This post is not like my normal snarky, ill-humored, HR related post. This post is very personal. This post will break your heart and it will challenge you.

On June 22nd of this year a dear friend of mine, Jessica McGuire her husband Nic and their two beautiful girls Cadence (6) and Brinley (2) were in a terrible car accident. The car accident took the lives of all of them except Cadence. Cadence was injured, but thankfully that child is a fighter. She quickly realized she was the only one talking and as people rushed to the scene they were able to help and save sweet Cadence. Through this tragedy Cadence has been an example of strength to all of us. At the funeral she wanted to make sure that we all knew she loved her mommy, daddy and baby sister. She is in the loving care of Jessica’s parents and she has a very loving extended family surrounding her during this time. Her birthday is July 23rd, so close to the tragedy this child has endured. I want to challenge everyone, every single person we can get these posts in front of, to send Cadence a birthday card. As she faces her first birthday without her family lets shower this child with love. I promise no amount of love we show this child will be too much. She loves to check the mail and I know she will be so excited when she sees so much mail for her! She has been receiving sad cards in the mail from people expressing their condolences to her and while that is incredibly appropriate let’s send her happy cards! Cards that will put a smile on her face! Share this challenge everywhere! Email, Twitter, FB, News stations, Pinterest, Instagram wherever… use hash tag #HappyBirthdayCadence I’m including the link to the family obit for reference. And a picture of the challenge for easy share. I will also post the challenge in text format. I’ve spoken with the family and they are so thrilled that so many people are willing to do this for Cadence. Please know your assistance in this is so very appreciated.



The Challenge:

This month is Cadence’s birthday month. On July 23rd she will be 7 years old. Every birthday will be hard for her, but this will be the first without her mommy and daddy. She also lost her sweet baby sister Brinley who was only 2. I want to challenge you to do something simple. Send sweet Cadence a birthday card this month. If you have kids let your kids make her a birthday card. Just imagine how wonderful she would feel to get hundreds of birthday cards from us? No amount of love we show this child will be too much! Please join me in sending Cadence a birthday card this month. They can be mailed to Cadence McGuire 577 East County Road 122 Gosnell AR 72315. The obit for her parents are online at Cobb Funeral Home. Please share this on your own page and at work, church, with your neighbors, EVERYONE. I challenge you to spread the word and lets show Cadence how much she is loved! #HappyBirthdayCadence



This is sweet Cadence!
This is sweet Cadence!


Author: Kristina H. Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR

My goal is to challenge the way we view, measure, and utilize HR and recruiting in a positive and encouraging way. I love working in HR and value the network of HR professionals that I also call friends. I'm always learning from my fellow HR pros and find comfort in their expertise. I'm an active member of my local SHRM chapter (NASHRM) and a total HR enthusiast! My HR related knowledge is a mix of recruiting, retaining, engaging and just plain helping people discover their passion. I'm a follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Corporate Recruiter, Blogger, problem solver, runner, Sports FANATIC & Razorback surviving amongst the [crimson] tide! You can find me on twitter & Instagram: @HRecruit Snapchat: kminny32 Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KristinaMinyard LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinahutto/ Thoughts here (and on all my social media channels) are mine and do not represent the thoughts/beliefs of my employer. Why would I name my blog HR Pockets? Read about it in my first post years ago!!

113 thoughts on “#HappyBirthdayCadence”

    1. I was thinking the same thing. There are so many weirdos out there. When my step father passed we had all kinds of crazy people track down our info (it wasn’t even in the obit) and they would mail my mom letters pretending to know him and try to get money and whatnot from her. Even strangers from prison. Sad world.

    2. YES! I didn’t share this for just that reason. I will be sending her a card though. Please please open a PO Box, and then I will gladly share this with everyone I know

    3. Yes, I have to agree on this, too. Your intentions were good though so we’re not blaming you. Update us if you decide to get a P.O. box. And look out, Miss Cadence. You’re about to be flooded with birthday cards. She is one sweet child. God bless her and her whole family!

  1. Happy Birthday Candace from Ann Arbor, Michigan! I hope you have a wonderful day! Sending lots of hugs!!

  2. Hello happy birthday precious angel Could your grandmother or someone please email me I’m wanting to send you a bear and have people wanting to send you things please email me ASAP thanks and God bless

  3. Happy Birthday Cadence….I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Yes I agree to the P.O. Box there are quite a few crazies out there!!!!!!

