Dear Guillianna and Elijah,
Today is Sunday September 29, 2019, and yesterday from out of no where Poppy and I were out in the early evening and Poppy’s phone rang. It was a FaceTime call. It came in to his phone as we were with Papa Alan and Great Grandma Sharyn. IT WAS THE TWO FACES WE HAVE MISSED MORE THAN ANY WORDS COULD EVER SAY. We did not see our daughter but she was holding the phone for you to see us. How grateful we are to have finally seen the two of you. Two faces, two little lives that have been absent from all of us in the Mitten for so so so so long.
the pictures above show you’re personalities. The sunshine that radiates from inside you both when ever you are near. I think guillianna took and labeled the selfie above and the photo of Eli shows the super hero he is, at making others smile!
Your Aunts and Uncles and all of your cousins, the ones that you knew before you moved, and the ones you have not yet gotten to know… all truly miss those faces. Great Grandma Sally, teachers and friends you made along the way all miss you so very much. The all are wanting to see and hear about those two amazing faces.
Elijah has grown up and has some grown up teeth to prove it! Guillianna has grown up and is almost tall as her mom she says! Life is so full of unexpected things. Lately there have been many unexpected things for Poppy and Nana, and there have been so many tears of sorrow, but yesterday the happiness felt brought us both tears of joy. A joy that your two sweet faces gave to Poppy and Nana.
To hear your voices, and even if only for a brief moment, listen to you again….. sent our hearts back to the times we spent laughing and playing. To the dream starters, the games we played, the events we went to, the school days and all the stories on the pages of these love letters. Poppy and I simply wanted to want to reach through the phone to hug you both!
I am not sure when the day will come that that will happen, but we will hope it is soon. We will hope that we can see those two amazing faces and that you will be allowed to call us to share your stories. We hope that you will always and forever remember your time with your Nana and Poppy, yet know that when so much time has passed and the little faces turn into grown ups, that memories fade. The hope for all of those you make smile here in the mitten… is that we can all share in the love the two of you have inside.
The challenges and pain of not being able to send birthday gifts, holiday gifts, cards, letters, and seeing you, has been unbearable. The loss has been so deep that our hearts and minds could not ever feel complete, yet for a few moments, they saw two faces that can and will always have the power to change the world. Two people who will grow up and be able to shape this world, and we hope more than any words in any of these love letters, that you know we are with your in your hearts, and we will always hope to see and share in the lives of the two faces we saw yesterday.
We love you both to the moon and back, forever and always,
❤️Nana and Poppy❤️🍪