Nikki Pennington’s world has just been turned upside down. Her mom, that one person who was always there for her during Nikki’s struggle with anxiety, has died. To make the grief at least bearable, her husband revealed a secret letter to Nikki. He received it from her mom on their wedding day and had kept it a secret ever since. Involving both him and her late mother, it moved Nikki so much, she just had to share it online. And we’re glad she did. The heartwarming message speaks a lot about marriage and parenting, the two realms you can’t get too many advice for.

“My Mom and husband had a good relationship,” Nikki told Bored Panda. “I’m thankful he was able to know her before she became sick and passed away.”

“He has been able to become my person who helps me successfully with my anxiety because of her,” she added. “He reminds me of things she would say or do if she were still here to help me on top of using the advice she gave him in the note.”

Scroll down to read Nikki’s entire story in her own words and tell us what you think about it in the comments.

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Nikki Pennington recently had to say goodbye to one of the most important people in her life, her mom

To make the grief at least bearable, her husband revealed a secret about her mom that he had been keeping during the years they were married

Moved by her story, people started sharing their own experiences