Sophie & Madigan’s Playground

In 2013 our family was struck with an unthinkable tragedy when our home caught fire and we lost our beautiful daughters Sophie & Madigan. Sophie & Madigan’s Playground was formed to keep the girls memory alive through our Play Learn Create programs and the development of a public memorial park.

the year of the playground

Almost 6 years ago when we lost our girls we had the vision of creating a space in our community where big sister Morgan and little sister Sadie could go and feel the warmth of their sisters through the laughter and love shared by countless families playing together. It seemed like it would be much …

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Merry Holidays and Happy New Year!

We hope you get a chance to take the time to slow down and remember your gifts this season could never come from a store… they come from your heart and the hearts of those who surround you. Hold those you love just a little longer. Read the extra book. Smile a little more. Play …

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Tomorrow is never promised

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short…” ~ Sandy Dahl wife of flight 93 pilot, Jason Dahl The terrorist attacks of 9.11 left countless families grieving, for their loved ones, for homes, pets, and belongings, grieving for their sense of security, health and their sense of self. When …

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First Day of School

The kids are headed back to school today. Bittersweet excitement for another year with these three goof balls, while missing two more. Morgan is entering the last year of Middle School, Sophie should be starting 7th grade, Madigan 3rd, Sadie is in 1st and Mason prek4. It’s hard to think of who Sophie and Madigan …

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One step closer!

Tonight the City of Frederick Mayor and Board of Alderman unanimously approved the legal document that will take our vision for Sophie & Madigan Lillard Memorial Playground into reality. We officially are moving forward! We have a home! So many people to be thankful for including all of you who have followed us this far! …

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Peace Garden Rededication for Sophie and Madigan

In 2012 Sophie, Madigan, and Morgan were Accepted to Carroll Creek Montessori School through their lottery process. We were so excited for the opportunity- we work hard to help get the school opened. Sophie and Morgan worked with their grandmother building shelves Madigan, Sadie and I worked in child care so other parents could volunteer. …

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SaMP Kids Compassionate Kids Club – End of Year Party

Today we enjoyed our end of the year party by letting the kids run and play at the park! We gave out Community Service Awards (if your kiddo didn’t make it out today make sure you contact Chrissi to get their award) for all the hard work they put in this year! We are so …

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SaMP Kids Compassionate Kids Club – Sophie & Madigan’s Peace Garden

Last Monday we had the pleasure of joining the Girl Scouts of Carroll Creek Montessori in sprucing up the Peace Garden that was dedicated to Sophie after she passed away. The kids really loved all of the hands on work of planting digging and painting rocks. We appreciate the Girl Scouts for including us in …

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