Aj was the best cousin ever. We couldn't ask for a sillier cousin. He was just like my brother and I loved annoying him. But the truth is that I love him and I miss him very much. He made us laugh all the time. He loved playing video games with my brothers Zac and Alex and I watched him to. One day he put on my tutu without me telling him to and we all laugh and I think he was the craziest person in the family besides papa. I love him very much. I will pray for Aunt Stephonie, Uncle Jo, Pip, Cam, baby girl, granmall, and papa
I remember when i first met aj right away we became friends and he was always being awesome sense ill never forget the day i first met him he was and awesome friend who will certainly be missed.
Me and AJ were pretty close. At the beginning of the school year I really didn't have many friends. I was at my locker getting my stuff out. I closed my locker and was just about to leave when AJ caught my attention and said, "Hey, you forgot to clear your locker." I told him thanks and went to class. Then I got in class, I found out that ne sat right next to me! We talked all the time. He always made me laugh. We were in almost every class together! The last time we talked was in Math. He was making jokes about viners. I will miss im dearly. He will always have a place in my heart. Love you AJ. <3
I will always remember when AJ got in front of the whole pod and beatboxed. We were doing a project in science to where you had to write a rap. He was so good! I really do miss him.
"I'm an 8th grader at Stanton and I wasn't the closest with AJ. But whenever I got the chance to say hey or ask him what's up he was always skiddish to answer around all the big kids. I remember at lacrosse camp AJ came up and asked if middle school was scary. I told him that as long as he would be himself everyone would love him. And over this past few months I've saw he took my advice, because everyone misses him. Every time I saw him I would sing apart of a song and say "Ohhhhh we've made it this faaaaaaar" and he would say just the last word "Kid" To this day I can't help but smile and I never say the world "kid" because I know he's finishing the song for me. I can't believe that he would be 12 in just a few days. I love you man"
AJ didn't know me....but I knew AJ:)He was the first kind soul to welcome my boys to Kent. This fall, was the first year that all three of my kids have attended Kent City Schools. In preparation, and to meet new friends, my boys wanted to try lacrosse through the Kent Parks and Recreation department. That was the first time they met AJ. And I "experienced" AJ... I say that because being in his presence was and experience. You never forgot him once you met him. He was quiet, but a standout. Respectful but memorable. That blond hair lit up the entire area...even outside! Even more, his personality and talent on the field just drew you to him. AJ welcomed my kids with enthusiasm and made them feel that transitioning to Kent was going to be okay. I will never forget the day Grant found out that he and AJ were going to be in the same pod at Stanton. He told me with a huge grin on his face: "AJ is in my POD"!!!! He was going to know not just anyone at Stanton, but AJ!!! AJ "Bravehearted" on the lacrosse field with my younger son, Drew, on a number of occasions...Drew lost every time, but looked forward to another try. Drew was so looking forward to his "re-match" next year with AJ on the lacross field- another time and place:) Meeting AJ was a gift. Not only to my children, but to me as a mother. He made my kids feel comfortable, which put me at ease and let me breathe a sigh of relief. His kindness was unforgettable and generosity contagious! As I said in the beginning, AJ didn't know me, but I sure knew AJ... to know him is to love him! Thank you AJ, for a gift I can never repay, even when you were just being YOU!! Bless your sweet soul <3
AJ would give away something he really wanted to make others happy. I made a turkey sandwich for AJ every morning for his school lunch. I would let him pick out the other snacks he wanted in his lunch. One morning I noticed there was a bag of Beef Jerky that was about half full sitting in our cupboard. I knew him so well. I know he would love it, so I asked if he wanted me to put it in his lunchbox. He was excited that I found it for him to take. When AJ came home that day, the first thing out of his mouth was "Guess what happened at lunch." I knew exactly what he did. I knew it. He started saying "Liam wanted a piece of the beef jerky, and Luke wanted a piece. Then this other boy wanted some, and this girl at the table wanted some." I stopped him and said "AJ, let me guess, You did not get any of your beef jerky." He said "No, Everyone around me wanted a piece." And he passes out all of it to his friends without saving any for himself.
Love you, Bud.
When AJ was about 2 and a half he was sitting on the "potty" while I was getting ready for work. He was looking at the back of my legs and sweetly and innocently said to me, "Dranma! You have such pretty colors in your legs!" (Referring to my varicose veins) I guess beauty IS in the eye of the beholder! Thank you, AJ, for making grandma feel pretty with her colorful legs!!
Ashton always made me laugh...from the time he was little he was always doing something funny. When he was 2...he and Steph were at my apartment, we came out to he trying to pump his own "ta-ta's"...we have a pic of him hooked up properly my breast pump (I had just had my Zac). Another is of his big heart who loved his momma so very deeply. Steph and Aj were inseparable. Wherever she went he'd go too. AJ was the kinda of kid who would get up early for school just to make his mom coffee and a bagel. He found joy in making her smile. My sister's love for AJ was never questionable. One of the last times we talked AJ was telling me that she was working really hard and not getting a lot of sleep...God knows that their bond will forever be united bc a love that deep never dies.I could tell story after story about this blonde hair, blue eyed boy who was the beloved child by our family. He came to us as a gift...I am blessed to be this boys aunt but privileged to be his friend. Ashton Jacob...I'm proud of you kid. You continue to show me daily that this life is but a vapor...I can't wait until we are all together again!!!i...Love...YOU!!!!