  4. Happy Birthday Cadence! What a beautiful name you have!! We hope you will have a wonderful birthday, filled with love and laughter. Always, The Baldwins from Homewood, IL

  5. Wishing you a very happy, fun and blessed birthday this year and every year forward. Also sending prayers and hugs to a beautiful lil princess. Janice from Louisiana

  6. Happy Birthday Cadence…I hope you get lots of things you want and even more hugs and kisses then anyone else whose birthday is the same day as yours. ((( XX )))

  7. SHOUTING OUT A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You need to become a police, or a lawyer when you are old enough or better a DOCTOR you showed me that no matter what happen u are here and you will keep fighting…. I pray for you and you family. If you need anything you can facebook me or e mail anytime….

  8. Happy Birthday to YOU!
    Happy Birthday to YOU!
    Happy Birthday, dear Cadence…
    Happy 7th Birthday to youuuuuu!

    Wishing you a very happy birthday.
    Love & God bless!
    Julie, Stephen, & Aunica

  9. Happy Birthday Cadence. You are a beautiful little girl. i hope that you have a wonderful,fun-filled day. From the Adkins family in Jonesboro, Ga.

  10. I agree with the one post about sharing Cadence’s full address for all to see. I hate that there are bad people out there, but gotta face facts. Please, change the address to a P.O. box to keep this sweet angel safe. She has & her family have been through so much. I did copy the address so i can send her something…but a P.O. box would sure be better….Best to the family & Cadence.

  11. Happy Birthday Candence!!! Sending big hugs and kisses your way! I hope you have the best day ever sweetheart!!

  12. Happy Happy Happy Birthday to you sweet Cadence. I hope you have a great day and that the Birthday wish that you make when you blow out your candles comes true.
    Love from
    The Riddles in Indiana

  13. Happy Birthday precious Cadence! I hope you have the most incredible birthday ever. You deserve all the happiness in the word sweet girl.

  14. Wishing you A very special birthday this is my day too sweety god has plans for you and you have Angels every where you go you are beautiful little girl with a big heart happy birthday and many more to come the ganns report and recovery

  15. Happy Birthday Cadence, I hope you have the best birthday ever.. I am sure you will receive a lot of birthday cards and gifts. You are such a beautiful little girl…

  16. Y’all are awesome for all of your concern! As soon as the family decides to switch it to a PO box we will! I will add our PD is making sure she’s safe! I think we underestimated how far this would spread! 🙂 thank you for you concern and all your birthday wishes for this precious miracle!

  17. Happy Birthday Princess – may your birthday be the best ever!. God has good things planned for you sweetie. Now I’d sing Happy Birthday is I could and would love to share cake with you!
    Love n hugs from Paramus NJ and Naples, FL


  19. Happy Birthday sweet girl!! We will be sending a gift and I hope you receive more cards than you can read in a lifetime!! Praying for you here in Monroe, GA! 🙂

  20. Happy Birthday Candence!!!! please send me your address in my email, I don’t know hoe to set up a po box

  21. Happy BIrthday Cadence! Just bought a card for you. I will get it mailed out soon. Hope you have a wonderful birthday because you are a wonderful little girl. Love and hugs for you. The Daileys in TN.

  22. happy birthday sweetie hope your birthday is a fun filled day!!!! again HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! from the bonds,stepps and the hoppes from Lansford and Lehighton pa.

  23. Just wanted to let you know that this has been shared on a Facebook event for my friend Lauraine’s 30th birthday “Spread the Love” challenge. Lauraine is a 4 time lymphoma survivor and recently had a successful stem cell transplant. She has asked our friends to do random acts of kindness (RAOKs) during her birthday week (July 14th through July 20th). Cadence will be getting quite a few cards from Georgia, and we’re so glad to have found out about this. Thank you for getting the word out and doing your own act of kindness!!


  24. Happy Birthday Cadence!!! I wish you a GREAT day and a GREAT life ahead. I have 5 grandchildren and I would like to consider you as my 6th on your 7th birthday! I will put you on my calendar so i can pray for you each year on your birthday!! Have a WONDERFUL day on the 23rd.

    From Papa Ken

  25. Reblogged this on hrpockets and commented:

    It’s 2015 and Cadence is about to have her third birthday without her immediate family. In 2013 we made a huge difference for Cadence. She looked forward to checking the mail every day and we posted those pictures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CardsForCadence for everyone to see. I’m reblogging this post to challenge you again. This year Cadence will be 9 (her birthday is July 23rd), will you join me in sending her a birthday card?

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