I traveled to Virginia with my mom to attend services for my cousin. We had a vigile, a viewing and a funeral which were all beautiful and filled with love. They were extremely tough to get though. Watching my cousins and my family hurt was so heart breaking. Brandon was a good man and he did not deserve to die, especially not the way he did. His three sons did not deserve to lose their father, but my family will do all they can to make sure those boys are okay. Forever. I spent a lot of genuine, quality time with my mother, and after being in Haiti for three months, I needed my mom. I missed her and I was glad we had a safe and successful trip. I saw aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that I hadn't seen in a while. Plus, Virginia has the best seafood and after this journey, I needed that too.
We bonded and despite the language barrier, we understood each other. Fredo and I laughed. We talked. We prayed. We sang. He was such a happy child and blessing in my life. I'm going to miss him and work my butt off to make sure none of the other precious children that I work with endure the same fate.
Despite everything, I spent a really pleasant Christmas with family and really special friends. I've been going out, trying new foods, making new art and remaining as present as I can be during this time. 2020 is around the corner and I plan on entering into the new year as happy as I possibly can be. 2019 was rough for my family. I am no stranger to death, but the year was also good for me. I traveled and had a ton of new experiences... I fed an emu, made my own liquor and went surfing. I went to Cuba, spent a month in Australia and found myself in the middle of a Haitian protest.
So yeah, cheers to living! Cheers to the new year!
It doesn’t even make sense!
Please pray for my family as we go through a really tough time. I’m asking God to work on my spirit of anger. This doesn’t feel real. Tell your friends and family you love them while you have the chance. I’m serious. Don’t let it be too late. Rest Easy B-Rad ❤️ 🕊We love you!
Fam(ily). - “means having someone to love you unconditionally in spite of you and your shortcomings. Family is loving and supporting one another even when it's not easy to do so.” 💕 #HuntStrong #LLBT 🕊✨
Thank you to everybody for their prayers and well wishes during my family’s time of need. We are getting through this tragedy together and remaining strong for one another. Brandon didn’t deserve to leave this world the way he did, but our unit is a blessing. So again, thank you.
STORY: I woke up to news that my cousin was killed this morning and I broke down. No matter how often we speak, that was so tough to hear. I decided that I could sit in the house and cry all day, or go out with my friends (and still cry all day, but subtilely)... Here is the result of a broken heart with good sun, red eyes, good hair and mimosas! Tell your loved ones that you love them before it’s too late. This world is crazy, man.
Show love and be good to people whenever you can.
#holdingittogether #brunch #thankGodformyfriends #redeyes
It's been a while, so let me tell you why...
1. HAITI IS GOING THROUGH IT! Wifi access and power was so hard to find simultaneously.
2. My laptop fell off the bed and the screen cracked!
3. I am now afraid to use my computer, so there's that!
Even though I haven't been blogging, I'm going to drop all my IG and Facebook posts from the past couple of months under the Around the World tab for all of you to see! <3
Happy Holidays :)
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