Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Leaving a Legacy

I'm hoping 2011 is a MUCH better year than 2010. On this recent New Year's Eve, I learned my older brother Chris had passed away suddenly. I thought to myself, this can't be real. Not, Chris. Not again. My husband, my dad, and now another death....again. All in a mere 20 months. My brother left behind a wife, and 3 boys. But he also left behind many memories, friends and ultimately an amazing legacy. A legacy of love. Kind. Generous. Selfless. Loving. Friendly. He was all of these things. It was a true testament to who he was by the sheer number of people that showed up to his service. Over 600 people came to pay respects to my brother and his family. It was amazing and completely awesome to witness how many people loved him. I hope I leave a legacy of people describing me as kind, loving, generous, selfless....I should be so blessed. The night before his service I had this vision of God opening his arms to my brother and hearing the words, "Well done my good and faithful servant, well done." It brings me so much peace knowing he is with the Lord, but so heartbroken he was taken so soon.

Be generous just because. You never know whose prayer you may be answering.

That thing you've been wanting to do, DO IT! You never know which day will be your last.

Smile at people, greet that cashier that looks like she's having a bad day. My brother always made a point to smile and talk to people.

Be kinder than necessary.

Hug each other more!

Pick your battles. Is that thing you're ticked off about really worth being upset about?

Go out of your way to help somebody.

Never miss an opportunity to try something new.

Try and see the beauty in even the crappiest of situations.

Laugh everyday. Sometimes it's the only thing you have!

These aren't some great and amazing words of wisdom you've never heard before. Only things I think of when I think of my brother and how true these words really are. I've got these 3 amazing angels watching over my family now, how awesome is that?! Seems pretty fitting that his cause of death was a big heart huh?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Just a quick video post! :)

A lot has happened in the past few months but, I just don't have the energy to type it all out today. I do however have a video that I wanted to post of Nolan that I thought was awesome. He came to me last night to sing me a song.

"Wow, Nolan that's awesome. Did you learn that at church?"

"No, I made it up mom."

"Really? I am totally impressed!"

It's not a long song but I was impressed with his song writing and sweet voice! I am a bit biased though. :)