Caleb's birthday is a day that Ken Toey and I ache for our giggly, social boy more than usual. We grieve for the plans we would've had and our hearts hurt watching this day come and go without the star of the show. It seems especially cruel that we have now celebrated the same number of birthdays here on Earth with Caleb, as without. We wish we could be celebrating with friends and family, or watching Caleb's face as he opened vroom vrooms and tasted the first bite of cake.
We will ALWAYS be grateful for the time we were given here in this life to love and be loved by Caleb, and that love will never stop even though Caleb's heart did. We are not well-versed in asking for help, but we also realize there are limits to the brave faces and smiles we normally share on the 9th of every month. This was Caleb's first birthday since we began telling people to "be nice on the 9th," and we needed to take time to be by ourselves. We asked you to spread the love that Caleb so eagerly gave, and HOLY COW, YOU DID NOT DISAPPOINT!!
We have been collecting the names of everyone who completed a Caleb themed bingo, but please respond here just in case we missed you. We were absolutely blown away by our surprise t-shirt fundraiser for The Caleb Effect, and can't wait to see all of those colorful Caleb clothes all through the year! We are going to be able to share Caleb's joy and radiant life with so many people because of you. A special thank you to the organizers and to all of you who kept this a secret. It truly means everything to us to have Caleb's life remembered by people all over the world.
We put together a little slide show with all the pictures you shared, and you should know that there were so many that it literally took us days to go through and see everything. We hope we managed to include all of the images sent our way.
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS. YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING AND YOU ARE MAKING ONE, BEAUTIFUL, FOREVER 2-YEAR-OLD SO PROUD.
WE LOVE YOU AND SO DOES CALEB.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY BOY.