When we decided to move, it was a given that the house contract would have to include a few provisions.

In particular, there were two trees that we would take with us.

We waited until fall to move them because we were told that was the best chance of a successful re-planting.

And up until a few days ago, we held our breath, sneaking a peek out the windows every so often.

Wondering if it would bloom in its new home.

So imagine our joy when we saw this…

Today would have been Audrey’s third birthday, and we are celebrating her as we continue to watch her bloom in the unlikeliest places. We love you, precious girl.


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  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday Audrey!
    I am so happy to hear that your tree blossomed, it’s beautiful.

  • Brooke

    Angie (and family) –
    You don’t know me, but I have followed your blog for a long time. You are a great encouragement to me as I have experienced some faith-shaking difficulties over the past couple of years. Praying for you and the rest of your family as you remember Audrey today and every day.


  • Ginnie Jones

    Happy Birthday Audrey! It never ceases to amaze me how God allows each of us to bloom right where He plants us. Even more amazing is that He allows us to bloom right when He wants us to and when it will have a great impact on others.

    Praying God’s mercy and blessing on you and your family.

    In Christ,

  • Melissa Lucido

    Happy birthday Audrey!

    Today is six months since my Sammy was born in to Jesus arms…

  • Liz

    What a beautiful image- Audrey celebrating her birthday in heaven! Happy Birthday to such a sweet, God-given girl! While you cannot hold her physically today, I am so glad you have a reminder of her blooming in your yard. What perfect timing from the Lord.

    Praying for peace for you all as you remember her even more today. I cannot wait to meet her in heaven!

  • Julie Price

    Beautiful!!! Happy Birthday Precious Audrey!!!

  • robin

    Happy birthday, Audrey! What beautiful flowers to witness. God is so good and His creations are so miraculous! Praying for you and your family as you celebrate this day. I pray for God to watch over your hearts.

  • Summer

    Happy Birthday Audrey! I’m so glad God showed you the beautiful blooms on this day!

  • Anna

    Happy Birthday sweet Audrey Caroline! The flowers blooming are beautiful…thinking of you all today.

  • Natalie Ross


    How special. I smiled when I saw this post. Little Audrey touched so many lives. She has moved me in such a great way.

    My husband and I just bought a pink Dogwood to plant in honor of our daughter, Maddie Grace. She passed away at 2 days old, just 3 months ago. We miss her so…

    I love to read your heart. You are a special person. Thank you for sharing your little girl with us. I never knew it at the time, that I would be walking a road similar to yours. But, I’m so thankful that the same faith I saw back then is still strong today. You are such a blessing and pillar of strength to me. God is good.

    Happy 3rd Birthday Audrey!

    Much Love,
    Natalie Ross

  • larsonslady

    Happy Birthday in Heaven, Audrey Caroline!!!

  • jenniferwhite

    Angie, I am reading your book right now. Thank you for sharing your story. Really, His story, isn’t it? Grace and Peace to you today as you remember.

  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday, Angel Audrey!
    Love you all!

  • Shae

    Happy Birthday, Audrey!!!

  • Florence

    Lifting you and Todd up today as you remember Audrey and celebrate new life.

  • Meghan Russo

    Wow, how gorgeous, just like Audrey!I am so glad you see Audrey blooming all around you:) Rejoice in her beauty and strength! Much love…..

  • alison

    What a precious gift from the Lord! Happy 3rd Birthday to Audrey!!!

  • Southern Gal

    Beautiful, Angie. She is indeed blooming continuously.

  • Saraskaggs

    Can’t believe it’s been 3 years already! She was gorgeous, her tree is gorgeous, and of course, so are you! Enjoy her day today – we’ll be celebrating in 3 weeks :)

  • Andigirl79

    in His time.. He makes all things beautiful in His time

  • Anonymous

    Love what God has done through you out of such a deep loss. Love that He can make beauty out of ashes. Love that you have allowed Him to use you.
    Thinking of y’all all day today! And wondering if Audrey would have had a little “Kate” personality in her. I think she would! :-)
    Love you!

