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Matt and I were together for 10 wonderful years - met in 1998, married in 2002, until his untimely death on November 15, 2008. We have two beautiful, healthy children - Jacob (born 5/04) and Sydney (born 5/07)... the most precious gifts he could have ever given me.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Forever, My Love

I love you with all of
my heart and my soul;
the ten years you gave me
have made my life whole.
Though you are gone
and we're miles away,
we took the love with us
you gave every day.
The home that we built
with our blood sweat and tears
must have only been meant
for us eight fleeting years.
Though your body is gone,
your spirit lives on
through the people you've touched
and the things that you've done.
In time our children's
memories might fade,
but they'll always be a product
of the love that we made.
The gifts of your wisdom,
knowledge and laughter
have shaped the person I am
ever after.
Had I known the outcome
the day we first met,
I'd do it all again
with not one single regret.
That realization has taught me
to not shy away
from another love
that may come my way.
I don't want to be defined
by what I have lost,
but be known for the recompense
despite the steep cost.
It's true what doesn't kill us
will make us stronger;
I am not afraid to live
my life any longer.
Wherever life takes us
I want you to know
that you will be with us
wherever we go.
And whenever I look
at the sky up above,
I think of you, Matt Row,
Forever My Love.


Boo said...

He knows <3

That was beautiful

Anonymous said...

Dear Andrea,

I do not quite remember how I found your blog however I started reading it around the time that your beloved Matt died.

Although I have never commented before, I have been following your journey and am so proud of how well you have done and how you carry yourself with your head held high. I admire and respect you.

I read your poem with tears in my eyes- it is so beautiful and such a wonderful testament to your husband. It touched my heart and I hope that in writing it, it helped bring you peace.

Blessings to you,
A Canadian Friend...

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Suddenwidow said...

Beautiful poem, Andrea! What a great tribute to Matt and your relationship.

Anonymous said...

That was so heartfelt and you composed it very well! Can't wait to get together again with you and the wee ones! xoxo jeffra

Danielle said...

Wow! That's all, just WOW!!!

Michelle said...

That is so beautiful, Andrea. I'm proud of you for having come so far! Love you!

Jaime said...

That was a beautiful poem and so well written...I could just feel all of the emotion in it. All the best to you and your family!

Anglea said...

That was such a great poem, Andrea. And I know you mean each and every word of it. (((HUGS)))

Jill said...

That brought tears to my eyes, Andrea. What a lovely poem, one you should save and share with your children when they are a little bit older.

Mama_Bear_Sarah said...

AMAZING job of laying your heart out on the line.


Notes From the Grove said...

That was beautiful. You've got a gift for writing, that's for sure.

Sweet dreams.

Jackie said...

That was amazing, Andrea. Love you to bits. xoxox
P.S. Come visit or I may have to come down and get you!
P.P.S. The word verification was 'hickey'....LOL

Carrie Lynn Fazzolari said...

Just beautiful...

AndreaRenee said...

Thank you! XOXO
Writing this has brought me peace...

Glenda said...

What a beautiful poem. I got goosebumps reading it. True love never dies. Matt will forever be a part of your life and your kids life! Sending you hugs XXX

jawyllie said...

Oh Andrea, I'm so glad we're friends!

Kelly Syferd said...

That was beautiful, Andrea.

Leanne said...


Thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Not only are you a writer of beautiful prose, you are also a poet. I've always thought that there's a bestselling book in your blog (and I think you should pursue it!). It will read like a manual on how to move forward with grace and dignity after a terrible tragedy.


shaz said...

beautiful post...

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Jody said...

simply Beautiful

Love & Hugs

Anonymous said...

Very touching.

Know that I think of you and the kids often.

Much love,

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog through Matt L's a few days ago. I have read the whole thing from the beginning, and I must say that you are a wonderful woman. I have cried because of your pain and I have smiled because of your joys. This poem is absolutely beautiful. I wish you and your children all the best in whatever comes your way.

Baume Mercier USA said...

Very poignant, very beautiful.

Abigail said...

Beautiful my friend.