I didn’t forget, I just didn’t know what to say. (Some days are like that, with no regard for the calendar.)
Five years seems like a lifetime ago now.
Every birthday with our loved ones is a bit sweeter. Every phone call, message or text a bit more special. Every day of every year treasured more with time. Those last few years alongside you, particularly the last few months, weren’t always easy, but they were such gifts nonetheless.
Thank you for changing my life, Richard. For the good times and bad, the laughter and tears, the joys and struggles…each one is a part of our life together, each one a part of my story. Thank you for loving me and our kids so well. Thank you for being strong in faith when everyone expected you to become weak. And thank you for inviting me to be part of your life and your story. I loved you then. I love you now.
And while October 27th was your “Happy Birthday” here on earth, I fully know with complete certainty that EVERY one of your days in Heaven are truly, eternally happy.
Love always ❤️
P.S. Thank you for encouraging me to write, those were words I still cherish.