February 1, 2012

Dear Vennie,

Writing this letter is so hard; I can’t believe that you are gone. I remember the first time I held you in my arms; you were only 2 weeks old. Through all those years that you guys lived with us, I was always amazed by you. I love you as if you are my own child. Your imagination and creativity never ceased to amaze and amuse me. You and Katie were our little angels. I remember how we always talked about the 4 of us being together forever. Your mom, you, me, and Katie. This is so hard for Katie; you were not just her best friend, but her sister. One of my favorite sayings of yours (and there were many) was “starin’ problem….bug in your eye”. LOL All of my kids and grandkids use that one. It has been one of Andrew and my favorite little jabs since he was young. I always laugh when I think about the plays you would write, and make all the other kids act them out for your mom and me. I am so glad to have had that day together in March. All of us together, like old times. Watching the girls ride the horse, and play with all of Damien and Katie’s kids was priceless. I am so proud of the woman you became. I will never forget our last conversation. We were talking about the girls and you said “I love them so much, I would die for them”. And you did.

I miss you so much. I know that you are gone, but I still look for you everywhere I go. Hoping for a glance of you in the faceless crowds. I guess a part of me just won’t accept it. I spend as much time as I can with your mom and the girls. I will do everything in my power to keep your memory alive for them. Until we meet again sweet child.