Monday, March 23, 2009

NWC Basketball champs

Our neice Erica (Rob's) daughter stayed with us a few weeks. It was a pleasure to have her here with us. I went with her to get this tattoo, she squeezed my hand the whole time! There are quite a few family member's that are planning on getting a tattoo in Rob's memory. I will post pictures of them as they are done.

I came across Hayden's pictures and realized that I never posted these! This is her and her friends Hanna, and Kristen at the Northwest Christian State B championship game. Their school ended up winning it all for the 4th year in a row. Since the game was a few days after Rob's memorial we had a lot of family in town so we had a few extra Smith's join us. It was nice to get out of the house for a little while.

It is so hard to believe that Rob has almost been gone a month already, time seems to be standing still. Our hearts our so broken...
We have been so blessed by our friends and family, thank you all for your support.
We love you.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Rob Smith July 7th,1965-Feb.27th, 2009

Dear Rob,
I know you you are reading this from Heaven and you know the words before I am even typing them, but I still need you to know how much we love you. It hasn't even been a week since I got the horrible phone call telling me that you were gone, taken by an avalanche. The heartache that followed takes to much energy to write down. The agony in your baby brother's eyes will never be forgotten. The despair that your wife felt will forever be etched in my brain. I sit here at my computer the day after your memorial where over 700 people came to give their respect to you, and let me tell you that you were adored. Your Mom and Dad have a part of themselves that is missing, but we will keep your memory alive. I promise you that. Thank you for everything that you have done for us. From the little things like changing the oil in my car, wrestling with Cooper, coming to the kids' games, and pretty much fixing anything we had that was broken. Most of all I thank you for the man you were. You were the best "oldest" brother that Guy could have had, now you have handed the torch down to Pete who I know will handle that title very well. We will miss you with every ounce of our being. Please remind us every day that we need to live simply, loving the day we have and not take advantage of a single moment.

Cooper flipped ahead in my calendar to your birthday and it is so fitting...

"Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed."

The Lord your God ...will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you in singing. Zephaniah 3:17

We will love you forever,