  • aimymichelle

    beautiful tree

  • Lauranurseanne

    Thinking of you all today!

  • Andrea Worley

    beautiful post. :)

  • Bonky’s Mama

    Lovely post, Angie, about precious precious Audrey! Longing along with you for the day you see her face to face again–never to be separated again.

  • Sara M.

    Saying a prayer for you today and for all those that Audrey’s story reaches! Hugs!

    • Sara M.

      I also meant to say Happy Birthday Audrey!

  • Jennifer Durgeat

    In love. So in love.

  • amys blah, blah, blogging

    I always wondered what happened to that tree. So glad it is still giving you joy.

    Lamentations 3:22, 23 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

  • Stacia Hamidi

    God is so GOOD! Happy Birthday precious Audrey!

  • Laura Dodd

    Praise the Lord for His sweet goodness!

  • Katie L

    Happy Birthday Sweet Audrey!

  • Enstroms

    My friend just lost her father and I was shopping this morning for a tree for her to plant in memorium from our bible study group. I was standing in the middle of the nursery just thinking about how meaningful it is to see something grow and live year after year in remembrance and how your friends gave you the japanese maple after Audrey’s passing. I wondered how you felt about moving without it. Then, I came home and read your post. God is good, and works in mysterious way.

    Grace to you and your family today.

  • Hollie

    The seeds unseen, that are bits and pieces of Audrey’s story, will long continue to dance on the breeze, taking root in those who need Him most… yielding blossoms that flourish eternally. Praying for each member of your family, as you celebrate her precious life this glorious day!

  • Lmlarrison786

    Happy birthday Audrey….the impact you have on our lives is huge! Thank you Angie for sharing her with us and I’m thinking of you today and praying always!

  • andrea

    What a wonderful birthday gift :)

  • Sara

    What a difference she has made in just 3 years- praise Jesus! Praying for you today…

  • Mandy Hornbuckle

    Happy birthday, Audrey!!

  • Lauren

    beautiful… made me cry. So happy for spring and blooming! :)

  • Lisette M Delgado

    That is so beautiful! Thinking of you and Audrey today ((HUGS))

  • Beth

    I’ve been praying for you all day. Happy Birthday, Audrey!!

  • Jennifer

    Happy 3rd Birthday Audrey!!

  • Brooke Tondeur

    Praying for your family today, Angie. I always remember Audrey’s birthday because today my son turns 5. Happy 3rd Birthday, Audrey Caroline!

  • Rebecca @ The Road Home

    Happy Birthday Audrey! Such a beautiful reminder that she is always with you.

  • Elizabeth Herr Smith

    Happy Birthday sweet Audrey! :)

  • Brcannady

    Happy birthday sweet Audrey! How wonderful that her tree blossomed on her day!

  • Alisha

    Happy Birthday, Sweet Audrey!

  • Mrsemilyscott06

    Happy Birthday sweet Audrey! Your tree is blooming beautifully in memory of you!

    Praying for your family today!

  • Clarissa

    Happy birthday Audrey! What a special birthday gift/remembrance of your angel girl! Beautiful blossoms!

  • Ashley Jo

    How beautiful they are! Happy birthday in Heaven sweet Audrey!

  • Tasha

    Thinking of you a lot today. I love you!

  • Heather

    I hope it brings you comfort to know that she is remembered by so many people. She has touched many lives.

    Thank you for sharing her with us, Angie.

  • Laurie

    BEAUTIFUL! Thinking of you today!

  • Krishua

    Happy birthday, sweet angel baby.

  • Meredith

    God is good, don’t you just love when he shows you himself when you need it most. So happy for your wonderful sign of re-birth on this special/difficult day.

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  • Jennifer Bishop

    Happy birthday sweet audrey! Praying for you today Angie

  • Courtney

    Happy Birthday in Heaven Sweet Audrey! I look at my 3 year old and remember the day you were born. Your birth day changed my life. I look forward to meeting you!


