Audrey, blossom


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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  • Reply Anonymous April 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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

  • Reply Brooke April 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    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.


  • Reply Ginnie Jones April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    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,

  • Reply Melissa Lucido April 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Happy birthday Audrey!

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

  • Reply Liz April 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    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!

  • Reply Julie Price April 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Beautiful!!! Happy Birthday Precious Audrey!!!

  • Reply robin April 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    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.

  • Reply Summer April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm

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

  • Reply Anna April 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm

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

  • Reply Natalie Ross April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm


    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

  • Reply larsonslady April 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Happy Birthday in Heaven, Audrey Caroline!!!

  • Reply jenniferwhite April 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    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.

  • Reply Anonymous April 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Happy birthday, Angel Audrey!
    Love you all!

  • Reply Shae April 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Happy Birthday, Audrey!!!

  • Reply Florence April 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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

  • Reply Meghan Russo April 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    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…..

  • Reply alison April 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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

  • Reply Southern Gal April 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Beautiful, Angie. She is indeed blooming continuously.

  • Reply Saraskaggs April 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Andigirl79 April 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

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

  • Reply Anonymous April 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love you!

  • Reply aimymichelle April 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    beautiful tree

  • Reply Lauranurseanne April 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Thinking of you all today!

  • Reply Andrea Worley April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    beautiful post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Bonky's Mama April 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    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.

  • Reply Sara M. April 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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

    • Reply Sara M. April 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      I also meant to say Happy Birthday Audrey!

  • Reply Jennifer Durgeat April 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    In love. So in love.

  • Reply amys blah, blah, blogging April 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    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.

  • Reply Stacia Hamidi April 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    God is so GOOD! Happy Birthday precious Audrey!

  • Reply Laura Dodd April 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Praise the Lord for His sweet goodness!

  • Reply Katie L April 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Happy Birthday Sweet Audrey!

  • Reply Enstroms April 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    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.

  • Reply Hollie April 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    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!

  • Reply Lmlarrison786 April 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    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!

  • Reply andrea April 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    What a wonderful birthday gift ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sara April 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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

  • Reply Mandy Hornbuckle April 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Happy birthday, Audrey!!

  • Reply Lauren April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    beautiful… made me cry. So happy for spring and blooming! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lisette M Delgado April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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

  • Reply Beth April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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

  • Reply Jennifer April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Happy 3rd Birthday Audrey!!

  • Reply Brooke Tondeur April 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

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

  • Reply Rebecca @ The Road Home April 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm

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

  • Reply Elizabeth Herr Smith April 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet Audrey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Brcannady April 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm

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

  • Reply Alisha April 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, Sweet Audrey!

  • Reply Mrsemilyscott06 April 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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

    Praying for your family today!

  • Reply Clarissa April 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm

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

  • Reply Ashley Jo April 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm

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

  • Reply Tasha April 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Thinking of you a lot today. I love you!

  • Reply Heather April 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    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.

  • Reply Laurie April 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! Thinking of you today!

  • Reply Krishua April 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Happy birthday, sweet angel baby.

  • Reply Meredith April 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    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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  • Reply Jennifer Bishop April 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Happy birthday sweet audrey! Praying for you today Angie

  • Reply Courtney April 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    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!

  • Reply AMBER SMITHERMAN April 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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

  • Reply Barb April 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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

  • Reply Anonymous April 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet Audrey!

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

  • Reply Ienault April 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

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

  • Reply Jenny Pennington April 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    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

  • Reply Mommyofsam April 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

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

  • Reply Ashley April 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jordan April 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    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.

  • Reply Miranda April 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

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

  • Reply Christi April 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Audrey Caroline

  • Reply Ashley Warren April 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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

  • Reply Dawn April 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Happy Heavenly Birthday Audrey Caroline

  • Reply Melissa April 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Happy Heavenly Birthday Audrey!

  • Reply Lisa Lundy April 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Reply Eileen April 7, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    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

  • Reply Kathy April 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

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

  • Reply Emily April 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

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

  • Reply Sally April 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    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.

  • Reply Cynthia April 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Happy birthday Audrey!

