For nine years this website has been used to bridge huge gaps in distance. It holds many precious moments memories stories of love and historical documentation. It will now continue to bridge a new gap in distance . It is our hope that these letters will help two little innocent children – who as children of active duty soldier(s) have to relocate now as they follow mom who is active duty, and dad who has retired from the army this year. For about a decade we helped them to maintain stability in a home here in the Mitten. We spent every possible moment ensuring that our promise to help our daughter and our promise to love our grandchildren was kept. They spent almost all holidays with cousins aunts uncles great grandparents and us while their parents were sent to the land of sand, and other places over nine years time. They have now begun a new adventure. We will always try to keep their tender hearts close and share with them faces and events from here in the mitten so they know they are still and always will be a huge part of our lives and we will always do our best to keep the closeness they so loved!
This is site will be used to help them adjust and keep them secure in knowing that the love they have always known is strong and will never leave them. For decades our own (now adult) children have had various serious issues with attachment and feeling/ knowing they were loved unconditionally. Some have carried with them major struggles from childhood traumas be it divorce or death. They also experienced trauma through the changes brought to their lives- those trauma situations/ abandonment or survivor guilt / impacted them greatly. If we have learned anything through our years as parents and grandparents… it is very hard to make someone realize the value of love, to recognize love and to accept it. These love letters are important in placing truth and LOVE in a world that sometimes becomes distorted or confused. But one thing for sure – Nana and Poppy❤️ love ❤️ with all their heart and soul. Ultimately it will be up to the grandchildren, or future great-grandchildren, to hear the words and listen with their heart. Love, connection, protection, comprehension, and adjustment all seem appropriate descriptive words for the intended purpose and direction of these love letters.
We invite anyone reading this, who knows Guillianna and Elijah to share in our hope and our love, read our little love messages, and hope it will one day allow them to feel the impact they have had upon us and all of you. Since losing Alyxandra, seeing the out pouring compassion and love from family and friends, the words and thoughts of her siblings in these past months, is overwhelming and it is so sad that she never felt her own worth. This site will hopefully help two small children see how worthy they are of love, that love, feelings and emotions, memories, people in our lives, are worth keeping in our lives. In what ever way possible, we will always keep sending love… and hope that those who lived this past ten years with us, will take the time to share their own stories of love, laughter, fun times, and joy!
How long since we have seen your faces?
A Love Story –
New Love Letters!
This site was originally written when Guillilanna was born. During her parents deployment and training, we would keep Guillianna in the Mitten. Then Elijah was born and he too was a frequent flyer to the Mitten. They lived with us on and off for nine years. Over the last deployment to Korea and during the past three years where in the kids lived with us for three consecutive years, the internet and this site was not really used to communicate with their parents, FACETIME was quick and easy. Their dad recently got out of the Army and they were relocated. We have not seen or talked with Eli or Guillianna for months. Last we saw them on FaceTime was May 2018. Last we held them December 2017, just after Christmas. Yet the reality is THIS IS NOT ABOUT just OUR BROKEN HEARTS- it is about theirs, ours and our entire family! for these kids who are so small and innocent, they have had a major change in thier lives. It is our hope that the journaling of our time together, and the and the new love letters for them will one day allow them to truly know the depth of love we ALL here in the Mitten have for them.
This site is also a special gift for our daughter, it documents all kinds of small details and images for her to keep, love and enjoy! These memories encompass nine and six years of the lives of her children! A true gift, that one day she may actually appreciate and have gratitude for. She doesn’t think of us as her parents at present, but maybe in the future, she will sit and reflect on all these memories, maybe she will see the love and dedication that she herself was given because of our love for her. If not, this journal, can hopefully one day allow Guillianna and Elijah to see and feel the truth, the love, and they will realize the amazing impact they have had on all of us here in the Mitten, and they will feel the love of all those who they spent their lives with, before embarking on the new journey they have begun. Friends, family alike have shared in nearly a decade of thier lives and all wish for the family to be happy. If it is a parents right and philosophy to “cut people out of your life like a kindergartener cuts out paper snowflakes” and raise their children to feel the same, this new set of love letters are written with the hope that in time the innocent will feel the love they HAVE always had, and the love they can ALWAYS carry it with them.