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Follow along and read about how Ryan spent his final days surrounded by those he loved the most... his FAMILY.

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August 1, 2010

A special BIRTHDAY surprise

We are BACK!
After our MONTH long vacation, I made it home just in time for a little someones birthday. I couldn't WAIT! Our baby girl, who isn't so baby-ish anymore celebrated her 7th birthday on Wednesday. I have looked forward for this birthday EVERYDAY for the past 2.5 months.

Why you ask?
I guess I am jumping the gun of future posts, but Ryan made videos for the kids for special birthdays/milestones. When Ryan was making the videos, Hallie's birthday was right around the corner. He knew he probably wouldn't still be here for her birthday and he wanted to be sure she would have a special surprise from him, so he made a video for her 7th birthday.

I am so grateful Ryan took the time to make these special gifts and memories for the children. I know they will be forever grateful...

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Ryan adored his baby girl and they both shared a special bond. I'm not sure if it was because she was the firstborn, a girl or just his little princess? But one thing I do KNOW for sure is that
Hallie will ALWAYS be a Daddy's girl




Told ya:







L.O.V.E
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Wednesday morning came and I woke up with butterflies in my stomach. I was SO excited for Hallie to enjoy the special gift from her father and so excited to see the love of my life again. I couldn't wait to hear Ryan's voice, hear the advice and words of love he would give Hallie and most of all, to see Hallie's reaction...



When Ryan made the videos he went into the room and taped them alone. While he was taping, we put a note on the door to be quiet and Hallie remembered back to that time. As she was looking at the DVD and with a BIG smile on her face, she said, "Is this the videos that Dad was making? Is Dad on here?"

She was very EXCITED, although I think I was just a TAD bit more than her... (I could have easily gone and watched all the videos but have chosen to wait and watch them as they are given)


...the ANTICIPATION


Ry!!!!!

I had no idea what he was going to say, but he had lots of advice for Hallie for this upcoming year with school and preparing for her Baptism. He talked about when she was born and the love he has for her... it was wonderful, absolutely wonderful!

We smiled BIG ole' smiles, shed some tears and just enjoyed seeing, hearing and loving our Ryanstone.

Oh how we miss him, but what a WONDERFUL gift he left for all of us.

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It was now time for yummiest part of the day... time to

~Make a WISH~


Happy 7th Birthday Sweets, you deserved the best day...


...I hope it was all that and more.


LOVE you,
Mom

36 comments:

dougandcheryl said...

That is so wonderful. What a special thing to have done for your children (and you!). I am sure that those videos will be the most treasured gifts.

The Kindle Family said...

So great of Ryan to do those special things, how thoughtful! Happy Birthday Hallie!

Seth and Julie said...

I love that Ryan came as a special guest on Hallie's big day. I bet he had been anxiously awaiting that day as well. I am sure he loved being able to send some love your way. What an unforgettable birthday gift.

This is one of my favortie posts ever. As I read the Spirit reminded me again of how close Ryan really is.

Great pictures, as always!

Happy Birthday Hallie!

Hoenes Family said...

I am not sure I can ever read your post without crying! That is so a wonderful thing that Ryan did. What priceless memories of him. Your daughter is so beautiful.

Betsy Sue said...

That is such a wonderful birthday gift to her and you! I'm so happy you have those beautiful surprises to look forward to!

SmustysGirl said...

How beautiful and special! What an amazing father Ryan was and will continue to be through the legacy of the special videos he made for those wonderful babies. Happy Birthday Hallie!

Lindsey K. said...

What a wonderful surprise. Being a daddy's girl myself, I understand that special bond and will always cherish our relationship. Hallie, I hope you had a fantastic birthday and enjoyed seeing your special surprise as a perfect way to start your day. Margie, 4 words: "you are truly amazing"

Love you,
Lindsey Hood

PONCIANO said...

What an awesome birthday gift!!! How exciting for your family. I can't wait for you to get to see the next one!!

Emily said...

What an amazing gift. Thank you for sharing.

LesandD said...

Hallie is daddy's little girl but looks exactly like her beautiful mother. I remember you telling me about these tapes and I am so happy that Ryan was able to that for all three of you. How special to have him come into your lives just when you need him most. We love you!!!!

Tanya said...

So sweet! What a precious spirit was felt as I read through this post. What a sweet little memory to cherish on her birthday, one she/you can view often for comfort. I can only imagine the smiles on your faces,followed by the tears.Love you guys so much! Happy Birthday Hallie!!!

Kristen said...

how beautiful! thank you for sharin this. hallie is such a lucky girl! and you are too margie!

Agnes said...

I walked in when Tim was reading this and I could tell it was a great post from the look on his face. I LOVE reading that. What great picture too! What a wonderful Birthday suprise!And such a Great idea!Hallie looks so beautiful in her birthday pictures! Hope your Birthday was everything you wanted happy Happy Birthday Hallie!