    Such a beautiful reminder of your sweet girl. I pray that God will bless you each year on this day.

  • Barb

    Sending prayers your way! I also have a tree that blooms on our angels birthday. It is such a beautiful thing to see.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday sweet Audrey!

    Angie, the trees are BEAUTIFUL! Praying for peace and comfort on this special day for you and yoru family!

  • Ienault

    thinking of you today and praising the One who is who He says He is! Hoping you feel only peace and comfort today. (hugs)

  • Jenny Pennington

    I’ve been praying for your family, knowing Audrey’s birthday was today. I’m so happy to see that the trees are doing well. So beautiful! Happy Birthday sweet girl <3

  • Mommyofsam

    Happy birthday to your sweet Audrey! Praying for you today!

  • Ashley

    Can’t believe it’s been 3 years already! Time does fly. Sending prayers your way today!!!! The tree’s are beautiful! It’s nice to know she’s there watching over you all. :)

  • Jordan

    Happy 3rd birthday Audrey! Will be thinking of you today. I know your family misses you deeply, and I pray that God will send His amazing comfort and peace to them. What a joyous reunion there will be in Heaven!! Thinking of the beautiful pictures of your time here on earth…what a beauty you are! Audrey your life has impacted so many. Angie, thank you for continually sharing it with us. Again, happy birthday Audrey.

  • Miranda

    We miss you Audrey. Happy 3rd birthday :) .

  • Christi

    Happy Birthday Audrey Caroline

  • Ashley Warren

    Happy Birthday to your darling Audrey. Praying for you today!

  • Dawn

    Happy Heavenly Birthday Audrey Caroline

  • Melissa

    Happy Heavenly Birthday Audrey!

  • Lisa Lundy

    Oh, I was so hoping your trees would be in bloom! Sweet Audrey, your life is a blessing to so many people.

  • Eileen

    Happy birthday sweet little one – so glad to see your tree is still blooming for your Mom and Dad – hope the angels sing “Happy Birthday” for you

  • Kathy

    This is stunningly beautiful and such a GIFT straight from Him. How good He is!! Wow!!

  • Emily

    Beautiful! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today!

  • Sally

    Absolutely amazing! So glad the Lord allowed you to transfer such a beautiful reminder of her everlasting life in Heaven with Him. You are an inspiration.

  • Cynthia

    Happy birthday Audrey!

  • Scart225

    Thinking of you and Todd today! So amazing the blooms that have come on your tree! All our love and prayers for you all! The Asbells

  • Anonymous

    What a beautiful reminder of your precious girl. Thinking of you all today.


  • Heart n Soul

    Blossoms of beauty, unending love and eternal hope.

  • JD

    The blossoms couldn’t help but celebrate her life today — they remembered, and so do we.

    You are loved, Audrey, and so is your family.

  • Laurie Lloyd

    ~*Happy Birthday Audrey Caroline*~ I remember this day three years ago like it were yesterday Angie and how it broke my heart for you and your family. The blossoms are just breathtaking and such a reminder to me that where God plants us, we will bloom. Hugs and Prayers to you all today sweetie.

    Love and Hugs, Laurie

  • kristie

    Awesome! She is with you! As is the One who is in control. Blessings!!!

  • Bethany

    Prayers for you as you celebrate your daughter and the blessing she was to you…to so very many. Praying for peace and comfort.
    The tree is so beautiful. I’m happy it bloomed again. I bet it will be gorgeous next year after it has had time to adjust to it’s new home.

  • Betsy Hills

    Happy 3rd Birthday Audrey! I remember when she was born… I can’t believe it’s been three years already. I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful day celebrating your precious little girl :)

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday, Audrey!

    I am glad to know that you make those provisions when selling your house. I have often thought about what would happen and then decide just not to ever move. We planted a weeping cherry for Joslyn. It bloomed a week or so ago. I love the pink blossoms and their reminder that spring is coming!

    Praying for you sweet friend.

