Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day that your big brother Rip went to live in Heaven. I know that as you grow up, it might be a little confusing to you if Mama and Daddy seem sad around this time of year.
As your Mama, I want to be able to explain things to you so that you understand...but even though Mamas and Daddys know almost everything, there are still some things even we don't know the exact answers to.
You know who does know the answer to everything? God. And you know who loves us more than anything in the world? God. And do you know who is taking care of your brother this very minute? God!
So one very important thing for you to know is that Rip is safe and sound up in Heaven and you are safe and sound right here with us.
But even though we know that God has Rip safe in Heaven, because we are his Mama and Daddy and would like to squeeze him to pieces like we squeeze you to pieces it makes us sad that he is not right here with us. And that's okay too...it is always okay to be sad or cry about somebody very important to you...just remember that even with sad things there are still good and happy things in the world.
And do you know what my best and happiest thing in the world is? You. Gracie Louise Harris. And do you know why? Just because you are you...the Gracie Louisest Harris of them all. If your Daddy and I could pick from any baby in the whole world, we would always pick you, Squeeze Louise.
So remember, even if sometimes we may seem a little sad, it will always be okay. Because Mama and Daddy love you very,very much (and we know almost everything).