Monday, March 19, 2012
"Very happy, very grateful. It's interesting how the Lord refines us through trials to later bless us, dependent on our resiliency and attitude through them. If anyone out there is struggling, keep your head up. The blessings will be equal." -AJ Rooks
He was constantly helping and encouraging others. As I honor him today, I hope his words may be of comfort to those out there who are struggling with the endless pains and struggles of this world. As he said, "keep your head up." There will one day be an end.
It is comforting knowing he left this life happy, content, and right on track. AJ my brother, you are always in my heart.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
To my dearest brother on your 28th birthday,
I miss you.
I miss how you could always get me to laugh. How you made me laugh harder than anyone!
I miss your smile.
I miss how excited you were about life. You have truly inspired me to live a better life, to serve more, to be more.
I miss how you filled any room with joy. It is so quiet here without you.
I miss your loud voice. How you would lean over and tell me a joke in church, thinking you were whispering, but actually ending up telling the whole congregation.
I miss our Sunday dinners, our weekly get-togethers, our vacations, our camping trips, our holidays we would spend together, etc.
I miss seeing you and Adley together. The day I had her, you sat in the waiting room for twelve hours, as you were so excited to become an uncle. You loved her, and she loved you.
I miss seeing the joy in mom and dad’s eyes when you were around. They are so proud of you.
I miss you taking care of me. Up until the day you died, you watched over your little sis. I pray you are still with me.
I miss your many nick names you had for me. My favorite being “skizzy.”
I will miss you at BYU games. I will miss getting season tickets every year by you.
I miss being able to call you any time I want. I have picked up the phone several times since that dreadful day, but have realized you aren’t there. It is completely unbearable without you here. Lately, I dream almost every night you come back, and then wake up to realize you are still gone.
You are the one I believed I would always have by my side, even as our parents grew old and passed on. You were the one who always took care of our family, especially mom and dad. As you have now left me as the oldest, I don’t know how to pick up where you left off. You were so much better at it than I am. Please show me how.
I know it was your time to go. I know where you are right now, and I know you are fulfilling a greater purpose. I know I will see you again. I know when this life is over for me, I will be with you forever. But even as I know these things, I still miss you. My heart still aches for you. This life still seems too long without you in it. Please watch over us. Please continue to take care of us. I look forward to the day when this is all over. I know you will be there waiting for me, as I know that day will be a glorious one. I love you brother, Happy 28th Birthday.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Ok. If I had to choose to loose to one team.....it would be Air Force.
Now to back up my statement; it's a lot less painful losing to a team who will soon be fighting for your country. Plus, their fans were the most decent fans of all, unlike some UNLV and Utah fans (oops, did I just say Utah??)
Nate, Adley, Taylor, and I, along with our BYU flags on our car, made the long 8 hour journey to Colorado Springs this past weekend to watch some Cougar football. We showed up for the game, but unfortunately the Cougars did not.
After spending the day on campus at Air Force, I have a greater respect for those who choose to serve our country. It was both incredible and inspiring to spend the day of September 11 there.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Downtown Seattle. Love it.
Riding her first pig. Pretty wild.
Adley met Baby Max.
Nana bought Adley her little bumbo chair. She'll get tired of holding herself up sometimes, and I'll look over and she's literally folded in half just hanging out.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Paige was also in town this past week so we all got together for breakfast on Monday. I always have a lot of fun with these girls. They were all my best friends throughout college. It has been fun experiencing single life, marriages, and becoming mom's with all of them. We all try and get together a couple times a month. We missed you Emily, Amanda, and Chelsea!
Quincy has always held a special spot in my heart. I absolutely love her. As Adley grows, I know she will be good friends with her and West.
This little girl brings me so much joy!