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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.
June 16, 2013
When I first woke up this morning, I reached for my phone, then I put it down. I picked it up again, and put it down. I reached for it for a third time, and started crying. I didn't have anyone to call to wish a Happy Father's Day. The rest of the day wasn't too bad though. Jamie and I took mom to the cemetery. I hate it there. We were there for about 20 minutes, and I didn't have even 30 seconds alone with you. I understand others have just as much right to be there as I, but it is so irritating when I'm not able to have a moment alone. I know it's what you wanted, but I hate that wall. I've been doing okay the last week or so. I spent some time alone, cried, screamed, got angry, then made the decision to take my life back, one day at a time. More of a conscious effort..forcing myself to move through the day. But I know I can't just allow myself to fall away. And I know you wouldn't want to see me just laying around in my chair all day being sad. Tiffany spent today with Hap. Nat spent the day with Jamie. All in all it was a good day. There was just that one piece missing... Happy Father's Day Daddy. I love you. <3
June 04, 2013
Every morning I wake up and tell myself, "This is the day. Today is when I finally start to pull myself together and move forward." But then night falls, and it turns out it's just another day that I didn't get to talk to you..didn't get to text you..didn't get to hug you..didn't get to tell you I love you..didn't get to see you..didn't get to hear your voice. Just one more tick mark on the list of eternal days without you.
June 01, 2013
It's been one month since we've had to try to learn to live our lives without you. The pain is just as raw today as it was a month ago. I keep waiting for it to feel better. It's not. I wish so badly I could just hug you one more time.
May 31, 2013
Today was an insanely busy day. You would think that the busier I am, the better the day would be..but it's actually the opposite. I don't know..maybe because my stress level rises I become more emotional..but I thought of you all day today. Then I was watching a reality show, and a girl got a phone call from her mom saying that her dad passed away. That hit pretty hard. In general the last few days have been okay though. I've moved up from getting through one minute at a time to getting through one hour at a time. Hour by hour is about all I can focus on right now. At some point I'll reach day by day... I love you Dad, and miss you terribly.
May 27, 2013
Today is Memorial Day. Your stone is up. Mom & I put up flowers for you yesterday. Jamie & I went to see you today & put up a flag. He shared a beer with you - Busch Light, of course. Then we stopped by Dan's grave to say Hi, then went to Jamie's dad's grave. Jamie no sooner got home and called to tell me the Eagles were making a fly by. Then one came over while I was there later in the afternoon. You would love to see them so close. They're so beautiful. We went to Grams' this afternoon. It was hard for mom. She was moved to tears when I told her about all the postings I saw on my Facebook in honor of you, with pictures of your stone. Jason, Jessica, Jennifer, Marianne..they all went to visit you today, too. It was hard not having you around today. I missed you, as I do every day. Happy Memorial Day, Dad. I love you.

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