Austin isn’t here anymore to imitate Jesus Christ,
but we are. This is our moment.
but we are. This is our moment.
Run like Austin. Live like Austin . That’s what these people did. The runners ran with endurance. The supporters cheered with enthusiasm. Ultimately, all to honor Austin, and he was honored. In my view, also honoring the God Austin so faithfully followed. We’re so thankful for those who were able to participate in the day.
There were here so many encouraging stories of people to pushed themselves beyond what they ever have before. (lots documented on Facebook) For those that didn’t run, they had fun, encouraged one another, and had the adventure of a day supporting friends and family. We are so thankful for friends and family who love us and Austin so well!
It's hard to believe this photo is from last year. There is no doubt many carried him in their hearts today.)
Austin has already run his race and received the ultimate prize. As parents, sister, and brother that is still so hard to say as we love and miss him terribly. After a fun and fulfilling day, we still come home to an entry room and so many memories. For that reason, that is why we are so thankful for Team Silva. Getting through these difficult days are a marathon in themselves, and we still have many miles to go. We are thankful for all who help lessen the pain of a hard year. Only the Lord can give us a lasting hope and peace. Keep praying for us.
"let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus," - Hebrews 12:1-2
The holidays are here! Sigh...
I am glad the holidays are here. I'm just not happy that Austin is not! But that is the same every day. We have had so many things happen in the last six months, and I'm not happy he is not here to share them. That's just the way it is! We have so many memories of Christmas past. So, the tree goes up and the decorations are pulled out, but it's not the same. It never will be.
What are we to do? Austin would be wearing his eggnog onesie around the house right now...even at 80 degrees in Texas. He would have already enjoyed his first eggnog of the season. He would have already pulled out the record player and listed to Elvis Christmas (we did that the other day!)
My beliefs say he passed away and went to heaven. Do I really believe that? If I don’t, then I really see no need to celebrate Christmas. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. That only means anything because he came into this world as a baby, and he lived a perfect life and died so that I might have eternal life. Believing Austin went to a Heaven to the Jesus made available to us means I can still celebrate Christmas.
The question is, "Do I really want to celebrate Christmas?" I'm not so sure. If I embrace the Live Like Austin idea, then yes, I will celebrate Christmas. For now, only because I know Austin would. The real Christmas miracle would be if the Christmas spirit would come alive in me again. Pray that it will one day....
We love taking photos. We so thankful we have so many memories of our lives and all the things that have occurred. That will continue. We love our photos that include Austin. They don't look much different than all the photos we take these days. At times, the make us sad as we remember what a gift we lost. No matter. They are sweet memories, and we're forever thankful for our years and memories with Austin. Here's a link to a few photos.
18. Can I just say that I'm not too happy about Austin not being here for his 18th birthday! It really sucks! OK, I got that out of the way. Turning 18 is not suppose to be like this. We had many more plans. Of course, Austin did NOT want a party for this or graduation. So, his birthday comes no matter what. He's not here. We are. So, we remembered and honored Austin.
Bitterstweet. You know the bitter part. Here's the sweet part:
- Friends giving us a photo album with many pictures and letters. (come see it anytime!)
- Playing some fun tennis in Austin's honor. (Suz and I won!)
- Enjoying some buntinis with all our favorite Wranglers at school. (I never tire of the Wranglers or buntinis)
- Chowing on some Cane's chicken with senior Wrangler moms. (even though Javar says Bubba's is better)
- Visiting Austin with the family at Sparkman-Hillcrest (all five of us together for a few minutes)(marker coming soon!).
- Hanging at the Breedloves with community and Austin's friends. (best party favor...the air fresheners Austin had in his car!)
- The love we share with all of you...for Austin and each other!!!
Coming home, looking at some photos (turning 17 below), a short cry, then off to bed. We never stop missing Austin continually. Always thankful for every moment we were with Austin.
"I thank my God every time I remember you." Phil 1:3
I really didn't mean to raise Austin to be a loyal Texas Longhorn fan, but he became one. Well, he and I do have a man crush”, Colt McCoy, and I did let him and the others stay up late to watch Vince Young defeat USC in the Rose Bowl. I give up. He was a Longhorn through and through.
I'm sad to say he didn't see the best days of Texas football. Honestly, he was a better fan than me. That's because he was an optimistic guy. He believed in the coaches and the players. I've always been a fair weather fan, and I have a tendency to bail out of a game that is going south. I'm ashamed of it, and he called me out! Austin was better than me. We’d be down by 3 touchdowns, then maybe get one back. Then, lose. He might hit his fist in a pillow, but he would be there till the end. Austin once again showed me how to be a good fan, and reminded me how to live a better life. See it through to the end. Loyalty matters.
While there's a chance he might have ended up at Texas A&M...or some other school, I don't think it would've happened. I love our non-burnt orange friends and family, and I’ll always cheer them on. I am thankful for those who carry his spirit down to Austin since he didn’t make it there. As far as Austin is concerned, I think it is Hook’em Horns all the way from Heaven.