  • Connie L Amato-Mahle

    Oh, Angie. What a bittersweet day. Happy birthday to your precious little girl!

    Audrey’s tree is flourishing, growing… It looks absolutely beautiful!

    I am not sure about Tennessee weather today, but it was gorgeous in Pennsylvania! What a beautiful day to remember sweet little Audrey…

    May God hug you all a little more tightly today, Angie!!

    Take care, my friend!

    Love and friendship,

  • Lizreeves2

    Oh my gosh! It’s so incredibly hard to believe that it’s been 3 years already. I mean, I’m sure for you it wavers between feeling like it’s been 3 days & 300 years, but for me, it’s hard to believe it’s already been 3 years!

    God bless you!

    And happy birthday Audrey Caroline!

  • Natasha_paul1

    It is funny how the blosom tree can bring a new meaning once a baby in no longer with us, we too have been thinking about buying one for our sweet baby girl Grace and now after seeing your entry today, I am going to! Thank you for the inspiration. Happy birth day to your sweet wee girl and to you all, thinking of you today

  • nurse4kids81

    Absolutely breathtaking, Happy Birthday Miss Audrey! I have two recent posts so similar to this.

  • AmFriend

    Blessings to you, Todd, and the rest of the Smith clan as you celebrate Audrey’s 3rd birthday. I can only imagine the mix of emotions you must be feeling today. So glad her memorial tree not only survived the move and transplant, but is blooming as a reminder of Audrey’s brief, beautiful life, her lasting legacy, and God’s grace. Hugs to you, A

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails

    Happy Birthday to the sweetest little girl who has touched so many thousands(or maybe even millions) of hearts and lives with her story.
    Praying for you all on this day Angie.

  • Jen

    Did it burst into bloom today?! If so, how incredibly awesome :)

    Happy birthday precious Audrey Blossom. You are never far from mind.

  • Meagan

    Happy Birthday Audrey!! My angel’s birthday is next month and I am hoping to see blooms on her tree as well…

    Love to you all!

  • Nicklisa28

    Prayers for you today as your remember your precious Audrey. Tomorrow is Grace’s 7th birthday. Seven. Pretty unbelievable. I look forward to remembering her life with my other kids.

  • Julesmpg

    Wow, it is hard for me to believe it has been three years already. I know it has been a long three years for you. Praying for you today. The blooms are beautiful. Happy 3rd birthday Audrey.

  • Anonymous

    God is so gracious and truly cares about our remembrances and symbolism. I am so glad your trees are blooming. Just in time! Praying for you all day… and in the days to come.

  • Phy Liss

    Beautiful ~ precious Audrey <3

    I've been following your blog since May 2008 when our twin granddaughters were born at 25 wks. Willow turns 3 on May 3rd with us here ~ Serenity graced us for 9 days ~ precious memories ~ and hope of shared adventures to come ~~

    love to you Ange..~

  • Jill Jones

    Beautiful~made me cry. So very pretty. Thanks for sharing this with us. God is good.

  • Mary Lenaburg

    she is here still doing her job loving all of you…blessings on this day…

  • Denise

    I’m so glad they bloomed. Happy Birthday to sweet Audrey.

  • Sue Speir

    The tree is so beautiful – just as precious little Audrey was so beautiful. God is so loving to remind you of his ever constant faithfulness. Praying for all of the Smith family. Your faith has been a blessing to me.

  • Jennifer Price

    Happy birthday sweet baby.

  • Annie

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! So glad they bloomed… what beauty!!

  • gilda

    Happy Birthday Audrey remembering you and your family on this special day. The tree is absolutely beautiful.

  • Kristald

    Beautiful! Looking fwd to blooms here in Korea, slowly popping up and they look similar to yours. So sweet.

  • Lily B.

    Stunning. 3 years. wow. I think you have inspired me to plant a tree as well, something uplifting to remind me of Evie and Audrey and all the beautiful lives spending their days with Jesus. :) Lots of Love~ Lily

  • Stacey M

    I’ve been thinking of you and your family all week and sending up lots of prayers for you as your sweet Audrey’s birthday approached. I’m so glad to see her tree blooming in celebration of her life:) Happy 3rd birthday little one!

