last saturday i awoke to a phone call from my mother. she informed me that my cousin Mike (36) had passed away the night before around 11:00 pm. i was completely shocked. it broke my heart to think about the life he was leaving behind, his gorgeous and sweet wife dena (my favorite), two beautiful children jade (11) and skyler (9) and many more. even though he lost his life due to a very long battle with an addiction, we are all so comforted to know that he's in a much happier place. he had such a sweet spirit that i will miss. a testimony of christ that everyone spoke of this weekend. dena and the kids have been staying with my family and i've had some time to be around them this last week. the funeral was absolutely beautiful. my dad gave a talk that had me bursting in tears. i feel very lucky to be a member of our church and know about the plan of salvation. funerals are hard enough. i pondered a bit about blogging about these events (i am still very sad and feel very sensitive these days, i can't even type this without sobbing my eyes out. it's pathetic), but decided that the pictures we took will be pictures that remind me of happy things that i want to remember. we were grateful to capture so many uplifting moments at the grave site, this would have been a little more difficult at the prior events. there is at least one positive thing about death, it truly brings family together. you can't survive things like this without the ones you love.
i don't usually caption my pictures but i can't help it this time.
his wife dena and daughter skyler
dena and her girlfriends from junior high.
a picture that i know she will love.
my youngest brother cameron. aka "cam the man."
he OBVIOUSLY loves the camera.
i wonder when the day will come that this picture doesn't make my eyes water up.
mike's two children skyler and jade.
my dad, and two of my brother's, spencer and blake.
my 2nd cousin, nicco.
my dad, me, cameron, mckay and nicco.
mike's brothers and mom; my aunt and cousins.
no she was not posing, just pondering.
she loved the roses. skyler, mike's daughter.
my mom's shoes. that i found at D.I. for $1.
i know, i know. i'm amazing.
my aunt terri. we love each other a lot.
i was sad this turned out kinda fuzzy. but it was so cute.
she was saying to me, "look how pretty my flowers are!"
i love them.
my mom and brother
spencer has such a contagious smile
jones family tradition. a true love for the dodgers.
we will miss you mike. we love you so much and can't wait to see you again.