Thursday, January 1, 2015


Isabelle and I were talking about our plans for Julia's birthday and I mentioned that we needed to pick up a cake.  Isabelle asked, "What was Julia's favorite kind of cake?"

And my heart broke.

Julia would have been in first grade. She would have had a favorite color, and movie, and hobby.  She would be into princesses or not.  She would probably know how to swim and ride a bike and tie her shoes. And yes, she would definitely have a strong opinion on her favorite kind of cake.

Seven birthdays missed.  Seven years of life going on without her.  Seven years of remembering her and it never being enough.

But also...

Seven years of indescribable joy.  An amazing life that we don't take for granted.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful baby girl.

You are missed.  You are loved.  You are not forgotten.

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