I know how much you love me, so I know you’ll deliver this letter to my loved ones on this special day. My heart is filled with happy memories of Christmases past spent with my grandparents, parents, and my husband, the love of my life.
Dad, I never had the opportunity to meet you, but I’m blessed by the letters you wrote from a battleship as you moved closer to a death much too young. I know you loved me. Your written words as a young man facing things no one so young should face have brought me comfort, for they are the only part of you I have. I visited your grave a few years ago, a soldier’s grave. I cherish your purple heart. And I just want to tell you today, Merry Christmas, and I love you.
Years have passed, but the memories are alive in my heart, giving me cheer and a happy heart at all you gave me and did for me, Grandma and Grandpa. You took me into your home and filled the void in my life. You taught me about love, the love of family and the love of Jesus. You were hard-working laborers who never turned your back on those in need, especially a little girl from a broken home. Thank you for the years of caring and love. Merry Christmas, I love you.
Merry Christmas, Dad. You became the father in my life when you married Mom and brought me to live with you both. You gave me another Grandma and Grandpa to love and a huge family of aunts, uncles and cousins. You taught me to fish with an old bamboo pole and you loved me as if I was your very own child. Thank you for having a heart big enough to love me like that. I love you.
Mom, I love you and miss you. I wish we could have had more time together here in this house. Seven months was too short, but I’m so glad we had the time together. Thank you for the years you believed in me and supported me in pursuing my dreams. Your life wasn’t easy, but you had a strength that brought you through the toughest of times and you passed that on to me. I remember the Christmases past with lots of family gathered around the tree in the living room. Good memories I pull out each Christmas to remember you. Merry Christmas, Mom.
Dear loving husband, I miss you so much. I never knew the meaning of love between a man and a woman until you showed me what gentleness and strength were. When you looked at me, I saw a love that is beyond understanding. You gave me the fairy tale every young girl dreams of. And I got the added bonus of four more children to love. It’s fun to watch people’s faces when I tell them I have eight children. We had our rough times, but love carried us through. A love many never experience. We made so many memories together. These are what carry me through day by day. I miss you, and sometimes I shed tears, but I’m doing good. It’s just not my time yet. As much as I love you, God loves you more. And He is with me each day, giving me healing and love. Merry Christmas, my love. You have my heart forever.
To all of my loved ones who are looking down from heaven, know that my heart is full and my life is better because of the time we had together. Merry Christmas from my heart to yours.