  • Shirleyslee

    Hello Angie, first off want to let you know what a beautiful women of God you truly are. Such a breath of fresh air. I was five month pregnant with my fourth child when I started reading your blog, my husband found me sobbing uncontrollably while reading your blog. Through the ashes I’ve found beauty, thanks, Shirley Slee

  • Atyler75

    Happy Birthday sweet Audrey! Thinking of you and your family Ang. XOXO – Amy

  • Marcy

    Happy Birthday Sweet Audrey! I bet Heaven throws the best birthday parties ever!

  • Tonya

    Love to you all as you celebrate the life and legacy of your beautiful girl

  • Kelly_SufficientGrace

    Oh Angie…that is so beautiful and amazing. What beauty Audrey continues to spread as she blooms and her life story lives on. Thank you for being such a willing vessel to share His story and hers. Happy third heavenly birthday, sweet Audrey.

    And, much love to you…

  • Kaye

    Happy birthday to your little angel. So very thankful for HIS work and for your family to be able to SEE the beauty in the blooms. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings to all of your family, today and every day,
    Matthew 21:22

  • pat.ellis

    Happy Birthday, sweet Audrey! Your tree is beautiful!

  • sarahmoseley

    Beautiful! Happy Birthday, Audrey! :)

  • aholman

    Happy Birthday, sweet girl! I’m sure you’re enjoying the pretty flowers from Heaven.

  • Jennifer

    Happy Birthday sweet Audrey! I love the blooms and how they remind us that our babies are in full bloom with Jesus!

  • B’s Mom

    Happy Birthday Sweet Girl.

  • Holli

    Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

  • Kristen Love

    I love the beautiful blossoms for y’all and Audrey to share. I FINALLY read your book last night. I waited a little while to read it because I had a miscarriage last year at age 40 and it just about did me in. I read the Psalms hundreds of times and cried out to Him over and over. When I found out that our baby had died inside of me I got a letter in the mailbox that same afternoon. It was from one of the children I sponsor through Compassion, named Emmanuel. he wrote, “The LORD will replace everything that you have lost.” I knew then the God used a little boy in Africa to tell me that He loved me and was weeping with me. God is so amazing.

  • Hayley22478

    So beautiful! Happy Birthday sweet Audrey!

  • Marilyn

    Just beautiful! April 7th is my youngest daughters birthday. I feel special to share that wonderful day. I will always remember and think if your Audrey on that day. My Holly just turned 4.

  • KaleeMarie

    This is beautiful. And I’m so glad the tree bloomed! Happy Birthday Audrey!

  • Jamie Reese

    I am so glad your trees are blooming. It’s like an affirmation of life. I needed to see that today. Praying for you and your family.

  • Amy

    I love that you have a special Spring Tree for your baby girl. I do as well, the dogwood tree and pink tulips. When we moved to our house about 9 years ago we wanted a house with a dogwood tree in memory of Grace and God’s love that carried us and continues to. I was sad when we moved thinking there wasn’t a dogwood tree. Then that Spring – surprise – a dogwood in the front!! I had no idea!! Plus many other surprises God gave me as a special I love you in our yard.

  • tarabeth20

    I’ve just begun reading your book and was in tears before getting to chapter 2! :) Today, as I read the journey of the day sweet Audrey was born and went to be with Jesus, my heart cried out and my tears poured down. I put your book down for a second to wipe away my tears and I heard my 3 year old daughter (who was born with a rare leg condition in both her legs and wears a right prosthetic leg) in her bedroom singing to her own tune “God loves children. God loves children. God loves children.” Well she pronounced it “God loves child-a-ren” :) I couldn’t help but smile and filled with joy as my sweet daughter proclaimed God’s truth of His love for children….and how timely was the procalmation!

