Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bubbles for Hudson

Oh, my.  Once again, everyone, there are just no words

Durham, NC


Pittsboro, NC

Beacon, NY


Houston, TX

Balloon Release for Hudson at St. Ann's

Staunton, VA

Richmond, VA

Hendersonville, NC

Greenville, SC

My Uncle Vince in Sarasota, FL

Virginia Beach, VA

Snoqualmie, WA

Charlotte, NC

Portland, OR

Stonybrook, NY

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

Wilmington, NC

Alexandria, VA

Johns Creek, GA

Austin, TX

Sacramento, CA

Bluffton, SC

Charlotte, NC

Holly Springs, NC

Old Well, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Arlington, VA

Chicago, IL

Central Park, New York, NY

Saratoga Springs, NY

Charlotte, NC

Washington, DC

Greensboro, NC

Charlotte, NC

My Aunt Meme in Birmingham, AL

My cousin Ginny in Birmingham, AL

Coker Arboretum, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Columbia, SC

Encinitas, CA

My cousin Lauren in Asheville, NC

Little cousins in Columbus, GA

Washington, DC

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Portland, OR

Bloomfield Hills, MI

San Diego, CA

Wilmington, NC

Washington, DC

East Northport, NY

Clifton Forge, VA

Charlotte, NC

Portland, OR

Montana City, MT

Nashville, TN

Central Park, New York, NY

Richmond, VA

Chicago, IL

Columbia, SC

Durham, NC

Durham, NC

Baton Rouge, LA

Durham, NC

Tallahassee, FL

Columbia, SC

Bradenton, FL

Greensboro, NC

Texas Renaissance Fair


Ontario, Canada

Lexington, VA

Edgewater, MD
Columbus, OH
Baton Rouge, LA

Greensboro, NC

My nieces in Monroe, NC

5/18/11--Edited to add:
Atlanta, GA

Birmingham, AL
East Rutherford, NJ

The Palm Coast, Florida

Edited 5/22/11 to add:

Topsail Beach, NC

Other places where folks let me know they blew bubbles but could not get photos:

Hampshire, England
Oakland, CA
Carrboro, NC
Santa Fe, NM
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Boston, MA
Kempenfelt Bay, Ontario, Canada
Raleigh, NC
Memphis, TN
Outer Banks, NC
South Africa

Edited to add (Some of these I knew about yesterday but had accidentally omitted-- I was collecting them from so many places! So sorry!):

Bronx, NY
Bloomington, IN
UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
Fort Collins, CO
Visalia, CA
Prairie Village, KS
Hamilton, New Zealand
Cary, NC
Indianapolis, IN
Farmville, IL

5/22/11 Edited to add:

Melbourne, Australia
Cape May, NJ

I tried to include at least one photo from every person who either emailed photos to me or posted some on Facebook.  I made the assumption that if you did either, you would be OK with me posting your photo here on the blog, but if that assumption was wrong, PLEASE dont hesitate to email me and let me know that youd like for me to remove yours. Im keenly aware that not everyone wants photos of their kids on the internet for everyone to see. Sometimes I wasnt sure where folks were from, so those captions are blank (but the photos are still amazing).

Also, a friend is going to make a map of all the places where bubbles were blown for Hudson, so if I inadvertently missed you or you would like your location to be included, please let us know in the comments. 

Thank you all so much.


  1. I have goosebumps, Mandy. So much love and so many bubbles surrounding you all! -Kristine

  2. Amazing. Add Colorado to the list!

  3. I just emailed our pictures of bubbles. Sorry I couldn't get them to you sooner. All of these pictures just made me cry. What a beautiful tribute to you sweet girl!

  4. Incredible! Please add Visalia, California to the list. We blew bubbles, but didn't get pictures. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl!

  5. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA!!

  6. This is so fantastic!

    I will try to send my photos blowing bubbles in Singapore.

    Your little girl can never be forgotten, Mandy!
    I just did my weekly shopping in Tekka Market which is an open air market in "Little India", a neighborhood here in Singapore. One of the vendors where I buy my fruits had a little radio on playing music. While paying for my products, the song "Somewhere over the rainbow" started playing and I thought of Hudson.

