Remember when a dozen years ago when we wrote so many letters to each other? I still have every one we ever wrote and I'll document this one too.
I will start with, I love you.
I find joy when we joke often about how we ended up here... married, parents to three kids, and completely in love since 17.
Lately "here" has meant me at Nora's bedside in room 825 and you taking on the rest of the world with our two older kids, two jobs, and checking in when you can. I get it. I can't imagine what you are giving up for me to be here 24/7 with Nora because I cannot find the strength to leave her myself. I am so thankful to have married the man who wouldn't question giving up all this for his daughter and wife.
Nurses keep telling me most men (here) aren't doing these things for their family, or for their sick kid sitting days all alone. I have heard some pretty horrible stories from just down the hall.
So I hug on our little snuggle bug just a little tighter and we thank you for keeping us together.
Being parents to this special little girl who stole our hearts the moment we first heard hers has molded us together into a different kind of beautiful. I could not do this without you. Especially times like now.
It's only been a little over a week, but it feels a lot like the first 77 days of Nora's life here in 2012.
We were innocent before, until the day that we met Eleanor.
So here we sit...not once, not twice, but now three times. 3. It has been our lucky number for 5 years so I am praying for luck when we get the green light to go home.
We have been homesick for you.
People smile and look at me and tell me I how lucky Nora and I are. I know it. I married a great dad and we have three amazing kids.
This one is showing to be more beautiful than ever lately.
Thank you for giving me all the time in the world to be her mom in the best and even in the hardest ways recently.
One day we will remember when we went through this. And I will remember how selfless you were through all of these hard days. Thank you forever.