Before devoted mom Dawn Kristof died of cancer 10 months ago, she recorded hours of video messages for her four-year-old daughter Ellie to watch after her death. All of those videos were saved on one laptop. About a month ago, that same laptop was stolen from her grieving family.
One of Dawn Kristof's final wishes was for her young daughter to get to know her and hear her voice, despite her terminal illness and ailing condition. So it was heartbreaking for Wally Kristof, Ellie's father, to break the news to his little girl that Daddy's laptop had been stolen — along with all those irreplaceable videos. They thought Ellie would never get to hear her mother's voice again.
"I had 100 percent given up on it," Wally Kristof said in an interview with NBC 25 News. "And then I got a strange phone call."
Although Wally Kristof didn't go into much detail about the call, and it's still unclear exactly how it happened, this "strange phone call" led to him paying $500 to get the laptop back. Watch the heartwarming moment when he watches his late wife's videos with Ellie below:
Just a month after it was seemingly gone forever, the laptop was back in the rightful hands of a sweet little girl who just wanted to see her mommy again. Wally said it was the happiest ending he could've given his daughter.
"They're hard to watch," he said of the videos. "But it's nice to see her and hear her. Her voice is something I can't relate to her in stories."
Now, Ellie not only has access to her late mom's voice, but also four hours full of songs, personal messages, and even artwork — all straight from Dawn Kristof.
"You're my superhero," Dawn Kristof says to Ellie in a recorded message. "I think you are the reason that I was put here. I do. I think I was brought here, so the world could enjoy you."
Even though Wally Kristof had to pay $500 to get back something he already owned, it just goes to show that some things in life — even videos on a laptop — are truly priceless.