Craig Strickland's body was found on Monday after nearly a week of searching

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated January 07, 2016 11:10 AM
Source: Instagram

Helen Strickland, the wife of late country singer Craig Strickland, has remained positive in the days since her husband’s body was found after a fatal Oklahoma hunting trip.

Her latest source of strength, however, comes from Craig, himself.

The former Miss Arkansas 2014 shared a photo of a note Craig wrote to her on their wedding day, a discovery she wrote made her smile amid unimaginable sadness.

“Today I found this precious treasure Craig wrote for me to read on the day of our wedding,” Helen wrote alongside the image on Wednesday. “The Lord is good always… I know this because in the the most heart aching moments, when it seems too difficult to [bear], God knows just how to make me smile.”

In the handwritten letter, Craig, who was 29 at the time of his death, called himself the “luckiest person in the world.”

“You are someone that I could never have even placed in my wildest dreams as becoming my wife,” Craig wrote. “I laugh when I think about all the things I LOVE about you because there are so many.”

He continued, “I am so excited to begin this journey with you,” adding, “you make me the happiest man in the world.”

Craig’s body was found by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division on Monday in a thick tree and brush area approximately 75 feet off the shoreline. The discovery came after more than a week of searching.

Craig and his friend Chase Morland were on a duck hunting trip at Kaw Lake in Kay County, Oklahoma during winter storm Goliath when they went missing. Morland’s body was found last week with Craig’s dog Sam, alive, by his side.

Helen ended her post on Wednesday with, simply, “Oh #craigstrickland, how I love you.”

Earlier this week, the brunette beauty shared a different memory from the couple’s 2014 nuptials: a video message Craig made for her to watch before the ceremony.

“On the day of our wedding Craig had me watch a video he had made to tell me how much he loved me,” she wrote alongside the Instagram clip. “I am so thankful for technology in this moment because I will always have this. I watched this privately prior to walking down the aisle, and so now I want to share this small excerpt with all of you.”

Craig’s Backroad Anthem bandmates are also grieving his untimely loss, and, on Tuesday, released a video of the singer performing, in his honor.