we love the MacPherson's. bitter/sweet and worth remembering.
Today's post is in memory of one of our best friends. One year ago today I experienced the most tragic, heart break in all of my life. Ryan MacPherson was my best friend for a time during high school. Every memory I have of him is such a good memory! After high school we drifted apart, naturally, but came together again after we had both gone through some major changes. He got married, I got married, then he and his wife had a baby.
We reconnected again and Ryan and Eric got along instantly and his wife, Ashley and I clicked just as fast! Of course their sweet baby had us wrapped around her fingers! I remember Eric telling me once, "I want a Lily..." I told him no :) We hungout multiple times a week and always had the best time! We didn't have enough time...
I have looked at this picture SO many times and am just now seeing those bunny ears Ryan pulled on me! Seriously! Payback someday...
February 24, 2010 Ryan passed away. The main thing I remember feeling then was heart break, helplessness, and confusion. I've never experienced death up until this point and nothing can prepare you for how much it hurts. I felt so helpless because I wanted to comfort Ashley, to take it all away. It was so heart breaking to watch her go through this. And I was so confused. Why did it have to be Ryan's time to return to our Heavenly Father?! He still had a long life to live with the best wife and sweetest baby girl. My faith had never been tested this way before. I really struggled with this. After the longest battle faith finally won. I believe God has a plan that we just won't understand fully until the next life. God is not cruel. He loves us so much, and He gives comfort when we ask/need it. . I do know that Ryan is with our Heavenly Father and that he is happy. I know he is watching over Ash and Lily! And most importantly, I know that we will see Ryan again and that Ashley and Lily will get to be with him forever!
Ryan we miss you so much! But I thank you for making our lives happier, for all the wonderful memories, and for bringing your amazing wife and sweet baby into our lives! Ashley is one of my very best friends and Lily still has us wrapped around her fingers, naturally! Can't wait to see you again!
Ash and I... sexy bestie's ;) hahaha that was just for you Ash!
We love Lily so much! :)
Ashley I look up to you so much! You are by far one of the strongest women I know!! You are such an amazing example to me! You are gorgeous (yes I'm always jealous of your hair), so positive all the time, and the best mommy! I'm so glad your my bestie and I love you so much! :)