Dear Brooke...

February 6,2003

Dearest Brooke,

You have been gone now for 51 days, but it seems like just yesterday that you left my arms to enter the arms of Jesus.

Mommy misses you so much. There is not a second that goes by that I donít think about you and ALL the wonderful ways that you impacted my life here on this earth. Itís kind of funny, sometimes I feel your presence here with me and that helps me make it throughout the day. I am so thankful for all the memories that we made together; they will FOREVER live within my heart.

Mommy wants to thank you for ALL you taught me while you were here. You taught me to be strong no matter what. You taught me how to love and to be loved. You taught me that a smile is worth more to wear than a frown. You taught me to give without asking for anything in return. But most importantly, you taught me to turn my life over to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to trust Him and to love Him with all my heart, soul and mind. That is the greatest lesson in life. Thank you for coming to teach me that. Your mission was well accomplished!!!!!!

I wanted you to know that I owe so much to you and I will take those life lessons that you taught me and live my life to glorify Jesus Christ. By doing that, I know that you and I will be together again one day. Mommy has a lot of work here to finish first and then I will travel on to meet with you soon. I know that you are in heaven and doing ALL the things that you were not capable of doing here and I am so happy for you. I canít wait to see those legs that were once weak, now strong. Those arms that were so fragile, now lifting in praise. That head that could never stand up on itís own, now bowing before the King. That voice that struggled to get a word out between breaths, now singing in the heavenly choir.

Please just remember that I love you and I miss you. Every night when I go to bed, I ask Jesus to give you a BIG hug and kiss for me and to tell you that I love you and miss you. I KNOW THAT HE DOES!!!!!!!!

I love you precious girl,

Mommy