Saturday, November 15, 2008

In Memory of Kiley

On Wednesday morning I received a phone call from one of my good friends, Jake, letting me know that his nephew, Kiley, had passed away the day before. Allyson, who is Kiley's mother is one of the best friends I have ever had. Tanner and I spent a lot of time around Kiley when he was younger and they lived across the street from us.
Like his Grandma said, "Kiley was full of it". But he was also such a sensitive, fun-loving kid and he LOVED his mom! Kiley has struggled with addiction the past few years and lost the fight on Monday night.
Tanner, Ty and I came to Utah so that I was able to attend the funeral. I wouldn't have missed it for the world! It was a nice day and I appreciate the testimony that both Jeff and Chris shared. I'm grateful for the knowledge I have of the plan of salvation. I'm grateful for our Savoir and his mercy. I'm grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves all of us. I'm grateful that Kiley won't struggle any longer.
I'm so sad for the Steins. Especially Allyson. They have always been a second family to me. Over the years Lindsey and Allyson have watched Tanner countless hours for me. I've eaten at Chris and Jeff's house for more meals than I could possibly remember. Any of them would do anything for me. I am very grateful for our friendships over the years.
So, since this is the closest thing to a journal I have, I wanted to post this because today was an important day to me and an important day for the Stein Family.