Saturday, March 17, 2012
Happy Birthday Bryan!
My kids have heard some stories enough that Eliana tells them like she was there when it happened. Her favorite is probably that Bryan was a terrible loser. When we were kids he once threw the Sorry game across the table. After that Kevin and I refused to play board games with him. As an adult we all laughed about it. He did get better the older we got.
Bryan was an aggressive basketball player. Once at the hangout (the church's youth center) he ripped his ear. He didn't even care. Trev and I had to make him go to the ER. My mom's favorite part of that story is they thought she was Bryan's girlfriend. I am pretty sure Bryan did not find that funny!
Bryan had a big heart and loved the Lord. He spent many of his college years going on mission trips. The children in Brazil always had a special place in his heart. Bryan was a man of few words. My mother says that was my fault. As a child I never let him talk. There is some truth to that.
Bryan loved the outdoors. He loved his family. Our last Christmas he spent weeks making Eliana a doll house just because I asked him to. He spent many summer days fishing at the pond with Eliana. Those are the things she will always remember most.
Those are just a few of my memories. I have 30 years of them! Even though God chose to call him home much sooner than anyone wanted, I am thankful for the brother he was and that God let him be a part of my life for the time that he did. I would love to hear your memories of Bryan. I would love to be able to tell my children stories that I may not have heard before. Please leave a comment!
If you are reading this today the 17th, say a special prayer for my parents. Today is harder on them than they let anyone know!
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