    So far away, never met and yet, I will never forget about her.

    Jana Feltes/Singapore

  7. This was quite moving to see. I can only imagine how you and Ed felt.


  8. My grandson Gavin and I blew bubbles from Prairie Village, KS. For some reason the pictures didn't turn out. Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful little girl.


  9. FishingforfyrefliesMay 18, 2011 at 3:33 AM


    We didn't take any pictures, but we were blowing bubbles for Hudson in Hamilton New Zealand.

    Hudsons beautiful spirit has touched the lives of people all over the world, and although I never met her, I am grateful to have had her touch mine.


  10. I just cannot think of a better tribute to Hudson. Some of your friends are seriously talented photographers! I wish Ellie looked happier in her pictures -- she had a great time the whole afternoon, but in the moments I was taking photos she decided she wanted to hold the bubble bottle. (Or more accurately, dump the bubbles out.) Looking at these pictures, I am once again inspired by how wide a net Hudson has cast.

  11. Amazing! A wonderful tribute for your girl! It is wonderful how much joy was spread in her honor. Though I have never met you, nor did I ever have the honor of meeting Hudson, I will remember her and think of her for the rest of my life, I am sure.

  12. Stunning! Add Cary, NC to your list :-)


  13. So wonderful! Please include UNC Law on the list--where Hudson's mommy and daddy reconnected! We love you!

  14. Such inspiring pictures!

    Please include Indianapolis, IN to your list. Please know too that my 2 year old is struggling with a pretty significant speech delay. But on Friday, when we were blowing bubbles for Hudson, he said "buh-buh" for the very first time.


  15. Please add Raleigh, NC to the list.

  16. So many beautiful photos and so much love and joy! A perfect way to celebrate Hudson's spirit.

  17. Mandy, I was playing golf in Farmville, Virginia. I think blowing bubbles and thinking of Hudson relaxed me because I played pretty well!

  18. Oh my, gives me goosebumps!!! So much love in this community Hudson and you started. Isn't that One AMAZING thing??? Olivia

  19. These photos, Mandy, are without a doubt the most FABULOUS, AMAZING, HEARTWARMING pix I have EVER seen on the internet. G-d bless you!!!!! Mariann

    PS -- Are you going into labor yet????? LOL!!!!

  20. Gorgeous, moving tribute. Was thinking of you and Hudson and bubbles all day.


  21. Thanks so much for posting the photos! They literally made me laugh and cry at the same time.

    Love, Morey

  22. Add Cape May, NJ to the list :)

    Love, Mark, Jennifer, & Sofia Lewis

  23. Thank you Ed and Mandy for:
    1. giving Hudson to the world
    2. reminding us what blessings we have and to count them
    3. giving us such a fun and meaningful way to remember and honor Hudson

    Much love,
    Erica Marcoux

  24. I am in tears. So much love for a beautiful girl.


  25. I'm afraid I wasn't quite organised enough to let you know or send photos, but I'm blowing bubbles here in Melbourne, Australia for Hudson. What a beautiful lot of photos. I'm sure if we could close enough we'd see Hudson's reflection in all of those bubbles.

  26. So much love and support from all over the world...wow, THAT is One Good Thing!!

  27. We blew bubbles for Hudson in Scotland too.

    Laura x

  28. I heard a song that immediately made me think of Hudson and these bubble photos. I've pasted some of the lyrics below. I'll never hear it again without thinking of her.

    Everywhere by Tim McGraw
    (excerpted lyrics)
    But ever since you said good-bye
    I've been out here on the wind
    Baby you would be surprised
    All the places you have been
    I've seen you in

    Albuquerque waitin' out a blizzard
    Arizona dancin' 'cross the desert
    Watchin' the sun set in Monterey
    Girl I swear just the other day you were
    Down in Georgia pickin' them peaches
    In Carolina barefoot on the beaches
    No matter where you choose to be
    In my heart I'll always see you

  29. babz covington and grand daughter violet. wilmington nc.

  30. holy moly

    this post, a post with no words at all, is my favorite post of the whole blog

    it's the end of the book/movie

    not that it's the end

    it's just so poetic in so many gorgeous ways

    i am crying and beaming