This past week, on June 20th, 13 people were on a speed boat. All the children had life jackets on. The driver was Adrian Jackman and was possibly distracted by the kids in the boat and hit a houseboat. His wife was immediately killed and two women were missing. 29 year old Valerie Bradshaw and Adrian's daughter Jessica, 22. Just last night on June 23rd they finally recovered Valerie's body in 380 feet of water. It took a few days because divers can't go that deep. I hope and pray that they find Jessica's body soon too. Valerie was the girlfriend of Adrian's son Matt. My heart truly aches for him. He lost his mother, sister and girlfriend all in the same moment in time.
Valerie was a returned missionary and had served faithfully in Italy. She was attending BYU and was so excited for her sister Melanie who is married because she is pregnant with her first baby. I chose this picture of Valerie because it seems to me like she is looking up to heaven and smiling. She loved Lake Powell, her family, the gospel and life. I will never, ever forget her smile or sweet example. She is going to be missed by all who knew her.