Our darling Alex,
I'm sitting here with coffee in hand, watching the airport slowly come to life all around me. There is a little truck filling up the plane, and directly above, a half-moon shines dimly behind drifting clouds.
The sun is not yet up, but already I've thought about you a hundred times. I feel you everywhere; you never left us.
I turn my head just in time to see a plane rumbling noisily down the runway and gracefully lift off into the early morning sky - it is your daddy.
Suddenly, a memory flashes into my mind. I'm back in the church, with you by my side. And as the Lord's Prayer wafts gently out over the pews, I close my eyes and say a prayer of my own...a prayer for the little boy with a gigantic heart.
You taught me that we can be much stronger than we ever thought possible, and frankly, my darling, I've never met anyone braver or stronger than you...and doubt I ever will again.
You are bigger than your body gave you credit for, and because of you, I now believe in angels and tiny miracles.
You laughed when they gave you an hour, and you laughed at a week, a month, a year. Only now, I realise that you had something else in mind; that defiantly cheeky smile of yours said everything we needed to know. The smile that lit up a room will light up my heart, forever!
We have been changed by you, and will never be the same again.
The world is just that little bit brighter, that little bit warmer, and all because of you...
Wherever we go, and whatever we do, you will always be carried in our hearts, safe and warm inside.
Thank you, little bird, for being the sunlight in our dawn, our angel in the snow.