While Claire was visiting, she met someone very important.
I found out from Claire's mom that she had asked a few questions here and there. So after talking to Brother, (basically I told him I wanted to make sure Claire knew who she was so I was going to make a little book of pictures of Mom) I gave her this picture, which is what I took to college with me and what is hanging on my refrigerator.
The book has a few pictures from when she was little and then they grow in time. I will be printing one for Hubby and I to have as well, so our children will know their Angel too. I wasn't able to actually show her a book in her hands but we showed it to her on the computer. She was very interested in the actual picture that she got to take home. She even asked, "Don't you miss her?" I told her that we do but we know she is always with us and can talk to her anytime and that we always have our fun memories with her.
Later that evening, we went to Nandy and Pa's to eat dinner. In their dining room is this same picture. While we were eating, Claire saw it, leaned over to me and said, "That's my Angel!"
Sunday night, Claire Skyped her mom and showed her the new picture she was bringing home with her. She even told Grandpa O, "Look! It's my Angel!" Then, when I was leaving, we went outside and when she saw all the stars said, "There's my Mom (which she meant Brother and I's mom)" and named other angels she has too.
She is very proud of her picture and took good care of it, carrying it delicately and just looking at it.
On the last page of the book, I put the following quote:
"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."