Hey Matt, Today is your birthday. It's been 3 years now. I still miss you every day and wish I could get one of your bone crushing hugs. Just thinking of you, always and forever. Mom
Not every reflection has to be a sad one. I will smile and keep the happy times alive.
We are trained to be soldiers first. To utilize our selfless service to its full ability. But this is also carries over to how you treated your family and friends. Remember — all of you who are safe here today for what all soldiers have done. Remember — all of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended on their might and aid, and relied on them — for surely they have not forsaken you!
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low, and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, ... When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don't you quit. Life is strange with its twists and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out: Don't give up though the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow. Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you can never tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far: So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things seem worst That you must not quit.
Here is a digital salute for the 4th ... 07...
We are standing here looking at this lovely tribute and talking about all of our wonderful family memories. Our hearts ache for your parents, your sister and brothers. We love and miss you very much Matthew.
Today, I would rather remember that it's your birthday and wonder how they celebrate such things in heaven
The best way I can describe it is this: You are on a dark lonely highway, and you see an 18 wheeler coming at you head on... you see it coming... it's getting closer and bigger.. but just because you know something is about to hit you head on... no matter if you are ready or not... nothing will truly prepare you for the impact when it hits you. Many people will feel an impact tomorrow and my heart and prayers go out to them
My best memory of you, Matt - is the incredible love you gave to me. I miss that - very much. Love you, Mom
You and your family will be in my thoughts this holiday season. I remember how you would tell how guilty you felt for not being able to spend time with your family and friends while you were away, Aziz... I hope your family and friends will have fond memories of you and are not in too much pain. My memory from around this time was when you were talking about a lot of things and then changed the subject and said..."There is this word in Turkish...Güzel... Uh.. Yeah.." I do not expect for anyone to "get over" this, but with time, I hope people can live their life, and stand beside it. Today is Halloween and children are filled with excitement. This reminded me of you b/c you were a kid at heart (but also were responsible, just to make that clear). -You are not forgotten
I accidentally opened a folder of old emails...really old...and it was the oddest thing. Apparently, I still have one from you, dated Christmas 2006. I wasn't looking for it; it just kind of popped open all by itself. Sounds like something you'd do, just to tease me. o.O Remember this pic? I can't recall if it was you or MMC who sent it to me, but it was a great avatar for Clypa. I'm sorry we didn't get to spend more time together, and...I still miss you, buster. *hug*
Mom (your grandmother) and her friends made the cooling ties all of the soldiers are wearing while in PT formation in this picture. We sent them to my casualty assistance officer and his soldiers - they are in Afghanistan right now. I asked my casualty assistance officer to honor you - they not only honored you but honored your grandmother with this picture. Just thought I would post the picture as an icon and as part of your display of pictures.......Love, Mom
Thought of you the entire time at my high school reunion. I usually can shake the cloud off over my head but not this weekend. I couldn't help but think of you not being at any of your high school reunions......getting married.....having a little Matt for me to love......wondering if your children would be like you and look like you.....Oh Matt, I miss you so. Mom
I only just now found out for real that you are never coming back. OMG, it was what I had feared, but even now, how do I believe it? We played WoW together for endless hours, hung out online, and talked about our lives and our families. You teased me unmercifully and made me laugh. I loved how you constantly used to ask me to sing for you while we played the game and would make everyone be quiet so you could hear. I remember you especially loved the song "Dust in the Wind". The last time I heard from you was around Christmas, 2008. I'm sad to say I was kind of busy, plus the connection stunk, so we didn't get to talk very long. You promised you'd get in touch again later... When you asked and I told you I was old enough to be your mom, it never made a difference in our friendship, and you always knew that in your own special way you were as dear to me as my own 2 sons. Dammit, I miss you Matt. :'( Remember this song? I sang it for you right before you left to join the military... "From this valley they say you are going, We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile, For you take with you all of the sunshine that has brightened our eyes for a while." I could hear the smile in your voice as you told me how much it touched you and made you smile. Here's to you, Carcius, I hope you're making magic, wherever you are!
I think of you every day. I changed my FB profile pic. I'm sure you won't mind. I miss you and love you very much. Keep watching over us - Matt - my guardian angel.
les pido que oremos para que Dios le de paz y fortaleza a la familia de nuestro amigo, Matthew..Por siempre te recordaremos...
I want to say Happy Birthday but can't. I have so many happy memories of you and miss you so much. Your sister, Alivia, Andrew, and I went to church today and all I could think of was you. We're going to see your grave site in a little bit. We don't want to go but do want to. We all love you and miss you very much. Keep watching over us.....Love you, Mom
I just want to say Happy Birthday to Matt! He will never be forgotten.
Happy Birthday, Matty...See you soon