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Calandra Lundy Balas 2005 - 2012

Calandra Lundy Balas

This Guest Book has been kept online by Donna Ferguson.
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!!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Calandra, my darling angel,

I awoke this morning thinking of you, as always. I quickly realized that today would have been your ninth, earthly birthday. It deeply saddens me to know that I will never be able to celebrate your birthdays with you ever again!

I do not know if earthly birthdays are celebrated in heaven, but I find great comfort in believing that God does celebrate them in His own special and unique way.

Calandra, my darling angel, this is how I would like to envision your birthday in heaven today. I see a host of angels busily making preparations for your "special day." Their first task is to gather all of your loved ones and little angel friends for your birthday celebration. My darling angel, I picture you in a beautiful, frilly, white dress with gold embellishments, and golden, glittery shoes upon your feet. Around your head is a garland of colorful, assorted flowers adorning your shiny, long, brown hair. While the party preparations continue, a guiding angel directs all the guests to heaven's playground. There the loved ones enjoy watching you and your little angel friends gleefully play on the swings, slides, and merry-go-rounds, amidst the scurrying of many, furry rabbits. Next, the guiding angel leads everyone to a long, beautifully, decorated table. Everyone is seated, and, after the blessing, everyone partakes of the manna set before them, including your very favorite foods. After the delicious, birthday meal, an angel heralds the arrival of God to your birthday celebration. What a most wondrous sight to behold! Everyone knells and exalts Him with praise and jubilation as He sits down at His throne! Calandra, my darling angel, God then acknowledges you with a big smile and then beckons the angels to bring forth your beautifully, decorated "angel food" birthday cake. Accompanied with it are large bowls of various, flavored ice cream, and, of course, chocolate milk. At the appropriate time, God's heavenly choir commences singing "happy birthday to you"! As you blow out your candles on your birthday cake, hundreds of purple and blue balloons are released and soar skyward. Calandra, my darling angel, the most special part of your birthday is when you and all the other little angels kneel before God and intently listen as He reads a wondrous story from the Holy Bible. God then ends the story with prayer, blessing all of His beautiful, little angels. After you and all of the other little angels glorify Him with songs of praise, it is time for you to unwrap your many gifts. Upon finishing, much to your delight, God then reaches down and lifts you up and places you upon His knee. Smiling, He presents you with a small, golden box with a purple and blue bow. Eagerly opening it, you smile your most beautiful, enchanting smile as you see its contents. Enclosed within the box are millions of hugs and kisses sent to you, my darling angel, from me, your grandmother, who loves and misses your beautiful, earthly presence! Calandra, my darling angel, I wish that everything I envisioned was heaven's reality! I do know that this vision has helped me to get through this most difficult day, for which I am most grateful!

"Happy heavenly birthday, my darling angel!!"

I LOVE AND MISS YOU!!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Calandra, my precious angel,

Today begins another, a second, new year without you. The past year has been one of profound loss, ever-present pain and sadness and many tears without you! I do not foresee this year being any different, for the very thought of you not being a part of my life, yet again, this year, is terribly agonizing! I try to find comfort in your many, beautiful pictures and precious memories. However, nothing can ever fill the great void I feel in both my heart and life over your most senseless, and tragic death!

Calandra, my precious angel, my mind is still having trouble accepting the reality that you are gone--forever!
Even though we are a heaven's distance apart, always know that you will live on forever inside me, deep within my heart!

Happy New Year in heaven, my precious angel! Please give all my heavenly loved ones my New Year's greetings, also. Thank you, my angel!

Loving you and missing you with all my heart!

Heavenly hugs and kisses!
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