Tuesday, November 11, 2014

22, 21, 20,19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12

22- I will never forget the summer you spent waking up early teaching me tennis with Jessica, Joslin and Brittany.  It was SO fun to spend time with you and just be together.  I also loved watching you come home from a personal match with Bishop DeMartini.  I couldn't wait to see how it went and that smile from a victory or your determination from a loss.  I was always inspired either way.

21- I remember dislocating my pinky finger playing basketball at young womans.  They called you and you said you were on your way "come pop it back in place."  I couldn't help but laugh and be terrified at the same time because it knew it was oh so likely.  Luckily for me, you saw it and the break was worse than you expected so you carted me to the doctor.  They decided to cast the metal piece my fingers were strapped to because there was a break along the growth plate.  I can't remember how long I wore it, but I do remember I was scheduled to return and have the cast removed two weeks after volleyball tryouts.  I really wanted to play so you offered to saw it off.  I can still remember you going to town on my cast while I kept saying slow down!!  You ended up nicking me with the smallest cut and we were both pretty happy.

20- I remember you taking me to the gym to go and practice volleyball.  You would throw that ball SO hard while I would work on returning.  I really appreciated the time you took to help me and your support in my goals.

19- I have always appreciated your desire to set goals and dream.  You really believed that hard work could get you anywhere you wanted to go as long as the Lord approved the direction.  I have loved watching you continue to purse learning.  It really has inspired me.

18- I can't tell you what a special memory it is for me to recall watching you sweep the gym floor after every activity.  Naturally that meant we were the last ones to leave because everything had to be cleared out by that point.  Sometimes I couldn't wait to go, but there you were walking up and down that floor.  It's something I will always treasure and have come to appreciate deeply.

17- I will forever cherish the expression "Work hard, play hard."  It brings a warm smile to my face every time.  I am so grateful you taught us how to work often through working alongside us.  I was SO proud growing up that you had the reputation for working hard.  I remember the youth who worked for you constantly commenting how hard you worked, and worked them.  I was proud and always wanted to emulate my father who knew how to work.

16- As I have become a mother, I have come to really appreciate your tenderness.  You have written and expressed some of the sweetest support anyone could ever hope for.  I have been so touched by your concern for my welfare physically, mentally and spiritually.

15- I love that you love the arts.  You love to create, dream and do.  I love the times we have walked Nashville to admire the artisans and get inspiration from their work.

14- I love that my dad knew how to have fun.  Rubber guns, "fast on the bump", hikes to blue hole, pulling us on the tube behind the boat doing your best to yank us off, organizing frisbee, watching you interact with the young men, and SO MANY MORE.  Thanks for teaching me how fun life can be.

13- Desserts.  I have many fond memories of our talks around malts, milkshakes, dunking oreos, microwaving chips ahoy, whipped cream, cherries, and roasted almonds.  And of course, forcing myself to stay awake on car trips so I could enjoy a hostees cupcake with you.

12- Your faith.  Thank you for teaching me the joy of serving others, the priceless value of righteous traditions, and a testimony that God lives.  You lived the gospel always.  Your example had enriched my life in ways I could never express completely no thank adequately.  Your faith has and will continue to bless generations of my family. THANK YOU

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