Saturday, June 21, 2008

Another Year Has Passed

Last Monday the 16th we remembered once again the life and death of our sweet Charlsie Grace. I had planned on posting about it that very day but since we went to her grave so late it did not work out. Then I got so busy this week that it got pushed aside. For now I will share with you how we remembered her and what we did to celebrate her life.

Since I had told the kids we were going to make cupcakes for Baby Charlsie they were eagerly anticipating the day. They kept talking about it and planing it excitedly.

My original plan had been to eat a quick breakfast, make the cupcakes, and then head out to the grave while it was still cool. Well good thing I have learned some flexibility because we did not actually end up heading out till much later. The kids helped me make the cupcakes, we decided on German Chocolate so that Charlsie Grace could see daddy's favorite cake! We let them cool and got ready for nap. Right before nap time we all talked about missing Baby Charlsie and quite a few tears were shed!

Around 4 or 5 we headed out to our HEB to buy balloons and special flowers. Maddie picked a balloon that said Happy Birthday and Micah picked one that said We Miss You. Very appropriate choices I thought!!! The kids and Michael then helped me pick out some sweet pink flowers for her.

At her grave we wrote special messages on the balloons and then released them, I would have preferred more of a ceremony with them but the kids just haphazardly let them go. As Michael said, "Lets not make this a somber occasion" and you know what we didn't, sure there were some tears but there were lots of smiles and giggles too. Next we ate our cupcakes and put one on Baby Charlsie's grave. We each "talked" to our sweet girl which was an incredibly special time to hear what everyone has been thinking and feeling. We said our goodbyes and headed down the hill to share some birthday cupcakes with our family. Then as a special treat we ate out as a family.

It has been so incredible for me to see how my children handle this situation and the emotions that have surfaced this year. There is much more sorrow and more of an understanding of what is going on, this is especially true for Micah. I look forward to many more years of helping our children know and understand their little sister, Baby Charlsie. As for me I just wish I could hold my sweet little two year old girl and see what she looks like. Perhaps God will grant a glimpse of this before heaven.....
I will try to post pictures of our time soon!


Blogger Tanya Kangas said...

Oh wow, thank you so much for sharing your intimate family time with us. It is special to all of us who keep up on your blog. What tender moments to have with your children each year. Happy Birthday Charlsie Grace! We love you very much and cannot wait to see you. It will be here sooner than we can imagine!

9:06 PM

Blogger The Stoddard's said...

How great it is that you guys can share the experience as a family. I love how open and honest you are with the kids! We are thinking of you guys and miss you tons!

7:13 PM

Anonymous Kelli said...


Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Thank you so much for sharing this and taking the time to record your special day. I continue to be amazed at you and Michael - the way you tenderly walk with the Lord and the way you are bringing up your children, the way you have walked through the valley, and the way you continually point to Christ.

So, tonight, please know that I'm shedding tears with you over your great loss, and am also waiting in eager anticipation for the day when I can meet your special one face to face. I love you guys.

6:30 PM

Blogger Grateful for Grace said...

Charlsie, I went back and read about your baby girl. I'm so very sorry you had to walk through that (I know I've already told you that, but I feel like saying it again) valley. Your strength in Christ is apparant.
I'm so excited about the precious life being knit within you!
Thank you for your encouragment to me.
in Him Alone,

11:37 AM


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