Dad, I miss you so much and as we start this New Year today it is breaking my heart that you’re not with all of us. So many tears as I reflect on this month last year. As hard as this is I am so grateful for all the beautiful memories I have of you and all that you have taught me in life. Dad you are My Hero and I love you so much!!!!! Love, Mindy
It is so difficult to not have you here for Christmas! The little kid in me so misses all of the special gifts you always gave me. Our stockings were not hung and no gifts under the tree for our special Christmas morning. I think of how you struggled to walk and not wanting to go to the hospital until after the holidays - you so wanted to be here with your family to celebrate the New Year. It is quite clear that you knew how serious your condition was. You never complained. You always put your family first. I am so sorry for the diificult life you endured on this earth. I kwow you are in heaven and all is great - your painful struggle is over! You are so missed! I see your sweet smile and your beautiful eyes and know how much you loved me. I am not sure when but I will see you when I get to heaven - please look for me.
We little knew that day, God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, In death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide. And although we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again.
Today is the Marine Corp Birthday - this day was always very special to you! The love you have for the Marine Corp, our country and our family is very apparent with all of the sacrifices you made during your life. The Vietnam Wall will be in Las Vegas today and I will be there to honor all you sacrified to keep our country free. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day and I am going to visit your memorial to honor you and all of the others who fought for our country. Yesterday a small bird hovered outside our window and as we looked at each other - eye to eye - I was hoping it was a sign from you. Although it lasted not more than thirty seconds, it was very comforting. It never entered my thoughts that there would come a day that we would not be together. I always felt I could protect you from anything, but I couldn't save you from cancer. Each day is more difficult than the day before. I would do anythinhg to have one more moment with you. You are my best friend and I miss you so much. I think of you every minute of every day. My heart hurts in a way that I can't express in words. I know you see my pain and I hope I haven't created any additional pain for you or hendered your transition in any way. I would do anything for you. I am trying so hard to be strong for you! I love you Sweetie! God has you in His keeping and I have you in my heart. Your loving wife, Linda
Happy Birthday Daddy! I love you!