Memories of Jace
I miss Jace. He was my best cousin. I liked playing trains with Jace. Aunt Julie must miss playing trains. I should play trains with her. Jace never bit me. He was so nice. He is my best cousin.
I have a favorite stuffed animal named Lucky. Jace would always take it. He was always coming in my room and running so fast away with it. Aunt Julie went and bought him his own. I think it reminded him of me. He really likes me. Aunt Julie gave me that stuffed animal. I named it Jace. I sleep with it every night.
Jace was never shy. He was so silly. He would fall down over and over and ask me to help him. It was a pretend fall. He was so silly. I love Jace.
One time we were playing tickle monster and there was a base. Jace would never go on base because he would want to be tickled! He would laugh so hard. I would laugh too.
Jace was so active and playful. We went to a park in Las Vegas and hiked to the top of the mountain. It was super awesome and I was glad to be there with Jace. Jace was always smiling. He made me feel happy. I love Jace and I miss him.
Shortly after Jace was born, we travelled to Las Vegas to meet the newest member of our family. The kids were so excited and Jace was the sweetest little baby. I remember it being really hard to get a chance to hold him because everyone wanted to love on that little boy.
Jace grew and changed so much every time I saw him. When he came for Kyra’s baptism, he was ready to play!! I was in the kitchen cooking and he kept running in the room trying to get me to chase him. After a few times, I did chase him and he squealed with delight that his game worked. He did that every time he saw me in the kitchen.
Jace always seemed to be the first one up. Julie would try to keep him quiet but there was just too much fun to have in the world. One of these mornings, I took Jace for a walk, and he pointed out to me everything he saw and recognized. He was so attentive, sweet and observant. He loved the ducks we saw (and their poop) and quacked the whole way home.
Skye was telling me the other day that she thinks Jace will remember her in heaven because he really likes her and she likes him. I have so many beautiful memories of Jace to remember. My greatest is how much I love him.
Memories of Sheldon
Jace really liked his daddy. I can’t really think what to say but Jace really loved his daddy so that is probably good.
That silly Sheldon. He was always trying to take my blankie. When he did, he would give it back. He was trying to make me laugh. He would throw me really high in the air. I liked that a lot. He ate a lot of food. I miss him.
When I was little, I was all over Sheldon. Instead of him kissing me, I would kiss him all over. He thought it was so gross. When we were in Hawaii, I always wanted to be right by Sheldon. I wish I could be by Uncle Sheldon. I think he did like it. I love Uncle Sheldon.
I guess my first memory of Sheldon is not really of him but of watching Julie. Chad and I were just married, living in Wisconsin, and the family had come out to visit. Julie kept disappearing to the driveway to talk to Sheldon. She would light up and glow when she talked to him or about him. Shortly after, it was no surprise; we were on our way to Utah for a wedding.
One family vacation to Silver Dollar City, in Branson, Missouri, I was looking for a restroom. He told me to ask Julie because she always knows where all of the bathrooms are. He teased her about it all day long. Later, he took off for a restroom and got turned around in the park. He found us in line later. He had missed a ride and most of the lemonade slushies. Sheldon hated to miss the fun and a free beverage. He couldn’t hide his disappointment. It might have been the most upset I’ve ever seen Sheldon get. During that same trip, Kyra asked to go on a water ride. I felt that the line was too long. Sheldon volunteered to take Kyra and they both came out happy and wet.
I have beautiful memories of Sheldon at Christmas. He loved the holidays and having his monster Christmas stocking stuffed with candy. Every year on Christmas Eve we have a Christmas program. I remember him getting up for part and singing Christmas carols in German. At first I thought he would be funny like how he always was, but I remember being so struck by how serious he was and how he brought the spirit into the room.
The next life just seems like too long to wait to see Julie and Sheldon by each other’s’ sides. They belong together--with Jace sandwiched in between.
Sheldon and Kyra in Hawaii
Picture taken after the water ride. Sheldon made Kyra very happy!
Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO
Kyra dressing Sheldon up.
Sheldon was such a goof during his Sunday School lesson. He had these funny pictures mixed in with the lesson slides. He kept saying how he had no idea how they got there. Hmmm...