Gone but not forgotten. Craig Strickland’s widow, Helen Strickland, shared a moving tribute to her late husband via Instagram on what would have been their second wedding anniversary.
Helen remembered her country crooner husband — who died of hypothermia at age 29 — on Tuesday, November 29, two years after the couple tied the knot.
Helen, 27, shared an emotional video montage featuring photos of herself and Craig on their wedding day, which included heartwarming images of the happy couple holding hands, embracing and saying their vows.
Dear Heavenly Father, continue to let your Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the water, wherever You would call me…and take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior. ❤️ Happy Anniversary Craig Michael. I will miss you every step of the way in this life…but I am thankful that I can always look back on the precious memory of our marriage with love in my heart. I can be thankful because you are with our Father…meaning I can find peace knowing that since we are both His, you both are mine. #loveyoualways 11.29.14 | Song: "Oceans (my feet may fail)" – Hillsong United | Pictures: @meredithmelody
She accompanied the clip with a prayer and wrote: “Happy Anniversary Craig Michael. I will miss you every step of the way in this life…but I am thankful that I can always look back on the precious memory of our marriage with love in my heart.”
The former Miss Arkansas added: “I can be thankful because you are with our Father…meaning I can find peace knowing that since we are both His, you both are mine. #loveyoualways 11.29.14.”
Broad Anthem singer Craig was found dead after his and his friend Chase Morland’s boat capsized during a storm while they were on a duck-hunting trip in Kay County, Oklahoma. The alarm was raised on December 27, and Moreland’s body was found on December 28. Craig’s body was discovered a week later, on January 4.
While authorities searched for her husband, Helen posted several hopeful social media posts, thanking fans for their support during that difficult time.
“While we hurt and experience the worst pain of our lives, we sometimes believe that God might not be there with us listening when we cry out to Him,” the devout Christian wrote on Twitter at the time. “But then, when we least expect it, He speaks and comforts us in such beautiful ways.”
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