Very moving indeed:
From Britain’s Daily Mail comes the story of Lieutenant Todd Weaver, who was killed by an improvised explosive in Afghanistan in September 2010. When his wife opened his laptop computer, two days after his funeral, she found letters that her husband had addressed to her and to their baby girl, in case he should die. In his letter to his wife Emma, he wrote the following:
Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born. Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.
…I could not ask for a more caring, beautiful and loving wife. The memories that we have shared over the last few years have been the best of my life. Although it may seem like my life was cut short, I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day
He also asked her to be strong, for the sake of the little girl who was only 9 months old when he left:
Remind her about her Daddy and tell her that I loved her more than anything else in the world. Her birth was the best day of my life and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Her smile and laughter represent all that is good and beautiful in this world.
Tell her that Daddy is in heaven now and will watch over her and protect her every minute of every day…Much better times are coming. You and Kiley have a wonderful life ahead of you and I am so happy to have shared some of it with you.
As the father of one little girl, with another one on the way, I can’t help but quote the letter to his daughter in full…
Read it here (and keep the tissues handy).