Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Birthday post #6 - The Balloon Release

After everyone had written out their cards and tied them on the balloons to send up, we packed up most of the balloons into one of our church's vans and we all drove out to the cemetery. The cemetery is about 10 minutes from our church, which makes it nice to visit on Sundays.

Before the party I had went out and put up a new flower arrangement for Carleigh just for her birthday. I really loved how it turned out.

After everyone had gathered around her headstone, we all sang Happy Birthday to her and then we released our balloons. We watched as they slowly floated away until you couldn't see them anymore. Even the horses were present for the balloon release. That seemed pretty fitting seeing how they were present for the day of her funeral and almost every visit since.

After the balloon release everyone stayed for a little bit longer and talked. Then one by one we said our goodbyes to each other and to Carleigh. I always love to see Kyndra's interactions at the cemetery. They make my heart melt!


Carleigh's headstone.

Carleigh's headstone and her birthday flower arrangement.



Everyone gathered at the cemtery for the balloon release.

Anthony & I with our balloons getting ready to release them.





Me and some of the children gathered around Carleigh's headstone.





Love and hugs for sissy.

I'll love you always my little girl!

18 comments:

April said...

HOlly - this made me cry :) What a moving site to see the rememberance and honor symbolized in the celebration you held! I know everyone there must have truly felt apart of something that day. Great job for making it a beautiful day!

mary said...

Quelle magnifique journée commémorative pour Carleigh.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

So beautiful, sweet Holly...

Lori said...

Oh....that one of Kyndra hugging the marker...tears.
xoxo

Jessica said...

this is so beautiful with so many around.

Mackenzie's Mommy said...

Looks like it was a beautiful time <3 I'm planning on having a balloon release too :) Also, I love that Kyndra is hugging Carleigh's headstone...too sweet.

Sara said...

One of these days I will read your posts and not start crying. I am amazed still by how strong you are. I may never meet you face to face (on earth that is) but I am so blessed to know you!!

croleyc69 said...

Oh so very beautiful and the tears that fall down my cheeks. So much love for such a beautiful little girl that has touched so many. Those pictures of Kyndra and the {{HUGS}} are amazing.

{{HUGS}}
Caroline

Jill said...

Such wonderful pictures. I especially love the last few!

Betty said...

beautiful picture. I absolutely love the ones with Kyndra. Thank you so much for sharing Carleigh's day with us. I am glad that you had so many people come and share the day with you. (((Hugs)))

Christie said...

Reading the words on the cards made me cry. It all turned out so beautiful. Thank you for sharing the day with us. She is a very special little girl.

Mary said...

Kyndra's hugs bring tears to my eyes. Sometimes I think kids understand so much more than we think! Maybe even more than us...

Sarita Boyette said...

Holly, you thought of everything! The balloon release was absolutely breathtaking.Kyndra's love for her baby sister is touching.Carleigh's birthday party was beautiful and I haved loved seeing the pics.

Just Breathe said...

What a beautiful release of the balloons. I love the photo of the hug for sissy. ((HUGS))

The McDaniel 3 said...

The photos of Kyndra hugging her headstone made me tear up...such a beautiful picture!

MommyIvy said...

Beautiful pictures. The one of Kyndra hugging the headstone brought tears to my eyes.

Betty said...

Those last two pics especially made me tear up! It's so awesome that you have so many people standing by you as you go through this...an Kyndra is just too cute giving her sissy lovins!

elena said...

Look at all the balloons and notes. Carleigh is definitely loved and cherished! Kyndra's interactions are always so sweet. I love watching our kids interact as well. I love that the horses were there again :)

I love the picture of you touching Carleigh's marker, so touching.

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