photo taken july 25, 2014 // Denver, Colorado
This photo gives me a glimpse into the little boy Raffa is becoming as he transitions from baby to toddler/child. Everyone says the transition from crawling to walking goes quickly, and now I believe it. In the span of about two weeks Raffa is less a baby and more a independent little human being.
And, this week, I have been reminded of the powerful beauty and happiness Raffa brings into my life, even in difficult times. As my family and I faced the tragic loss of my uncle, my mom's brother, Raffa's and Asher's (my nephew) sweetness, was just about the only thing that could put a smile on our faces.
My uncle was a good man with a good heart and he loved his family. He was hard working, ambitious, and intelligent. He had a fantastic sense of humor. He was all those things and so much more to so many people; but most importantly at his core, he was a good human. He was an irreplaceable part of the fabric of my family and our lives. We lost him on Monday and none of us will ever be the same.
Steve Elsen // July 18, 1965 - July 21, 2014
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