Hayes William 1st Birthday…….

A new year is bittersweet because Hayes’ expected due date was January 2nd. That means this time of year is when we would have celebrated his first birthday. And so to acknowledge this day, I laid a wreath to honor and remember someone I’ve never met but is so very loved. I look forward to have him in my welcoming party when it is my turn to go to my real home……..

There are no pictures of Hayes….just an ultrasound and Elizabeth’s pregnancy picture atop a mountain in Alaska the month prior to the accident. Yet despite these things I love him to the moon and back. I bought a children’s book Guess How Much I Love You that I inscribed inside:

“To Baby Hayes…..today is your first birthday that you will celebrate in heaven with your Mommy and big brothers…….I can’t wait to meet you when I get there. Until then, I will hold you close in my heart. I love you to the moon and back!” Love, Nana

I only make these wreaths for my grandsons that live with Jesus. They are truly a labor of love. They are my small way this side of heaven to show my love during our physical separation.

There are approximately 900 balloons individually pinned on a straw wreath. This is the 4th one I have made on this journey.

Happy Birthday Hayes ! I’m sure your amazing Mom has an awesome party planned!

I love you to the moon and back!





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