Happy Father’s Day to you, my love.
Thank you for being a wonderful and caring dad to our tweens. You would have been the most amazing daddy to our baby girl. In the short time that we knew her, the sound of your voice made her the happiest. She loved you very much, you know. You are truly loved by all of us.
Thank you for loving my girls as your own children, because in every way that matters, they are. Thank you for supporting them as they navigate the fractured relationship with their biological father, and for never making them feel like they have to choose between the two of you.
Thank you for still standing by my side, supporting me and keeping the weight of our combined sadness and loss from crushing us under its’ weight. I know you have struggled. I know you are heartbroken over the loss of Clara, your only biological child. I wish that I could alleviate that pain and grief, and that I never had to see such sadness in your eyes. I can’t take it away, but I will always be here to help you bear it.
Thank you for being strong enough to cry and share your emotions and fears. Thank you for trusting me with your heart, which I treasure more than I can say.
Thank you for working without complaining, even when it feels like the money is all gone before it even hits the bank account. It has been a long and difficult year for our family, but we are climbing, slowly but surely, and that’s mostly because of you.
Thank you for putting up with me. I know I’m not easy to live with, especially not this past year. I cry at the drop of a hat. I can fly into a rage over nothing (and sometimes everything). I alternate between angry, distraught, guilt-ridden, happy, content, excited, goofy, and then back to angry and terribly sad… every day. You have never stop letting me know that you love me.
You are the strong one, not me, no matter what you say. It’s sounds so cliche to say, but you truly are my rock. I can’t imagine surviving the past year without you by my side. In October, it will be 20 years since we first met. I hope that your hand is still in mine when another 20 years have passed.
Thank you for loving us so well.
We love you, David, always and forever.
Heather, Lakie Bear, Addah Bee & Clara Bunny