A few weeks before Kevin and I’s wedding I decided that instead of getting gifts for both of our parents I would write letters. I had all the letters printed out because my handwriting is awful. However, Kevin’s father passed away the day before our wedding and I never got the chance to give him his letter. Last night I asked him if he wanted to read the letter that I had wrote for him and he did. My father-in-law was a wonderful man. He was a great father and grandfather to Kevin and I’s niece and nephew. He was the kind of man who never did anything wrong to anybody and would give the shirt off his back if it meant helping someone else who was in need. He had the biggest heart and the strongest will to accomplish anything. I am so lucky to have had this man in my life for the last 6 years as I walked through life beside his son. He would have been so proud to see Kevin at our wedding. I will miss him more every day.
When two people meet and fall in love, they usually owe it to the people who set them up or the grounds for which they met. But I don’t think that is the reason I will have fallen in love with your son. The reason I have fallen in love with your son, and want to spend the rest of my life with him, is because of you. You have taught him how to be a man and to be strong, but also when it’s time to be weak. Thank you for always pushing him for brighter and better things. You have taught him the persistence of hard work and also the value of a dollar. The lessons he has learned from you has shaped him into the man he is now and I cannot thank you enough. You have been a wonderful role model for your son. I look at you to see what my husband will become, and I’m pleased to see what’s on the horizon. Thank you for passing on your patience he’ll need it with me as his wife. Thank you for your wit— your son got the best of that from you and it keeps me smiling even in the tough times. Thank you for passing on your quiet intellect—it really comes in handy and I appreciate that it’s never boastful. Thank you for being a guiding light— your experience and knowledge helps us navigate day-to-day challenges. Thank you for setting the example of how a man should be in life, I benefit it every day by living with your son. I cannot thank you enough for raising the man of my dreams.