With the changing season, we have had changes in our lives. My absence here reflects the recent devastating loss of my cousin. I went back home for an extended period of time to be with my family. I have since returned home and have been regrouping, reflecting, and healing.
This is my cousin Kristopher Pete McDonald, he was born November 12, 1974 and passed October 10, 2013. He is a war hero and a veteran serving five active duty deployments between the USMC and ARNG. He dedicated his life to helping, and savings the lives of others. He was kind, loving, and compassionate to everyone who knew him. We were blessed to have him in our family and he is greatly missed. He was a wonderful brother, son, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend. In his last act of love and kindness, Kristopher was an organ donor. In death he was able to do what he loved most which was helping others, and savings lives.
Kristopher is my Dad's nephew, their birthday's were one day apart. He is my oldest cousin, just four months older than me. He was my first friend in life. He was always eager to lend a hand and help where needed. Though he has two younger brothers of his own, in reality he was a big brother to my other two cousins as well, spending much of their lives being raised together they were especially close.
I will always be proud of Kristopher and the man he grew up to be. He gave life his all never asking for anything in return. He delighted us with his gentle laughter and contagious smile. My life, and the lives of all who knew him were brighter because of him. Rest in Peace
Obviously sad at the recent loss of two beautiful people in my family, in my reflections I have focused on life. Our life span is unknown and in general even living into our nineties, our lives are lived quickly. Yes, it is normal, natural, and the continuation of the greater cycle of life. I have lost many beautiful people on my life's journey who made an impact in my life in one way or another. Some more than others but all leaving an impression on me. I have reflected on the importance of living a quality life even more so than before. I have reflected on the role we play in being parents, spouses, community members and how we effect each others lives. I have really reflected on what life goals are important to me and what matters most in my life and the lasting impact I wish to have on others the most important being the impact I have on my children and how best I can guide them. Little has changed in my priorities, my family still being of the utmost importance in my life. However I have noted some adjustments I would like to make within my own life. I am thankful for the opportunity to take a closer look at my own life and the improvements and growth within that I would like to make, to improve myself, and in turn have a direct positive effect on those around me.
Wishing you the very best in all you do, as you too might also discover the changes within as we change seasons.