“Baby Goes Hiking”


In my (other) job as an occupational therapist, I have incredible co-workers. I have mentioned this before. Not only do they give their all for our patients, they do some pretty fascinating things when they are not at work.


One of our physical therapists, Mike, along with his wife Annie, runs marathons, competes in Ironman triathlons, and flies to places like Vermont for long weekends of bike-riding in the mountains. These two love to be active. Their dog Maple goes along whenever she can.


So, several months ago, Mike and Annie casually announced they were going to have a baby. (Honestly, they do all their spectacular things quite casually.) Then they painted their spare room with fir trees and forest creatures and things from the great outdoors. And in that span between announcement and baby, I could think of no better idea for this pair than a blanket with a tree, a path, and a puppy, all just waiting for baby to join them.


On the day we had planned to throw Mike a shower at work — with a good three-ish weeks before baby was due to arrive — Mike was instead over at the hospital encouraging Annie through the last part of a very long labor. And that evening they welcomed little Owen into their family.


Congratulations to Mike and Annie on the birth of your son! Maple, get ready for your playmate. May you four enjoy many, many amazing adventures together ♥ .


 “Baby Goes Hiking” (37″ x 39″)

This blanket already has a home.



16 thoughts on ““Baby Goes Hiking”

  1. Good luck on your new Etsy venture Joan! I think your work will do well there on several levels. Contact me there when your getting set up–happy to help & very nice to meet you @ the ArtTour!!

  2. I have been admiring your work online for many months. Everything I have seen has been beyond beautiful and inspiring! This is no exception.

    • Well then my “Welcome, Cris!” is a little belated! Thanks for hanging out. I so appreciate the support. I hope this baby blanket will grow with its little boy owner.

  3. wow Joan. You amaze me with the insight and thoughtful way you pull things all together. It is a beautiful story and a most precious blanket. great job. God has for sure blessed you with beautiful gifts. <3

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