The inspiration came to me many months ago. It was so easy for me to imagine a 4 year old little girl in Heaven, looking like a princess, wearing a beautiful dress with sparkles all over it, with long & stunning blond hair...never before had I been able to imagine my daughter so clearly. I don't remember where I saw the quote "Princess, Daughter of the King'' at first, but it is very common and easy to find graphics of it on the web.
So this year I once again created a Facebook event where I offered to bereaved parents to write the name of their child on a graphic so they could be remembered too. I wrote over 40 babies names hoping to bring some kind of comfort to their parents.
Thanks to all who supported me, it was an honor to remember your child by writing their name!
My beautiful sister also sent me that sweet photo she created with this year's birthday theme! I am so grateful!
"Remembering Lily today... and praying for you! Much love! xx"
These were posted on my Facebook personal page from my friends...
"Oh dear Lily, a Happy 4th Birthday to you, precious girl! I wish more than anything you were here spending your birthday with your family. But please know I am grateful for you as I never would've met your sweet mama otherwise. Praying for you Naomi and family during this bittersweet time. And know that we are remembering and celebrating your precious Lily with you!!!"
--Jenn, Noah's mom
--Claire, Molly&Grace's mom
From Lynsey, Lilly's mom
"Happy 4th Heavenly Birthday Lily Hope"
Souphaly, Amelia's mom
From Yvette, Ainle and Fintan's mom
"Saw this in Amelia's garden this evening
and thought about your sweet Lily...
remembering her with you always" 🐞
"Thinking of you while we remember your sweet Lily"
"Thinking of you and sweet Lily
"You will be in my heart this week sweet mama."
"Happy 4th Heavenly Birthday, Lily! ((Hugs)) Naomi! "
"A special thought for you all. Happy Angel Anniversary... Happy Birthday Lily Hope."
"Sending hugs! Thank you for opening to us!" --Jeanet
"Thank you so much for remembering my Amelia on your daughter's special day. I can just see Amelia and Lily singing, dancing and eating cake together. Happy 4th Birthday to your precious Lily Hope...Thank You Father God for calling us Yours!!!"
We were given 2x 10kg buckets of "Porcelain Doll" squash already cut and pealed. Our more than generous friends had too much of it! Needless to say, it saved me a ton of work for many many meals and I also decided I would make Lily's cake with it! It was delicious! We actually had cake on the 7th this year.
1 cup pureed squash
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 3/4 cups four
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1/2 cup walnuts
In a large bowl whisk together 5 first ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Fold in walnuts. Add and mix the dry mixture to the big bowl mixture. Scrape into 9 inch floured cake pan.
Bake at 350 °F for about 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Let cool completely before icing. This cake is delicious with or without icing!
** Recipe inspired from "Pumpkin bread or cupcakes" in "Whole Food for the Whole Family" from International La Leche Ligue cookbook.
The next morning, getting out of bed was challenging, I felt so heavy, like physically heavy, not only emotionally. Kids had school, so I really had no other option than to carry that burden of grief. The LORD, in his grace and humour, knew my children would make me smile as soon as I saw them. My 6 year old kindergartner had prepared a special gift for his student teacher that was leaving their class that same day. He had used a really cool Spider-man gift bag! All morning I smiled and wished I could have been there to see her reaction as she received her gift!
My 9 years old daughter made this beautiful card for her sister...beautiful words from a loving big sister...
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Babies are, by God’s grace, in Heaven and are royalty, daughters and sons of the King of Kings. Created by Him and forever loved.
1 Peter 2:9,
2 Corinthians 6:18