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I just stumbled on your blog and I am sitting here in tears. I am sorry you experienced this loss. I also have two little girls (2 1/2 and 5 months old), and your description of your girls' sisterhood is beautiful, as is your recognition of the cross the three of you will bear.

Happy Belated Birthday!

Thanks for sharing the precious memories and feelings for your sister. I hope you had a very special day with your family.

Happy Birthday to both of you.
Thank you for sharing this. I think it's important in life to talk about death, because people so rarely do yet it's such a crucial part of life...

Happy Birthday!
Wow. So emotional and beautifully written.
Reading your post (and others about Lora) makes me so jealous that I don't have a sister of my own and makes me want to have one for my own little girl. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

Oh dear. *sob*

Happy birthday, Crystal. I hope you have a wonderful day. xoxo

Crystal - wow. what a post. I hope you had a great birthday and suspect Lora had a nice one too - looking down at you, smiling and watching you w/your girls.

Crystal - wow. what a post. I hope you had a great birthday and suspect Lora had a nice one too - looking down at you, smiling and watching you w/your girls.

Happy birthday and what a touching post. You had me crying. I'm am having issue with my older brother right now and it make me miss our childhood when things were simple and he couldn't be taken away from us by his actions. I couldn't imagen the pain of lossing him but so often he's at the breaking point and I can't save him.
best wishes

Happy Birthday.

This is a beautifully written post.

Beautiful words.

Happy Birthday.

Happy birthday Crystal. You have such a gift for putting your thoughts and feelings into words. Thank you for sharing.
Jenny Gardner

Happy Birthday Crystal. I have enjoyed catching up on your life through your blog. Glad to see how normal your lives are now and that you are enjoying it. The girls are so beautiful. Give them hugs for me. Have a Merry Christmas.
Sarah

Thanks for sharing these beautiful words with us (every year)...I hope you have a wonderful birthday with your girls and hubby!

Thanks for sharing these beautiful words with us (every year)...I hope you have a wonderful birthday with your girls and hubby!

Happy birthday. I love how you keep your sister's memory alive and how those of us who never knew her know one thing for sure. She was deeply loved. Sounds like she was one heck of a sister and young lady.

Happy birthday.

I, too, lost a sister suddenly. Time does heal. It takes away the stinging pain, but it is always there. It's only been six years since she died and I try so hard to remember her laugh, her smile, her voice. It does get harder.

The sadness never goes all the way away, I don't think. Certainly you never forget, and anniversaries always hold that joy and sadness all mingled together. Thank you for sharing the girls, and Lora, and yourself.

I wish you a *good* birthday.

I don't have any words except... such love. Such love.

Have a wonderful birthday with your husband, your girls, and your memories.

-Andrea

I don't have any words except... such love. Such love.

Have a wonderful birthday with your husband, your girls, and your memories.

-Andrea

What a beautiful post. For a time grieving *for you* was your normal. Now you've a new normal and it's all good. We grow, we change, but we never forget love.

Happy Birthday, Crystal. Thanks for sharing your love and memories of Lora with us so openly. I hope your birthday is amazing!

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