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May 28, 2014
I got a tattoo for you today. You always talked about getting one, and never got the chance to do so. I know you wanted the cross and heart with my, Tiff's, Nat's, and Mom's names, but somehow that didn't seem fitting for me to get. So instead, I opted to pay homage to you by getting the Eagle and Flag from your urn. It's on the back of my right shoulder. Bridget gave me a hard time about getting it there, because I can't see it. That's okay..I know it's there. I decided on that placement because I knew that it would take a while, and that there would be a lot of detail in it, and I have a nice dead spot there because of the compressed discs in my neck, so I knew there would be somewhat of a reprieve at some points during the inking process. My artist did a beautiful job. He couldn't trace the picture that I sent him because it was too blurry, so he ended up drawing up something freehand. It took about 2 1/2 hours, and about and hour & a half in I wanted to punch him in the face, but in the end it was absolutely worth it. I love it, and I would do it ten times over for you. I hope you like it. I love you, and I miss you very much. Till I see you again.... <3
May 16, 2014
I took some flowers to the cemetery for your Birthday. I also took over a balloon and wrote a message on it, and released it for you. I watched it until it disappeared into the clouds. I like to think that was when you reached out and grabbed it. I miss you Dad..every day. I keep waiting for the day when the hurt gets better. People tell me it does. Those people obviously never hurt this badly before...
May 12, 2014
Here we go again our birthday is a few hours away and I am missing you so much that's all I have thought about for a while I use to look so forward to them and now it just doesn't seem to matter . The best part of us is no more and it breaks my heart. I love you and miss you and I miss us . Happy Birthday Babe enjoy your day in heaven !!!!
May 01, 2014
Well Rick I still have a hard time believing your gone I think about you so many times a day and miss you more than I can some times bare . It doesn't seem real even after this very long year. I was told it gets easier but I swear it is only getting harder I miss you and Jack, our talks and the laughter and the special times we spent together , rest in the loving arms of GOD and know you will always be my best friend in the world
April 29, 2014
It was one year ago today..when I saw your face, saw your smile, heard your voice as you softly spoke in my ear, "My baby, I love you so much" as you wrapped your arms around me for what was to be the last time. If I had known then that these would be the "lasts" I would've held you a little longer, squeezed you a little harder, kissed your cheek a couple more times, told you I loved you 20 times more. Missing you terribly today, and loving you more. <3
January 31, 2014
Sometimes I stare at your picture on my phone and I find it hard to believe that I won't ever see you again. Ever. It feels so surreal. Though the pain of losing you hasn't subsided, and missing you still makes my heart ache as much today as it did the day you left, the tears that fall are fewer. I suppose that means the healing has begun. I know that's what you would want, but moving on almost makes me feel guilty..as though I'm dishonoring your memory in some way. I know that sounds crazy in a sense, and it even feels somewhat irrational to me, but part of me feels like I need to continue to mourn you out of respect for you..to keep you alive in that manner. But I know that's not healthy, or even realistic. So I'm trying to move forward..to create my new normal, at my own pace. I love you so much Dad, and miss you every minute. <3
December 08, 2013
I appreciate the visit in my dream. It was so nice hearing your voice again. I so needed that. I love you so much and miss you every day Dad <3
November 12, 2013
I think of you constantly and miss you so much my heart is so heavy I often wonder if it will ever get better , I love you little brother and miss our talks and hugs when I need them the most .
June 30, 2013
I thought of you last night while we were watching the fireworks. You always liked them so much. Now you have the best view ever. Loving and missing you as always...
June 20, 2013
I'm having a hard time tonight. Missing you a lot. Not sure why..maybe because we're opening the pool tomorrow. Mom called Hesselson's to come over and open it..I'm going over to help them because she doesn't know where anything is. That may be why I'm so upset today. Just the anticipation of doing this-without you.

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