My story isn’t a narrative, I won’t spend your time recounting where I was born and who I went to my first dance with. Those are my life’s facts, they don’t define who I am. That comes from the people in my life; lessons learned, experiences cherished and memories that will never fade.

In an attempt to let you read some of the many pages of my story, I put together some small excerpts from those who are the most important to me.


Uncle Joe

He didn’t have a lot but gave the world to us
Shopping trips and doughnuts
Summers at the cabin
The biggest fan not in the stands
A shoulder to cry on and another to giggle on

One of the most generous people I’ve ever met
Time and distance never mattered
However, ones happiest was irreplaceable
Even if it was out of style a week later

If it means something today, it’s worth it

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He didn’t have a lot but gave the world to us Shopping trips and doughnuts Summers at the cabin The biggest fan not in the stands A shoulder to cry on and another to giggle on One of the most generous people I’ve ever met Time and distance never mattered However, ones happiest was irreplaceable Even if it was out of style a week later If it means something today, it’s worth it

Dad

A kid at heart
Always interested and supportive
Although if something’s not right he’ll lead you to reflect
Long hours and hard work are worth it
But remember, you can’t take it with you

Willing to practice the shot late into the night
If it helps you reach your goal
Always push yourself a little harder than the others do
But never forget there’s a time for both work and fun

Balance

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A kid at heart Always interested and supportive Although if something’s not right he’ll lead you to reflect Long hours and hard work are worth it But remember, you can’t take it with you Willing to practice the shot late into the night If it helps you reach your goal Always push yourself a little harder than the others do But never forget there’s a time for both work and fun Balance

Morgan

Never ending talent
Pay attention to detail
And search until you’ve found the perfect piece
She doesn’t say a lot
But when she does it’s meaningful

A mind of her own
That is often thinking in a way you hadn’t
You don’t have to have a plan
But act like you do

Marinate on the masterpiece

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Never ending talent Pay attention to detail And search until you’ve found the perfect piece She doesn’t say a lot But when she does it’s meaningful A mind of her own That is often thinking in a way you hadn’t You don’t have to have a plan But act like you do Marinate on the masterpiece

Grandpa Carlson

You’ll find him out in the garden or organizing the soda cans
But not in the middle of Grandma’s gathering
Nightly news and baseball
Kind and calm
However, “don’t you dare lift that chair”

Patient and thoughtful
Full of advice
No need to be the center of attention
But make sure others know you care

Make it meaningful

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You’ll find him out in the garden or organizing the soda cans But not in the middle of Grandma’s gathering Nightly news and baseball Kind and calm However, “don’t you dare lift that chair” Patient and thoughtful Full of advice No need to be the center of attention But make sure others know you care Make it meaningful

Megan

Hardworking and always putting others first
If you want to be Batman today
Then be Batman
It doesn’t matter what they say
If it doesn’t work for you

Who cares how many outfits you ruin
What the “suggestion” says
Or how tired you are
Have fun, explore, and if you’re going to do it, do it

Be Yourself

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Hardworking and always putting others first If you want to be Batman today Then be Batman It doesn’t matter what they say If it doesn’t work for you Who cares how many outfits you ruin What the “suggestion” says Or how tired you are Have fun, explore, and if you’re going to do it, do it Be Yourself

Mom

You can never be too tidy
And a bit of stress it ok, if it’s under the radar
It’s worth it if it makes you feel good about yourself
Enjoy the moment
But always have a backup plan

You can try to convince her otherwise
But she’s always true to her heart
She’ll do it on her time
And when she does it’ll be worth it

If it’s not what you want, then don’t do it

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You can never be too tidy And a bit of stress it ok, if it’s under the radar It’s worth it if it makes you feel good about yourself Enjoy the moment But always have a backup plan You can try to convince her otherwise But she’s always true to her heart She’ll do it on her time And when she does it’ll be worth it If it’s not what you want, then don’t do it

Grandma Carlson

Her house was always filled with children and love
And something that “just happened to be coming out of the oven”
Trips to the dairy for cheese and ice-cream
Late nights playing cards
And lazy mornings building forts under the kitchen table with her afghans

Always put together but ready to blow your mind with a good laugh
If you’re in town you better stop by, even if you’re with twenty others
A fantastic baker who’s ingredients brought everyone together
The more the merrier

There’s always room for more

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Her house was always filled with children and love And something that “just happened to be coming out of the oven” Trips to the dairy for cheese and ice-cream Late nights playing cards And lazy mornings building forts under the kitchen table with her afghans Always put together but ready to blow your mind with a good laugh If you’re in town you better stop by, even if you’re with twenty others A fantastic baker who’s ingredients brought everyone together The more the merrier There’s always room for more

Coach McDonald

Sunday shoot arounds
And consistent feedback
If he thinks you can do it
He’ll stand beside you till he proves it
Relationships are the first step to motivating people

If you want others to succeed, be there until they do
Academics and athletics are important
But first and foremost
Show you care

If you don’t care why should they?

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Sunday shoot arounds And consistent feedback If he thinks you can do it He’ll stand beside you till he proves it Relationships are the first step to motivating people If you want others to succeed, be there until they do Academics and athletics are important But first and foremost Show you care If you don’t care why should they?