He lived ready... Aaron S. Williams, 29, passed away February 4, 2010 following a long, proud and fierce battle with kidney cancer. A valiant warrior, he lived his life with graceful purpose. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16, Aaron deliberately marched to the beat of a different drum, defying all medical odds to graduate from Brentwood Christian High School in 1999 and the University of Texas in 2004 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His talents were employed as a Research Engineer at U.T.'s Center for Electro-Mechanics. Aaron taught us how to live. His indomitable spirit, unwavering obsession for Star Wars and gaming, selfless love for family and friends, and contagious passion for Christ inspired all.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Birthday Remembrances

On Saturday, August 21st, a few friends gathered at the cemetery to remember Aaron's 30th birthday. We sang two of Aaron's favorite hymns-- How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace and wrote messages to him in silly string. This was reminiscent of past birthdays when we had silly string fights on his birthday or sometimes, silly string ambushes. The last message was, "For the Win", which is how WOW raids were ended. Then we headed back to the house where others joined us for a BBQ and Swim. I'm sorry I don't have pictures of that part. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing more of his friends and were amazed how much their little ones had grown!

We heart you, Aaron.

On August 19th, Aaron's birthday, there were other celebrations.
The Molleur RLG remembered Aaron at P.F. Changs,

...and the Messing RLG celebrated with a Star Wars Movie Night.

"Aaron will be missed but more importantly, Aaron will be remembered" Uncle Les at Memorial Service.

Aaron, Dad and I remember you as a peacemaker. As much as you loved WOW, it was more about the relationships you were building. You would rather play with Tara than blaze ahead on your own quests. When you were living at home, I distinctly remember the last time I ever chided you for playing too much WOW. You responded, "Mom, I don't hurt when I'm playing."

Dad says you were such a happy guy. But it went so much deeper-- you were content-- completely comfortable in your own skin. You adored God and loved to worship Him. I remember on our trips to Dallas you inviting me to join you and Tara as you read the Bible and prayed.

I like how you explained difficult concepts to me in a way I could understand. Whether it was something the doctors had said or whether it was about God... or Dad. I like to imagine you are up in Heaven figuring things out and by the time I get there, you will explain the difficult concepts to me. Your life and words are sweet memories. Happy Birthday!