I'm probably very biased but I think all of my boys are pretty amazing. I'm sure Jalen was meant to come to us as the eldest in the family because he has such a beautiful spirit. He always tries to do the right thing and has had to take on a lot of extra responsibility being the eldest, but especially because he was Noah's big brother.
On the day of Aaron's funeral he was extremely sad, but the Jay that we know and love came out at different times. He always know how to make us smile with his silly sense of humour.
It is so hard seeing him so upset and not understanding why it has all happened. I wish I could just take all of the pain away from him.
On the way back from St Helens on the morning after Aaron passed away, Jay and Harri both started to talk about what they wanted to say in their talks at Aaron's funeral. I didn't even have to ask them if they wanted to speak - they both just knew they wanted to. I was amazed at Harri's and Jay's strength to get up at Noah's funeral and speak, so I was even more proud of them that they wanted to, and were able to speak about Aaron on such a hard day.
This is Jalen's talk which he wrote himself the day after Aaron passed away.
My dad to some of you was a teacher, husband, son, friend, family member but to me he was the best father ever. No offence to all the other dads out there but I think my dad is the best dad anyone could have and here are a few stories.
If you know my dad well you should know he is a very funny man. He had a joke for every situation. He always liked to do impressions of mum which always cracks me up. It is hilarious.
Now my dad loves his footy. He always talks about it and gets stressed when Hawthorn play. It was the 2008 grand final day and my dad cried for joy when the siren went. That is how much he loves his footy!
Also one time I came into the lounge room while Hawthorn and Essendon was playing and all I could hear was dad yelling at the television and him punching the ground. It was intense!
He did not just love his footy, he all loved his American sport like the NBA. Dad, Harri and I always bagged each other out for liking which teams we went for, and always played basketball on the Wii and he always beat me. Wenever our team versed each other we always used to bag each other and attack each other.
He loved Kings Meadows High School so much and he loved the staff and the students so much and I know he will love for everyone at the school to keep strong and work hard.
I am going to miss Dad so much, but I know he will want me to keep strong.
I love you Dad I hope you are having a great time with Noah. I know you missed him heaps. I will miss you heaps.
I love you Dad you are the best father ever.