i kind of hate the beginning of summer. it used to be filled with so much excitement for the warm months ahead but that feeling is now mixed with sadness and dread. as many of you know my friend brynn was killed in a hit and run bike accident on june 7, 2011 and last year my best friend and cousin brian was in a motorcycle accident and passed away on june 8, 2013. brian was in the hospital for a week following his accident and i just couldn't believe that things were happening so close to the time brynn had been killed. we said goodbye to brian on june 8th, and i was relieved i didn't lose them on the same day.
this year we celebrated each of their lives with family and friends and it helped me heal so much. and having little elliott straight from heaven to bring everyone some happiness was perfect.
as per tradition, we remembered brynn with some bright, beautiful balloons - just like her. one thing i miss about brynn so much is her laugh! it was theeee best.
surviving the first year without brian was excruciating for our family, but we did it. we gathered at his gravesite to have a little picnic and to plant a tree in his honor. he is buried in in the most beautiful place and my aunt has some great plans for keeping it pristine for our brian. gathering with family to remember brian meant so much to me!
when elliott was first born little maddie called him "uncle bri baby". so sweet! his cousins just adore him.
a tiny boy and a tiny tree.
i shared this thought on my instagram but wanted to share it here as well. the morning of june 8th i was reading some thoughts brian wrote down and loved this:
"make every day count. appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. hold your head up because you have every right to. tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you."
pretty great words to live by.