Hi Honey, hope you are still smiling and flying higher than ever, I miss you so. A lot of things have happened since the last time we 'talked' and there was an empty spot in every event we had without you being there. First on February 27th, Bob and I went to the Saints Hockey Banquet with Sara and Dylan. Dylan got his first hockey trophy and he was so thrilled, I know you saw him walk across that stage. We were guests of honor and we were so proud to be able to present the first Annual Eric Christopher Ness award to a Mite player. His name was Tommy and he is the nicest boy and his family and him were so thrilled, I know you were with us, and I hope you were as proud as we were. Sara and Dylan went on the stage with us, and we were all so proud of you, we will be there every year to make some young hockey player smile and to honor you. It brought back so many memories, Dylan was running around with all his friends having everyone sign his yearbook just like you and Mark used to do. Then on March 1st, Dylan had his 7th birthday party at Dave and Buster's and he had a really good time. I made him two big chocolate chip cookies, that's what he wanted this year instead of cake. Everyone was there... Me, Bob, Dad, Jenn, Mark, Kristin, Melissa, Peggy, Aubrey and Ashley, the whole gang. He got alot of great presents and had a really good time, Sara did a good job! Then last Monday, on March 17th, Dylan had his very first official hockey game. Even though they've been practicing all year, they never had an official game and it was supposed to be at Buff State, but it ended up at Fireman's Park instead. Those kids didn't care, they were so thrilled, and Dylan is going to be quite the hockey player. He reminds me so much of you on that ice, and he loves it so much, Sara already has him registered for next year, and he will move up to the Mites. I know you're with him, when he's out there, even Sara said she knows you are watching over him, and he knows it too.
Oh Eric, eleven months without my baby boy. Sometimes I wake up and just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head and not face another day, but then I think about you and I know you wouldn't want me to do that, so I make myself get up and go on. You were always so proud of me and I never want to let you, or Mark and Jenn down. I've had some rough days in the last couple of weeks because I keep thinking that last year at this time, you were still with us. I never realized how sad you were, I didn't help you like I should have. I know I can never change that, but it breaks my heart to know you were suffering so bad, and I should have known, I was your mother and mothers should know
and I'm sorry Eric, I'm so sorry. When we see each other again, I will give you the biggest hug and never have to let go again. I take comfort in the fact that you are suffering no more, and that gives me peace and makes me smile. I promise I'll hang in there and I'll be talking with you again soon my angel, my sweet, sweet boy. Love forever, Mom
P.S. Wow, had to come back and add this. When I just uploaded the picture of Dylan getting his trophy, it was number 888 on my camera, you truly are with us......