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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)

TITLE: Tears of Joy
By Coryn Princevalle



Merry Christmas!!!! Its not the same without you here. Mommy isnít the same either. We always talk about how much we miss you. I canít wait to see you! I pray every night that I will get to talk to you! I made you something very special for Christmas this year in school but itís a surprise. Mommy says that you already know what I made you, but I told her not to tell you! She also says that you live in heaven now, above us, but I never see any houses up there. I look all the time for one. I heard that its really big and perfect, and your very happy, although you miss us. So do you get to eat cookies, and brownies, and milk?! I only get them every once in a while now, since youíre not here to sneak them to me. I had a dream about you the other night that I slept in bed with you and mommy. Me and mommy woke up to breakfast in bed that you made us. I miss your cooking too. You know my favorite chicken and peas you would always make me. We decorated our house too daddy, with all of our Christmas lights. We cut our own tree too! Its lopsided though. There lots of presents underneath! One is from you, I wonder what it is!? Well, daddy I miss you so much, and I love you even more. I canít wait to see you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love Always Your Princess,
Angelina Noel

Today I went to check the mail not expecting what I found. An envelope saying: To Daddy, In Heaven. My eyes welled up as I opened and read it. Iíve tried to explain to her about heaven, but she just doesnít get it. How is a seven year old supposed to understand that he is never coming back? She doesnít get that January was the last time she was saying goodbye to her daddy. Its hard for me to grip this reality too. Now I feel like I am less of a mother, and I canít be all I want to be for my baby financially, physically and most of all emotionally. Maybe just this once it would be okay to give her what she wants.

My precious princess Angelina Noel,
Merry Christmas baby! I am so sorry I am not going to be able to make it to Christmas this year. I really wish that I could though. Eat lots of cookies and brownies for me and make sure you drink plenty of milk with that! I have dreams about you every night too darling. There is nothing more that I want then to be with you during the holidays. Honey, this is going to be hard for you to understand but if you stay on the straight and narrow path with God, we will be together one day, I promise. You will get to come enjoy what I am enjoying. You will have no more tears, and we will be forever happy, together! I am so proud of how well youíre doing in school. Iíll let mommy know to start cooking your favorite meal. I hate to say this, but this will be the last time I get to talk to you until you get here baby. Pray every night and Iíll be listening for your angelic voice. I love you so much Angelina, and I miss you more than you can imagine. Be easy on your mom now. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Love Always Your Favorite Daddy

Christmas morning Angelina and I sat down opening presents. Of course Angelina saved the best for last, her daddyís present. We opened the card together, and as I read to her we both sat there and cried. Except one thing was different, they werenít sad tearsÖ they were tears of joy and hope that we will get to see him again.

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Lisa Cox11/16/08
Love it!! You have a mama's heart. Keep writing...