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Calandra Lundy Balas 2005 - 2012

Calandra Lundy Balas

This Guest Book has been kept online by Donna Ferguson.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Calandra, my heavenly messenger,

Please give the enclosed message to your great-grandmother, my mother, along with your beautiful smile and a big hug and kiss. Thank you, precious!

Mother, today is my second Mother's Day without you since God took you home. Needles-to-say, I especially miss you today! You were not only my mother, but also my mentor, friend, and confidante. I am so lonely here without you, and I long for the day when I, again, will see your lovely face!

Mother, the following Mother's Day poem expresses my sincere feelings.


If you could be with me to celebrate today,
we'd laugh and smile like we did before you went away.

I often shed tears for the way things used to be,
and Mother's Day will always be the saddest time for me.

But I can still draw comfort from the memory of your touch,
and send my love forever to the Mother I miss so much!

~Author Unknown~

Always in my thoughts!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Calandra, my darling,

Today marks two Easters since God took you home. My mind is flooded with many, precious, cherished memories of you and Easters past. However, they do not, in anyway, compensate for your great loss! It is still very painful and difficult for me to accept the reality and finality of your most tragic and senseless death! Heartache, sadness and tears fill my every day! Calandra, darling, I would have gladly exchanged my life for yours, if given the opportunity that fateful day! You were only seven and one-half years old! It terribly grieves me to know that your beautiful, sweet, earthly presence will never be a loving part of my life forevermore! My darling, I miss you more and more with each passing day! I will never fully understand why God chose to take you to be with Him! I try to find some consolation in the following poem:

"There's A Reason"

For every pain that we must bear,
For every burden, every care -
There's a reason

For every grief that bows the knee,
For every tear-drop that is shed -
There's a reason

For every hurt, for every plight,
For every lonely, pain-racked night -
There's a reason

But if we trust God as we should,
All this must work out for our good.
He knows the reason.

~Author Unknown~

Loving you and missing you with all my heart! Easter hugs and kisses!
Friday, March 07, 2014
Calandra, my heavenly messenger,

Would you please pick a beautiful bouquet of flowers from heaven's garden for your great-grandmother, my mother? Would you then present them to her, along with the following poem from me, her daughter? My darling, please remember to give her your lovely, enchanting smile and shower her with many hugs and kisses! Thank you, my darling!

A Poem of Loving Remembrance

My dearest mother,
The night God called you home,
My heart was torn in two,
One side filled with heartache,
The other died with you.
A sadness still comes over me,
Tears in silence often flow,
Memory keeps you ever near me,
Though you died two years ago!
~Author Unknown~

I LOVE and MISS you, MOM!!

Calandra, darling, I love and miss you, too! Hugs and kisses!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Calandra, my love,

Today is Valentine's Day. It is a day of remembrance for all those we love, here on earth and in heaven.

When I first read this poem, I thought of you, my love! I remember how very much you loved beautiful, colorful flowers. In fact, three of my most treasured pictures of you are of you holding flowers. All three are pictured here in your guest book photo album. Calandra, my love, it is quite amazing how the following poem, "A Dozen Roses," perfectly and totally, reminds me of you!!

A Dozen Roses

If I had a dozen roses, I know just what I'd do.

I'd give each one a name that reminded me of you.

The first rose I'd call SUNSHINE, because you brightened everyday.

The second would be BEAUTY, the kind that never goes away.

The third rose would be PRICELESS, like those hugs you gave to me.

I'd name the fourth rose SILLY, oh how funny you could be!

Rose five, of course, is PATIENCE, something you helped me to find.

The sixth rose would be MEMORIES, the gift you left behind.

The seventh and the eighth rose would, for sure, be FAITH and GRACE.

Nine would be UNIQUE, because no one could ever take your place!

The tenth rose, well that's easy, I'd simply name it LOVE.

Eleven would be ANGEL, for I know you're watching from above.

I'd think about that twelfth rose, and I'd really take my time.

After all, these roses are for you, my lovely Valentine!

I'm sending them to heaven in every color that I know.

So twelve I'll name FOREVER, for that's how long I'll love you so!

~Author Unknown~

Calandra, my love, I will forever love you!! You will always have a very special place in my heart, reserved for you, alone!!

I love and miss you so very much!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day in heaven, my love!!

Valentine hugs and kisses for you and all our other heavenly loved ones!!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Calandra, precious,

Few people are aware of the fact that your great-grandfather, my father, passed away on your fourth birthday on January 23, 2009. Please know that it was God's decision, not his, that he die on your "special day"!

Since your untimely, tragic death it has been double sadness, heartache and tears for me over both your losses!

Today's date marks both the death of your great-grandfather, my father, and your "would have been"--"should have been"--ninth, earthly birthday!

Calandra, my precious, little, heavenly messenger, would you please give your great-grandfather lots of hugs and kisses today from both you and me? Please tell him that I greatly miss our special, father-daughter moments together!! Also, please tell him that I love and miss him so very much!! Thank you, precious!!

I love and miss you, too!!
Hugs and kisses!!
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