Sunday, October 25, 2009


One year ago today, Grant's little brother, Ryan, passed away at the age of 17. Honestly, I don't really know what to say about it all, because it still seems so surreal. Since we haven't been living near family for almost 7 years, there are days that I have to tell myself, "Ryan's gone," just because I already wasn't used to seeing him that often.

We miss him. I hate that he only met Kendall twice, and that he'll never meet his new niece. I hate that we weren't able to spend more time with him. I hate that he's dead.

Grant was reading a passage in the Bible the other day, and shared it with gave us such reassurance...

This passage from John 11 is talking about Jesus' friend, Lazarus, who died. Jesus is talking to Lazarus' sister, Martha.

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives in me will never die. Do you believe this?" "Yes Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
Even though Ryan is dead in body, he's alive in spirit, because he believed. Do you believe?


  1. My friend lost her brother, Ryan, this year, and she gave her daughter the middle name, Ryan, after him.

    Thinking of you and Grant and his family today as you celebrate his Ryan's life and grieve his absence from yours.

  2. Oh Kelly.. I feel your pain today. Its the anniversary of my Grandpa's death and I still miss him so much. I pray you will be able to think of the wonderful times with Ryan, the fun you had with him and the life he was able to lead. <3

  3. Anonymous8:07 AM

    Kelly and Grant, You are in my prayers today. This year was 20 years since I lost my son, Brian, and I still miss him just as much today as I did then. We celebrate that we will get to see them again one day.
    On a lighter note, we congratulate you on the birth of your new little girl. We can't wait to see her pictures. Debbi and Larry

  4. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Ryan!

  5. What a strange time for you guys as you mourn the anniversary of Ryan's death at the same time you're welcoming little Cameron. What an emotional roller coaster! We'll be praying for you!