When Emma Weaver said goodbye to her husband, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Todd Weaver, before his second tour of Afghanistan, she had no idea it was the last time she would ever see him. Sadly, he was killed by an IED on September 9, 2010.
Todd was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on October 15, 2010, where he was awarded both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, as well as many other recognitions. As the couple’s young daughter, Kiley, sat on Emma’s lap, they were given the flag that had been draped over his casket.
Emma went home to mourn and try to put the pieces of her life back together. Two days after the burial she opened Todd’s laptop, and what she found took her breath away.
On the desktop were two Word documents, one titled “Dear Emma” and the other called “Dear Kiley.”
With tears streaming down her face, Emma opened the documents and discovered Todd had written letters to both her and Kiley before he left in case he never came home.
“Dear Emma,” the first letter began. “Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you.”
He went on to tell her that he would be with her in spirit and wanted her to remain strong, even though he knew things would be really difficult.
“Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born,” he wrote. “Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.”
The letter to Kiley was perhaps even more poignant. He told her what a blessing her birth had been and said he would always love her and be proud of her.
“Leaving you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” he told her. “You are so very special to me sweetie – you are truly a gift from God. The best day of my life was the day you were born. Every time I saw you smile my heart would just melt. You were my sweetie – my life was not complete until you were born. I am so sorry I will not be able to see you grow up.”