LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) — Knowing he was gravely ill, a father and husband created a final gift for his family that is letting his spirit live on: letters he penned to coincide with major life moments he wouldn’t live to see.
“If this is being read, I have passed,” one note starts.
Mitchell Whisenhunt died last weekend after a lengthy battle with Marfan syndrome, which affects connective tissue that holds the body together and plays a role in growth and development.
But even though he has passed, Whisenhunt is still caring for his family.
He left behind a special gift for his young daughter: notes written for each one of her upcoming birthdays.
“Her second, third, fourth birthday and on the 16th, he wrote ‘Sweet 16’ on the front of the envelope, all the way up to her 18th birthday,” Ashley said.
She said she’s going to respect Mitchell’s wishes and let her daughter open the letters on each occasion.
After her husband died, Ashley said she discovered the letters along with notebooks of poetry. She said it’s surreal reading the missives now that he’s gone.
“Honestly, I thought he was going to come back in…and read them to me I guess,” she said.
Most of the notes are penned for special moments in her and her daughter’s life, including the couple’s upcoming anniversary.
Ashley said the letters are a true reflection of her husband’s character, how he was always thinking about others.
“I know he was thinking about us,” she said.
Whisenhunt said her family is selling t-shirts and bracelets to raise money for her late husband’s final expenses but have not planned a larger drive yet.