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July 08, 2013
I just found today that you gone and I can't believe it... Why? You left and I didn't get to tell you how much I love you and how much I miss you. I love you soooo much. You were sweet, kind, gentle and sincere. You are gone but the time we spend together I will always keep in my heart and there you will always always be alive! I will always love you!
July 06, 2013
One of my favorite things about Wil was his ability to let everyone be who they were. His thinking was a level beyond typical. He would always make me laugh and bring me back to reality when I was worried or thought I knew the answer by saying things like, "Mom, how do you know?" One of the stories he told me to helped me confirm his though process was as follows. Wil was a truly remarkable man and those of us who knew him received a great and precious gift. I cannot say enough or adequately express exactly how wonderful he is to me, but some of you know.
Who Knows? The Farmer's Son:

Fortune or Misfortune?

One day in late summer, an old farmer was working in his field with his old sick horse. The farmer felt compassion for the horse and desired to lift its burden. So he left his horse loose to go the mountains and live out the rest of its life.

Soon after, neighbors from the nearby village visited, offering their condolences and said, "What a shame. Now your only horse is gone. How unfortunate you are!. You must be very sad. How will you live, work the land, and prosper?" The farmer replied: "Who knows? We shall see".

Two days later the old horse came back now rejuvenated after meandering in the mountainsides while eating the wild grasses. He came back with twelve new younger and healthy horses which followed the old horse into the corral.


Word got out in the village of the old farmer's good fortune and it wasn't long before people stopped by to congratulate the farmer on his good luck. "How fortunate you are!" they exclaimed. You must be very happy!" Again, the farmer softly said, "Who knows? We shall see."

At daybreak on the next morning, the farmer's only son set off to attempt to train the new wild horses, but the farmer's son was thrown to the ground and broke his leg. One by one villagers arrived during the day to bemoan the farmer's latest misfortune. "Oh, what a tragedy! Your son won't be able to help you farm with a broken leg. You'll have to do all the work yourself, How will you survive? You must be very sad". they said. Calmly going about his usual business the farmer answered, "Who knows? We shall see"


Several days later a war broke out. The Emperor's men arrived in the village demanding that young men come with them to be conscripted into the Emperor's army. As it happened the farmer's son was deemed unfit because of his broken leg. "What very good fortune you have!!" the villagers exclaimed as their own young sons were marched away. "You must be very happy." "Who knows? We shall see!", replied the old farmer as he headed off to work his field alone.


As time went on the broken leg healed but the son was left with a slight limp. Again the neighbors came to pay their condolences. "Oh what bad luck. Too bad for you"! But the old farmer simply replied; "Who knows? We shall see."

As it turned out the other young village boys had died in the war and the old farmer and his son were the only able bodied men capable of working the village lands. The old farmer became wealthy and was very generous to the villagers. They said: "Oh how fortunate we are, you must be very happy", to which the old farmer replied, "Who knows? We shall see!"
If anyone feels Wil's presence I would love to hear from you. I am struggling with the unknown and would like to know he's happy.
July 05, 2013
What a wonderful person and family. I'm so lucky I had the chance to meet Will at Chrissy's wedding. He was so nice, friendly and funny. I am so very sorry for this great loss. I will be thinking of you all at this difficult time and sending hugs and prayers your way.
June 29, 2013
To laugh often and much

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.
June 28, 2013
Billie,
My heart aches for you, I wish I could hug you... Know that I am thinking of you and hope you are managing as well as possible.
June 22, 2013
Dear Billie and Chrissy,
For days now I have been trying to think of just the right words to comfort you at this incredibly sad time. I wish I had found those magic words that would make all of your pain go away. I did not find any words, but I did find people. Everyone that I have run into or talked to is thinking of you and praying for you. There are so many people who care about you both, and I hope that you can take comfort in their love, support, and friendship and that you can lean on those you love during this very difficult time.
June 20, 2013
Dear Billie...We are deeply sorry for your loss and ask God to wrap you in His arms and hold you ever so tight during this difficult time. Your Tesago family loves you will continue to lift you and your family in prayer. Love, The Duffy Family
June 18, 2013
Billie and Chrissy-here is a poem that I read at my brother's funeral 21 years ago. I must have read it 100 times or more over the past year and it really brings me peace each time. I hope it speaks to you the way it did to me.

A Child Of Mine

I will lend you, for a little time,
A child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief.
You'll have his lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over,
In search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain.
Nor hate me when I come
To take him home again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
'Dear Lord, Thy will be done!'
For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we've planned.
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.
June 17, 2013
Billy, I am so very sorry for your loss. My love and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
June 17, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. So very sorry for your loss.
Morlock Family

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