Thursday, August 26, 2010

It is very hard for me to write about something so dear to my heart, but I would feel very ungrateful if I didn't thank all of you who left text messages, flowers, dinners, and such sweet comments below regarding my sweet sister-in-law, Bunny. It has been greatly appreciated. I can't believe how much love and support has been shown during this tragic time. It is inspiring and very humbling. It shows what a great person Bunny was, and how many lives she touched.

I often think about the last time I saw Bunny. She called and asked if we wanted to have a picnic at the park with her and her 2 beautiful girls. Of course, we did! Every other time I have gone on a picnic, everyone brings there own food. Not with Bunny. She told me not to worry about food. She showed up with tuna fish sandwiches, chips, fruit, drinks, and dessert. Not to mention a tuna sandwich and a pb&j for me, just in case I was nervous about eating the tuna. (Being pregnant and all.) I think about all the things we talked about that day. I think about all the things we planned to do this summer. (Take kids to splash park, cowabunga bay, and Thanksgiving point.) She was at such a good place in her life and I felt this from her that day. I remember leaving and having such a feeling of love and gratitude for her, as I often feel for all my sis-in-laws.

I will miss Bunny's compliments. She gave the best compliments EVER! When she told you something, you knew she meant it. I remember most of the compliments she gave me, but more importantly, I remember the way I felt when she said them. I can remember more than a few times when I tried to blow them off, and she would grab my shoulders, look me in the eyes, and say "no Erin, listen to me. I wouldn't say this if I didn't mean it". I will miss those kind words from her as they always meant so much to me.

I will miss Bunny's treats. I love living so close to Luke and Bunny as we were often recipients of her "baking days".

I will miss taking trips with Luke & Bunny. We were lucky enough to go on many family vacations with them, but also as couples to San Francisco and Florida. So many special memories from those trips were made. (and plenty of "Erin" moments.) I remember after the Orlando trip, Bunny told me she was glad that I was in the family, because it made her look a lot smarter, and rightly so..... I may have lost my bra, (only to find I had two bras on later) on one trip, and bought a halter top thinking it was a skirt on the other. I will miss us laughing at those (and many other) "Erin" moments .

We will all miss so many things about Bunny, but I truly feel that Bunny has been an instrument in the Lord's hand in bringing many people (myself included) to remembrance. It has really put things into perspective and made me realize the important things in life. She lived such a full life in her 29 years which, no doubt, has inspired many. She was very blessed to have been loved so deeply by her dear husband and girls, and in return, they were adored by her!! (Prayer's are still needed and appreciated on their behalf.)

Boy, am I grateful to know I can see this cute, dear friend again one day!
Bunny, I will be forever grateful for your friendship and wonderful example!


Julie said...

Oh what a sweet post for Bunny! I'm sure you made her laugh in heaven about the part where you were wearing two bras, that is so funny. Love you my best friend!

Krista said...

very sweet. seems like everyone was lucky to have known her. just from all the things i've read about her...makes me look at myself and see how i can be better. what a super example she was to even those of us that didn't know her.
All you bradley's have such beautiful families!

Heather @ Gerber Days said...

Erin, I think you are definitely right about Bunny being an instrument in the Lord's hand. I can't imagine how many people have been touched, and had a change of heart.... because of the life of a single person.

What an adorable picture of the two of you! I will always keep your entire family in our prayers.

laura n. said...

that was such a beautfiul, well-written post Erin. though I didn't know Bunny, her impact on those in her life has really rubbed off on me and made me want to be a better person. you two were so lucky to have each other in your lives when you did, just as i'm so lucky to have you.

those "erin" moments are priceless...both things I would do too.

love you sis! xoxo

Ashley Blackburn said...

Ok I remember the halter top story but two bras?? Oh Erin how I love you. I can just picture the look on your face after finding the bra. :)

whit said...

such a sweet post Erin..jason and i have been thinking about your family and feel heart broken about this situation. it's such a great feeling to really realize what we have and live life to the fullest. thinking about you!!

Carlee said...

really sweet post er-dawg:)