You can’t beat someone who doesn’t quit…

Dear Chris,

Two years.  Yesterday was two years since God called you home, brother.  It doesn’t get any easier with time.  I miss you like crazy bud.  You may be gone, but nobody will ever take your legacy.  You changed the way I see the world.  You changed the way I live my life.  You changed the way I walk, the way I talk and the the way I look in the mirror.  I make a lot of mistakes, but I will never forget you telling me “you can’t beat someone who doesn’t quit.”  I will never quit and I will never stop trying until the day God calls me home by your side. Continue reading “You can’t beat someone who doesn’t quit…”

Dear Chris,

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I had a great weekend with Kelsey and her family celebrating the 4th of July.  I couldn’t be happier that I got a chance to be with her incredible family.  Kelsey was so supportive when I asked her to come with me to visit your mother and your grave.  I miss you like crazy buddy and so does your mother.  She is so proud of the man you became and I her and I could have sat at that table for days just talking about memories with you.  There isn’t enough time in the world to even begin to capture the impact you have made in this world but I can see it in your mothers eyes that you changed her life the same way you changed mine.  We sat there and just talked and laughed and had a blast.  You touched the souls of everyone you met, you made the world a better place, and you left some incredible shoes to fill…but I can assure you Chris that I will keep my promise to you. Continue reading “Dear Chris,”

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!

Natale

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 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.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,”

Jalen made it to 4!

Stan,

I know you will be smiling down today knowing that Jalen hit his four year anniversary in the Army today.  I am very proud of him, as I know you are as well.  I remember the first night we all sat in Germany together talking about what we missed back home and you told us the years just fly by.  Well, you were right.  I am not proud of Jalen because he made it to four years because thats what he signed up to do, I am proud of him because of what he did in those four years.  He is like a brother to me, and you taught me years ago that family is much more than just blood.  You have to trust each other, rely on each other, push each other, and the hardest part…when you find yourself at the top of a mountain…look down and remember who helped you get there.  I miss you buddy, look out for Jalen as he begins his transition out of the Army.  He has had an incredible journey, I can assure you I wouldn’t be the man I am without people like you and him.

-Natale

You are gone, but never forgotten.

Dear Chris and Stan,

I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the two of you.  There are days I sit here and wonder what my life would be like if you were still here with me today.  I created this page on my website where I will write letters to you both knowing God will share them with you and the rest of the world.  You both have changed my life and I could never thank you enough for that.  I miss you beyond words.  Chris I sent your mom a nice message on her birthday, and I will get her a copy of the book soon.  You both have given me strength beyond measure.

My family is going through a tough time with some medical issues.  There are days when I am afraid, but I think back to days with both of you and I feel strong.  God throws some serious curveballs at us in life.  Stan you told me that the days I am afraid to pray, and look to those around me for strength and I do buddy.  You showed me that I could lean on you in my time of need, you told me that the day would come when others would need to lean on me and that day is here.  I will be strong, I will have faith, and I will fulfill your legacies.  I miss you guys, hope its warmer up there than it is down here!