Taya Kyle, the wife of former Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle, is overwhelmed by the amount of support she and the Kyle family have received since the release of Clint Eastwood’s biopic, American Sniper, which follows the life of her late husband.
Taya penned a message, accompanied with a photo of her and Chris, to Facebook Sunday to display her gratitude toward God, the film’s creators, fans, and most importantly, the man she lost.
Today I don’t know exactly what to write. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and my heart is full. American Sniper has broken records, which follows such an honest path of Chris’s life. We never expected anything and were always in a moment of stunned silence at the response from all the beautiful people in this world.
Thank you Jim DeFelice, author of the book American Sniper for getting us on this path.
I also just want to cry and cry and honestly have today. I think that’s what happens when I don’t have the words. The only thing I can say is thank you. Thank you for the love and support of our military. Thank you for being willing to watch the hard stuff and thank you for hearing, seeing, experiencing the life of our military and first responders. I put them together because the battlefields may be different but the experience is the same on many spiritual levels.
Thank you for laughing with us too. This picture was taken after we had both of our kids after the third deployment. We flew to Oregon over Christmas break. My folks, my sister and her family, Chris and I all went to Mt Hood to play in the snow. As per usual, Chris and I ended up being the biggest kids in the bunch and had a snowball fight that ended in a tackle and hysterical fit of laughter.
To Chris: I miss you and yet I know you are here. You are the man who I couldn’t have even dreamt of because you were/are better than I could have dreamed, the love of my life, my friend, partner and the man who laughed with me through the pain and found joy in the smallest and best parts of life. I hope you see the love and good we will do together in whatever God has planned for the rest of the journey. Thank you for loving me. You are with me and I love you is all I can say. I can only say it simply, because there aren’t words enough to express it all.
To all of you who have written, texted, or communicated support by simply seeing the movie and those who are offering opportunities to continue the work… I am so grateful for each and every one of you. It gives me strength and hope for the future. I am praying that God works through all of us and that you all are blessed in return for the tremendous blessings you are giving our military and police who take care of us every day.
She ended her message, saying, “United We Stand, God Bless,” and also cited the bible verse Micah 6:8.
American Sniper has been shattering box office records since its Jan. 16 debut, hauling in an unheard of $105 million over the weekend.
Sniper has also been nominated for Six Academy Awards.