We made it through Cora's birthday. The weather was just beautiful. We celebrated Cora's precious life, but our hearts ached to have her there with us.
It was so amazing to picture the many pink balloons that floated towards heaven that morning. Even Joel's brother in China sent up a pink balloon. Thank you for remembering our sweet Cora and for lifting us up in prayer on Thursday.
The mama in me just had to do something for Cora's birthday. We were too sad to have a party, but I just had to do something birthday-ish for my little girl. I thought we at least needed some cupcakes. I even tried out Megan's homemade icing. It was yummy!
I thought Cora would like pink and green sprinkles on her cupcake. My sister thought she needed some stars too.
These ladies helped me decorate. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing family. Did you notice our flower pins? We wore them all day in honor of Cora. Thanks Julie and Beki!
I just cried as we ate our cupcakes. We were supposed to be watching Cora in her highchair eating her first cupcake and making a huge mess. We were supposed to be laughing and sharing in the joy of my sweet little girl's first birthday.
Cora never even got to taste cake. But my mom reminded me that there were so many things Cora DID get to do. She and my dad even made a list of all the "firsts" Cora had with us. All the things we did together. We have so many precious, joyful memories. That is what I have to remember. Not what we didn't get to do with Cora, but all the things we DID get to do together.
I would do anything to spend more time with my baby, but I am so thankful for the eleven months she was here. I am so thankful that God chose me to be here mama for those eleven months. Happy Birthday sweet Cora!