This happened a while ago, but it contains one of the most beautiful expressions of love I’ve every seen so I couldn’t help but share it again here.
Back in September 2010, U.S Army 1st Lt. Todd Weaver was serving in Afghanistan when he was killed by an explosive device.
His widow, Emma, was devasted, and his 9-month-old daughter, Kylie, would never know her loving daddy.
Todd’s body was flown back to the U.S. and he was given a hero’s funeral in Arlington National Cemetery.
Sadly, Emma and Kiley never got to say goodbye to the husband and father they loved so much. And Todd never got to say all the things he wanted to say to Emma and Kiley before he left. Or so Emma thought…
Then two days after Todd’s funeral, Emma turned on his computer and found something incredible. Just sitting there in a folder were two Word documents. One was named “Dear Emma” and the other “Dear Kiley.”
Todd must have written the letters before he was deployed to Afghanistan in case the worst happened.
They’re both beautiful testaments of the love of a heroic husband and father to the two loves of his life.
Read the two heartbreakingly beautiful letters below:
The first letter is from Todd to his wife, Emma:
Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you.
I love you so much baby and I will always love you. Although I may not be here right now, take comfort in the fact that I am watching over you right now.
I am not gone and I will always be with you in spirit. I know this time must be hard for you but I also know how strong you are.
Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born. Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.
I want you to know just how important you are to me. I could not ask for a more caring, beautiful and loving wife. The memories that we have shared over the last few years have been the best of my life. Although it may seem like my life was cut short, I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day.
I even had two great dogs — at least most of the time. I couldn’t ask for anything more. If you feel sad, just think back to the memories that we shared. Look at our daughter and how beautiful she is.
Be strong for her. Remind her about her Daddy and tell her that I loved her more than anything else in the world. Her birth was the best day of my life and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Her smile and laughter represent all that is good and beautiful in this world.
Tell her that Daddy is in heaven now and will watch over her and protect her every minute of every day. I love you Emma. But never be afraid to do what you need to do to be happy. It is so important that you continue to find happiness in your life. Although you may think this is impossible right now, have faith.
Much better times are coming. You and Kiley have a wonderful life ahead of you and I am so happy to have shared some of it with you.