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.
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 Naomi Carroll was born February 13, 2007 and lived just 23 hours. She weighed 5 lbs. 1 oz. and was 17 inches long. Though her life on earth was brief, it was beautiful. It is the miracle and beauty of her life that we celebrate now.