Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sweet Caroline Marie Turns 3!!!!

Thank you for my new header, Ashley! You always know exactly what I need without me asking you!
As I thought about posting pictures from her last birthdays, I realized that Thomas was only at one birthday party (two if you count her birth!--Which I do.) Realizations like that are like a sucker punch to my stomach. HE WAS AN AMAZING DADDY! He loved Caroline so much! All of his students still tell me stories about how he talked about Caroline all the time in class at Har-Ber.
Anyway, I don't want this to be a sad post for her birthday-but I want to "keep it real" and this is the way it goes.
I found a few pictures that I had not posted before of Thomas and Caroline around her first birthday.

These pictures were taken for her first birthday. She is such a "mini-me" of Thomas!

Caroline showing off the hand-made blocks that Bapah and Daddy made her for her 1st birthday!
(Two seconds later after taking this picture we had to talk to her about not throwing them!)

The picture below was on the first snow of the season. Exactly one month before the accident and about two months before she turned two.
Her 2nd birthday(link to the post):

Turning three(!) at Cake Party in Springdale!Thanks to my family and friends who came to share this special night with us.
It was a blast. Thomas wore himself out. Luckily, Mimi and Rosemary were willing to hold him most of the night!
Fun times. Sweet Caroline and Aly Claire gobbling up their tasty creations.
(I couldn't resist-Here are Aly and Caroline 2-2-07 Aly was 6 weeks old)
Serious Thomas wondering when he will get to try the cupcakes...
Poppy with Jett looking like the mischevious monkey on his shirt...
Caroline, I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful God made you. You are special, thoughtful, caring, considerate, polite, intelligent and funny. I do not know how to put in words how amazing you are. I love how you squinch up your eyes and hold my face in your hands when you want to show me how much you love me. I love how you love your little brother and kiss him all the time. I love how you are so willing to come running when I call to you to see what new trick Thomas can do so that I would have someone to share that joy with. I love how you take care of me in more ways then you can know. I love how, today, in the car you were listening to me tell someone that I was losing my voice and you asked me if Ursula took it (from the Little Mermaid movie.) I love how you have been talking about about Daddy so much lately. I was trying to reach for something in the backseat while driving and I told you I was sorry I couldn't get it and you told me if Daddy were here, he could reach it because he has long arms. I love that when I wistfully said that I was ready for spring to come, you replied "I miss Daddy." You are so intuitive to know that is what I really meant. I love your sweet innocence when you told me that when Daddy got back from Heaven he would be waiting for us at home. I am so glad I got to tell you that instead of Daddy coming to us, that we will go to Daddy when God decides. I love you, sweet Caroline. -Mommy


  1. She really is precious Bon. I just couldn't keep my eyes off of her tonight. What a sweet heart! I love your stories about her. They make my day.

    It was so fun to see you guys tonight. Love you! -Ash

  2. Happy birthday, Caroline! Oh, wow, another teary post. The pictures are beautiful. I never knew Thomas (beyond the blog) but it is so obvious in the pictures how much he loved his girlS. His face just lit up! I love how Caroline is talking about her daddy too. I have always thought little ones have a special insight into heaven and God that we grown ups don't have. It looks like Caroline had such a sweet and special birthday. It is amazing to me how much she has grown up in just a year. Love to you all!

  3. Happy Birthday to Miss Caroline. It looks like she had a great birthday.

    Bonnie you have been on my heart and in my prayers so much lately. I don't know if it's just because of this month or if it's the weather. I don't think I'll ever have another snow day that I won't think of you and your sweet angels and Thomas.

    I so enjoy your blog post as I know many of us do. Please know you continue to be lifted up in prayer and that you are loved.

  4. you are such a wonderful wonderful mother!!! Caroline is so blessed to be your daughter... heartbreaking post, but so real and so "how it is"
    Jacob says similar things to Caroline... ugh. And yet their innocence is refreshing.
    What a great day she must have had, look how far you guys have come, I'm proud of you Bonnie.
    Love you!!

  5. Oh Bonnie. We just love y'all. I pray and think about you all of the time.

    Yay for turning three! It is SUCH a great age. It's kind of the last of their babyhood, and I know you're just soaking in every moment. Love the beautiful pictures.

  6. Happy Birthday Sweet Caroline!!! Bonnie, your words for your sweet baby brought tears to my eyes. How lucky you are to have her in your life and how lucky she is to have you for her mommy and Thomas for her daddy. I have been thinking about and praying for you guys these past couple of months.

  7. I can not believe we both have 3 year olds. Where did the time go?

  8. I'm so glad she had a fun party...it's so hard for me to believe she's already 3. I remember all our pregnancy conversations when we were waiting on her to finally make her arrival! I just know God has special things ahead for Miss Caroline- I love you!

  9. Happy Birthday to Caroline! What a beautiful post about her. Thanks for the stories you shared. Your letter to her was moving. You are such a thoughtful and loving Mother and your kids are truly blessed. Love you!