Dear Jon,

I’ve done a considerable amount of writing since you’ve been gone, but I think this is the first time I’m writing directly to you. Perhaps it was too painful before, but I think it’s more likely because I don’t know the right words to stitch together to express all of the things I want to say to you.

You asked me once what I would do if you were to pass away suddenly. I told you that I didn’t know and I didn’t want to think about it. It’s been over 9 months and I still don’t know. I still don’t want to think about it. Life has gotten much harder since I lost you. There are all sorts of decisions that I must make that I wouldn’t even have to consider if you were still with me.

Jocelyn has grown up so much since you saw her last. She’s so smart. She’s saying her ABCs and knows her numbers and she’s not even two yet. She’s got such a fun personality. The two of you would have gotten along great. I can just see you two running around, messing up the house, and driving me crazy. She looks so much like you, especially in her eyes. And, much to my dismay, is just as much of a morning person as you were. The child is up and bright-eyed at 5:30am. I didn’t know sleep schedules were genetic.

You never got to know about your son. I was supposed to surprise you with baby Air Jordan shoes when I got pregnant again, but I never got the chance. I hope you like the name I picked. We never really agreed on boys’ names but I did my best. Nathan is so different from Jocelyn and thankfully, for my sake, so much easier than she was at his age.

I’m going to do my best to raise them how you would have wanted. They will grow up knowing the kindness and goodness of God. I also will be sure to introduce them to all the things you loved. Nathan’s nursery is Super Hero themed. I think you would approve. I’ll be sure they are well-versed in both Marvel and DC as well as Star Wars and all sorts of the other nerdy stuff. I can’t promise much when it comes to sports, but if either of our kids is athletically inclined I’ll find someone who can coach them.

I miss you. Sometimes it’s still hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that you do not exist anywhere on this earth. Your laugh, your smile, and your vibrant personality are completely gone. Sometimes it feels like you’re going to walk in the door at any moment. Like it’s all been nightmare and I’m just about to wake up, At the same time, when I do dream about you I know that you aren’t really there.

There are so many times I need one of your hugs. Good hugs are hard to come by these days. It’s very difficult walking through life without you to lean on. I never appreciated how much I needed and relied on you.

I have many regrets about the short time we had together. I wish I was more patient. I wish I expressed my feelings more often. I wish I was a better wife for you. But I know dwelling on regrets does nothing, so I must let them go.

Now that our son is born I need to start moving forward. I have begun to feel hopeful about my future, but at the same time, I feel a little guilty. Each step I take forward is a step further from you. I want you to know that you will always be a part of me, no matter where I go or who I love. You have left your name on my heart and it cannot be erased. The proof of our love lives in our children, as I love them I am continuing to love you.

You will never know how much you meant to me or how intensely I’ve felt your loss. I know you’re at peace, bringing joy to our Father’s heart with your song. I know you are able to worship freely and all of your questions about God that I was not able to answer to your satisfaction are finally answered.

Now that I have started writing to you I don’t want to stop. Ending this letter feels like saying goodbye again. Maybe that’s why I’ve taken so long to write you. Thinking of you this intentionally makes me feel your loss all over again. But I’ll not drag it out. So I will end this letter by saying, I love you and I am going to do my best to raise our children in faith and love like you would have wanted.

You will always be in my heart

~ Erica

I love how in this picture and in the one above, Jon is the one walking into the light.

John 11:25-27

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

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