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey….through pain and joy. You are a blessing. Press on.

    Much love,
    Tara B. Dembowczyk

  • The Great Elephant Symposium

    How exciting to see her precious tree bloom! Her tree is so beautiful Angie!

  • Jill

    So sorry this is late…
    Happy 3rd Birthday / Angelversary Sweet Audrey.

  • Robin in New Jersey

    The tree is beautiful. How cool is it that it is in bloom on her birth date. A gift from the Lord…

  • Jeniffer Smith

    “…we continue to watch her bloom in the unlikeliest places.” God is so good to send these blooms, to bring the beauty from the ashes. Love.

  • Melody

    Beautiful ♥

  • Teske

    Precious. Absolutely precious. Our Chloe went to be with Jesus in May of 2006. Her name actually means, “blossoming” and we too have seen God’s work bloom through her brief life. What an amazing privilege to be a Mommy to such a special baby. Celebrating Audrey’s legacy with you, Sister.


  • Carol

    I love reading your site. You are a wonderful writer, loving Mom and have such a sweet soul. The trees blooming are definitely a sign from Audrey. My son Daniel would have been 21 this coming July. I don’t have the heart wrenching sadness that accompanies the first few years after a child’s death, but his birthday is bittersweet. I like to think that all the “angel babies” are surrounding Jesus as each new precious soul enters into heaven.

  • Erin Long

    Remembering precious Audrey with you. Her story was a big part of my healing from loss. I’ll always be grateful to you for sharing it with me. The cherry blossoms are beautiful. I get choked up when I think of all the ways God show us He cares

  • Amy von Oven

    Happy Birthday…WOW, My daughters 2nd birthday is coming up and I can’t believe it. We planted a rose bush for her, and I hope it starts blooming soon….

  • Mrs_arctic_cat

    I’ve been following your blog since your beautiful Audrey passed, the blossems are so beautiful. Thinking of you and your family…

  • Susan Mills

    God bless the blossoming of beautiful things that remind us of loved ones passed. I marvel at your God-given strength, love and perseverence. In His precious love, thank you!

  • Joy

    I’m so sorry I missed getting to say Happy Birth – Day to Audrey! Sweet girl you must know how much you are loved and missed by so many.

  • Blessings!

    I stoped by your blog some time back and was taken aback by the smiles in the pictures with your baby Audry…finally several months later I have now seen a few youtube videos about your walk with Christ, not just yours but yours and your husbands (“yours”), through the process.  It was touching to see the two of you pull together and to hear where the smiles were truly from, the Father.  Beautiful.  So glad your tree bloomed as a smiple yet amazing reminder of that life changing moment in your life as a family.  Thanks for sharing this story with the world.  I hope all is well with you and your family and that you continue to grow in Him.  I see you have a lot of comments here and that you have several fallowers, I wanted to let you know that your story has also touched my heart and wanted to thank you for sharing it.  Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!

  • Amaris’ Mommy

    I was just given a copy of your book – almost 4 months after losing our baby girl, Amaris Joy, suddenly at 15 weeks.  I haven’t read all the way through the book yet but want to thank you so much for sharing your story – for sharing the very real pain – the pain and sorrow that is just so great, even knowing that we have a loving God who is in complete control, working what is BEST.  This is the second of 4 babies that we have lost – and I am learning so much about what it means to grieve, taking one day at a time, thanking God for His hand in our lives. 

    Thank you for writing to those who might know someone who has lost a baby.  Sometimes, the most well intended words can cause the most pain, even from other mothers trying to compare losses or something.  However, on the other side, those who have offered the most comfort, who have truly come alongside in the grief – those who have truly been a blessing – are those who we’ve least expected it from.  And, in this, we praise God for HIS care!

    Thank you, again, for your honesty in acknowledging the pain, the constant crying out to God to be able to make it through the next moment, the seemingly endless tears – for your honesty in how HARD the struggle is BUT how it is STILL all about magnifying God and giving HIM glory.  How it is possible… yet to praise Him.