As I wrote in a previous post my dauther Amber had purchased her "Big 30" birthday scrapbook and stickers for her upcoming birthday on August 30, 2009. She unexpectedly passed away on July 24 several weeks before her 30th birthday. I was determined to use the scrapbook and stickers she had already purchased. I knew she would have wanted me to. We knew it would be a difficult day. We decided to have a celebration of her life. We asked everyone to bring a birthday card or a favorite memory of Amber.
We invited family and friends and asked everyone to wear something purple - her favorite color. We took pictures of everyone who attended so I can use them in her scrapbook.
Here is the Angel!
This is a picture taken last summer (2008) of us just "goofing off" with a crown someone had given Amber's sister Jennifer. I will treasure this picture always. I never knew at the time that this picture would mean so much to me. Amber was always treated like a princess!
This is a table I set up with a basket near the front door for guests to put cards and memories in for her scrapbook. Amber collected Precious Moment figurines so I purchased the ones she had on a wishlist for her birthday. The picture is her prom picture in 1998 - wearing the color purple! There is her crown in front of her picture!
We had Amber's favorite cake from Edgar's Bakery in Birmingham. The cake was huge!
I should have taken the plastic wrap off the brownies before I took this picture. Of course we had all of her favorite fruits.
I prepared light snacks - chicken salad served on croissants, pasta salad, veggies and a cheese ball that Amber loved.
Here is a closeup of the cake. It was just like I wanted - sunflowers, bees and ladybugs all of Amber's favorite things. Everyone thought it was too cute to cut. It was delicious!
Amber loved sunflowers. I placed vases of them with mixed purple flowers on each table.
I made matching tableclothes for each table in the color PURPLE!
This is a plate I had purchased before she passed away. It says "Today it's all about You".
I only wish now I had given it to her when I purchased it so she could have used it. : (
Another picture of Amber and her birthday Precious Moments and her crown.
Balloons for her gravesite.
I purchased two sunflower stakes from Hobby Lobby and placed them on both sides of the sidewalk to hold balloons, however it rained some that day and the balloons did not float at times. They were still welcoming to guests.
We released 30 balloons in very bright colors for each year of her life.
We had a special prayer for our Angel in Heaven.
This is Amber so happy a few months before she passed away.
I will cherish every picture I have of her! (I have thousands) Despite her disability, she always had a smile on her face. She made the most of each day. We miss her terribly! We do know she is in Heaven out of her wheelchair, walking again and we will see each other again one day.
She was such a lovely, sweet, caring young lady.
I can't bring myself to begin the scrapbook just yet. It may take me a few more months to do the scrapbook, but I will DO it in honor of Amber.
Thank you so much for reading about Amber and maybe she has inspired you too!