was probably…no…was…the most amazing man in the world. his life is an everlasting example of what it truly is to be Christ-like. im sure he wasnt like this his whole life. but for most of mine…he was gentle. joyful. patient. and strong. i can still hear his wheezy laugh that i loved so much.
he was the epitome of simple. i dont even think he graduated high school. but this man was wise. he worked hard. he loved his family. and he loved the word of God. when he retired he mainly tended to his back yard. a master of plant life. mister green thumb. he would rise at 3am…read the bible with a cup of black coffee…and tend to his yard until noon. my grandma would call to him for lunch and he would emerge from his secret place…eat…then continue with the yard until dinner. every day. and i know. he walked with Jesus in that back yard. just like i know…hes walking with him now.
i recently went back to his house with my dad…and i stepped into that place and almost cried right then and there. its still magical. all the trees. the pebble bridge he built with my dad when he was little. and the patio i used to run around in when i was a kid. the bird cage that held the dove that he nursed back to health still hanging from the tree to greet us. although empty now and full of leaves. i love this place. i love my grandma. and i miss grandpa terribly. but i love that i can still see him in everything he planted and everything he built here.
Just a few highlights of the things a saw and enjoyed most when i was visiting my friends nick and kim (and their beautiful new born baby girl Eva), and my friend of 13 years (damn we’re old) Melissa. Can i just start by saying. I freaking LOVE seattle. And i love it even more when im exploring the city whilst holding hands with THIS GUY…
so…brett being with me was one thing that really made the trip even more super-ly awesome…and then there were these…
leaves made in the most BRILLIANT shades of red, orange, and yellow. good lord in heaven. i have never seen fall…look…like fall. even when we were flying in over seattle…the little pockets of trees with changing colors was the most beautiful thing i have ever seen.
and the city. epic. sweet old buildings. crazy cool architecture. and right on the water.
we also went to this sweet irish pub. which by the way…upon entrance…we were greeted by 4 drunk irish men stumbling out and tell me “theres no street dancing!” (in response to a happy jig i was doing in the front of the place…in a corner…that i thought was hidden). this place is where we found and tried the best beer ive had in my life. mack and jacks. one word. deelish. its only brewed in seattle and they dont bottle it. i miss it.
after the brew drinking…melissa took us to her sweet bachelor pad…it was amazing…and it had this really awesome view of the water and all the boats that come in and such…so great!
all in all…this trip was one of the best trips ive been on. i got to see great friends. i got to run around with a boy im head over heals for. and i got to rest, and laugh, and eat great food! cant wait till the next adventure!
i will be on my way to seattle. with my favorite boy in the whole wide world. about to hug the best friends of all time! im so excited to get away. and with the benefits of being a big kid and having some vacation time. im feeling less stressed about not working for 4 days. the lack of stress has definitely increased the excitement. and i think the farthest brett and i have traveled together was monterey. so im excited to hop on a plane and explore the city while i hold his sweet little bear paw. and i cant wait to hug and squeeze that new born little nugget eva. ohmygoodness. life is good.