That is how we found out.
Jeremy was Brent's Nephew...but really, he was more his Brother.
Brent had the unique opportunity of being younger than his nephew.
Just living down the lane from each other, these boys were inseparable.
Jeremy was the hardest worker. He was always fixing something for someone...or making something for someone else. He was a man of many talents. Many times Brent has said how much he looks up to Jeremy...and how he was always excited to go visit home to tell Jeremy about the latest tool or gun he got.
Jeremy was a wonderful husband, son, brother, friend...but especially, he was the greatest father. He loved that little Lexi Sue like no one else could. It was said many times this past week that Lexi is probably the only 3 year old that could rotate your tires, or change your oil for you. She had her own little tool box that she would carry with her as she followed her Daddy everywhere he went.
And you can't forget the strength that Mindi has. In Mindi's words...she was "lucky". For 8 years of their married lives they could not have a baby. So for 8 years it was just Jer and Mindi. They knew the in's and out's of each other like the back of each others hands. They knew every detail about each other. They got to have all that precious time just with each other, that I know Mindi will always cherish. Heavenly Father knew that Mindi would not have long with her Best Friend, so he allowed the two of them to have these 8 years just with one another.
Then they were blessed with such an amazing little girl. I have been thinking since last Sunday. Feeling sad that little Lexi lost her Daddy at such a young age. But then I thought...this little Lexi is not like most 3 year olds. Lexi talked early in life, she had a sense of humor early in life, she understood things very early in life. I have no doubt in my mind that this little angel will remember her Daddy, she will remember the things she did with him and the times she spent with him. Again, the Lord knew she wouldn't have her Daddy for long, so he prepared her mind early to soak up all she could of her Daddy. That is what I truly believe.
Jer and I had a great little relationship. He was a HUGE tease. He always made fun of me for having my camera backpack...calling me Dora the Explorer...Jeremy hated to have his picture taken, So I would try to take embarrassing pictures of him...but that backfired, cause he started taking embarrassing pictures of me. He was so quick witted and such a smart alec!
We, his family, are left behind with so many precious memories of such an amazing life. It is still so hard to believe that he isn't here. But what we are blessed with is the knowledge that we will see him again. How could we go on without that???
Here is a poem I feel needs to be shared.
I really feel quite special that Heavenly Father gave me to you,
To be your little princess, your little Lexi Sue.
I know how much you love me, you told me everyday
Jesus needs your help now but you won’t be far away.
I will always remember the times that we’ve shared
By the things that you taught me I know that you cared.
You worried that the things I was learning were more for a little boy,
But knowing the way you did things will always bring me joy.
I loved to bring my tool box and help you as I could,
Cause now dear daddy I can do things exactly like you would!
The rides we took in the big truck spotting Kenworth’s made us happy,
Cause they’re the best…and we don’t like Peterbilt’s , do we Daddy?
Daddy, thanks for taking me to the Prom when I was only three,
They’re aren’t very many girls who are as lucky as me!
To have your picture taken was not something you liked to do,
But I’m sure glad I have the one of me kissing you.
I know you loved to hear me sing when I climbed up on your knee,
Snuggling close to you will always be my most cherished memory.
“You are my Sunshine” was your favorite song to hear,
And every time I sing it now I’ll feel you very near.
Don’t worry about us Daddy, Mommy and me have got a plan,
We’ll work hard and be real strong because we know we can.
Watch over us Daddy, we’ll be with you someday
Families are Forever..that’s Heavenly Father’s way.
I got to have the special experience of helping to write this poem with Grandma Ene and Aunt Cindy. The words just seemed to come out and into this beautiful poem. We all know that we had help from above writing it! The poem was read at Jeremy's funeral, and there wasn't a dry eye in the church.
Afterwards Lexi Sue got up and sang with her most beautiful "You are my Sunshine" just for her Daddy.
All those who knew Jeremy were better for it. Thanks Jeremy for being who you were. Thanks for being such a great 'brother' to Benji! He will love you forever! We will all love you forever!
I am going to try to make up for the last week of Favorites.
There are many pictures to follow...should be enough to make up for the week.
There is nothing like being with Family to help heal broken hearts. And let me tell you, there is no other family in the world like that Matthews Family. How blessed I am to be part of it!
85.365 Thankful for wonderful families who take us in on a moments notice!
Brent took the kids and I to Utah first so he could go and be with his family. We weren't sure how the kids would react to seeing everyone in mourning. We thought it would be good for Brent to have some time with his parents.
Brent picked us up and took us to Wyoming last Monday. There is something about the fresh air, farm animals and lush green grass that just lifts your soul!
This is our sweet Lexi. A sunshine in all our lives.
88.365 We LOVE to drive!
Madi thought she was pretty cool that she could drive the mule by herself!
89.365 We LOVE Elsie's new attitude!!!
She is really starting to hold her own!
She is in the middle of telling and signing STOP to Cassi!
I Love the look on Cassi's face too!
So the men built it for her.
Elsie is finally in her own big girl bed...things are going good so far!!!