Feb 13, 2012

It's a rare thing when I post these days and even more rare when I post about something that has happened that very same day; but Today is a very rare day. It would be or better yet, is my neice's 5th birthday. This is the first year that Jon and Krista and the kids are not here in Oregon with us. The first year we have not been able to go to them on this special day and physicaly hug them and tell them how much we love them. It is the first year that we have not been able to lean on them and draw from them the strenght and Spirit which they have.

Krista, I LOVE YOU! You are such an example to me of what a righteous Mother is. You amazing me in everyway. I am so proud of the journey you took with Candace. I am so proud to be able to call you my sister, to learn from you and be stregthened by you. Your faith and courage give me what I need to keep going. Your testimony of God and His eternal plan for us and our family is a beacon in my life. Thank you for sharing Candace with us.

Jon, I LOVE YOU too! It is an amazing thing to have such stalwart Priesthood holders in my family. My heart breaks when I think about what you and Krista had to go through, but I am so proud that you have remained so strong and faithful. You are a pillar to our family and I thank you for that.

My crazy Carroll kids, I LOVE YOU! As we watched Candace's viedo tonight I was struck by how young you all were and yet how much you understood and felt at that time. Please do not ever forget the Spirit that filled the hospitial room when our dearest family and friends came to meet Candace. Your sister truley was a little angle given to a most worthy family. Keep your testimony of the eternal nature of families and our ability to all live together forever.

We let five ballons off into the night, sening birthday wishes and love up to Candace in Heaven. It was fun to watch them float off with little hearts and thier cousins names attached. I know she will feel thier love. I know that Heavenly Father has a perfect destination awating us. Our road will not be perfect. We will not be perfect. Yet, His plan is, the destination is, and we like Candace will be perfect. Candace taught me that perfection is not a physical form of being but a Spiritual destination that can be achieved by all.

Happy Birthday Baby Candace! We'll see you soon.
Your Auntie Mia

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