Yesterday was tough…

Dear Stan,

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…”

We did it!

Dear Chris,

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!


Rest Easy Brother…

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.

  • Natale

What an incredible memorial…

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.

– Natale

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 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.Timmy's Drawing_ FINAL_IMAGE_Resolution

Dear Stan,

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,”

The laughs never end…

Dear Papi,

Yesterday I was thinking about prior to when I left for basic those few months I spent driving you to your appointments, and the fun we had.  Whether it was you making race care noises as you drove your electric wheelchair down the hallway, or simply the way you lit up every room you entered.  I was driving by myself yesterday laughing hysterically just reflecting on some incredible moments we shared.  Those may have been some of the best months of my life. Continue reading “The laughs never end…”