I know I'm a little late for the book, but I still wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. Em was such an amazing person - I'm so lucky and grateful that she responded to me, a perfect stranger, for the room I had for rent. I'm pretty sure she saved my life. She was so needed at that time in my life and I will never be able to fully express my gratitude or understand the forces that made it so our paths would cross or how hard it was to say goodbye when she moved back to Colorado. Em felt like a sister to me, we became so close. I would have done anything for her. Thanks for helping me remember that each day is a gift and that, despite all of the awful, it's okay to smile. I'll miss you like crazy Miss Emily.
That laugh, the most awesome laugh in the world made the hottest most earliest mornings at the stampede all worth it. Really it made every day worth it. There are so many memories to list but one of the most reminding of days was just before stampede last year. Jess, me, and you were all getting ready for the weekend and trailered the horses over to Casey Jones just to ride. We talked for a while and decided the horses weren't going to ride themselves as jess was already on one and we (you) decided put our back pain aside and saddled up. Really the only reason I knew it would be okay was because you said it would be, then you smiled and laughed. Half the day went by as the drill team practices and we chuckled on the sidelines and cracked jokes, and of course talked about how awesome our weekend was going to be; which by this point we were so thirsty anything would've done just fine, and so sunburned, well, we didn't even have words for that. You looked at me and just said "well at least we can fix the thirsty part." So instead of just grabbing water out of the truck of course we did what we do anytime were out with jess, looked at eachother and said "SONNNIIICCCCCC." So we hopped in the car and drove up there to get our giant super sized cups and then tots....and then...burgers....and then we forgot we were supposed to take jess a drink back, which of course we laughed about.... on the way back we talked about our backs and how much they were now going to hurt all weekend, and you turned to me and said, just as you always did "we can do all things through him that gives us strength ya know." I miss that emmy. And the stampede "em"mories, goodness me so so many but I will hold those close to my heart and you too; forever and ever...and probably an eternity after that... and your smile and laugh forever ingrained in my mind with ever step happy lovely "em"ories to last a lifetime :)
First off I want to give my condolences to the entire Porter/ Bristow family.. I cannot even imagine what you all are going through!! Wow!!!! Emily I don't even know where to start... We met back in the sixth grade you were Spice and I was Pickle... We used to do everything together.. Between track, baseball manager, 4-H, and just being best friends we spent every waking moment together!! 4-H was always a blast we rode horses daily!! I remember one day we are outside sunbathing and fell asleep.. We both woke up looking like little tomatoes especially you with your White skin, and that night we had to go ride the horses and we could barely get our pants on we were so burnt and it hurt so bad!! You being Miss Betty Crocker when we had a project for cooking class and we burnt the popcorn and had a grease fire and covered my parents kitchen in oil... HA HA.. We were hurting and in so much trouble but all we could do is laugh!!! All the times we would play basketball at your house with Nicole and your brothers, or riding the 4 wheelers back and forth to each others houses!! I could seriously go on for days of all the memories we had together. I'll never quite understand why The lord took you so soon. We just have to remember that he has a plan for everyone of us!!! I will for ever cherish every last memory and laugh that we shared!!! To the Porter family, always remember that Emily loved you all very very much! She will be missed by every last person she came in contact with!! I will forever love and miss you Spice!!
To the family who shows the world what unconditional love truly is.
This family has taught me so much about how important it is to have and show love and support from our families. I've been blessed to know this family since I was in the second grade. In high school I became a little closer to Emily and her family because I dated Lucas for about 9 months during my freshman year. I can only imagine how horrifying that was for Emily as the older sister, but she always made me feel loved anyway.
Emily and I were in student council together for a year and one thing I always remembered was how nicely she dressed even on her worst days. You have to look good to feel good and she always looked beautiful. Her smile absolutely lit up any room she walked in to.
We weren't ever on the track team together because her back pain had bothered her enough so she had stopped by the time I joined. I threw in high school though and I distinctly remember her stopping by one day to say hello to some friends and she ended up trying to teach me how to throw discus. I was pretty much unteachable in that event, but she was patient with me anyway and did what she could. It amazes me that someone could show such kindness and patience with anyone she interacts with.
I'm so thankful to have known her and I'm I am so thankful to know her family. My heart is with the Porters.
Man oh man I don't even know where to begin. We have been through so much together in the 8 years we have been friends and sisters. From boys to trucks to random dance parties and going out dancing and other random shenanigans such as putting on an obnoxious song, rolling down the windows and dancing and singing and not giving a care as to the people looking at us funny. There are the random trips to Walmart in sweat pants and boots, the trip to the NWSS on Martin Luther King day, riding horses and going on random trips in the truck, singing to just about every song that came on the radio. The conversations we would have and we knew we could talk about anything and while we may not agree on everything, we could leave it in the conversation and move on. I miss your laugh and your voice. "Funny how the good ones go too soon but the good lord knows the reasons why I guess. Sometimes the greater plan is kinda hard to understand. Right now it don't make sense, I can't make it all make sense." Emily Sue , we have sang
these words so many times riding around in Silver (my truck) but I honestly
never thought I would be singing them about you. We had many talks about what we were going to do when we decided to grow up and made plans for this summer such as Stampede, hiking and camping, riding horses, bonfires and going dancing to other places we had never been before. You were one of my own personal cheerleaders, along with my other friends, helping me and pushing me to pursue my dreams. When we talked just a week before your passing, I know we said we wouldn't put anything on Facebook because that isn't how we wanted to remember each other, and honestly I still haven't been able to go to your page and read everything because it makes me sad. You are loved by so many Em, and I know you knew that. Being around your family has helped in so many ways, there are just too many to count. The sting of your news still hurts, and I often find myself crying for no reason at a random time. I hope you are at peace Em, I know you are with The Lord. There are not many 23 year olds that spoke of their faith the way you did. I hope you watch over all those hurting, and you guide them through the dark times and rejoice with them in the happy times. I will keep saying our favorite bible verse "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" to help get through the rough patches. Stampede will not be the same without you Emmy. As I keep telling your parents, Wes, Audrey, little soon-to-be June
Mary-Sue, Lucas and Tyler .... We will get through this together. I love you so
much Emmy Sue and miss you every single day. Rest easy Em, your entry fees have been paid. You are now a princess of the sky.
Mike, Shelley, Wes, Audrey. Louie and Tyler,
You are all in my thoughts and prayer every morning when I get up and every
night before I go to bed. I am here for you guys, you all have been a part of my
life for so long and have become a part of my family. I love you all very much.
We will be together through the good and hard times.