This past year has been very difficult for our family as we continue to mourn the loss of our sweet Elizabeth. Each Holiday and Family get together is difficult because we felt the loss of her presence. At times it has gone by slow and at times it has gone by fast. I can't believe it is already been a year since I held her in my arms. I remember it so clearly and my time spent with her but it also feels like forever ago, I know that doesn't make sense but it is how I feel. I have loved that her siblings continue to remember her each day and pray for her to be safe in Heaven. Michael never forgets to add her in a family picture or add her when counting members of our family. This has been such a blessing for me to keep her a part of our family without it being difficult topic.
To celebrate her one year we decided to keep it small and simple. We invited our parents to come, my parents were the only ones able to make it. We had a picnic by her grave and then we wrote notes and sent of balloons (12 one for each month without her). Then we sang happy birthday and had some cupcakes. I asked that others wear polka dots that day because that is how we remember her because all her clothes she wore had polka dots on them. I made polka dot cupcakes and bought polka dot napkins and everything. Jake finished making her video from the time she was here with us. It was beautiful and hard.