All Marissa replied was, A TIME MACHINE. Obviously she wished she could turn back time and never have made Hank a part of her life.
Sadly that can never happen and without Hank we would not have her 3 amazingly wonderful and creative boys, Henry, Oskar, Simon.
So I figured I would give her a time machine of a different sort, one that would remind her of ALL the wonderful choices she made in her 40 years so that she can face her future with the knowledge and remembrances of her family that she has indeed done wonderful things, fun things, silly things...all the things that will see her through this ordeal til the end when new happiness grows. Til the future because so much more wonderful than the past.
I enlisted the aid of her siblings and combined all the comments on card stock paper that she could flip over as she needed some encouragement on her own. Sadly I didn't get a really great still shot, was too busy making a video. But here's a quick one:
Yes she cried while just reading the card before she even opened the box. but that's OK. We continue to pray that she will be strengthened, that the boys will be kept safe and will learn from her example and I particularly pray that Hank stays in CA and only comes home to visit (which is bad enough).
This is the picture I fashioned it after: