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 simpler a task at that point. I mean compared to surviving the loss of those beautiful souls nothing seemed impossible, but it’s been much harder than we ever thought it would be. Dreams don’t become reality without hard work and persistence. The truth is there have been

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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 a little longer. Learn to let go of the little stuff and focus on creating once in a life time memories with your family this upcoming year. We can not say thank you enough that we will see a playground built this year! We’re so excited for

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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 a tragedy like this happens we are were left with the stark reminder that life can be painfully short, things can change in the blink of an eye, and memories could be all you have remaining. As you reflect on 9.11, don’t focus on what could go

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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 would be, what they would be doing today without shedding some tears. I’m positive that whatever it would have been they’d be bringing joy to those around them. Our kids were ready to go today even though mom was not hahaha – We made sure to get

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Summer of YES!

In the summers before we lost the girls, I made a commitment to myself and to them that I would say YES to more things. You see while I’m already a pretty “free range” mom I found myself saying NO a lot more than I wanted to once the girls entered public school. It was a lot of simple stuff too it caused a bunch of unnecessary back and forth bartering and a few regrets. I remembering having amazing summers full of adventure, lots of smiles, laughs, doing things that may have been a little outside my comfort zone, like jumping in

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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! The big fun is finally here! This means is that over the next few months (think fall) you will be seeing our park access road, parking lots and some signage going it for the future home of Sophie and Madigan Lillard Memorial Playground! There will be a

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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. The girls, all three of them loved their school. When the girls passed away the school worked to create a peace garden to honor Sophie. It was such a weekend and beautiful gesture but it was hard that Madigan wasn’t included. This year the schools Junior Girl

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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 grateful for our parent and kid volunteers (and of course Mr Adam who volunteers his time after school every week to keep the kids entertained) and we could not be more proud of all of the hard work everyone put in this year. We love our SaMP

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The Lillard family of Myersville MD founded Sophie & Madigan’s Playground after their beloved girls, Sophie & Madigan, were killed in a horrific house fire in January of 2013. They are continually working to honor the girls by creating opportunities, and an inclusive play space to for the community to come together to play learn and create life long memories in ways that reflect the girls loving spirits.

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