I love this picture from college. I'm sure you have a copy of this Julie, but it meant a lot to me then and even more now. This was the best day ever. You and Sheldon were very busy with school, studying, tests (the usual) but made this road trip down to Vagas, was it for a football game? Your parents arranged an awesome day at this amazing little oasis in the middle of nowhere. I will always remember Sheldon on this day and always, as the life of the party.
Friday, May 18, 2012
These are the pictures I found from that day at the Children's museum. maybe you have some similar ones, but i thought I'd send them just in case. He is so handsome and sweet. I remember how much he loved playing in the water. Gracie and I left and played in the infants area cause she was a little young for the water area, but Jace just loved it and played and played. Then they both liked looking at the fish in the fish tank, but I could only get a picture of their backs or through the tank b/c they were so intrigued by the fish they wouldn't look away except to look at each other.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I didn't know Jace and Sheldon. The first time that I met them and the only encounter I had with them was at my son, Beckham's, 4th birthday party last summer. Heather called and said that she was bringing you guys and I was genuinely happy. I had not seen you in such a long time and I was excited to meet your husband and son. That day was fun. I don't remember a lot, but when I went through the pictures from his party, I came across these. They aren't the best pictures, but they document the time they were here. It may sound silly, but the few memories that I have of Jace are kind of what everyone who really knew him have. I remember he loved this blue and yellow dump truck and that he spent a lot of time pushing it around our backyard. I also remember thinking how outgoing that he was. I think the only kids that he knew at the party were Troy and Grant but he just walked around and was social with all of the kids without any problem.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
When I remember Sheldon I think of what a good man he was; kind, faithful, loyal, motivated, hard-working, and fun. He was usually soft spoken and never sought attention but he had a way about him that when he spoke you wanted to listen to what he was saying. He always projected an air of happiness, fun and light heartedness. He would constantly tease you but would never say or do anything that would intentionally hurt your feelings. Sheldon was a man whose beliefs were evident in the way he lived his life. Sheldon led by example and was always true to his faith. He was someone whose confidence came from his self assuredness in himself and his decisions. Sheldon was the first one to put himself out there and he never seemed self conscience. Sheldon had endless energy and was never afraid of a challenge. He accomplished amazing things in his life.
Because I always lived in a different city than Julie and Sheldon, most of my memories of them seem to center around planned family vacations, holiday, and events. As I have spent the last several weeks thinking of Sheldon and Jace I find the most random memories coming to mind. Like when Sheldon got his new motorcycle. I remember going up to Utah (probably for a graduation) and Sheldon taking me for a ride on his new bike. He was teasing me that he was going to go fast but he never did.
I also remember going to Mount Charleston for a hike with Julie, Sheldon and my parents. We had a picnic, played cards, hiked, and when we got bored started being goofy. I think we faked racing up and down that hill several times giving my mom plenty of photo ops of us being silly. I also remember when I ran my first 5K and Julie and Sheldon came down to race with me and support me. I will never forget watching the sun come up that morning and feeling so grateful to have them there with me on such a beautiful momentous day. In fact, the last thing Sheldon ever said to me was to ask when we were going to race again.
When I remember Jace what I associate the most with him is joy. He was a beautiful, good natured little boy who brought happiness to everyone. Another random memory I have is seeing Sheldon give Jace a bath when Jace was only two months old. I was walking by the upstairs bathroom in my mom’s house and there was Sheldon, spending some quiet time with his son, bent over the bathtub and holding little Jace so gently in his big hands. Both of them were just as happy as they could be.
I am grateful for these memories and the joy that Sheldon and Jace brought to our family. I am grateful we are an eternal family and that Sheldon will always be my brother-in-law and Jace will always be nephew. I look forward to the day we meet again.
Friday, April 20, 2012
I took this post from Heidi's blog. She is one of Sheldon's sisters. I hope she doesn't mind. I loved seeing a few pictures of them that I haven't seen before.-Julie
Many of you may know that on March 17th we lost my brother Sheldon and his little guy, Jace. This was completely unexpected and the last people that I would have thought we would have to say good bye to. These two pictures are a few pix that were taken while they were staying with us in 2010.
This is a picture of the siblings with Julie at the funeral in Washington with Julie
At the grave site in Salt Lake City we let balloons in the air in Memory of Jace and Sheldon.
This experience has really taught me that even though we expect to live a long life, that isn't always the plan for us. We need to live each day to the fullest with out any regrets. My brother was an amazing example of someone who gave everything in all that he did and all that he had accomplished. We love you Julie! I have had a few weeks to look at my life and the little things that I can improve on so that when it is my time I will be remembered as some one who always gave everything in all that I did just as Sheldon did.