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Calandra Lundy Balas 2005 - 2012

Calandra Lundy Balas

This Guest Book has been kept online by Donna Ferguson.
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!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Calandra, my heavenly angel,

Today is Christmas, and with it comes many, past Christmas memories of you!

One precious memory is that of your very first Christmas! I dearly love this picture of that day with you sitting in front of the fireplace in your lovely, green dress, with your big, blue eyes sparkling and your beaming, toothy smile! You were so adorable!!

My angel, the two past Christmases without you have been ones of sadness and tears! Nothing has been the same without you!!! You were a beautiful, magnificent gift from God, and I will forever miss the wonderful, precious gift of you, not only on Christmas Day, a day of gift-giving, but every day!!

Calandra, my angel, please give all my heavenly loved ones my Christmas greetings and love. Please tell them that I love and miss them! Thank you, my angel!

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

Merry Christmas in Heaven!!

Lots of hugs and kisses!!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Calandra, my love,

Two days ago, on Monday, December 9,2013 you received your well-deserved, earthly justice!! I had been awaiting that day for so long!! Since then my mind has been consumed with constant thoughts of you!! I know that I need to get on with my life. I need to strive to find some purpose and direction, while living the remainder of my life without you, my love!!

Calandra, my most precious, beloved granddaughter, my heart still aches for you!! You will always have a very, very, special place in my heart, reserved for you alone!!

I shall always thank God for having shared you with me!! You were my beautiful, earthly angel, the "light of my life!!" I will love and miss you forever!!

Heavenly hugs and kisses, my love!!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Calandra, darling,

I remember one past Thanksgiving Day when you left a short, sweet message on the answering machine. You said, " Happy Thanksgiving Mom, I mean Grandma!" "Bye!" I will cherish those endearing words forever!!

Calandra, you were such a precious gift from God!! On Thanksgiving Day, and always, I will give thanks unto Him for having blessed my life with your wonderful, beautiful presence!! You brought me immeasurable joy during your short seven and one-half years here on earth!!

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

Heavenly hugs and kisses!!
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