When I started searching through our photo memories, I found myself laughing, smiling and getting suuper mushy all by myself.
We almost lost you July 2, 2007. It was the day we got the call that I needed to rush you to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. It was one of the hardest times in our lives. You seemed to be in good spirits and I tried to be strong but I was crushed inside. I couldn’t understand it. It was hard. I was young. I remember sitting in the waiting room with my grandma while you were in surgery. She prayed and I prayed but thank God grandma prayed because honestly I was scared and had little faith. When I walked into the recovery room I could not stop crying while you slept. I was speechless. Your heart was beating. God spared your life. We had more time to create memories. Your children still had their father. You had a second chance at life. Thank. You. Jesus.
The road to recovery was long and our lives have been forever changed but in your famous words “Life is Good”.
I remember the day we met 17 years ago at the bus stop. That was the day I met my best friend and didn’t even know it. Yes, I admit I gave you the wrong name but if it makes you feel any better, you had me at Hello. The memories we have created over the years are nothing short of amazing. We have literally grown up together and not every moment has been peaches and cream. I mean you had to expect some of it when you snagged me at 19 buddy; I was still a young tender (hahaha).
During our dating years, I remember watching you with your son and seeing your big smile when you spoke to your daughter over the phone and I knew right then you would be an amazing father to our children. Gosh was I right! You are more than I could ever want in a husband and father. I remember giving birth to our baby boy and watching you wake up every night to change diapers and make bottles. It was love in its purest form. And then Miss Ryan came along and just stole your heart. The way she lights up when she sees your face is irreplaceable. She will never look at anyone the way she looks at you – anyone.
I could go on and on but there aren’t enough words to express how much you mean to the kids and me. But I want to say Thank You. Thank you for being in all my car selfies. Thank you for being a great father. Thank you for cheering me on. Thank you for loving my mother. Thank you for loving and supporting my siblings. Thank you for being a voice of reason. Thank you for forgiveness. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for being selfless. Thank you for being PRESENT.
We Love You,