Margie glad you're back Nice job with all that driving! We want to come see ya this month I'll eamil or call you with the date!Can't wait to catch up! We LOVE YOU GUyS!!!!

Ryanne said...

Happy Bday Hallie! I can't believe she is 7 already. She is so pretty. And what a wonderful wonderful thing Ryan did.

Scuffham Family said...

What a great thing to have from Ryan!! Happy birthday, Hallie!! Loved reading these past couple posts!!

H said...

OMG Marg, you make me cry every time I read your posts! They are so heart felt and I love it!! Thanks for sharing all the memories of Ryan. It's so neat that I knew him at BYU-I and then he got married and then has two adorable kids. Just soo fun to see all these miracles that are happening to your family. Thanks again for sharing!!! It puts a big smile on my face to read your blog!!! I don't think you'll ever know how many hearts you have touched. Thank you.
Xoxoxo
Heather

Kim said...

Happy Birthday, Hallie! What a sweetheart. I'm so glad Ryan was able to make those special videos. Thanks for sharing this with us!

melissa said...

Margie, she is absolutely beautiful! What an amazing gift Ryan left and how fun for all of you to get to look forward to those. I can't believe your self control. I would so want to watch them all! Hope Hallie had a great birthday!

Laura said...

What a wonderful gift. That is awesome.

Taylor said...

Your words, and pictures tear at my heart strings; I want to wrap my arms around you and just hug the biggest hug! Happy sweet Birthday to Hallie and Happy Reunion Moments for you, Margie!

I love you!

Love, Taylor Thomas & Family

The Collard Clan said...

What an awesome idea!! What better gift to give your kids than to still have them grow up with dad.

Willis Family said...

What a great birthday present. I can imagine how excited you all were to watch the video. I had such a good feeling inside as I read this post. I know Ryan was there as you watched. I hope it was the best birthday. I love being able to continue to read about your family and how things are going. Thanks for still sharing!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

hi, found you thru blog luxe award... I started blogging this November and one of my first posts was to inspire men and women to write letters to their children about their love for them , how proud they are and about their birthdays and or being born,...lots of people called me morbid... but I feel it's important.. and then tonight I stumble on your beautiful blog and beautiful daughter...and I sit crying but am thrilled about him leaving the children cd's for milestones and a chance to get a glimpse... of him again.. my dad died suddenly of a heart attack in 2003 and i wish he had left me a note, cd or anything more than my minds memories... I will be placing you on my blog roll...
Lisa
eatmywords40@yahoo.com
http://nf1andpre-kwhisper.blogspot.com

Jacob & Amanda peters said...

How sweet! Happy birthday Hallie! Looks like it was a special one that you will always remember.
Love,
Amanda

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos!! Thank you so much for sharing this.

Katelin said...

That is so great!! What a wonderful idea for you to be able to have those special gifts to treasure! I love it, and I totally love all those pictures--that last one is so perfect. Happy Bday Hallie!!

Anonymous said...

What a priceless gift!

Brooke Hunt (aka Mr. Burns) said...

She is GORGEOUS... just like her mama. I am so happy you made it home safe. I have really missed you! I think it is so cool you are waiting with much anticipation to see Ryan's videos. Once you reach that date they should be free reign though so you can get some sunshime if you need it :) Hallie is such a sweet spirit & the Lord knoew that she'd go through this with you & sent HER to YOU, and YOU to HER! What an adventure you will share. She inspires me just as much as you do! LOVE YA!

A Baarz said...

That is amazing that Ryan would take the time to do that for your kids. Margie you are truly amazing. May the Lord continue to bless you and your cute kids.

Kinsey said...

Brought tears to my eyes! What a special gift!!! Hallie is so beautiful! Hope it was a fun day!!

John + Jamie = A Delavan Family said...

it was so sweet to hear he was talking to hallie about preparing for baptism! that is the best gift, thank you again for sharing and yes, your photos are amazing!
happy 7th birthday, hallie!!
we miss you here in Kenosha, Wi
love the delavans

whirligigdaisy said...

Wow. What an amazing man. All the best to the birthday girl.

Andie said...

I just recently found your blog and am very moved by your words and story. Happy Birthday to your girl! What a wonderful gift Ryan gave them!
Andie

Heather said...

It's so great to see how close your family remains. I don't know how on earth you keep such a positive attitude, but it is truly wonderful and amazing.

Marlene K said...

thanks Margie-- Thanks for sharing. Thanks to Ryan too. Hallie I hope your birthday was as beautiful as you are!

body lift said...

I am really thankful to you for this margie. These are so beautiful pictures and your daughter is such lovable. She also loves you so much. Once again thanks for sharing these photos.