My dear baby son Andrew Wesley Brademeyer
I know we’re supposed to share your biography right now….that you were my belated valentine born February 17, 1998 in Leawood, Kansas and that you moved to Arizona when you were 3 years old. That you have an older sister Paige and brother-in-law Jordan and a cute nephew Joshua and you also have an older brother Daniel and a sister-in-law Maddie and soon to be beautiful new niece Ryleigh. You have wonderful Grandparents on both sides, Grandpa and Grandma Rupert and Grandma Brademeyer including your Grandpa Brademeyer who preceded you in death January 2003 and so many aunts, uncles and cousins as well. You recently mourned the loss of your Uncle Tim in March this year. You also had a daddy who loved you so much and showed you so well the heart of our Good and Perfect Father God. You were the most like your daddy and shared his love of so many things like books, coffee, philosophy, deep thinking and non-materialistic pursuits of life towards becoming an authentic self. You were so smart and excelled in school and graduated Mesquite High School in 2016 with honors and merit commendation and had the highest scholarship at Arizona State University. You attended there for 1 year and then took the bold brave step to follow your dream and make your mark in the music scene. You were a talented musician and artist with a passion for music. You went to the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Science in Gilbert/Tempe and received your certification last year and then completed an internship at Sound Factory in Hollywood, CA last fall and worked with master producer Mark Ronson. You dreamed of having your own recording studio and set up an amateur studio first in our home and then in the place you moved into just this spring as you left our nest to begin life out on your own. You recently told dad that your goal was to establish yourself in the Arizona and Phoenix music scene. To supplement your music dream you were a master barista at Sozo Coffee House the past 3 ½ years and just got hired and were in training to work fulltime at Press Coffee in Old Town Scottsdale. You were excited to attend a Big Thief concert in Oakland, CA and spend time in L.A. with friends and go to Disneyland but sadly for us this is where your story this side of heaven came to an end on October 30, 2019.
I never dreamed when I held you as my baby that I would only have such a short time with you. You were such a sweet baby, so easy and so happy. I should have known that music was in your heart from the start as you always were singing even from a little age. You had wonder in your soul too and that wonder made you eager to learn and read and explore. I’m coming to see sweet boy that even though your years were short you lived your full life. As your brother Dan said, ‘you liked the best things’. You loved people. You loved authentic and genuine. You would not settle for anything less than a pure and real life. You didn’t want status quo. You had a vision for your life that was really grand that we could not really see. You didn’t value money or possessions or what people thought of you. You valued people, memories and things that would live beyond just what was trending. You loved the marginalized and the hurting, the ones unnoticed and not seen. You loved those with scars because you had some of your own and you were working out the purpose and meaning of your life and you were a true seeker of what is true in the most genuine sense.
When I think of all the prayers I have prayed for you through the years I now see that they have all been answered. I prayed you would live fully alive and you did. I prayed you would be authentic and a true self and you were. I prayed you would desire the true prize, the pearl of great price Jesus and you would find real and forever life in Him and you did. I prayed you would shine as the stars in the sky and show others the way to light and life and you have.
Oh how we will miss you so much and there are so many things we loved about you that we will miss not having you here with us as your sister Paige wrote…your one of a kind goodwill style, your sense of humor, your deep, thoughtful mind, your brilliant understanding of things too great for most of us, your ability to drink more Dr Pepper and eat more candy than anyone, your beautiful head of hair, and most of all your gentle, loving, steady presence that has always made our family complete. Most of all we will miss your amazing hugs! We take comfort in knowing that although you packed your suitcase for a trip to L.A. you ended up in a much more perfect place where all your hopes and dreams have fully come true. How wonderful to know as dad always quoted Kierkegaard ‘you completed your task to become a true self before God’. And now to think of you playing and recording your music for heaven to hear and enjoying all your dreams coming true forever makes me smile. I know all you ever wanted was to be fully known and loved and now you are.
I am so grateful we were the ones blessed to call you ours Andrew Wesley and I got to be your mom and have a front row seat to your life. I feel there was so much more I needed to still teach you but I see now that you already knew and you were the one to teach me how to truly live life to the full so now I press on forever changed by your example. I know you will not come back to us but we look forward to the day we will come to you. Oh I hope you know how very proud I am of you that you lived so brave and I hope you know how very much I loved you more than I can ever express and I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be. You were never mine to possess but only to take care of so today the only way I am able to let you go is because I know I can put you in the safe hands of our Good and Beautiful Jesus to care for you until I see you again and I will also put myself in His hands and trust Him to care for me too until that day I get to see you again and enjoy one of your amazing hugs my sweet boy. I will always remain your biggest fan and you will always be my STAR. Now Go Shine Bright my baby boy and this is not goodbye but see you someday.
All my love forever and ever,
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