To the husbands in our life:
(Don't worry, Lindsey and I each only have one!) Often you are a forgotten part of our grief-sharing on this blog. Yes, you are mentioned, and your unfailing support and love is referenced frequently. Yet, sometimes we do not give credit where credit is due...
...You are AWESOME (this word is on loan for a bit from me to you!). We also know, that when you both took this gig you expected and accepted to fall into the shadows of your wives more often than not. That's what marrying a Fritsch girl means. So thank you for your humbleness and humility (and for pointing out when we needed to be humble or when we just plain ol' humiliated ourselves).
You both are rare gems as husbands, and don't think Lindsey and I don't know just how lucky we are. Perhaps we don't always show it (however I am probably more guilty of this than Lindsey is), but we know the gift we have been giving in marrying you.
That being said, I'd like to share my thoughts to each of you.
Nick, I knew from the moment I met you that you would marry my sister. Lindsey is a spitfire, and only the right guy would be good enough for her. You are that right guy. I could see the devotion you had for her right away. And I loved watching you two grow in this. I don't think two people were more meant for each other than you two were. Somehow everything about each of you is an equal match, and you balance and support each other so well. Since you lost Nora, I have only seen your devotion and support for my sister intensify and deepen. Again, a better match was never made, as you two have waded through this journey hand-in-hand and side-by-side. You both refuse to leave the other behind, and you keep each other afloat on a daily basis. It's incredibly beautiful and incredibly sad to watch. You are an amazing husband and father, and I feel lucky to get to be a part of you and Lindsey's family. I am happy and proud to call you my brother-in-law!
Zach, I know I don't say it enough, but I do appreciate what you have given me.
You are a solid foundation at which I constantly hurl my tornadic ways.
You keep me grounded and sane, are always rational, and accept me for my irrationality at times.
You also keep our house clean (and our dogs watered) more often than I do, so thanks for that!
You accepted the level of devotedness that I put into being an aunt. Perhaps never fully understanding how one human being could be so happy for another, and so excited for someone that wasn't our child, but you let me be that way without complaint. You understood the love I have in my heart for my family, and how excited I was to see that family grow. Plus, I was going to be an AWESOME SAUCE aunt, so you knew this kid was hitting the jackpot in that area! When Nora died, you were even stronger in your love and support for me. You took care of me and understood the pain we all were going through. I watched as you went through this pain, too. And I love you more because of it.
I have said it before and I'll say it again, I will never be able to repay you for what you have brought to my life.
Well, that's enough sentimentality for one day! Today, you can bask in the sunlight from being outside of our shadows...(but just today, tomorrow you have to get back to your husband duties!)
-Awesome Aunt (and Wife and Sister-in-law) Kristi