be featured on my blogs in a slideshow for everyone to enjoy.

Email your images to: kellene.maynard[at]gmail[dot]com Please be sure to include you name and where you are from with your submission!!!

Thank you ALL for participating in remembering our little man with us. Your love and support has brought us through the darkest time in our lives. We love you!!

If you read her story – Leo’s story. You will want to honor his beautiful life too.

Click here for her journal entry describing her day with him, Remembering Leo.


    Your walk of faith. Your strength. Your deep well of love is so precious to me. I can’t think of anything more endearing and heartfelt than sharing the celebration of his life with you.

    Love and joy to you always…

Readers, commenters, friends, and family would you join me? Would you join Kellene? Will you take a picture of his name and email it to her for his memorial? It would mean so much to us all, if you could share this time of poignant joy on his first birthday. I look forward to seeing your submissions on her upcoming slideshow.

I also look forward to meeting Kellene in person on my three tens – 10-10-10. She is my wedding photographer, coming all the way from Washington state. Funny thing……the town she lives in? The only town in Washington I have EVER visited. I visited a good friend, and former co-worker, who had a son the same age as Sydney, we were pregnant at the same time. She had moved before the baby was born and I flew out the first chance I got to meet him. Small world, huh?

And by the way……… today?

Marks three months until the wedding (at posting). Three!

20 thoughts on “Triple digits

  1. Thank you so much Angelia, for sharing in this celebration of Leo’s life. I know that you understand my story and have walked this journey as well. Thank you for your love and kindness and for being a bright light to us all! All my love and I can’t wait until your wedding day!! 🙂


  2. You have many reasons to feel proud about this moving and wonderful post you have written. I am sooo happy for your celebration of life. We do need to embrace every moment and cherish every memory. 🙂 I know that you will have a Sunday full of much warmth and hugs to go around to all. 🙂 A big hug and much love is being sent to help celebrate Leo’s life. 🙂


  3. What a wonderful tribute for her to do to mark her son’s life!!! I shall have to keep this in mind during my creative moments!

    I’m most curious to see where she lives…off to check her blog! And if you EVER come back to WA…I want a date!!! 🙂


  4. Angelia,
    Well….I’m pretty sure you definitely get more triple digit temps than we do here in Wisconsin!! (for the record: I’m okay with that!!) (ha!)

    What a wonderful tribute to Leo – you have a beautiful way of really touching the soul of so many. And I witness that very deeply today…

    Much peace,


  5. You constantly amaze me with your selflessness and your ability to touch others. I am SO honored to have met you virtually AND in person and to call you my friend. I am not a very creative person but I will try my best to find some acceptable way to do this and participate. I don’t even have words to describe how much you impress me!


  6. Beautiful and thought provoking post. Three truly is your number. My son’s birthday is October 10, he will be returning from Afghanistan right around that time and he will be turning Twenty-THREE.

    Great post Angelia, I’m going to head over and read Kellene’s blog. Thank you for sharing.


  7. My mother always says things come in threes – meaning if you get one piece of good luck two more will follow and she is so often proved right so I love how three is your number.

    Oh your poor friend Angelia – I cannot imagine losing a baby at 30 weeks. Thank you for sharing this story and what a wonderful blogging friend you are.


  8. Wonderful Post Angelia,

    The way I see it you already have three daughters and I am so proud to have found you and also so proud to see your life going in the direction that you deserve. 🙂


  9. Beautiful, Angelia. And I noticed the three letters in Leo’s name beside the three flowers. It’s a striking photo, with the little cherub looking off–what a treasure this will be for all time.

    Will be thinking about one, too.



  10. Impressive post, and touching. I can’t believe it’s only 3 months till your 3-10’s.
    I am impressed that you like three kinds of housework. My inner child likes to dust.


  11. Very, very moving post. Some dear friends of ours lost their daughter earlier this year-she was also born at 30 weeks and battled numerous infections for a few months. I hope all the tributes will build them up.

    And wow. So many 3’s. Coincidence? HARDLY! 🙂 And hey, Mel Gibson’s been in the news lately, so there’s another SIGN.


  12. Deana

    Angelia, as always, thank you for sharing with me. This story touches my heart. I cannot imagine what it takes for Leo’s mother to get through and I will add her to my prayers.


  13. Oh, I’m jealous about how threes are given that wonderful meaning by you. I wallow in peace with my family of three. Just like that! You’re really terrible in sending across whatever messages your brainy decisions go for. Well, three months to wait for the D-day huh? The world waits with you! Hugs, my friend!


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