Nicole, we are missing you so much on what would have been your 19th birthday.  We love and miss you more every single day.

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The day you were born
is the day we were blessed
with a love beyond compare.

Birthdays come once a year.
With them now comes many tears
because you are not here.

But each year we vow
to celebrate your special day
by lighting a candle.

Although inside
our hearts will ache
we will blow out the candle for you.
Dreaming of what we wish were true.

Our only wish would be to share
one more day with you.

Happy Birthday!

Nicole's Memorial Birthday Picnic at Lake Needwood

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Nicole's First Annual Candle Ceremony

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We light these candles in honor of Nicole.  The first one is for our grief; the second for our courage; the third for our memories; and the fourth for our love.

First Candle: The light of this first candle represents our grief.  The pain of losing you is intense.  It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.

Second Candle: The light of this second candle represents our courage to confront our sorrow, to comfort each other, to change our lives.

Third Candle: This third candle is a light to all our memories of you.  To the times we laughed, the times we cried, the times we were angry with each other, the silly things you did, the caring and joy you gave us.

Fourth Candle: This fourth candle is the light of our love.  We cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you.  We thank you for the gift your life brought us.  We love you always.

Visiting Nicole on her 19th Birthday

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Nicole and Harry's joint birthday party at VT

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Music - Happy Birthday by the New Kids on the Block