30 Day Challenge, Day 2

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.

Brooklyne Noel Nikolaus. She was born July 15, 1989, I was born July 20, 1989. We have been best friends as long as I can remember. No matter what life brings me, no matter what I need to talk about, I KNOW Brooklyne will be there for me no matter what. She always has been. I can call her/text her any time, and she is always there. She knows every little thing about me, and we have no secrets. We did the craziest things growing up, and we have so many memories. She drove over 10 hours to be there on my wedding day, even though I only got to talk with her for a few minutes. I am so thankful for her in my life, and honestly do not know what I would do without her. I love you so much Brook. Thanks for being my bestest friend ever:)

In Remembrance..

Today would have been my Grandpa Gentry’s 87th birthday. He passed away just over a month ago on May 11, 2011. I have not had a chance to write about him, and I feel like it might help me right now. My Grandpa Gentry was very special to me. He was the only grandparent I really knew, and felt really close to. He was the only grandparent I had left. He will always have a special place in my heart. I knew he was always such a great man, but after attending his funeral, I had more of an understanding of what a great man he truly was. He was always such a great example to those around him, and so many spoke so highly of him.

I am so thankful that he was musical. Now you all know where my Dad gets it, his Dad! He was asked to sing all over the place. I cannot imagine my life without music and that all started in our family because of both sets of Grandparents who passed that onto their kids, who passed it onto their kids.

My Grandpa is one of my heroes. He always told us his war stories, but at his funeral, I received a CD with him telling them. I will cherish this forever. It truly is a miracle he lived through World War II. I am so thankful for his service to this country, and wish I could have expressed that more to him while he was here.

His humor defined the “Grandpa Gentry” all of us Grandchildren knew. He always talked about the kitty in his pocket. My brother Christian put it well saying he is a “catalog of sound effects.” He told my Aunt Dayna when she was a little girl that he had a sore on his finger because he put it up his nose and a booger bit it. Another quick story that was told was a time when my Grandpa, Uncle Paul and another person went camping. My grandpa had him load up about 10 camping chairs and there were only a few people going. Paul questioned why there were so many chairs, but my Grandpa told him not to argue and said that everything had a purpose. They got to the camp site and started setting up the chairs. Grandpa told Paul to put them all around the fire. When it came time to sitting around the fire that night, the smoke started following them. Instead of picking up a chair and moving away from the smoke, he got up and moved to the next chair over. This continued the rest of the night. Another part of a camping trip was when they were loading things up and pulled some old camping cups out. One of my Uncles asked if they should clean the cups out because of bugs, my Grandpa told him it was okay and there were no bugs in them. When my Uncle picked up a cup, there was a spider and a web in one of the cups. He showed it to my Grandpa and he said "Well that's in there to keep the bugs out!" I loved his quick witted humor.

His little movie star…. This is what I will always remember. Because of this picture, my Grandpa Gentry called me his little movie star from this age, until the last time I saw him a year and a half ago. 

I will miss being called this, and will always be his little movie star. When I see him again, I hope he will greet me like he always did “There’s my little movie star!”

I am so thankful for the Plan of Salvation. If I did not have this in my life, I don’t know how I could get through times like these. I am thankful that I know he is with his sweet little redhead Lilly again. He had the deepest love for his wife. I am thankful that I know I will get to see him again, and that life doesn’t just end here on earth. I love you Grandpa. You will be missed by many, but never forgotten.

-Your little movie star.

I had to put the song "In Remembrance" up. I sang this arrangement several times in choir, and it touches my heart every time I hear it.

Happy Birthday Marcha!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister-in-law Marcha! I am so thankful she is in our family and she definitely makes family gatherings more outgoing. She is such a sweetheart and is a GREAT mother! Not to mention she has some of the cutest kids on this planet! She is so energetic, and has a great personality. She is gorgeous, and I love that we could share clothes;) I hope you have a great birthday Marcha! I wish I could see you more often:( I miss you! 

This was honestly the only picture I found of us! How sad:(
We need new ones! Love you:)

Happy Birthday Miken!

Happy Birthday to the beautiful Miken Gentry Dayton! Miken is my oldest sister, and I am so thankful that I live so much closer to her now. I feel like we have become so much closer, and feel like she is one of my best friends. We live minutes from each other and I know I can always count on her for help. We love to get pedicures together and have fun sister dates. We are so much alike when it comes to little things like our to do lists we make for EVERYTHING, and organizing every little thing, making cards (although she is 123098120981 times better than me!) and we have the same sense of humor, and we like to be silly together. 
I am so amazed at how she does everything she does. She is so talented in so many ways. She has a beautiful voice and has raised a wonderful family! Her kids are so fun to be around and are so helpful and obedient. Thank you for being such a great sister Miken! I love you so much and I look forward to singing with you tomorrowJ HAVE A GREAT DAY!

I honestly could not find a lot of pictures of us. So I had to crop one of these to be just us! Happy Birthday!

This was at my bridal shower back in July last year.

This was after Laurel's baptism.

We were recently married on August 21, 2010 We started this blog as more of a journal for us to look back at all the good times. No matter what life brings us we are in this together and we couldn't be more happy about it. We are better together.
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