Mark's true passion was Aviation, Racing & Family. He was the guy if you needed something, he was there. He helped so many in his short life. We were so happy together and our family was complete.
We adopted our first child at birth, Janie is now 12, just when we thought it wouldn't happen again, it did and much later in life than usual, our second baby girl Eva is now almost 3. Janie is a "Daddy's Girl" completely and was there right by his side racing, there wasn't anything that girl wouldn't do for her dad (except homework). Eva came to us with many medical issues which we too did not acticipate, but she is now healthy and happy and runs all over the house looking to play with her daddy.
Our family is shattered at loosing the love of our lives. I truly cannot begin to accept all that is ahead of me, first thing is to plan his Celeration of Life then I will tend to the rest. I have no clue as to our finances as that was Marks area. Mortgage, house bills, college funds, medical expenses are something I cannot even begn to think about at this time.
Many people asked how I would let him race, Mark and I had a true mutual respect to support each others wishes and dreams. I was not intending on being there for this years race, but felt compelled to be there to support him. I THANK GOD I WAS THERE!
The last thing he said to me out there is "Mama, I am having fun, my truck is running great and I am so proud of myself" - this was the first time I ever heard him say anything boastful as it was not his nature. He was for once truly happy and proud!
Thank you all whom have wrapped me in love. The Racing Family is so special and I feel blessed to now be considered a member of your family.
THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU ~
With so much love, Holly, Janie & Eva Luhtala