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Balloons To Heaven

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tonight was our local chapter of The Compassionate Friends annual Balloons to Heaven. Yesterday I was asking for rain and this morning storms were predicted for late afternoon. So this morning I was asking for it Not to rain on our event.

It has been 12 years since my oldest son died. I have been a member of The Compassionate friends for about that long and I now hold the position of newsletter editor and treasurer. It is my way of doing something positive in memory of my son.

Earlier this year my cousin's daughter had a car accident and died. I have been spending more time with her and having dinner a couple of times a month. We have also taken a couple of trips together. She can share things with me that she doesn't feel comfortable sharing with others. I understand her pain and my heart aches for her. She decided she would come to the Balloons event and ended up seeing three people she knew from other areas of her life. I think sometimes that helps to know there are others in the same boat as you.

I also let a balloon go for a Spark Friend of mine with a note attached for her son. I hope things work our for her soon. I have had her on my mind. Here is a picture of those three ballons going up together - the green one is for my Spark Friends son Mike, the pink in is for my cousin's daughter Ashley, and the purple is for my son Joshua.

And this is a shot of a bunch of our balloons going above the trees (last year Joshua's ended up in a tree)

And this is a picture of the beautiful cake someone made for the event.

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