I got up this morning, thankful for another beautiful day! My family and I are glad to be home after a week-long trip to California, seeing just about every sight possible. We tackled Disneyland and Sea World and a 24 hour car ride. It was nothing short of fabulous! 🙂 yeah right!….in the car with four kids for that long=very challenging!
After seven days and still on the road, here came Lydia’s birthday, sneaking up on me every so quietly. Every year we celebrate her by writing messages to her on balloons and letting them float high in the sky, watching them until they disappear on the horizon. Then we follow it up with her favorite foods and activities. A full day devoted especially to her.
This year, her birthday happened to fall on Thanksgiving. Instead of a traditional turkey meal, we opted for her favorite dish. Chicken nuggets and french fries, with a side of ranch dressing! And for dessert, hot fudge brownie sundaes complete with ice cream and our family favorite, whipped cream!
As we sat down, exhausted from a long trip, I let out a deep breath and began to cry. A week of fun burning the candle at both ends, full of adventures and long rides in the car with four energetic children, and then to add Lydia’s approaching birthday, everything finally caught up with me.
As we sat around the table, we began to tell stories of Lydia. My son began telling the younger children about her. It was beautiful as they listened eagerly to learn more about the sister who has taken such a big space in their parents hearts.
My sweet Sadie saw her mom crying and asked, “What’s the matter mom?”
“I just miss your sister. Mommy will be okay. Don’t worry,” I said quietly.
“Well Mom, Lydia doesn’t have a phone” she said so matter of fact. It was so touching but so heartbreaking..No my little girl, she doesn’t have a phone but I wish she did.
If Heaven only had visiting hours……
What do you do to celebrate your loved ones day?