Life is Good

So, I just finished translating Frankie's Journal that he kept over in Afghanistan...well, actually one of the only journals he has ever kept. And I say translating because sometimes Frankie's handwriting isn't the easiest to decipher - I am pretty good at it, but there are a few words I am still working on. :) His Journal is short, but says everything it needs to about how to correctly live a good life in its few entries. I am so amazed more and more everyday at how good of a man Frankie is. I have always thought that if more men were like him, this world would be a much better place.

One of my favorite lines is the first line in his journal because it is how both of us will feel forever. I thought I would share the first paragraph because it is so Frankie. :)

~Frankie writes:

"And so it begins. I love my wife. And my wife loves me. I have awesome and supportive parents with nothing but the best family including my extended family which I mean Brooke’s fam. I belong to the greatest church and I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who died for me and his Father whose love for all is so much - it cannot be described. I am more than content with my life - I have a calm and peaceful home, a new truck and motorcycle; I even have a wii. I also need to mention I live in Hawai’i - but really these material things are nothing more than things. The stuff that counts are the people in our lives. The things that count are the things that can’t be replaced…like friends and family."

So, like the sticker says on the inside cover of his Journal - Life is Good. I hope all of you realize the important blessings surrounding you.

And so it has already begun. I love my husband. And my husband loves me. That eternal blessing and the knowledge of our Savior and Heavenly Father and my wonderful family and friends will get me through this life and back to my Love. I can't wait to see him again - and I know I will -and with that knowledge -Life is Good -
"Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence."--Vincent van Gogh


Beau & Lenette said...

Thanks for sharing! Yes life is good! I miss you, I think of you and pray for you everyday! Hugs!

Jenn-Lee said...

I love this post! Thank you for sharing and a simple sweet reminder of what is truly important. You are an amazing woman and what a blessing it is for you to have a journal he kept. Hugs and Prayers to you this Christmas Season.

Michelle Earnest said...

What a beautiful post Brooke, thanks for sharing this.

Taryn Davis- The AWP said...

:) Love this....life and death are both good, since we have them in both plains.

Jenielle said...

I am so grateful to have your constant example of looking forward. I don't think you will in this life how many lives you bless.

Antonia Petruse said...

With every post you put up Brooke about you and Frankie, I learn and realize something new. Every post I read I shed tears and with every post I read I learn more on what is truly important in life. Thank you for your strength and for bringing so much to all who know you and Frankie. I love you two.