Six years ago today I met the love of my life. There are not words to describe the way I love Kelsey Rose, but if those words existed I can assure you I would have learned them from you. The way you loved people was unlike anything I have ever seen, especially the way you loved Nani. You treated her like a queen and you made me promise you that when I met the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with I would treat her the same way. Six years later and I love her more and more everyday.
I have made so many mistakes. Countless times I nearly pushed her away but here we stand. Three and a half years while I was in the Army she stuck by my side, two of which we had an ocean between us. We wouldn’t be celebrating this anniversary without you because you taught me how to love. The way you treated Nani left a legacy. You and I spoke on the phone every single day for years but it all started when I called you to tell you I met Kelsey Rose. Your words were so simple that day….”Well, if she is special…don’t mess it up.”
I am so happy to be celebrating with her today. I have missed the last three anniversaries because I was away but you brought me back home safely to be with her again.
This one is for you Papi…Thank you,
I couldn’t get myself to write you this letter yesterday. It is crazy to think it has been three years since God called you home. I miss you like crazy bud. The world is struggling without people like you here to help straighten it out. As I sat down last night when I got home from work I thought about the ways in which you helped me realize what this world has to offer and what I have to offer this world. You changed the way I live my life. I will never be the same and I have you to thank for that. Continue reading “Yesterday was tough…”
As you know buddy four years ago today you and I dawned our berets for the first time as we graduated Basic Training. It blows my mind to think that it has been four years since the day my father bought you those boots. It blows my mind even more thinking that this summer will be two years that you have been gone. You have changed the way I see the world brother and I will never be the same for that. I made you a promise four years ago that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. You are the reason I work in the area that I work in. You are the reason I am the man I am. We promised each other that we would change the world and you held up your end, now it is my turn brother. Keep your hand on my shoulder and guide me. You are gone but never forgotten. Love you buddy. SPARTANS!
Dear Chris and Stan,
Last week God called home another one of our brothers. Stan, Tomlin from 3rd Batt. He was a Crew Chief from B Co. and I flew with him a few times and he lived right across the hall from me in Germany. Jeremy Tomlin was killed in a Black Hawk crash this week and its hard to believe he is gone. He payed the ultimate sacrifice and has joined you both by God’s side.
I pray for his family that they my find peace knowing he was an incredible soldier and he will be in great company alongside his brothers and sisters that have gone before him. I am proud to know men like him and I know you both will welcome him with open arms. I never thought I would have lost three of my brothers so early in my life, and it definitely doesn’t get an easier. You three have changed the way I see the world. I miss you, Rest Easy. You are gone but never forgotten.
Tomlin, Rest easy brother. We will take it from here.
I miss you buddy. The last couple of days have been pretty hectic for my family and I and once again when things get tough, God fills my mind with memories. As tough as yesterday was, my father kept saying “We are so blessed” which I have heard him say my entire life…but lately it holds much more weight… Continue reading “The memories just keep rollin…”
What a great review for my first book Reflections from the Man in the Mirror done by Bani Sodermark from bookpleasures.com.
Dear Chris and Stan,
It’s finally done! Thanks to Christie Lanzilotti, the memorial picture she created is finished and it is beyond incredible. It brought tears to my eyes when I saw it. A while back I asked her to create an image for me in your memory and what she created blew me away. She also created one for me to send each of your families. Depicted is Saint Michael looking over the two of you as I know he is. I can’t thank Christie enough for such an incredible memorial piece. I miss you both and I know you will enjoy the artwork.
I 100% recommend Christie Lanzilotti to anyone looking for commissioned artwork or prints and I urge you visit her website and check out some of her other work http://www.christielanzilotti.com because it will blow you away. She is an incredible artist and I can assure you that she is the artist you want commissioned on any piece you may want done.
Stan I was having a hard time yesterday and I thought of you,
I am on this incredible trip with my family in Italy and it’s truly a blessing from God. I haven’t seen my father walk as good as he is here in months, and he is so happy. I’m writing you this letter because, despite how incredible this trip is, it reminds me of the first operation I went on and you were right there by my side and I am having a hard time. Continue reading “Dear Stan,”