When I think about Hannah- I think about her laugh. She had one of the most incredible belly laughs- it was infectious, it filled the room and made you laugh just hearing it.
I especially remember this laugh during one of our family trips to the Outer Banks. Whenever we go to OBX, we rent a house and pretty much try to fit as many "Funcky" family members into the house as possible. It’s never a fancy vacation - it's bonfires on the beach, family dinners, simple day trips. We really do have the best time just being together as a family. I am so incredibly grateful I was able to spend that time with Hannah, making memories with her that I will always keep close to my heart.
It is surreal to me that Hannah would be graduating college this year. Hannah gained her angel wings during my sophomore year in college. For those that know me- know college was a stressful time for me. But, I was comforted by a purple ribbon I received from Hannah’s services that I kept on my backpack throughout my entire college education. It was there for every class, test, everything. I remember one time the pin came loose and the ribbon fell off without me realizing. I panicked- and started searching my entire apartment for the ribbon. When I couldn’t find it inside, I decided to trace my steps outside to my car. To my surprise, as soon as I opened my apartment door - the ribbon was on my welcome mat. It had stayed there the entire night, and I know that was Hannah - I mean how else would a small ribbon last an entire night outside in a Connecticut winter?! I always love and welcome signs from Hannah - but that for sure is one of my favorite signs I received from her.
Hannah is part of my story now - I talk about her to new friends or coworkers, and she will be part of my wedding day this June - an “H” in my wedding dress. I know she will be by my side through every milestone in my life-I just need to look up and see a purple sky, or 9:11 on the clock- and I am reminded she is there.
Her life may have been short, but her impact was immense. I am proud to be part of Hannah’s family, and look forward to continuing to share her legacy and remembering her every time I belly laugh.