Sunday, February 21, 2010

My girls' first snowman

With all the recent snow that has accumulated in our area, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to build a snowman at the cemetery. I have been wanting to do it all winter but all previous snow came and went so fast that I didn't have the time to get it done. The snowman that we built at the cemetery today was both Kyndra's and Carleigh's first.

I made sure we had all our stuff in our van so that we could head out there after church. When we arrived at the cemetery the gates were closed and the paths were not plowed. I was disappointed. I told Anthony we might be able to just park and walk in so I got out and made sure that I could move the gate to get in. It took a little effort as I had to remove a little bit of snow but I was able to open the gate enough so that we could get in. I figured it was ok since the gate was not latched but a tiny bit open anyways. I also made sure that the snow was good for packing and to my delight it was very good packing snow!

So we trudged through the snow in the cemetery to get back to where Carleigh is.



Anthony made the bottom 2 parts of the snowman while Kyndra and I watched and played a little in the snow. Then Kyndra and I worked on the snowman's head. I put it on and we all helped to smooth out the snowman and put snow in places that needed it.



Then we had to figure out what we were going to use for a face and arms. Anthony pulled out some of the decorations in Carleigh's vase and voila!




The whole time we were there the horses watched us by the fence, which is not too far from her grave. These are the same horses that were present and watching while we were at the cemetery the day of Carleigh's service and burial-kind of like they were paying their respects. I've always liked those horses and it makes me feel good to see them while we're there. Wish I would've had a carrot or something.


Right before we left I made a snow angel beside her grave just for the fun of it.

30 comments:

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

Very cool photos! What a special day. Loved her snowman! The horses watching was cool!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Love Carleigh's snowman...and love you, girl! So sweet...

{:miss v:} said...

What a special memory and a great idea! Loved the snowman!

Amy B said...

I decided tonight to come out of lurk mode. I have spent time reading your blog and gaining some wonderful wisdom.
My beautiful nephew died a few months ago at 4 months old if the Flu,,our hearts are broken and we are struggling every minute of everyday. I have learned some wonderful things through your journey. Thank you for sharing.
The pics at the cemetery took my breathe away. So sweet and yet bitter sweet. I hope it will be easier to visit Jackson's grave when his headstone is done.
Okay I wrote a book..
Just wanted you to know there is a mom in Florida who is praying for you..

Anonymous said...

Love the snowman, Holly. what a sweet remembrance....Those horses are so kind - looks like they are watching over Carleigh's grave for you and keeping it safe.
Love and prayers, Sarita
sboyette@tx.rr.com

Karen said...

Oh Holly, I just love the snowman! What a neat idea! I would love seeing the horses there also, they are special horses!

Blessings to you,
Karen

House of Collinsworth said...

How beautiful! That is so sweet.

Kate said...

Yea, how cute!!

Karen said...

These pictures all so beautiful!

Jess said...

What a cute snowman for your girls! I've wanted to make one for Eliana too, but haven't been able to do it yet. Kindra looks so adorable all bundled up in pink!!

croleyc69 said...

So very beautiful and I love your idea !!!! All of the pics are so good.
Caroline

Megan said...

Awesome pix! What a nice idea to make a snowman and a snow angel for sweet carleigh!!

Mary said...

Her snow-woman is beatiful! I liked being able to do that for Adelle too...especially since that much snow is SOO rare in Dallas!

Heather said...

I just love this idea! You incorporate Carleigh into your life in so many wonderful ways - I love it.

La Cubanita said...

Hi there. Im a new reader and came across your blog by accident. I too lost a daughter to anencephaly. Im so sorry for your loss and am glad there are mamas out there who can relate to what we are going through...not that Im glad it happened to them too, just glad we are not alone. Hugs to you!

Lilly's Mom (Desiree) said...

beautiful!

The Blue Sparrow said...

I love the snowman! I've been wanting to build one at Bryston's site too, I think its such a cool idea! It looks great Holly!

Elizabeth said...

That is wonderful! I love all the beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharring. Thinking of you and ur angel. *hugs*

Khanh said...

That's adorable. What a fun family day :)

Just Breathe said...

Very nice snowman, I'm sure she loves it. The pictures are really beautiful. Make sure you take a carrot or apple next time, those horses are so precious.

AKD said...

That is so absolutely lovely, and is such a wonderful remembrance of Carleigh. Hugs to you all!

Emily said...

How beautiful- thanks for sharing this with us

Christina Egner said...

That is so sweet....the horses are watching over your little angel while you are away. :)

Jennifer Ross said...

Very happy looking snowman! I love it! I'm glad Carleigh has her little "Frosty" with her:P

Love,
Jenny

Once A Mother said...

what a beautiful day spent with carleigh

Jessica said...

What a beautiful snowman!! Carleigh was smiling down :)

Jaime said...

What a beautiful way to spend the day!

Jaime
xo

Blogger said...

I love that! And it's sweet the way you make going to visit Carleigh such a fun thing for Kyndra.

Betty said...

Beautiful pics,Holly!

crystal theresa said...

beautiful! i'm sure both of your girls loved it :)

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