††††††††††† Hope all is well, it has been a little over a month and I wanted to write and let everyone know how things were going.† The best thing right now is the weather is starting to warm up here.† We have been staying very busy.† Basketball season finished up about a week and half ago.† The guys improved as the year went on, the record didnít show how much we had improved, but some games late in the season showed that we could play with several of the teams in the district.†
††††††††††† After losing out of the district tournament that Friday we had a hardware show in Orlando, FL so Desirae, Destiny, my mom, my dad, and I headed to Charlotte to catch a plane to Orlando.† We had a great time; we stayed until Wed and visited Walt Disney World a few days while there.† Some of the rides and the things we could remember from last year were tough at times, but we have to go on to be fair to Destiny.† Destiny I donít think remembered anything from last year, the only thing that she asked which was tough to answer was when we told her that we were going to fly she wanted to know if we would get to she Brub Brub in the sky.† Not real sure how to answer that one, but we told her that he was a lot higher than any plane could ever fly.† She still misses him a lot, probably more than we will ever know.† I just canít imagine how much fun they would be having right now, and how much fun we would be having with them, but like I have said before the best is yet to come.† The trip was a lot of fun and the weather was great.† We flew back into Charlotte on Wed and got back into town on Wed night.†
††††††††††† On January the 27th we headed down to Kingsport, TN to hear a gospel group called the Dove Brothers.† They are well known and have some great music.† One of the singers great niece was at Duke with us and the weird thing is I was talking with her mother one night and telling her how a couple of their songs were awesome and how they were helping me get through day to day problems and she told me the tenor was her uncle, small world.† They put on a great show and I got to speak to him after the concert and he knew Chance and knew us, it was about a 2 Ĺ hour drive and it was worth every minute.†
††††††††††† This next story is one that really touched me.† The lady from Advanced Auto had emailed us and wanted to know if we would be interested in coming down to the Monster Truck Show again this year.† Everyone knows how special that weekend was last year, if not go back and look in the journal archives from Feb.† Well the same driver was back that drove Grave Digger last year.† His name is Randy Brown and I want to tell you he is a top notch class act person.† He wanted to know if we were going to make it to the Show, well Destiny and all of us had been sick, but I would love the opportunity to see him again and Thank them for what they did for Chance and us last year.† After arriving at the Roanoke Civic Center I was trying to get an opportunity to speak to Randy before the show and let him know we were there, but I was sure he wouldnít recognize or remember me because all of the fans he sees.† Well they happen to come out just for a second and yelled down to speak to him and he looked up and he remember and said that he had my number, but just didnít have an opportunity to call.† I told him it was OK and that my wife and daughter were with me and to put on a show.† Well first round of racing he got beat out which was disappointing then came freestyle.† Well if you remember last year Chance got to judge the freestyle and Randy flipped it over and then climbed out and said that the run he just did was for Chance.† This year Randy was going to have to have a great run to ever beat some of the other guys numbers, he started off kind of off slow, but I just keep praying that he could do it, then the last 30 seconds he left nothing on the table.† After going over his time limited and crushing this and that and doing all kids of donuts they finally shut him down.† After the run the numbers added up and he had won, it brought tears to Desirae and me.† Then once again, here is what kind of person he is, he got out and was talking and before he finished, he wanted to say hello to some special friends, Brian, Desirae, and Destiny and just wanted us to know he had a special passenger with him tonight.† Man this was tough, but I knew he was right and meant every word he said.† After everyone was clearing out to go stand in the long line to get autographs and I mean long line Randy kept looking around. We never could get close enough to talk to him and the Civic Center people were trying to get us to leave.† I told one of them that I was a friend of Randy Brownís, just like everyone else that had been there that night, I told him that I wasnít leaving until I talked to him.† About that time I yelled at him and he saw us, he dropped everything he was doing and ran over to us.† He just wanted us to know how much Chance had meant to him and his family, he had taken his kids to the website the day he passed away and explained everything to them.† He could quit talking about how much Chance had touched him and just kept hugging Desirae and I.† He will never know how much those two special days meant to us last year and the words he said at both shows, he is a very special person.† As we said our good byes we tried to get through the long line of kids and parents waiting on him to sign autographs, but he took the time out to spend with us and then I guarantee he signed every autograph no matter how late it got.†
††††††††††† Things are still going well; we are still working on Chanceís stone.†† We just want to make sure we make the right decision.† We still miss him everyday, the weather is starting to warm up and just think about all of the things that we could be doing together, but those days will come. Desirae is still busy working on her Cancer bracelets and Domestic Violence bracelets.† Destiny is growing, starting to shoot a little basketball, and we have planned on taking her to her first race in May at Charlotte.† It will be a truck race, a short one; I can still remember taking him.† A lot of things can be taking away, but memories last forever.† Since basketball is over the store is starting to get busy, today I went and spoke at two different churches, which I really enjoy.† Like I said before things and days are passing by, we still miss him so much, I donít know how to explain it.† It is tough, but the promise that God has given us makes it easier and the peace and strength he gives us makes it easier.†
††††††††††† I know a lot of people still donít know what to say, but we are OK with talking about Chance, we want you to still ask how we are doing, donít be afraid that you might say the wrong thing.† We still love to hear people mention about him.† It helps us get through and helps us remember how much he touched people.† Once again Thanks for checking on us, and you will never know how much we appreciate everything each and everyone of you have done for us over the last year and three months.† Till next month enjoy everyday and tell your kids, family, friends, and everyone else that you love them and how much they mean to you.
††††††††††† Brian, Desirae, Destiny, and Angel Chance