This past Thursday one of my bestest friends passed away.
HIs family moved down the street from mine in the 4th grade (maybe the summer before?). I still remember when my mom MADE me go over to his house and bring them cookies. I remember sitting on the steps in his main hallway and him asking me if I wanted to see his room... so he showed me and we were friends since.
Growing up I danced a lot!! Ryan and Alex would always call me after dance rehearsals and come hang out with me. And, of course, come support me at my shows
Ryan had a golden tongue. He could talk anyone into anything. Our sophomore year he even talked my parents into letting him come with us on a DisneyLand trip. It's a miracle my parents let him come. We all slept in the same room, and Ryan slept on the floor haha
He took me on my first date! I honestly have no idea where we got the pictures taken!! But I do remember getting some food and then going to the Harry Potter book release.. Yeah that was my idea ;)
For some reason, Ryan loved planning a bank heist... I think it happened after we watched 'The Italian Job'. I was to be the distraction.. because I'm such a babe ;) and I'm pretty sure he designated himself as the get away driver
Ryan and Alex were the best friends a girl could ask for. They filled my room with balloons for my 16 birthday!! Blowing up those balloons was a beast.. or so they told me!
Ryan was a staple in my life. I remember this past New Years Eve Woody and I were at my parents house and they were going to the Newsons for a party. Woody and I went cuz Ryan would be there, and Ryan said he'd stay cuz we'd come.
Ryan was a family friend, and there were times when I'd come home from somewhere, and Ryan would already be there!
We were friends even when we didn't look fabulous... never was a fan of Ryan's black hair, and he was kind enough to mention how silly I looked with my fancy make up
Another example of his golden tongue. Somehow Ryan talked Alex and I into going on this free drop ride at Lagoon. Seriously, so scary! And I have no idea how he talked me into that!
Saying goodbye to Ryan was one of the hardest things I have had to do, it still doesn't seem real all the time. I take courage in knowing that he has now found peace, and that he is with our Father in Heaven. I am so grateful to know that Eternal Progression is possible, that life goes on, and that someday I will see him again.
The Spiritual thought for the post comes from the song 'I Know that my Redeemer Lives'
Goodbye to my life long friend... I will see you again