  • Reply Scart225 April 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    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

  • Reply Anonymous April 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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


  • Reply Heart n Soul April 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Blossoms of beauty, unending love and eternal hope.

  • Reply JD April 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    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.

  • Reply Laurie Lloyd April 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    ~*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

  • Reply kristie April 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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

  • Reply Bethany April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    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.

  • Reply Betsy Hills April 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Anonymous April 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    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.

  • Reply Connie L Amato-Mahle April 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    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,

  • Reply Lizreeves2 April 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    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!

  • Reply Natasha_paul1 April 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    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

  • Reply nurse4kids81 April 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm

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

  • Reply AmFriend April 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    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

  • Reply Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails April 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

    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.

  • Reply Jen April 8, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Did it burst into bloom today?! If so, how incredibly awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  • Reply Meagan April 8, 2011 at 1:17 am

    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!

  • Reply Nicklisa28 April 8, 2011 at 1:21 am

    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.

  • Reply Julesmpg April 8, 2011 at 1:31 am

    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.

  • Reply Anonymous April 8, 2011 at 2:00 am

    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.

  • Reply Phy Liss April 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

    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..~

  • Reply Jill Jones April 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

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

  • Reply Mary Lenaburg April 8, 2011 at 2:38 am

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

  • Reply Denise April 8, 2011 at 2:53 am

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

  • Reply Sue Speir April 8, 2011 at 3:09 am

    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.

  • Reply Jennifer Price April 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Happy birthday sweet baby.

  • Reply Annie April 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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

  • Reply gilda April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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

  • Reply Kristald April 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

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

  • Reply Lily B. April 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of Love~ Lily

  • Reply Stacey M April 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    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!

  • Reply Shirleyslee April 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    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

  • Reply Atyler75 April 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

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

  • Reply Marcy April 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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

  • Reply Tonya April 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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

  • Reply Kelly_SufficientGrace April 9, 2011 at 5:26 am

    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…

  • Reply Kaye April 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    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

  • Reply pat.ellis April 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Happy Birthday, sweet Audrey! Your tree is beautiful!

  • Reply sarahmoseley April 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Beautiful! Happy Birthday, Audrey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply aholman April 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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

  • Reply Jennifer April 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

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

  • Reply B's Mom April 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Happy Birthday Sweet Girl.

  • Reply Holli April 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

  • Reply Kristen Love April 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    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.

  • Reply Hayley22478 April 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    So beautiful! Happy Birthday sweet Audrey!

  • Reply Marilyn April 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    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.

  • Reply KaleeMarie April 10, 2011 at 2:56 am

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

  • Reply Jamie Reese April 10, 2011 at 2:57 am

    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.

  • Reply Amy April 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    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.

  • Reply tarabeth20 April 11, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I’ve just begun reading your book and was in tears before getting to chapter 2! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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” ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

  • Reply The Great Elephant Symposium April 11, 2011 at 2:27 am

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

  • Reply Jill April 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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

  • Reply Robin in New Jersey April 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

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

  • Reply Jeniffer Smith April 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    “…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.

  • Reply Melody April 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Beautiful โ™ฅ

  • Reply Teske April 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    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.


  • Reply Carol April 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    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.

  • Reply Erin Long April 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    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

  • Reply Amy von Oven April 15, 2011 at 3:09 am

    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….

  • Reply Mrs_arctic_cat April 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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

  • Reply Susan Mills April 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    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!

  • Reply Joy April 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    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.

  • Reply Blessings! June 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    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.ย  It was touching to see the two of you pull together and to hear where the smiles were truly from, the Father.ย  Beautiful.ย  So glad your tree bloomed as a smiple yet amazing reminder of that life changing moment in your life as a family.ย  Thanks for sharing this story with the world.ย  I hope all is well with you and your family and that you continue to grow in Him.ย  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.ย  Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!

  • Reply Amaris' Mommy June 26, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I was just given a copy of your book – almost 4 months after losing our baby girl, Amaris Joy, suddenly at 15 weeks.ย  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.ย  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.ย 

    Thank you for writing to those who might know someone who has lost a baby.ย  Sometimes, the most well intended words can cause the most pain, even from other mothers trying to compare losses or something.ย  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.ย  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.ย  How it is possible… yet to praise Him.

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