Friday, July 9, 2010

Charlotte's Birthday

On July 9, 2005 at 1:05 PM, Charlotte Jennie Reynolds was born.

She was an amazing child.

Today she would be 5 years old.

We miss her every day. We know that her friends and family miss her too.

We are comforted by the legacy that CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation is creating in her honor.

On the anniversary of her birth, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your unending support during the past 18 months. We continue to need your emotional support in our time of grief and we appreciate the many ways in which our community (our Network, as we fondly like to call it) holds us up.

Some of you have mentioned giving donations to CJSTUF in honor of Charlotte's birthday. That is a wonderful idea. I do understand that our Pay Pal donate button on the website is currently disabled. We are working to fix that and I will let you know when it is active again. In the meantime, donations can also be sent to: PO Box 854, Ashland, VA 23005

You can also support us by spreading the word about our foundation. Invite your friends to find out about us on Facebook. Share our video (also posted on our website) so that others can find out about our mission. Finally, we have launched an offical volunteer database on our website. If you want to help our organization, please take the time to fill out this small form so that we can add your name to our database. When a need arises, we will use this list to rally the troops.

Roger and I plan to spend the afternoon with some close friends and family, eating some of her favorite foods and watching a few of her favorite movies. While it won't be a "party" per se, it's a opportunity to celebrate her short life and take comfort in the things that brought her joy.

In closing, I want to share the Shel Silverstein poem I read at CJ's Memorial Service. This is for my beautiful daughter, born in the height of summer, who loved Frosty The Snowman.

Perhaps we can think "cool" thoughts in the middle of our summer heat:

Twas the first day of springtime
And the snowman stood alone
As the winter snows were melting
And the pine trees seemed to groan
“Ah you poor sad smiling snowman,
You’ll be melting by and by.”
Said the snowman, “What a pity,
For I’d like to see July.
Yes I’d like to see July, and please don’t ask me why.
But I’d like to, yes, I’d like to, oh I’d like to see July.”
Chirped a robin, just arriving
“Seasons come and seasons go,
And the greatest ice must crumble
When it’s a flower’s time to grow.
And as one thing is beginning
So another thing must die,
And there’s never been a snowman
Who has ever seen July.
No they never see July, no matter how they try.
No they never ever, never ever, never see July.”
But the snowman sniffled his carrot nose
And said, “At least I’ll try.”
And he bravely smiled his frosty smile
And blinked his coal black eye.
And there he stood and faced the sun
A blazin’ from the sky--
And I really cannot tell you
If he ever saw July.
Did he ever see July? You can guess as well as I
If he ever, if he never, if he ever saw July


  1. ...A beautiful post and a beautiful way to celebrate Charlotte's earthly day of birth.

  2. As always, your family is in our prayers for peace and comfort.

    This morning, I delivered three solid meals to a mother in need, in memory of Charlotte.

    I also told the security guard at the hospital all about the foundation, and wrote down the website about her when she asked why I was there so mcuh delivering food.

    God bless you, Reynolds family.

  3. We are thinking of you, always!!


  4. God Bless you both. This has been a very turbulent year for you guys, but you both as always are focusing on others. You are always in my thoughts and Prayers and I think of Charlotte constantly. She was a beautiful little girl who is greatly miss.

    Giles Family

  5. Such a beautiful baby, little girl, and legacy she inspired! And the poem about the snowman is perfect, and fitting, to celebrate Charlotte's brief life. As we concluded our annual beachweek at Corolla, NC, she was on our mind. We are the Folsoms, the Starretts, the Helsleys, the Cullinans, and the Hughes. I, Dennis, need more info on spreading Foundation news to the New River Valley. God bless.

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I simply cannot imagine how hard it must be for all of you to live with the pain of losing such a precious gift from God. She is with him now again though watching over all of us and will be with you for the rest of your life. I am so glad that I had the pleasure of meeting her amazingly strong and warm-hearted parents who are so dedicated to keeping Charlotte's memory alive. Happy Birthday sweet angel.

  7. Beautiful......I adore you all!

  8. Don't forget, you can also do electronic deposits into a special separate account at People's Bank we've set up just for this purpose. The routing number is 051409142 and the account number is 15013170 and the bank doesn't take a cut of every donation like Paypal does.

    Dennis, please send me an email and we can talk about you helping the cause along. Thanks!


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