1.14.2012

He lives on.


Some days, I get messages from Frankie’s old friends telling me how much he meant to them.  They are always special encounters or stories that I often know from Frankie telling me, and they often just confirm what I already know.  They mostly just tell me about Frankie’s heart, and his love for them and all those around them and how he lives on in them and will always be a reminder to them to be a better person.  Rarely do I cry when I read theses messages, but Chiabella was lucky.  She knew a side of Frankie that not everyone got to hear or know of.  She knew of his sruggles.  She knew that his soul was magic, and special, and unrepeatable. Her message was full of caring and her own personal loss and grief.  It was full of heart.  I am glad Frankie knew you in his life Chiabella.

Thank you for these lyrics, and I cannot wait to hear the song! 

I always thought
that angels were up in heaven
I thought they were sent down to us
But I was wrong
And now I know
You’re walking the earth with me
Amongst the angels
Cuz they are the ones in need
You were saving lives on earth
Now you’re saving souls in heaven
I know you’re more than a memory
Cuz you live on in me

They lowered a flag
To honor you
But I’ll raise it every day
To remember
Cuz we're the ones who need you
You were saving lives on earth
Now you’re saving souls in heaven
I know you’re more than a memory
Cuz you live on in me

I know you’re strolling through oak groves
smelling the ocean in the breeze
With the stars in your eyes
And the stripes on your sleeves
I know you’re more than a memory

You were saving lives on earth
Now you’re saving souls in heaven
I know you’re more than a memory
Because you live on in me
You were saving lives on earth
Now you’re saving souls in heaven

8 comments:

Lora said...

Just found your blog. I wanted you to know I was reading your story, and Frankie's story. I'm surprised sometimes how many people will stop by my blog and never leave a comment. But I know part of why I write is to reach out and feel supported. This is a beautiful love story. Thank you for having the courage to continue sharing it.

Anonymous said...

thinking of you.

elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Broke,
I found you after seeing a picture on Facebook of a beer and a note saying your husbands name and that he will not be forgotten. Have you seen this? Your husbands legacy lives on and so many more people will know your story now.

Sara said...

Brooke,I have been reading your blog for a while, having found it from A Little Pink in a World of Camo. As an American and a fellow military spouse, I am proud of and thanful your husband's service and your own. I came here to post about the Facebook picture of the beer on the bar with your husband's name, but I see someone beat me to it! I thought maybe you'd like to hear from another person anyway, to know that SO many of us are honored and touched by your story and that of your love, Frankie.

Jenna said...

Brooke, thank you so much for sharing your story and for the glimpse you provide through your stories of Frankie's beautiful life. I just started writing recently about the ups and downs of the crazy grief roller coaster and find it seems to be helping, but I still have a lot of work to do in working through many of the issues I've been trying to ignore for a while now - it's been 5 years today since I lost my husband and it often still feels like just yesterday. Thank you for being courageous enough to share your innermost hopes and fears...and for inspiring me to do the same.

Much love from a fellow widow,
Jenna

Anonymous said...

Brooke,

Like the comment above, I too came across the picture of the beer with a note attached: http://tinypic.com/r/dw5gnk/6.

I hope you've seen this but if you haven't, know that your sweetheart is respected and honored by many.

I've read through your blog before and I leave you notes here and there so as always, you are amazingly strong. Keep on holding on. <3

All my best,
M

Anonymous said...

Hi Brooke,

It's been a long time since you have written. I hope that you are doing well.

Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Brooke,

I hope all is well.

-M