Tonight brings a little different post. (Kayleigh is doing great by the way)
I want to share with everyone how Kayleigh's story has touched me along with how you all have touched me.
For those who know me, only see skin deep. For those who love me, see below the surface only to an extent. Aimee, she sees everything.
I am a young man, raised by two loving parents who live their lives with their hearts on their sleeves. I have learned to love and I have learned to forgive as our God has learned to love and forgive me for the things I have done in my life. I am not perfect, but my life is driven by perfection. I, like so many of you strive to be the best person I can be for so many, but ever so often fall short.
I am a work in progress. A man who wants nothing more than to make everyone feel welcome in my heart no matter who you are or what you have done. I have never been the perfect example of the way God wants us to be, but I know that no one else in this world walks without regrets. Living a perfect Godly life is nearly impossible, but realizing your imperfections makes you perfect.
I am a man who struggled with addiction. A man who has battled deep depressions. A man who has fallen off his horse and a man who has suffered many defeats. But, I am also a man who has beaten the devil. A man who has gotten back on his feet. A man who learns from his past and makes a difference in his future.
Life's lessons are what shape a person to be the best they can be only if they take what they have learned and fight for what they want. I have been hurt, betrayed, lied to, cheated on, kicked down and stomped on. But, with God on my side, I have realized there is no better teammate to pick you up, dust you off, hold your hand and walk beside you with your head held high than God himself.
Most of you know our troubles because a lot of you helped us get through the holidays (and you know who I am talking about). I have learned so much from every single one of you. You have blessed our family with love and support, and you don't even know us but from the words that I express from typing on a computer to share the miracle God has blessed me with. That right there is a true example of the way God wants us to be towards each other. I am forever in your debt. Praise God!
Kayleigh has also taught me a lot about life. Through her toughest battles, she has never given up. She has never been defeated and she continues to beat all odds. I on the other hand have lost hope, lost faith and lost all self control. But by her exhilarating triumphs, I grew new hope, new faith and new self control. Maybe Gods plan was to show me that no matter how dark a corner can be, there is always light shining from his presence. There is always hope no matter how grim things may seem.
From the emails I have received, I see that Kayleigh has touched so many of your hearts, she has strengthened your faith and she has given you hope in your own journey. I can only pray that you will carry on in your own lives, the faith, hope and love that Kayleigh has brought to our attention. There is no mistake and everything happens for a reason, so take what you have learned from this journey and apply it to your life. I honestly feel that if you share a quarter of the love you have given us but with others, there will be millions of happy and blessed people.
You all are an inspiration to our family and you have taught us so much. I have a new found strength in helping others in need and being there for someone in their darkest hour. Your love has made me a better man and for that I am so thankful.
So,tomorrow I will walk with a smile. I will say hello to everyone I pass. I will open the door for others. I will say thank you twice. I will kiss my wife the moment I wake up and I will hug my family so much tighter.
Please do me a huge favor because Kayleigh needs to know more than ever just how much your lives have been touched by her story so she will continue to live her life helping others feel the same exact way. I want nothing more than for me to read her a bed time story (your letters), everynight for ONE FULL YEAR for as long as she can stand it :) That means, I need 365 letters with hearts spilled out on paper, telling us how your life has been effected and how much Kayleigh is loved. If there are more than 365, then that just means that Kayleigh gets to stay up later. (ha-ha!) E-mail me your letters to: Adam@TeamFreemanProperties.com
Let it pour!