In case you haven't noticed, and you should have, I have been on a tiny blog hiatus. Unfortunately this was not because I wanted to but because something happened. Something devastating. Something that will never be forgotten. With that I would like to dedicate my Friday's Letters to my family.
Dear Steve I can't imagine the pain you're feeling. Losing a parent. Your father. I wish I could somehow make it feel better. Take away the pain. The grief. The sadness. It breaks my heart to know you are hurting so much. But you've been so strong through all of this so far. I know this is for your family. And an amazing family at that. I know that one day you are going to be an amazing father - just like your dad. And you will be able to pass on your dad's valuable life lessons. Keep your chin up baby - and cherish each and every moment that you shared with him. I love you so much and my heart is breaking for you.
Dear Vikki you are so blessed to have had such an amazing man be your dad. And even more blessed to have this man be the papa to your children. I am sure the pain you're feeling is indescribable but you are doing an amazing job being strong for the kids. I admire your strength. Tomorrow will be a tough day - and probably many more after that but just know that your dad was proud of you. I could see it in his face when he spoke about you. Even if he was laughing about you owning horses. I love you.
Dear Mom Hope Steve has always referred to you as a special lady. And he is right. I am so proud and honoured to be part of your family - and to call you my mother-in-law. You have held everything together this past year better than anyone could have. My heart is so heavy for you and your (our) family. Not only did your children lose their father - but you lost your husband. Your partner. Your best friend. And all way too very soon. It breaks my heart. It makes me mad. It makes me sad. We are here anytime you need us. I love you and thank you for making me feel like family even in these sad times.
Dear Dad Hope first of all I want to thank you raising such an amazing son. Secondly I want to thank you for all the times you made me laugh. All the times you drove me to work. All the long chats we had in the computer room. For coming to our wedding - even when you weren't feeling 100%. This past year was a tough one - but you fought it all with a smile and even with a few jokes. Visits up to Bradford will never, ever, be the same. I am thankful for the time I got to get to know you and honoured that you accepted me as your daughter-in-law. I wish the time could have been longer. Thank you for being an amazing dad to Stephen and Vikki. An amazing papa to the kids. An amazing father-in-law. And a adoring and loving husband to Mom Hope. I will miss you so much and I love you. I know you are now comfortable and finally eating that burger you wanted.