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July 7, 2006
Just a short entry...I received all of Nick's uniforms back, upgraded back to the E5 status that he lost due to the first Iraqi tour, which was most difficult for us...He brought me many bouquets of tuplips....a very trying time, but all in all worked out, like we knew it would. I miss my Nick...A couple of our friends stopped over tonight, that was nice...has a please help me list to do!
July 4, 2006
Today is the 4th of July and we celebrate our Independence Day because of our fallen heroes. We have our flag raised high, waiving in the breeze honoring all our heroes. Nick- we remember and honor you are our hero and will never be forgotten. Linda- remember that you will never be alone...stay strong...we love you!
July 4, 2006
Well, the 4th of July is here, and almost passing...Our flag hung high today, as did many of the other decorations around and throughout our complex. We have been having a heatwave here...No air conditioning....I can only hear Nick's hot, too soon we forget how hot FLA was, but we liked it there regardless of the hummidity, because, there was air conditioning! There were several planes that flew over today, creating messages in clouds/smoke, whatever it is that they that was interesting. This 4th of July is my first without the love of my life....but I know he is here in spirit....Happy 4th to everyone who reads this.....stay tuned...
July 2, 2006
Please Post This Letter From Nick's Friend...One of the Guys who was there when the tragedy struck, very important for this to be posted.
Hey Linda,

I'm sorry it's taken me this long to get back to you.

Nick spoke a lot about you that night. He would mention you all the time. Basically just letting us know what you were up to, and how the animals were doing. In fact, there's this picture of him holding a 120mm mortar up in front of him with both hands. We were at this Iraqi Army firmbase, picking up some ordnance, and he says "Hey, take a picture of me holding this b/c Linda wants more pictures of me doing my job." We all kind of laughed because of all the things we do, a UXO pick-up is probably the least exciting or glamorous. He didn't care, and all the joking was in good fun anyways.

Nick's central theme that night was how well the two of you fit together. He mentioned that he couldn't imagine meeting anybody that was more "right" for him. He thought the world of you. That you were tough, and funny, and that you let him who he was without judgement.

True, he did say that actual proposal was probably a little sooner than he would have planned, but in no way was he saying that the timing forced down a path he didn't want. To me, more than anything else, it sounded like the timing simply allowed him to see that which was inevitable. That the two of you would be married. He was pretty drunk, so he said "I love that woman." over and over. I don't think he realized how many times he said it, but I thought it was pretty cool.

We went on to talk about the possibility of bad things happening. The condition of our ops out there had changed, and the bad guys were getting better. I don't know what brought the change, but it seemed like things were better planned on their end. So, of course, being realists we had to think about certain possibilities. Nick's thoughts mirrored my own. We were committed to the work we were doing. We both knew that our efforts had saved american lives, and he was proud of that. However, it went deeper than that. We understood that we, as mortal beings, would not be able to see the larger design of what was happening around us. We had been lucky so many times already. We knew that the only way we could play this game was to go all out, without any hesitation. There is no other way for guys like us to be. Nick told me how he was 4-wheeling one time around your guys' camp showing off how to do a wheely. He said he was going really slow, managed to crash the quad, and tear part of his finger off. The crazy thing was that he hadn't crashed going balls-out so many times.

He admired you for the courage you had in accepting that he was out there in the middle of bad things. That you lived your life independently, knowing what kind of person he was. He told me that he had no regrets with the life he lived, and that he loved his life. He missed you a lot, and loved you more than he knew how to express.

Sometimes, I write to help me put things in perspective. I don't know if my words are going to make matters worse, but they are yours, if you want them. I realize they don't do him justice, but they are the best that I could manage. As I said, they are yours to do with as you will. You can delete them, save them, whatever you want. I'm attaching them, so if you don't want to read them, you can just delete the file.

Again, I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you.