We each wrote a note on the outside or placed a message on the inside of a yellow or orange balloon for our special 26-balloon release…to commemorate Ryan’s 26th Birthday.
They were gathered and tied together, then carried back through the winding path…under the train trestle, through the ankle deep creek…to the spot where we placed a Ryan’s memorial…
Then, with a few words, we all watched as they were released into the cloudless sky…to fly…free…
…only to swiftly change directions in the wind and tangle into the tree…still we had to smile.
It was a glorious day to celebrate Ryan, and so we did, yes we did —
with people, faces, memories, memorials, moments, music, laughter, and food.
Thank you to all of you who were able to come, and to those of you who couldn’t be there, but thought of, or prayed for us… we were strengthened by your love : )