I met my sweet husband and soul mate in 2002. He was an F-15 pilot in the Air Force. We married in 2004 and headed off into the big wide world together – so happy to have found each other and ready for the adventure that our life would be.
The morning of May 1, 2008 Brad was flying earlies, so he left about 4:30 a.m. I was home with our girls – making pancakes and getting our oldest out the door to school. We have three beautiful daughters. (ages 13, 2 and 6 months at the time). They knocked on my door around 9 am and my whole world shattered. Brad had been killed that morning when his engine failed and he and his student pilot’s ejection seats collided in the air. I thought my life was over. I wanted it to be over. But I had these three girls who needed me now more than ever so I had to function for them. And I wanted to make Brad proud, so those two things became my focus. We took it one minute at a time at first. With help from supportive family, friends and faith we are having many more good days than bad ones and I think that in itself is a little miracle.
As my kids have gotten older I’ve had more freedom to pursue some new passions of mine. I took courses for a year and became a Certified Footzonologist. Included in this is training are classes on how to use essential oils. I am so grateful to have learned these skills. I have found them to be very helpful for my family emotionally, and I am excited to share this knowledge with others. Currently I’m trying to be brave and start something I’ve wanted to do for years – to become an artist. I’m just starting that journey and I’m excited about where it will take me. This is not the adventure I had originally signed up for in the beginning, but now, instead of feeling like my life is shattered and broken, I feel like it has just altered course. It’s not a course I would have chosen, but I know that I’m not walking it alone. My sweet husband is not far. I feel his love carrying me as I walk this path and I know we are headed for good things.
proud widow of Maj. Brad “Gyro” Funk USAF