Hi sweetie. This is a different kind of blog, because it is a letter to you. I am going to share it with everyone, because you were probably so thrilled when you saw all of the participation. I know I was, and I am sure that your Mom was. It was a wonderful, beautiful day, with so many people coming together, most at the exact same time, to celebrate the wonderful man that you are. We put tags on the balloons so that we would hopefully get some responses of where they landed to "track" the other lives that you have touched throughout your journey.
I love you so much, and I miss you so much. I tell you this everyday, constantly. I know that you know this. I know that you love me too, and you miss me too, but I also know that you are right here with us, forever.
I wanted to give you some of my favorite photos of the day. There were so many, so I had to choose only a few of them, but ALL of them were so special.
This one is from Makayla. I thought this was sweet, and loved what Jason wrote. He said "We watched them until they disappeared, and then Makayla said 'Daddy, do you think that uncle Matt will get those in Heaven?' I said 'of course'."
This one is from a group of teens in Utah. We don't know any of these teens, but another fallen soldier's aunt sent these off for you, and for him, and for all the fallen. She also videoed this release, and they told you Happy Birthday, and then said the Pledge of Allegiance afterwards. It was so sweet.
This one is from Ambi and Jenny. They tried to release the balloons at 12:58, but it wrapped around the flagpole. The balloons then, she said, released themselves and flew away at 1 p.m. CT, which was the time that we coordinated across the country to release them. I love it!
I thought this one was really cool. This is an "eco-friendly" version of the balloon release. I love that they did this. I love the idea of all of the balloons, but really like the idea of the eco-friendly version. Maybe we will try something more like this next year. The balloons were absolutely beautiful to watch take off, but this is a nicer-to the environment way for us to celebrate. This is from a new friend and his daughter who have been very supportive to a few of us left from the Ozzie 76 incident. I told him and his daughter thank you, of course, and that we did put the tags on to track how many more were touched by you if they responded to the email, but that truthfully, I hoped that you got them all in Heaven, and then emailed us back. :)
This one, of course, is from Lily. You can't really see the balloons tied to her, but she let some go for you too. "Her misses her Daddy" every bit as much as the rest of us. She was such a good girl with these tied to her, and you know how terrified she can be of balloons! She released them outside while having a treat of "fresh" snow from the ground.
We all miss you so much. It is so hard to put it in to words. Here is the one that was taken today at our house. We had so many people, and so many good thoughts and Happy Birthday wishes going out to you today. We sang to you, as I know that many other people did as well.
I love you, sweetie. Selfishly, I wish you were here with us, and that we were singing to you in person, and you were blushing. Selfishly. However, I know that you are in a much, much better place, and the feelings that I get of overwhelming joy of where you are do sometimes outweigh the pain that I feel from having lost you. I can't believe that we lost you, but I can't think of a better place that we lost you to.
I love you, sweet husband of mine. Thank you for the smiles that you gave me while I had you, and thank you for the smiles that you will give me forever. I hope that I do the same for you, always.
Your Adoring Wife