Here’s to seeing things through and loyalty…..and to a better football season!
“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” - Ecc7:8
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” - 1 Cor 13:7
Austin had a positive outlook on life. If he was here, he'd want me to pick myself up and he'd say, "Come on old man, lets get going!". I'm not sure he would know how hard actually is to get going after something like this, but one part of getting going is reading books on grief. It's a special section that you don't read unless you're confronted with this challenge. Nevertheless, these are good reading for everyone.
We all know that we will face some challenge one day. It may be a long way away or maybe soon. Ultimately, the Bible is my primary source of truth. There is much to be learned from Job, Joseph, and many others. In addition, here are a few books that I've been in my path. I'm not gonna post full review here, but I'm happy to share my views with you if you ask.
A Grace Disguised, by Jerry Sittser
A sober look at grief.
Through the Eyes of a Lion, Levi Lysol
A difficult journey of loss, but uplifting approach to dealing with grief.
Room of Marvels, James Bryan Smith (fiction)
A view of heaven written by someone who experienced losses over multiple years.
Holding onto Hope, Nancy Guthrie
(not read yet, but Suzanne has enjoyed)
Let Me Grieve, But Not Forever, Verdejo Davis
(a very helpful book, but not quite finished yet)
I'm sure I'll add more....
Even with this list of books, I choose to not just read book after book after book. Even just a handful of these books listed have much of the truth I need to move forward. I need to remember that God's word has all the teaching I need. I need to ask myself, am I satisfied with God's answer alone? Am I looking for a better answer that in the end really won't satisfy? The more books I read, the more color in insight I have, but it doesn't necessarily add to the truth.
Lake Highlands Tennis!
It all started in 7t h grade. Early cold mornings in the dark with Mr. Hensel. Over the years, we watched the boys battle and work together. So many tournaments, matches, Newks, College Station, and Longhorn Tennis camp. This year, Coach Helms has guided this team and is working to make them one. We look forward to watching the seniors lead the way!
Love 18 represents a lot. Love is a tennis term, but it also represents the way the LH tennis team has loved Austin and our family this summer. 18 represents the fact that he would have graduated in 2018 and that so many praying on the 18th minute of every hour during the darkest hours and in the days that followed. This year, the Love 18 symbol is on uniforms, on the back of cars, and in our front yard.
Tennis has been such a part of our lives the last year. As the year started, we mourned not being part of the tennis family...even though we knew we were always welcome. Due to some other issues, Samantha decided to try out and made the team. So, we are thankful we get to cheer her on!
Lake Highlands Tennis, we love you!
"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." - Colossians 3:14
So thankful for Samantha and Charlie and all the great things ahead. Junior year will be busy and hard. 8th grade will be over before we know it. These kids are gonna take us on a journey that is both exhausting and so fun.
This has also been so hard. Seventeen years of back to school photos. Little did I know he would not be here for a picture. So many memories. So sad. What do I do with all of this? We would welcome more chaos in our house if Austin was here. His absence is glaring. He is missed. It's not suppose to be this way.
We're going back to school. We're not gonna crawl back in bed (at least not today). We're gonna cheer on our kids and all the kids we love. Yes, its hard. We may cry on the spot. We don't care. We're gonna trust that the waters and flames of this very difficult journey will not overwhelm us!
“"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” - Isaiah 43:2 NASB
A few years ago, Austin and I visited Mission of Hope in Haiti along with some other families to serve them. Later, here in Dallas, we were able to participate in packing meals that were destine for Haiti. One of Austin's charities he loved was Mission of Hope. In the time since Austin's passing, friends thought it would be a good idea to partner with Feed My Staving Children again and this time do it in Austin's honor. This Saturday, we had a great turnout and great fun.
In our 2 hour window, we packed 590 boxes with 127,440 meals that will feed 349 kids for a year! Everyone made such a huge gift and impact! And we so appreciate those that were not able to join who sent in $ for the meals! Our family loves to serve together and this is a fun way to do it. Who doesn’t love to wear hairnets anyways??!!??
We are so thankful for everyone who has come along side us remember Austin and doing something that will help so many others!
Why do we run? Forest Gump said he just felt like running. We know he had another reason...probably something to do with Jenny. I ran long before Austin did. I had another reason....it gave me time to work out things in my head. Austin loved to run. One day he came home from church and said, "I'm gonna loop the lake today." He did. Why? I think he wanted to be in shape and have another thing he accomplished. I also think he just enjoyed it. He loved to have a good work out. He loved top look at the views over White Rock Lake. He didn't need any big reason. I do. Austin ran the half marathon and this year he wanted to run the full. I need to work some things out while running, So, no better reason to run the Dallas half-marathon. That's right...half-marathon. My full marathon days are over. Javar was planning on running with Austin. He still plans to run it. So, we'll be training most Saturdays. Run the marathon. Run the half-marathon. Run the relay. Come cheer us on. Or, join us for a breakfast taco afterwards!
"Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." 1 Cor 9:25