Sometimes it’s the little things we say and do that can mean so much.
That’s something that Craig Strickland‘s widow, Helen, knows all too well.
Craig and his friend, Chase Morland went missing on December 26 after their boat capsized while they were out duck hunting in a storm. Chase’s body was found shortly after they went missing, but Craig’s body wasn’t found until January 4.
Helen remained hopeful during the search, relying on her faith to help her through. Once Craig’s body was found, she started drawing on her faith for even more strength.
“It’s all in God’s hands, and there’s a reason for all of this and instead of letting it hurt us, we’re going to try to do something good,” she says in a recent interview with CNN.
Another thing that has helped Helen during this difficult time is her memory of the last time she saw Craig.
Helen fondly remembers their last words to one another, saying that they had talked about Harry Potter and sang songs about their cat before Craig left for his hunting trip.
Before he left, Craig looked at Helen and said “I love you,” and then Helen says,”He blew me a kiss, and said ‘I’ll talk to you soon,’ and he walked out.”
It was such a simple conversation, but it brings a great deal of comfort to Helen, knowing how lucky she was to share one last moment of happiness with her husband.
“God really gave us an opportunity to be happier than we’d ever been,” she says.
We continue to send our prayers out to the families and loved ones of Craig and Chris during this sad time.
If you’d like to help, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Craig’s family and Helen pay for the expenses of the search and his memorial service.