In truth, writing the blog served me. The action of writing connected me more deeply to this whole situation. It connected me more deeply to my brother, my hero, my best friend. The writing connected me more deeply to Alissa. I am so proud to be your brother-in-law and I am in awe of your strength.
Most importantly, I am so blessed to have been given this task because the writing connected me more deeply to my dear niece Josie. I shared moments with her that I wouldn't have had I not been writing about her last 17 months. I watched her more closely when we were together, I hugged her harder, I searched to know what made her tick, because I wanted all of you, the readers, to know her better too.
It's hard to truly know a four year old child. They change so quickly. They speak a different language, and they communicate on a different level. But I looked deeply and I saw Josie, and she was a fascinating young lady. She was laden with talent, compassion, and she bore all the features of an angel among us mortals.
Sam and Josh, I hope you read these pages someday and that these words serve you. I hope they help you to know your sister better through the story of her last months with us. Your sister loved you both with all of her heart. She was a leader, a loving big sister, and she was very brave. She fought against her disease with great tenacity, and I know she fought because she wanted more time to make memories with both of you.
Thank you Josie for inspiring us, for serving us, for being part of our lives, now and forever.