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Eric Waltenbaugh

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January 29, 2019

~~ Oh Eric, it just never seems to end. There’s a song that I’ve found really says what I’m feeling. One line in particular is, “Though my heart is broken, it keeps breaking everyday.” Lately I’ve been coming up with one reason after another for me to want a “do-over.” Things I could have done differently, things I wish I/we had thought of, plans I had that I never made happen, conversions I so desperately wish we’d had.
~~ Today marks two years since you went home. I am so grateful to God because I know you’re happy and disease free. I just miss you so much. I keep wondering when the pain of your leaving ahead of me to follow the path we all hope to travel will become more bearable. I believe with all my heart that you are with God. I pray that we will be together someday. I wish it were possible to know when that may be.
~~ I haven’t been writing in this journal because many of my thoughts and feelings were too personal or too painful. I believe I may make this my last entry. I plan to print this collection of memories and shared thoughts. I will keep speaking to you as I do now. I will always keep you close every moment of everyday. Remember, when it’s forever, it’s as though it always was ... and always will be.

Good night my forever love,
All my love ~ S

m w

November 30, 2018

Hello my sweet boy,
Tricia and Dave left with the dawn this morning. Thanksgiving was just kind of “flat” without you. I really don’t feel there’s any reason to celebrate. I miss you, my boy.
Did you see our baby? She broke her ankle! Keep a good eye on her.
I love and miss you so much!
All my love ~ S

m w

November 10, 2018

God, Grant me the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

All my love ~ S

m w

November 9, 2018

Hello my boy,
Eric, you wouldn’t believe it. Stores were displaying Christmas merchandise even before Halloween. I drove Natalie over to Sophia’s the other evening and saw Fall and Halloween decorations at one house then some Christmas decorations at another.
Joanne was here for a few days. She came to have Stuart do what he does so well. It was great to see him. It just feels good being around him. I don’t have to explain to you. He is such a gentle soul. I met the latest addition to the team. He did Joanne’s follow up. He is very nice like everyone at the practice.
Tricia, Dave, Mary Kate, and Brooklyn are coming for Thanksgiving. Megan and Zach will be here. Brooke is doing a year in Japan and is loving it. I am really going to miss Trac. I wish Sharon would move back but she has more job opportunities in CO.
The A/C has given up on us. I’m getting a second estimate on Monday. It’ll have to be an incredible deal for me to choose over Robert W but Troy likes both companies so we’ll see. Stay close. This is most definitely an “Eric Question” and you will be needed.
Our baby girl is as wonderful as ever. We are dealing with a new challenge this week. You and I both know what’s in her heart so I’m certain we’ll get through this. Robert is a huge help. Once again we can look back and know we made a good choice all those years ago.
I love and miss you so much. Please help me through each painful day. Please hold together the pieces of my heart.
All my love ~ S

m w

November 5, 2018

Hey! Are you watching this?!!! Ugh! Eric, what a day?
Once again I was faced with a major issue we would have easily managed together. It’s not like I’m new at this. One hundred years ago before you and I took on every challenge together, I did manage on my own. Everything is different now. When something comes up that I am now calling “Eric questions,” I get really upset because a brilliant light is shone directly on the space you should be occupying in my life and in my heart. In other words, everywhere.
Today it’s the air conditioning. It was out for a couple of weeks, then repaired Friday, then broken again yesterday. Last week our home warranty covered it but this time it won’t. I called Trac this morning, told him what was going on, then started to cry. Even though it doesn’t seem possible that I can miss you any more, these are the times that I do. He asked Troy to call me. The bottom line is Troy thinks if I can come up with the money, I should put a new system in. I spoke with Robert Womack last Fall about cost and all. So I’ll call him tomorrow and see where we go from there.
Every moment of every day I miss you. I love you so much, fella. Please bring the peace of your presence to me as I sleep tonight.
All my love ~ S

m w

November 5, 2018

My mind knows you are in a better place,
where there is no pain.
You are at peace.
I understand that.
I just wish I could
explain that to my heart.
~ S

m w

November 5, 2018

Hello my sweet boy.
It’s November 5, 2018 (2:10 a.m.). It’s almost two years since you left this physical “existence” in which we prepare for our eternity hopefully in the presence of God. I still find it impossible to imagine my world without you.
Natalie’s birthday is right around the corner. Thanksgiving is early this year so her b’day is in the following week. Tricia and Dave are coming. Mary Kate is coming too with the baby. Eric, I know you’re very proud of Mary Kate. We pray everyday she will continue on this path. She’s doing so well and the baby is wonderful.
There’s been some surprising and sad developments. Both Megan and Trac and Erin and Chris are splitting up. M&T’s divorce was final at the end of October. Sadly, things are not going as smoothly or amicably for Erin and Chris. Erin really wants to return to Colorado. It only makes sense. Chris had told Erin the move to New Jersey was temporary. So considering the divorce, Erin wants to go home. I pray the judge sees things her way.
Natalie was a peacock for Halloween. I didn’t get a good picture that shows off the costume, but Rachel sent me some sweet ones with Sophia and the littles. If I get a better picture, I’ll add it later.
I could really use your help and inspiration with that same old problem I’m struggling to get under control. I’ll be listening for your whispers.
I love and miss you so much it hurts. How can a heart that’s broken in so many pieces break again and again everyday?
All my love ~ S

m w

October 25, 2018

Hello my boy,
Our sweet little girl took on her first “job” recently. She took care of the neighbor’s cat for a little over two weeks. She did a great job. She even did it in the middle of floods. We were shut in Meadowlakes. We were completely fine. You would be so proud of her as I am.
I miss you so much. Even now I can’t imagine the world or my life without you in it.
I love and miss you so much!!
All my love ~ S

m w

September 23, 2018

Hello my boy,

You’re going to just love this one.

I love you and miss you so much❣️

m w

September 20, 2018

Hi Fella,

I just couldn’t resist ... I came across this picture of our little 6 year old soccer star who this week is all excited about going to the Homecoming Dance. She’s looking non-stop at dresses and shoes.

I’ll get lots of pictures.

I love and miss you like crazy.

All my love ~ S

FROM THE FAMILY