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1:56pm 04-10-2017
14th Anniversary - Seems like yesterday

William Joseph Streiter
September 3, 1978 -
April 5, 2003
Ashley Meredith Streiter
August 25, 1982 -
April 5, 2003
We cannot qualify the loss, the love we have is comparable to the depths of the unknown oceans. Love for the both of you is beyond the unknown.
There is nothing on this earth that we enjoyed nor loved more than to be your parents. You both made us very proud and continue to teach and inspire everyday.
From a distance, our love continues to grow.
We love you always and forever.
Mom and Dad
That though the radiance which was once so bright, be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.
William Wordsworth
5:52pm 01-19-2015
Deborah A. Streiter

There Will Be Tomorrow

Ashley only two and a half dressed up with beads around her neck standing in my pink high heals beginning to mimic me at a very young age, adorably and inquisitively asked “Is today today or today tomorrow?” That phase stuck throughout her twenty years and Billy’s remaining years left of his twenty-three and became our motto. Little did we all know that that we would live for today not knowing what tomorrow was about to bring. Tomorrow became increasingly significant as we look back – Billy would sing outside loudly at the age of three Tomorrow from the play Annie and Ashley left the Poem in her dorm room “When Tomorrow Starts Without Me”. All signs I do believe because God had a “Plan”, one that I do not agree with one however, that has impacted so many lives.

Billy and Ashley were well known and ironically both voted by their eighth grade classes as most helpful most well liked. Because of the love that they showed to all, especially to each other it was a contagious atmosphere amongst them and admired by many. That is where the “Plan” began when they were very young and because of the path that was laid and their story continues eleven years after a drunk driver took them and continues to grow and climb like ivy on a monastery wall with class and dignity. Age will not defy this story age will ripen the vine and harbor the values and commitments of life, love, values, strengths, family, morals, traditions, friends, pain and virtues. A ripple widens and froths to pay it back honoring one another out of remorse maybe or maybe out of the value of life.

So much has been lost and so much has been gained by Billy and Ashley living such a short life. So many people are gathering strength from their story, looking for little things in signs that are appearing that once were ignored. Inspirations gathered from strengths that were ignored all brought forth from tragedy, all ignored once before because today was today and tomorrow taken for granted. Now people clasp onto what they have, value and appreciate and yes ignore imperfect deeds and applaud and encourage where justified. Billy and Ashley made a difference when they were here on earth but now make a bigger difference where they are looking down upon us.
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11:15pm 09-02-2014
Billy's 35th Birthday - September 3, 1979
A Beautiful Life

Billy today is today and not tomorrow, unfortunately. Ashley always asked "Is today today or today tomorrow?" I never quite understood when she started asking at the age of two but maybe she knew. I did not know how old you would be until your best friend just celebrated his.

Your father and I were walking Basley Monday evening in Madison as the town started to come to life again with the college students returning. I asked "Why am I stuck in a rut thinking you and Ashley are still college age and it hurts so." I answered my own question "Because we can't stop pretending you are both coming home in order to survive." Your father didn't get a chance to acknowledge, as a mother was putting her family in the car and said her son's name immediately - Billy. I told your father we got our sign. We look for small things but to us they are huge they are immense. Thank you Billy and Ashley for always showing us.

I realized it's a milestone birthday and for this reason the years are passing so quickly piling the numbers which make it that much harder. Harder trying to visualize your sweet tender beautiful face and huge smile as you should have grown older. Your tenderness, kindness, extreme sense of humor, humbleness, and immense heart will always be your hallmark and truly outstanding and recognizable. I imagine you and your sister continue to help people where you are and certainly looking down upon all of us from afar.

Wondering how and where our family would be at this point is forever occupying my mind. If I had a broad brush I could not paint that beautiful picture depicting the wonderful life we had during the twenty-three years you were here with us.

I miss just watching you study, I miss your phone calls "Mom don't worry about dinner tonight I am cooking", I miss you never allowing me to be angry for a second for you would kiss me then swell your arms around me and give your ultimate bear hug. The bear hug you gave me on April 2nd lingers and will never diminish, I have that hug implemented in my mind and on my heart always.

Please know that you are missed today and every single minute of every single day more than you can ever imagine. I thought it would change, get easier however, it just gets harder pretending.

Stay forever young, vibrant, loving and charming until... We love you always and forever, lovingly Mom and Dad 2525
12:49am 08-25-2014
Ashley's birthday

Compassionate, kind, vibrant, beautiful inside and out, fun, loving, understanding, giving, moonbeams and sunshine all wrapped up into one tiny little package - our Ashley. We miss you more and more every single minute of every single day. I never thought we would be spending eleven birthdays without my best friend Ash - it just should not be this way. I am grateful for all the wonderful days we spent together and appreciate we realized how blessed we were during those days and enjoyed our family as much as we possibly could.

I can not imagine our lives being any different for it was a wonderful life. A wonderful life worth repeating once again knowing the devastating end because the rewards are so rich, enjoyable, fulfilling, tender, loving, and unexplainable.

I wake up each morning wishing the day before was merely a dream, a very bad dream. Ashley you started asking me at the age of two over and over "Is today today or today tomorrow?" What did you know back then? I now only long for yesterday, realize it is today and look forward so towards tomorrow.

I still can not fathom nor comprehend that we can not celebrate your birthday today and your brother Billy's in eight more days. August 25 and September 3 were the two happiest days of our lives, simply taken from us in one split second.

Thank you for teaching me the meaning of fun and how to laugh always. Thank you for showing me the meaning of kindness, compassion and love. You would have been the ideal teacher you set-out to be.

You and Billy had birthday parties together even your friends were friends. Everything was wonderful and perfect this time of the year. So today I woke up again to reality unfortunately, I only wish and try to imagine that you and Billy are having that party together once again, while your friends here continue to be faithful and always remembering you.

Blow those 32 candles out with lots and lots of love always and forever lovingly your mother and father. 25251002000
12:46am 08-25-2014
Ashley's birthday

Compassionate, kind, vibrant, beautiful inside and out, fun, loving, understanding, giving, moonbeams and sunshine all wrapped up into one tiny little package - our Ashley. We miss you more and more every single minute of every single day. I never thought we would be spending eleven birthdays without my best friend Ash - it just should not be this way. I am grateful for all the wonderful days we spent together and appreciate we realized how blessed we were during those days and enjoyed our family as much as we possibly could.

I can not imagine our lives being any different for it was a wonderful life. A wonderful life worth repeating once again knowing the devastating end because the rewards are so rich, enjoyable, fulfilling, tender, loving, and unexplainable.

I wake up each morning wishing the day before was merely a dream, a very bad dream. Ashley you started asking me at the age of two over and over "Is today today or today tomorrow?" What did you know back then? I now only long for yesterday, realize it is today and look forward so towards tomorrow.

I still can not fathom nor comprehend that we can not celebrate your birthday today and your brother Billy's in eight more days. August 25 and September 3 were the two happiest days of our lives, simply taken from us in one split second.

Thank you for teaching me the meaning of fun and how to laugh always. Thank you for showing me the meaning of kindness, compassion and love. You would have been the ideal teacher you set-out to be.

You and Billy had birthday parties together even your friends were friends. Everything was wonderful and perfect this time of the year. So today I woke up again to reality unfortunately, I only wish and try to imagine that you and Billy are having that party together once again, while your friends here continue to be faithful and always remembering you.

Blow those 32 candles out with lots and lots of love always and forever lovingly your mother and father. 25251002000
5:45pm 04-15-2014
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