I can't believe that another year has gone by already, and that it's the last day of 2014 already. How can time go so fast, but it seems like you were only just here with us? I'm sure time isn't the same where you are. It's almost been three years since you were with us, and that sounds like a long time, but it feels like half that time. I can't believe that I would complain about you going away for two nights a year before. What I would give for that to happen now. I see other people complaining that their husbands are away, and just think how lucky they are that they will be coming back.
It seems like such a short time since you and Noah have gone, but then it also feels like forever since I did everything for Noah. I can hardly remember what it feels like to touch him, or rub his cheeks and hair, or to suction him, push him in his wheelchair and give him his meds.
How can I forget those things, when I did it for ten years? It makes me so sad to know that eventually I'll hardly remember any of it, but I'll never forget the way that he made us feel. I hate that all we can do for him now is visit his grave and decorate it for him. We miss and love him so much. I still wonder what you two are doing and if you are together all the time.
It's still so hard without you, but there are more better days than bad days at the moment. I feel sad a lot of the time, but not like I was last year. Now I know that I am just having an extra hard day or week, and that the next day may be better.
I try to have things to look forward to with the boys, to keep us going. It's so nice to create new memories with the boys, but whenever we are doing something special together we just talk about how much you would've loved it too.
I'm so grateful for family and friends who keep us going. We know they miss you and Noah almost as much as we do.
The hardest thing is being so lonely and knowing that no one can change that - not family or friends or the boys. There's so much that I keep inside now because I can't talk to anyone how I used to talk to you.
I want to tell you so much - big things and little things. I want to talk to you about TV shows. I want to complain to you about money, or how much we don't have. I want to ask you want you want me to make for tea. I want to sing in the car with you as a song will come on the radio that we both love. I want to get cranky with you for watching the boring cricket on TV all summer. I want to come home and tell you about how much I love my job teaching English as an Additional Language.
I want to tell you about my beautiful students and their families, and why they have had to come to Australia, and all the things they have had to deal with in their short lives. We have been through a lot as a family, but it's nothing compared to others. We haven't had to leave our families and friends, because we are not safe in our own country. We are so blessed.
I want to talk to you about some beautiful friends that I have met since you died, but then I wouldn't have met them if you were still here. All of them know just what I'm going through as they have also lost their husbands way too young, and I dream of the day when I will one day meet them in person. I just wish they didn't live so far away.
It's so hard to be happy and excited on birthdays and anniversaries, but luckily the boys don't seem to pick up on how sad I am on those times.
how brave we were, as we went back to where you passed away? We loved it there so much, and I don't want it to be a place that we now hate, so I knew we had to go back. As we were driving into the town, my heart started racing and I hid my tears from the boys as I wondered whether I wasn't as brave as I thought. But once we were there, and we saw our favourite beach, I knew it was going to be okay.
We had a lovely day and knew that you would've been proud of us for going there.
It's so nice to see Jalen getting back to his old self again. Except he's really not his old self at all - he's grown up so much since you've been gone and is such a young man now. He is so funny and is so much like you, which I tell him is not always a good thing! :)
He misses you so much and says how much he wishes you were here to do fun things with like go the movies together. Instead he's stuck with his old Mum who has no idea what's going on. He's such a good boy and I know you would be so proud of him.
I was so proud of him when he was elected onto the Student Leadership Board at school for next year. It's amazing considering how hard the last few years have been for him, and I keep telling him how proud you would be of him, especially since you always worked with the Prefects at school.
I have no doubt that you would be loving Harri's obsession with any sport. It's crazy how the boys are all so much like you, but in different ways.
Can you believe how obsessed we still are with Hawthorn!? It's like your spirit has gone into me or something as I know almost as much about the Hawks as you used to. I even take trips to the mainland, especially to watch a game of footy! Who am I!?
Can you believe that they won the premiership again this year!? Actually I guess you can believe it, because no one loved them more than you, and I'm sure you're up there pulling some strings or something because ever since you passed away they've been in the grand final each year!
Hawthorn have been so lovely to us, and I can't help but smile when I think about how much you would love the things we have been able to do.
I hope you like the wording that I chose for your plaque which they offered us.
I'm sure you were loving all our Hawk stalking we did this year, and all my jokes about me marrying Hodgey. I love seeing the boy's reactions when I tell them that Hodgey is going to be their new Dad. I'm sure you would approve :)
Whenever we spend time with your Dad I think how happy you would be about it. I know he loves seeing the boys.
Were you laughing at me when I found out I needed glasses? I couldn't help but think about when you got your glasses and how much we loved teasing you about getting old. Look whose getting old now hey! I wish you were here to help me choose my frames, but I'm thinking that you would love them.
I still can't believe that we have a dog, and as much as I love Milly and how she has helped our family, I still have a love/hate relationship with her. She drives me insane as she follows me around the house and is obsessed with me, and I wonder how she can love me so much, when I get so cranky with her. I joke with Jalen that she reminds me of you, as I would always be so cranky, but you didn't care. You loved me anyway :)
It's taken almost three years, to start to feel a bit like my old self again. I will never be the old me, but it's nice to feel joy at different times.
Whenever I feel on top of things, and like things are going well, I always come crashing back down to earth though, as grief seems to just hit me all over again. I wonder if that is always going to be a part of my life now, or if that will stop eventually. I hope it's okay that we don't go to the cemetery as often, but we still like to visit at different times to just be close to you and Noah in a different way.
On really hard days I have wondered if you have seen me sitting at your grave, drowing my sorrows with Maccas, and whether you're worrying about me or thinking I should toughen up.
We do anything we can to remember you and Noah, as it's my biggest fear that one day people will stop talking about you, or won't know you or what kind of people you both are. We hope we are making you and Noah proud.
Please don't ever go too far away, as we still need you so much. It's so hard being a single parent, especially as I don't feel single. I just want you to always be a part of our lives. We love and miss you and Noah so, so, so much. We are a family of six, or seven as Kobe says, because Milly is a part of our family. Being a family of four will never feel right.