we all know that a big, powerful truck is always handy to have around. that is the reason we bought our dodge ram, long bed, extended cab, diesel truck several years ago! mitch said that we got it so we could make friends because you know that the guy with the truck always gets called to "help out"! so far it has worked!
here are some of the reasons why we love our truck:
*it pulled our fifth wheel around for 7 weeks on our sabbatical last year
*it helped while landscaping our front yard and backyard as it hauled tons and tons of dirt, gravel, allen blocks, sod, plants, rocks, .... well you get the picture!
*it moved a bunch of junk, i mean stuff, to our storage unit
*it helped haul big power tools here and there
*it's good for taking trips to the dump
*it's moved several people into new homes
*it has been mitch's "tent" on several young men camping trips
over the years we have found new and exciting uses for our truck, however, this weekend we were honored to find yet another use for it!
if you remember, back in march our ward family lost a young hero when 16 year old ross barfuss went into the ocean in an attempt to rescue a stranger in the surf (go here and here to read the story).
well, about a month ago they found ross' body and the family was able to bury him this past saturday. when mitch found out that the dna test came back positive for ross, he went to the family's home that night. as they planned for the dedication of the grave site, the family didn't feel like a hearse was ross. knowing how much ross LOVED mitch's truck, they asked if mitch would carry the casket to the grave in our truck. we were absolutely honored that they asked this of us!
mitch recalled a time when ross ran up to him in the church parking lot during a youth activity and excitedly said, "mitch, i love your truck! i'm going to have a truck just like it someday!" it only seemed appropriate that ross would get one last ride in the truck that he loved so much!
not only was mitch able to drive the "hearse", but i was equally honored to photograph the event! here are some of my favorites:
we have truly been blessed to know the barfuss family, and our prayers continue to be with them! "rest forever from this world, ross! may angels lead you in."