If you have been a follower of my blog for a while or if you know me in "real life," you may know who Eli was. Eli was my best friend, along with Joe growing up. He was beyond a best friend. He was the best. He ALWAYS knew how to make people smile. He always played pranks on people and he never made anyone feel bad about anything. He was just a free spirit who everyone loved. Eli passed away on July 11th, 2008. That was a very tough year. In fact, it's still tough. I struggle with the fact of him being gone. I wonder why I have to visit him at a cemetery instead of his house. There are days when I think I might be getting some closure, but then there are days I take five steps backwards and realize I am not even close.
One thing that is making it easier is this little gift from Heaven, my nephew. My brother named him Eli. What a precious baby boy. He has stolen EVERYONE'S hearts. There is something that helps bring a bit of closure when you say the name Eli and you have a smile on your face and a bit of joy in your heart. It used to be so hard to say the name and remember that he's not here. But now he is. He's in this precious nephew I adore. I hope he plays a million pranks on Joe & Alisha and scares the crud out of his big sisters. I know big Eli is looking down on little Eli and smiling. They both have brought so much back into our lives. With that being said, let me introduce you to my precious nephew!
This one brings such a smile to my face. Eli meant so much to my mom and dad too. My dad RARELY smiles for a pic, so you can tell he too is smitten with this little guy!
An here I am, holding a little piece of Heaven we call Eli.