I spent the morning thinking and ever since Kayleigh was born, I never thought that I would be spending Kayleigh's 1st birthday without Kayleigh. I wanted to see her smear pink cake all over her face while we all laughed hysterically. I wanted her to rip bows off presents, just to have them stuck all over her head. I wanted to help her blow out that single standing candle and take endless photos to share with the world.
Well, we did! Even though Kayleigh wasn't physically here, she was here with us in spirit as we celebrated her first birthday. We bought balloons, our wedding cake maker made us a beautiful pink and brown cake and Debbie from New Zealand, a good blog friend had some delicious butterfly cupcakes delivered to our house this morning. We wrote a big card/letter to her on a dry erase board and we cooked a delicious dinner on the grill. We planted several flowers in our yard that were from Kayleigh's memorial and we enjoyed a wonderful day thinking of our sweet angel.
"Kayleigh. Happy birthday sweetheart! Mommy and I love you so very much and we had a wonderful day today celebrating your birthday. I know you were there with us and I wish so much that I could give you a big kiss. You are so special and so many people are thinking of you today. I am sure you are having a beautiful day today and I am sure you received more gifts than you can imagine up there. Just know that we miss you dearly and there is not a second that goes by that we aren't thinking of you and wishing we could squeeze you one more time. Brandon and Allyson said hello and they love you. Have the best day today and know that we love you tons!"
"We took some photos for you Kayleigh"