Our family's first Fathers Day without you was a strange, bittersweet one indeed, but one where we knew our many, many wonderful memories of you would supersede the still-deep grief we feel from your passing. We made sure to decorate your gravesite with souvenirs from our recent trip to Hawaii, a trip you, me and the kids were supposed to take last August, but, unfortunately, never did. Maddie brought sand from Waikiki Beach and pieces of coral, I brought a mini snowglobe (the kind you collected) and Hudson, well, let's just say he brought his best behavior.
I never let a day go by without mentioning your name to the kids or sharing a memory of you with them. They both know how true and deep your love and admiration of them was, and this they will never forget. Hudson turns 3 in a few weeks and, boy, would you be ever so proud of his amazing athletic prowess & continued love of Star Wars. Maddie is just as bright and talkative and personable as ever, a testament to your DNA being part of her. All three of us are getting stronger and stronger as the days and months pass, but, oh, how I would give up that strength for just a few more days, weeks, months or years with you by our side.
I hope you watched us enjoy a beautiful day in Phoenix, a day filled with a few tears but many more laughs and fond memories. Sending all our earthly love and admiration up to you in Heaven, Pookie.