Friday, February 23, 2018

Happy 11th Birthday Candace!

We had beautiful sunny weather for your balloon launch this year.
 I guess all the dogs thought it was a good day to be out too, because we had so many dogs come and up and see us while we were there.  This one reminded us of good ol' Sunny dog who is in heaven with you.  It was a sweet reminder of her as we celebrated your birthday.
 Your family just can't take a normal picture.  Love them!
 This scene never changes from year to year as we all watch the balloons drift out of sight.  However, what does change is the size of each of the children as they grow a year older each year.  We miss seeing you grow each year and I often think about what you would be involved with and doing right now if you were still with us. 
We miss you sweet Candace.  Happy Birthday!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday!

 Jon and I just returned from a cruise to the Caribbean yesterday.  
We were so glad to be home in time to celebrate Candace's birthday with the family.

 Ethan has been quite sensitive this year and talking a lot about Candace.  He's been 
emotional about it and missing his sister.  They must have been very 
close in heaven, as he hasn't met her on earth before.

It's hard to believe that Candace would be 10 years old today.  
Time has a way of continuing to tick on whether we're ready for it to or not.

Happy 9th Birthday!

 Today we celebrated Candace's 9th Birthday!  

It was also Sweathearts dance for Shaylin.
She and her date came and joined us in our annual balloon launch.

 I love how good of friends our kids are.

Heading to the "launch pad" at Ann Morrison Park.

Ethan and Mom playing a little hide-n-seek before the launch.

We love that the kids have an enjoyable time and happy memories 
each year as we celebrate her birthday.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday to our little Angel!

Today is our angel daughter Candace's 8th birthday.  The dress she would have worn for her baptism hangs empty next to her first white dress.  We picked her name because of it's meaning: flowing white, pure.  How fitting to be reminded of this today on her 8th birthday.  This mama's heart can't help but ache a little at the different earthly milestones missed, but I also rejoice knowing that she is already perfect and waiting patiently for our family to be reunited again one day.  I'm so very grateful for temple covenants and eternal families.  I know I'll hold my little girl again.  Happy Birthday my sweet daughter!  

Candace's 8th Birthday Balloon Launch

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Bonus Visit

 We went back to Oregon to visit family and friends 
and were able to spend a little time at Candace's grave.  
There is such a peaceful feeling when our family is 
gathered together there.
 I had to get a picture with all 5 of my children 
in it, even if it's just a picture of Candace. =)
As we were getting ready to leave, Hailey was 
having a hard time.  I was standing back a bit
 and noticed Zach put his arm around her and 
comfort her.  It was such a sweet moment to capture.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Candace's 7th Birthday

 Filled the balloons with our letters for Candace,
  and we're ready to launch the balloons. 
Back at home ready to celebrate with cake and presents.
Grandpa Carroll was able to visit Candace's grave 
and sent us this picture.  It brings so much peace 
to us to see her grave getting visited on her birthday.  
Thank you!