Wednesday, June 8, 2011

To My Brother.

Barton you will be missed by so many.  I can't believe how many people have shared such special memories they have of you.  You really are a special person. I know our family was so blessed to have you in our lives. We are the lucky ones.  You ARE such a great brother to me and I cherish all the fun memories we had together.  Thanks for being such a good uncle to Kinzi. I absolutely loved watching you play and talk to her.  I can't wait till the day I get to see you again.  I am going to try a little harder. Be a little better. Follow your example you set for me.
With everything you had to deal with and go through and still you served a full time mission. You even received your associates with honors and I respect you so much. None of us will ever comprehend what a challenge that was for you.
I love you.

Until We Meet Again.

Thanks everyone for the help with the funeral and memorial service. Thanks for all the sweet words shown for my brother. Thanks for helping spread the word that he was missing. Thanks for taking and watching our kids. Thanks for the love and support. Your love and prayers have helped our family so much throughout all of these hard times.

Although things have been so difficult, we are so blessed to have a knowledge of the gospel. To know the Lord has a plan and we can be an eternal family and be with Barton again.  We have felt so close to our Savior and felt his love and know that Barton is finally happy and is taken care of. 

(just a little p.s. when Barton left on his mission the rodeo-chedeski fire started. Now that he has left this earth the wallow fire has started.  I think the White Mountains don't like him leaving.)


Margo said...

I am so sorry! There can't be anything more difficult than losing a loved one. I'm so glad you can hang onto your faith and know you'll see him again. I have a brother that does that I never met. It makes me want to live right so that I can be with him someday. Hang in there, ill be praying for you guys!

paige and chase said...

Love you guys Soph. Its nice to know that you guys will all be a sweet family together again :) let me know if you need anything.

Chantel and Brian said...

Since I have know Phil's family, and not yours, I am not familiar with your family. But I just want you to know you've been in our prayers ever since your first e-mail when Barton went missing, and through your facebook posts with updates. Thank you so much for sharing this sweet testimony of eternal life with your readers. It brought tears to my eyes. You are a great example to all. You are still in our prayers.

Lauren said...

You said every word perfectly. I love your family so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I hope your family finds every happiness during this hard time. Love you to pieces!

Dayna said...

Sophie you are such a strong person! Hope you know how much you and your family are loved. You have been in my prayers!

The Roberts Family said...

Well, this just made me cry. I am so glad that you and your family are so strong! That you all celebrated your time with him. He indeed was a special man. With so many talents. So attractive!! :)
I love you guys!
Squeeze Kinzi for me. :)

Kelsey and Dallas said...

oh soph. You had to make a funny at the bottom. This is so sweet. You have always been such a supportive friend, Ive always said that to Dallas. Barton is lucky to have a sister like you, I really mean that :)

payneful life said...

So sorry to hear about your family's loss. i can't imagine what you are going through, but your testimony shows you are a very strong woman.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Thank heaven for the plan of salvation.