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!!