The laughs never end…

Dear Papi,

Yesterday I was thinking about prior to when I left for basic those few months I spent driving you to your appointments, and the fun we had.  Whether it was you making race care noises as you drove your electric wheelchair down the hallway, or simply the way you lit up every room you entered.  I was driving by myself yesterday laughing hysterically just reflecting on some incredible moments we shared.  Those may have been some of the best months of my life. Continue reading “The laughs never end…”

Jalen made it to 4!


I know you will be smiling down today knowing that Jalen hit his four year anniversary in the Army today.  I am very proud of him, as I know you are as well.  I remember the first night we all sat in Germany together talking about what we missed back home and you told us the years just fly by.  Well, you were right.  I am not proud of Jalen because he made it to four years because thats what he signed up to do, I am proud of him because of what he did in those four years.  He is like a brother to me, and you taught me years ago that family is much more than just blood.  You have to trust each other, rely on each other, push each other, and the hardest part…when you find yourself at the top of a mountain…look down and remember who helped you get there.  I miss you buddy, look out for Jalen as he begins his transition out of the Army.  He has had an incredible journey, I can assure you I wouldn’t be the man I am without people like you and him.


Dear Papi,

Dear Papi,

I just wanted you to know I made the Deans list today for my first semester back at college.  Years ago, I was coming up with excuses for why I was failing my classes and I remember you telling me “well tomorrow is another day.”  Sometimes the best advice you gave me were the most simple of words.  It took me a long time to realize that its never to late to change the direction of my life, and that you truly can’t go through life alone.  It’s hard to take accountability for our mistakes, but when we do…doors open that we never knew existed.  As proud as I was of my grades last semester, I couldn’t have done it alone.  It is so easy in life to pat ourselves on the back when we succeed, but we forget those who helped us get there.  Success really isn’t anything special without people to share it with.  I miss you Papi, and I promise I am taking good care of Nani.  We miss you, and I hope you had a good birthday.papi-and-his-queen

You are gone, but never forgotten.

Dear Chris and Stan,

I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the two of you.  There are days I sit here and wonder what my life would be like if you were still here with me today.  I created this page on my website where I will write letters to you both knowing God will share them with you and the rest of the world.  You both have changed my life and I could never thank you enough for that.  I miss you beyond words.  Chris I sent your mom a nice message on her birthday, and I will get her a copy of the book soon.  You both have given me strength beyond measure.

My family is going through a tough time with some medical issues.  There are days when I am afraid, but I think back to days with both of you and I feel strong.  God throws some serious curveballs at us in life.  Stan you told me that the days I am afraid to pray, and look to those around me for strength and I do buddy.  You showed me that I could lean on you in my time of need, you told me that the day would come when others would need to lean on me and that day is here.  I will be strong, I will have faith, and I will fulfill your legacies.  I miss you guys, hope its warmer up there than it is down here!