Chris and Taya Kyle/Facebook
Taya Kyle, widow of the late “American Sniper” hero Chris Kyle, honored her husband's birthday Sunday with a Facebook post that led her to “feel his happiness” in the midst of her healing.
Chris Kyle, a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, was shot and killed alongside his friend, Chad Littlefield, in 2013 by a former U.S. Marine they were trying to help overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.
“It's Chris's birthday and I feel happy, really happy about his life,” Taya Kyle wrote. “It isn't overshadowed by his death today. I don't know if it's all of the prayers people have been praying, my kids' happiness, the healing we've been doing, my parents visiting, or just the mighty grace of God.”
The widow, who now travels the country honoring her husband's legacy and sharing her faith, went on to say she felt Chris Kyle's “happiness” on Sunday.
Even as she's learning to cope with his passing, Taya Kyle said the memory of what once was still hurts:
My heart is beating harder as I write this. Sadness is threatening to rush in. It's like remembering what I want to share about Chris makes me happy and then my heart cracks. Dang it. It doesn't come without heartbreak yet — but man — I'm not remembering with sobbing tears like every other year.
It's not angry like every other year. It's not a pressure cooker of love, ache, frustration and longing mixed with gratitude for having had the love at all. And that.... the water of emotion simmering, instead of boiling, makes all the difference.
Taya Kyle ended her letter with this light-hearted message for her hero husband: “The kids and I are praying God embarrasses you with a big bear hug in front of everyone in heaven today. I. Love. You.”
Read the post in full below: