"As I was thinking about how to express my love and feelings today I decided that the best way was by writing Tyler a letter with all the things I want him to know and to thank him for the profound impact he's had on my life. I hope this helps show you all how wonderful of a person he is and how strong his love is for his Savior, Jesus Christ.
It's Me, Mickey Dee. Or I guess that'd be Sister Mickey-d. I really love you and miss you, but I'm also comforted to know that both of us are exactly where our Heavenly Father needs us right now. I've been thinking about you a whole lot and a bunch of memories keep coming to mind. Some are silly and I'm not sure why I keep thinking of them but they make me happy.
Do you remember when I was 12 or so and i decided that I LOVED hunting and that I wanted to go with you? You got me a BB gun and a pocketknife for Christmas and I was so excited. Unfortunately I think that after about a month I went back to not liking hunting. Opps.
Or my first time driving on actual roads after you taught me to drive a stick shift. I'm pretty sure I killed it at least 7 times trying to get moving at that first green light. You had to switch me places and drive because all the cars started going around us.
Or I distinctly remember having a hard week down at college and you talked with me. I ended up going home and spending the weekend with you, Zachy Doo Dah and Ty Ty; That weekend meant a lot to me.
Your voice keeps playing in my head singing, as you frequently did, "You are my sunshine my only shine..."
I want you to know that I'm the person and missionary I am today because of your influence. Although I wasn't there with you during this fight, your faith, strength and love have been what have pushed me to become a stronger servant of the Lord. And now I have you by my side. Just like you taught me, we're going to give every single day our all. Together we're going to finish our mission strong.
I want you to know that I know that this gospel is true and that gives me so much home. Because of our savior this isn't a final goodbye, just a short time for us all to learn and grow before we're together again. One of my all time favorite scriptures, Mosiah 2 :41, has given me a lot of peace.
It says, " And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."
I'm so grateful for that knowledge. You're in a place of never-ending happiness and all of our family will be with you when we're called home.
Te amo con todo mi corazón.
The one she sent me is the gold label with our wedding date on it- engraved. I immediately put in on. I was so touched and it makes me so happy. I will wear this and am thankful to have this very special reminder.
I found boxes of photos that I did not know were in the top of our closet. I am BEYOND fortunate to have these photos and memories. This weekend I will be printing all the photos that McKay has send me from her mission to have in a book. Thankfully that is easy since I have my printer at home that is amazing. I am the biggest advocate of printing your photos- taking the photos and putting them in a album. Photos have been a great source of comfort for me right now... I am so fortunate to work with Canon. I know that there is a reason that I was given this amazing opportunity. I want to remind (yes, maybe shout it...) how important preserving memories is.