Bryn's Flowers

Last summer, I experienced the darkest moment of my life; I lost my 5 year old daughter, Bryn. My sassy, funny, and amazing daughter suffered a massive asthma attack one month after her 5th birthday. She fought harder and survived longer than anyone thought possible, but after two days her little body ran out of strength. I kissed my baby girl for the last time as she quietly passed away in my arms. The slow walk to healing can take many forms. So far my journey has included crochet and yarn bombing.

Bryn left us just a few short days after her last day of preschool. She never went to her first day of Kindergarten; a day she talked about with such enthusiasm that her whole body shook with excitement. She never got to walk through her classroom door, meet her new teacher, or experience the joys of a 'big girl school' so I decided to create a yarn bomb to be there in her place. After months of planning, over 300 volunteer crocheters from 35 US states, 7 Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, Germany, Italy, and Australia have come together for the biggest project I’ve ever attempted. Their outpouring of love and support helps me get through each day as the one year mark of her loss approaches.

Tuesday, April 16, would have been her 6th birthday. To celebrate and help give us strength, family, friends, a group of local volunteers, and even strangers walking past gathered on Saturday to install this epic project, showing just how many lives were touched by my sparkling girl.

This is a look back on the journey...

It begins...

My organizational skills are put to the test

Last minute preparations

People around the world showed their support by wearing Bryn's favorite color


Bryn, I love you more than candy


  1. I totally can't stop crying!!! I am so honored to have been a part of this!! Thank you so much for all your love & generosity!!

  2. Happy Birthday, Dear Bryn. You were taken from this Earth too soon. I am proud to have been able to help celebrate your amazing life in a beautiful, colorful way. (HUGS to the McQueen family!)

  3. It takes great strength to put together and accomplish such an amazing project in honor of your sweet little Bryn. You're a wonderful mother - she was very blessed to have you to care for her and love her like you did. Thanks for sharing your precious child with us, and letting us take part in this act of love for your little angel. May God bless you and your family and continue to heal your heart...

  4. I totally understand how you feel. I lost my little girl, Christina, at age 10 after fighting her whole life. She was born with heart and lung issues, had a double lung transplant, and open heart surgery. Then she ended up with an emergency belly surgery, where the surgeon told me he lost her 3 times. Only to sub-come to rejection of her new lung and renal failure. On April 13 she would had turned 20....I admire what you are doing .... God Bless Lori.....

  5. My thoughts and love are coming your way as tomorrow approaches. You are an amazing mom and wonderful soul. May you have the strength and the people you need to carry you through tomorrow and know that Brynn is up in heaven smiling down at the incredible gift you organized in her honor.

  6. Thanks for letting us all be a part of helping to create such a beautiful memorial!

  7. Never got to meet you, Sweet Bryn, but I'm wishing you the happiest of birthday celebrations, with Jesus.

  8. What an amazing, beautiful piece of art for your daughter. I found your story today in Inspired Crochet and am just in awe of the scope of this art and your love for your daughter. Sending love from San Diego, Rachel