It’s been quite some time since we did a service project, but it has also been a very difficult past couple of months. As we approached Chase’s first birthday, I wasn’t sure I would make it. The sadness set in so deeply. I tried to stay as positive as I could though – particularly for the new baby girl growing inside. I decided that for Chase’s first birthday, we would visit his gravesite as a family and do a balloon release. I let the kids write messages on the balloons and send them up to heaven. They loved it! We also went shopping and bought Chase some gifts. They each picked out a gift 100% on their own. I gave them no guidance. It was amazing what they came up with. Tyler, who has always had natural musical talent wanted to give him a drum, Cole who is my perfect student wanted to give him a learning toy, and Madison who is just plain adorable bought him a giant Easter bunny. The day was absolutely beautiful, and we had a wonderful birthday celebration. After the celebration, we visited our local Goodwill drop off and donated the toys. It was a really wonderful project.