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Dear Lili,

So many years have passed since you last saw your Texas cousins in August 2003. Of course, they’re all young adults now like you. They all miss you and hope that they can see you again someday.

I thought you might like seeing what they look like now. You never met your youngest cousin Manon, who you’ll see on the bottom left.

Here are the “Then and Now” pictures. I hope you enjoy them!

 

Sarah Douglass, Dante, Athene, Lili, and Ariel
doing ballet at Uncle Peter’s house in Houston
August 2003

Ariel, Sarah Douglass, Dante (standing)
Manon, Athene (front)
Thanksgiving 2019

 

Love always,

Dad ❤ 

 

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Dear Lili,

Today is Veterans Day. Both of your grandparents proudly served their country during World War II.

Love,

Daddy ❤

Lieutenant Gertrude Maire Kotz and Major Philip Del Vecchio,
stationed England during the war


Major Philip Del Vecchio (right) with brothers Dick and Val


Your grandparents on their wedding day


Your Nonnie, Lt. Gertrude Marie Kotz,
one of the first enlistees in the new Women’s Army Corps

 

Poppie (bottom right) with his crew

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“One side of the story is not the whole story. In fact, it’s rarely even half of the story.”

— Tony Del Vecchio

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Hi Lili,

I thought you might like to see these pics from some of the different places we’ve been to.

Love always,

Daddy

Disneyworld March 2003

Howe Caverns August 2003


Toshimaen April 2004


Kasai Rinkai Koen September 2004

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Dear Lili,

Happy 21st birthday, sweetheart. As always, I wish I could be there to spend it with you, but that’s not possible now. Someday, I hope, you’ll understand why. Just know that my choice was always to have been a part of your life. If you can just believe that, somehow, someway, that would be the answer to my prayers.

Twenty-one years ago today you came into my life, and I’ll always remember that as the happiest day of my life. And although I can’t give you any gifts today in person, I’ll do the best I can and give you the gift of memories. Here are a bunch of pics from when you born and from shortly after returning from the hospital. I hope you enjoy them.

So until I see you again, you have to know:

You are ALWAYS in my heart.

Love you more than words can say,

Daddy ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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