Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Thursday!

Hello friends! I am smiling this morning, and I can honestly say that my spirit is in a much better place than it was just a few days ago. The true peace and comfort that I knew would come after losing a friend has arrived, and it has arrived in part due to a little task that our friend's family has set me and a few other lovely people to do.

I finally feel comfortable sharing that the friend we lost was 18 year old John Bradshaw. 

John with his beautiful fiancé Emily

John had a short, but FULL life. The stories people could tell about this young man would have you cracking up one minute and "awing" the next. He was truly one-of-a-kind! 

And his amazing family wants people to know about and focus on the LIFE of John. They want all of you to know about why John was who he was. They want you to know about the reason for his living. And that's what we are going to attempt to do over the next few days.

John has touched SO many lives, in this community, across the country, and even around the world. And we want to hear those memories. If you knew John or even just knew of him, and have something to share, please let us know! We are looking to compile as many of these stories as possible to pass along to his family. Even if it's just your impression of who John was or overheard someone talking about him in the grocery store. We want it all!

Then please make sure to check back here on Monday as we seek to do just a tiny bit of justice to his "wild and precious life" by honoring John through stories. Most importantly, John's family has a special message that they want everyone to hear. I feel super humbled to be able to share that message with all of you. To be honest, I am terrified and nervous to be writing what could be the most important thing I will ever sit down to write. 

There will be more opportunities to share memories of John at his memorial service, and we will give more information about that on Monday. Thank you all for your kind words, for your thoughts and prayers, and for being awesome over the past few days. Hope you guys have a great day, and don't forget to share those stories. :) And now...I can't think of a more appropriate way to describe John's wonderfully selfless but wild and adventerous personality:




6 comments:

The Independent Spinster said...

I was wondering if that's who you were talking about. A few girls in the office were talking about him yesterday saying what an amazing person he was. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better.

Ashley Mitchell said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. :)

Adrien said...

Thank you, girls. I can always count on your encouragement!

The Pettijohn's said...

Vince and I went to church with the Bradshaw's for awhile in Millstadt and while I did not know John well. He gave me the impression that he was happy person full of adventure. He always had a smile on his face.

Melissa W. said...

I cannot believe I missed this post.

I'm am so disappointed that I couldn't be a part of the service yesterday. Is it too late to share my story of John?

Email me please.

Isn't my cousin, Emily, beautiful?

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