Friday, March 25, 2011

Tonia's 3 Year Returning Home

With all that's been happening it is hard to believe it has only been 3 short years since our beloved Tonia went home. it is difficult to keep up on some days. Since last year we have had 3 graduate high school and now 2 have joined the Army. Payton is stationed in Korea and has gotten married before he went. RileyJohn has just recently joined and will be going to Basic training in August. Austin is working on starting a new eco friendly airline company. To add to this we have a new grand son named Terikk thru RileyJohn. Terikk is one of the cutest kids this side of anywhere and looks so much like his dad. Tonia would be very happy with this bundle of joy. These are the moments I am sad that Tonia can not be here for. There is so much turmoil in the world and at times in the family that I am happy she is not going thru but these proud moments and especially these Grandparent type moments I know she would love. I hope Heavenly Father let her hold little Terikk before he came. I remember how much love Tonia felt for the children and can only imagine how good a grandmother she will be when the chance comes. Kristi is certainly doing a great job though so there will be no current loss of spoiling and loving for Terikk while we wait for that reunion. Our other kids are groing right along with Sage as a junior and Brady will be getting his drivers license later this summer. Kaya and Dax are in the 8th grade and Chance is in 6th.

Tonia's tree is just rocking in our yard. In last years picture it was still way off the ground but all last summer I was trimming it off the ground a few inches to mow around it and the branches were so thick you could barely see the lights thru them in the summer. It makes a cool halo on the ground under it though and during the winter the lights shine really beautiful.

I am ever so grateful for the care given to Tonia by our Father in Heaven. And to the many people who helped him bring her that care. I know she still has an influence on our lives and pray that our children can feel it too. Kristi often comments on how thankful she is to Tonia for teaching me to be a better husband and father and I am grateful for that as well. I am equally grateful for Kristi helping me continue to improve. While I am not looking for any thing to happen soon I do look forward to the day Tonia and Kristi get to know one another in person. I believe it will be a day of great Joy.

I am sorry if anyone reading this feels I am rambling but there is so much to say but the words and space to say it elude me. There is great emotion in my heart when I think of Tonia and I am trying to type thru watery eyes and jumbled good memories mixed with current thoughts. Suffice to say in closing, I love you Tonia as do many here on earth and happy birthday my dear Elfette.


Colleen said...

Ryan, I've been thinking about your family this week and was happy to see your post. Congratulations on the new grandbaby! I'll bet he's a cutie. He's a lucky little guy to have amazing grandparents here to spoil him and a very special angel watching over him as well. Tell RileyJohn congratulations from the Woodbury's.

Pat said...

Dear Ryan,
You are a wise man to know you have been blessed with two great companions who have taught you much about love. My question is, WHO taught you to write so beautifully? Thank you for keeping this blogspot going. Thank you for being a caring, dependable, sensitive man.
As Tonia's birthday draws closer I think even more of her loving, wise ways. It was my great blessing to be her neighbor and friend. I have no doubt Tonia continues to have a watchful eye and loving heart as a mother, and now as a grandmother too.
Love and warmest wishes to all the Eccles!
Pat Canning

Anonymous said...

Dear Ryan:
I'm sittng here in the dark thinking about Tonia and thought I would see if there was any updates on your blog. mY GRANDSON WAS BORN jAN 12 OF THIS YEAR AND i WAS SO SAD THAT i COULD NOT SHARE THE NEWS WTH tONIA, BUT LO AND BEHOLD i FIND OUT TONIGHT THAT SHE IS A GRANDMA TOO! My joy was so great that my tears splled out of my eyes! I am so happy that things are going well for you and your family. Please email me pics of your new grandson I would love to see them. With lots of love, Carolann

Joni said...

Dear Friend...It was so nice today as I was thinking of my friend and sister, Tonia. I enjoyed reading your beautiful writings. Thank you for sharing:) I often reflect on the many choice times we had together with lots of laughter too and look forward to many more. She taught me much and continues to do so. I am eternally grateful to have her in my life. I too, know what an incredible blessing and delight it is to have Kristi. I too, believe it will be a joyous occasion when they meet. I hope I get to be there:) xo Joni

The Gately Family said...

Dearest Ryan~
Thank you for sharing your personal thoughts and updating us all on your wonderful family. Congrats on the new addition and I know that Tonia is continually watching over you all and is happy with the joy you have. I would love to see pictures of sweet Terikk. You can email me at I am eternally grateful for Tonia and for you giving her such a wonderful life filled with love and joy. Thank you!
Much love and prayers to the Eccles family.