Maddie Spohr's Balloon Release.

Heather’s words to her Maddie Moo

Mike’s Words to his Mooseroni.

The Tribute to Our Madeline from Mike and Heather on Vimeo.

(11 minutes of sob.)

Thank you to the Spohr and Buchanan family for letting me help you. It was an honor to be in your presence, I have learned much from your generosity, courage and loving support. Part of my heart will always belong to you.

(Yes, there are more pictures, while I took them (and loved that they allowed me the opportunity) they are their photos. So no pestering. Just watch the video again if you must. Or read their tributes. Okay? Thanks.)


  1. An hour ago, i wept at this picture. This very second, i am listening to you sleep. And I want you to know, to really KNOW, what you did today. For all of us. I’ll never say it to your face, because I can’t, but I can say it here.

    Thank you, Casey. All my love, baby. All of it.

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  2. Beautiful photo – all the purple – beautiful. But so sad that it had to be a good-bye to a sweet little girl.

    I bet they’re also glad to have a wonderful friend like you 🙂

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  3. Heartbreaking. And gorgeous. Thank you.

  4. Beautiful photo.

    My heart has been so sad because of the loss of this beautiful child. I am glad heather and mike have friends like you in their corner.

    Sarahs last blog post..Madeline Alice Spohr

  5. That video is beautiful – excellent job, Casey. Thank you for posting that.

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  6. Beautiful, Casey. It makes my heart ache.

    Major Bedheads last blog post..For Madeline

  7. Beautiful picture Casey. You are clearly a wonderful friend.

    Carolines last blog post..After the Storm and Over the Rainbow: A Gift from Maddie

  8. I sobbed last night as I read Heather and Mike’s beautiful tributes to Maddie and watched the video. Thank you for sharing this photo. You are a wonderful friend

  9. the video – job well done my friend.

    the pictures – I can only imagine that they are priceless to the Spohrs.

    DesignHER Mommas last blog post..Purple for the day

  10. So beautiful. Heather and Mike’s tributes were so touching. Haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the video just yet, but I will. They are so lucky to have friends like you in their lives. Keeping you all in my prayers.

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  11. Even if we never see the other pictures I bet they are beautiful. You are such a good person Casey! I feel so lucky to call you a friend!

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  12. I have tried twice, but I can only watch the first 4-5 minutes of the video. Then it’s too much to bear.
    You are a beautiful person.

    Must be Motherhoods last blog post..Purple for the babies: Emily Mandel, Madeline Spohr, Thalon Myers

  13. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thank you Casey! The shot of the balloons is gorgeous.

    The Little Imp is the only one in our family to have gotten through the entire family. I sat with her in my lap and just bawled into her curls.

    I wish I didn’t know the kind of pain Mike and Heather are in…alas, I do. My heart breaks for them, a million times over.

    Auds at Barking Mads last blog post..In Memory…

  15. I cannot watch the video as my kids and husband are in the same room and will likely think I am insane (or moreso than usual). But just the opening picture breaks my heart. In times like that I wish I had the faith that others do, because I just don’t understand.

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  16. Am praying for Heather, Mike and you. So heart-wrenching.

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  17. I read the tributes last night. Oh dear God –

    I’m so glad you could be there.

    My prayers will be with them always.

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  18. I can’t even imagine … no one should have to loose a child ~ but I really don’t understand why Maddie …

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  19. That’s just a beautiful image. Read the tributes, watched the video – bawled, felt humbled by their courage. It’s so generous of them to share her with the world.

    Tracys last blog post..Golden

  20. People are actually bothering you for pictures you took at the service? Yikes! You’re a great friend and picture of the balloon release is perfect. How wonderful to see how many people loved that little girl (and that’s just a small portion of what was released all over).

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  21. **sobbing**
    Thanks for sharing that with all of us. So glad Heather has friends like you supporting her and her family through this tough time.

    The Mom Experiences last blog post..We Are All Connected

  22. That beautiful video showed that she had to have been the happiest baby of all time. It seemed that she had more joy in her short little lifetime than most have in their long long life.

  23. I love it! a beautiful shot of a beautiful tribute. You’re a great friend. I’m glad Heather and Mike had you there.

    Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommys last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Maddie on My Mind

  24. I have watch the video twice and was a complete wreck both times. Her words at the end, ugh, just thinking about it now I am tearing up. I still don’t want to believe it.

    midwest mommys last blog post..Need a giggle?

  25. Oh Lord that photo is amazingly beautiful!


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  26. I haven’t been able to make myself watch the video yet. I will, but not quite yet. Thank you for posting the beautiful picture that you did. Purple is now even more lovely.

    Susans last blog post..There are no words

  27. That was a beautiful video. Thanks for sharing it with those of us who couldn’t be there in person.

  28. What a beautiful tribute to a very special girl. Amazing way to memorialize such a sweetheart.

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  29. This is a beautiful picture, and you have written some beautiful words to your friend. Take care of yourself in the next few days as you travel home….then next few days, weeks, months, years….will be hard on everyone.

    ps, the sphor’s tribute to their daughter is beautiful and uplifting…just beautiful

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  30. She is so absolutely beautiful!! So heart wrenching!

  31. I met Maddie through your website the day you shared the fact that she had passed. I haven’t been able to get her out of my mind since. What a beautiful, captivating child. My heart is broken for everyone who loves her. Her parents are certainly lucky to have a friend like you. And to think, you met through blogging! It has to make you believe that some friendships are just meant to be! All the beautiful words, photos, and videos are an incredible tribute to her. Thank you for sharing her life with us.

  32. beautiful!!!!!!!

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  33. I haven’t seen so much balloon all at once that is released in air before.

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  34. Oh that balloon shot is absolutely beautiful. It brought a tear to my eye.

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  35. Sob is exactly the correct description of this video. Just heartbreaking.

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  36. I watched that video yesterday on Heather’s blog. And balwed. At work. I had to excuse myself and hide in the handicapped washroom for half an hour until I could hold it together.
    You are a good and true friend. They are lucky to have you in their lives.

  37. Thanks Casey!! I have really appreciated being able to come to your blog and follow this story. She was such a joyous little girl and I can see why her and the moosh were good friends. 🙂

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  38. That gave me chills. What a wonderful tribute to Maddie. It was beautiful.

  39. I’m so glad Mike & Heather had amazing friends like you to be by their side through all of this. xo

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