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Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Many of you have been praying for our grandson. For those of you who don’t know, our grandson was born prematurely four months ago.  He weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces.  He has spent the first four months of his life in the hospital.  When his parents are with him at the hospital, his 6 and 9 year-old sisters stay with us.  We were expecting him home the end of this week, so my granddaughters helped me set a “Welcome Home Cooper” table.


blue dog

peter rbt

pooh tigger



Our little Cooper is truly a miracle.  He has fought so many battles, and he’s an amazingly healthy looking, strong, and alert four month old.  He’s had more medical procedures than I’ve had in my lifetime.  He had one more milestone to pass before he could come home.  Today, he took the “car seat test”.  Because we live 3 hours from the hospital, he had to sit in a car seat for three hours.  He flunked.  His breathing and heart rates dropped after less than an hour in the car seat.  It doesn’t look like he’ll be coming home this weekend, but hopefully, very soon.

big bird

The tarnished shabby chic silver baby mugs were gifts to my children when they were born.

cookie mnstr back

I’m not sure if we’ll be able to use this Welcome Home tablescape, or if another scape will have to be prepared before he comes home.

cookie most


I had a Ginnette doll when I was a child, and I still have her baby bottle!


This was my Mother’s teething ring from the early 1900’s!

teethng rng

Napkin rings and flatware holders are children’s mugs.



I want to again thank all of you who have been praying for Cooper.  We are so very touched by the prayers and concern of so many people.  God has given Cooper and his family the strength and courage to make it through this journey.  We know there will still be difficulties to face, but we believe the hardest part is behind us, and we praise God for our little miracle.

I’m not sure that children’s dishes and plastic plates qualify for Let’s Dish or Tablescape Thursday, but I’m linking this post to Cuisine Kathleen and Between Naps on the Porch. laurie


Sarah said...

Laurie, I'm thrilled to know that Cooper is a healthy 4 month old. The car seat setback is disappointing, but he'll get past this hurdle too. Your tablescape is adorable. Your granddaughters had fun with this one. It was fun to see your vintage pieces too.

Carol said...

This is such a special tablescape! I know you all are anxiously waiting for Carter to come home. I bet the next time he is tested he'll pass. Our little Emma failed the car seat test a couple of times before she came home. Prayers for you all.

Smiles & hugs,

susan said...

Oh Laurie- Just knowing he will come home soon is an answer to prayer! I have praying for sweet Cooper and all of you--for healing, strength, faith, and patience. Looks like you're gonna need more patience :) Love your table!--so special with generations of love on it!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The table is so cute!
Praying he will be able to pass the test soon. ((hugs))

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Your table is the cutest, most magical, sweetest table I have seen in if I was a kid I would go wild for what ever you were serving just sit at this fun fun it all..

middle child said...

God indeed is in charge. Cooper jusst needs some more prayers and more time. Sounds like he is doing well. Am praying for all of you.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a wonderful tablescape, Laurie...and for such a special little guy! I am praying he'll be home soon and sending hugs to you and your sweet family!...Debbie

middle child said...

Oh. I almost forgot! The mugs and bottle and teething ring, etc. Wow! You saved them and they are Waaaaay cool!

Tricia said...

So glad to hear that Cooper will SOON be home! I know that his welcome home meal will be pure celebration. I love the vintage elements of the table, especially. I have my husband's silver baby cup and mine, too, and my silver teething ring looks a lot like your mother's.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie,
This is so wonderful!
Vibrant, colorful and full of nostalgia.
I so wish he had passed, but soon I am sure.
He is truly your little miracle!
I am amazed you had that little bottle and your Mom's teething ring still. Such neat things to cherish.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie while it's disappointing the Cooper didn't pass the car seat test, the fact that he is doing so well is truly a gift from God! I am so happy for all of you! This tablescape is adorable and just perfect for a homecoming. Thank you for sharing this and great news about Cooper! I look forward to celebrating with you when he does get to come home!
hugs, Linda

ellen b. said...

Praising God with you for little Cooper and praying that he will have the stamina to make the drive home soon. (Hugs)

Marigene said...

Laurie, sorry to hear that Cooper didn't get to come home...maybe in another week he will be strong enough. Adorable table...I have always been a Sesame Street kids grew up with fact it was the only tv program they wanted to watch before going outside to play!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Laurie, I’m sorry baby Cooper didn’t get to come home but isn’t it wonderful to have him tested before starting out? I’m sure he will past this test soon with flying colors. What a sweet welcome home for him, the table setting is adorable.

the French Hutch

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, I am so sorry to read that Cooper did not get to come home, but I am sure it will be soon.
The tablescape your created with your grands is darling and will be an inviting welcome when the time is right. What a joy it will be.
God is so good and I know HE will continue to see you all through this journey with Cooper.

Prayers and hugs come your way.
Bless you all, Celestina Marie

Kathleen said...

Laurie, I am praying for Cooper every morning, and I will double up so that he gets home VERY soon. God bless him and all of you who will surround him with love. He will grow even faster and stronger once he is home.
Can't wait for the good news!

Nancy Hood said...

Laurie, I'm one of your newest followers and felt compelled to not only share this post but to pray with you for your sweet grandson. Asking that He restore this child to complete health and home soon to grow in the love and nurture of loved ones :)
Gave you a shoutout on this adorable tablescape! hugs, Nancy

Dewena said...

This had to be the greatest table you ever arranged. And it will be used soon and is a promise for that. He has touched the hearts of so many for a long time and we praise God for his life.

I know that he will someday have all the bounce of Tigger and that he already has all the sweetness of Pooh!
My love to Cooper and his family,