Thursday, September 25, 2014

Heaven Day

Each year on the anniversary of Caden's death we celebrate Heaven Day.
We gather together with friends and family and send up sky lanterns.
The past two years we have attached tags and labeled them with names of loved ones already experiencing the Joy of Heaven.

This came about because I wanted to teach my boys about death and God's promises to us. I wanted to teach them that for a believer, death meant Heaven... which is something to rejoice over.
Our culture revels in gory and macabre of death. It exults zombies and all things creepy and scary on Halloween... but my children have death and the effects of it in front of their eyes daily. They see pictures of their sweet sister on our walls... they see their daddy silently struggle each visit. I want Rigg and Ryder to know, in the very depths of their hearts, that for a follower of Jesus... to die is to gain EVERYTHING.
As I stated before:
So each year, as we reflect on the day that God turned our faces to Him by gently taking our precious girl... we celebrate.
We celebrate that Jesus came to earth and died on the cross as payment for our sin.
We celebrate that because of that work Christ did on the cross we can go to Heaven when we die.
We celebrate that Caden is in Heaven living a far better and richer life than she ever could have here.
We celebrate that we can know that we will see her again.
And this year
We celebrate because we know that in the midst of our hurt and suffering watching the Captain labor under the weight of cancer, he will see Christ.
And he will see sweet Caden.
Here is what I shared on Facebook:
Today is Heaven Day. 6 years ago today my sweet baby girl went to be with Jesus. Caden Joelle was 2 days shy of 8 months old. Today my heart aches with missing her and rejoices that she is in Heaven with her savior, where I firmly believe she is LIVING a fuller, richer and better LIFE than she ever could have here. And although I miss her, I know for certain I will see her again because I have put my faith in Jesus Christ. So although today marks the day that she left, I choose to celebrate that she is safe, loved, alive, and because of Christ I will live with her for all eternity. HAPPY HEAVEN DAY!
here are links to our previous Heaven Day celebrations and/or ponderings:


Anonymous said...

Someone posted a link to your blog on Facebook a few weeks ago, and I have been following your journey since then. I went to school with Andy. He is such a good guy, and I continue to pray for his comfort and peace for your family. Your faith is such an inspiration.

Mindy Truly said...


I am a friend of the Kramer's, and have been following her reposts of your updates. I am praying for your family. I'm not frequently on FB so I miss updates, but the LORD brings you to mind and I pray at His reminders. This post is so beautiful. I hope that this comment does not make light of your daughter's death as that is not my intention. With that said, I can't help but marvel at God's goodness. This post is another reminder for me that He never wastes our pain. And as you bring Him glory and honor in this beautiful way, celebrating your daughter's home-going as the Prize and not the consolation the LORD is gently preparing your sons for such a great earthly loss. His goodness through your faithfulness moves me to praise Him. I'm grieving with you not like you, as it is you who are experiencing this, and not I. Praying for you as He brings you to mind. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. Thanking Him for your faithfulness to comfort others with the truth of His word even though your suffering is great. By His grace and for His glory, Mindy Truly Dallas, TX

Lisa said...

Andy and Cari, Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. It has encouraged me greatly as I prepare to take my daughters to another of what has become many funerals for us. We are struggling as we mourn our loss and celebrate their joy in heaven. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Miccah Roper said...

Andy and Cari,
Your unfailing faith has been inspirational to me and my little girl. There is always moments where you feel like you can't go on and then you stumble across a family like yours that proves how god works in our lives. I have followed/stalked your blog for a while now and it really is amazing and inspirational to me that you have such a strong bond of faith through it all. It has taught me how I want to be as a Christian and a mother. Thank you❤