Sammy Ruiz
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Sam wrote in his Memory Book~ Period (4 ) 5-04-03 Mrs.Burke  


    I have both witnessed and seen a lot of things in my life.  I've had my ups and downs, and I've made a lot of mistakes.  But no matter what I have over come all obstacles in my life.  Life is what you make it and I plan to make the best of it.
    My plans for future development of both my mind and body are to harness the lessons taught to me through life and never take a mistake for granted.  Mistakes happen for a reason, there is a reason why you were there when tragedy struck, or why whatever incidents may have happened to you did.  Every aspect of life leads to one great conclusion, and if you have paid attention to life's lessons then you will be ready to face that final obstacle knowing that you are prepared for anything.
    Many are afraid of death, and this I don't understand.  I am not afraid of death; I find it pointless to be afraid of something you can't control.  If you fear heights you stay close to the ground, if you fear water you stay on land, but what do you do to feel secure about death.  Death is inescapable, you can't hide from death, you can't put it off, and you can't make it skip over you.  What you can do is accept that everything eventually runs it's coarse and soon it will be time to go.  This is when you will receive some sense of clarity, and will die into eternal life.
    See I don't know where I will end up twenty years from now, but I do know I will be ready to face it like a man and not fear what my future has in store for me.  I will live as if today was my last.  I will remember that yesterday is a memory, today is what we live for, and that tomorrow may never come.  I will prove those who doubt me wrong.  I will show those who are afraid there's nothing to fear.  There's only one thing I am unsure of, where do we go from here?
                                           Sammy Ruiz

Sam wrote in his Memory Book ~Period (4 ) 5-04-03 Mrs.Burke  
                                Thoughts on Love

    My thoughts on love come from many different times in my life where I have confronted the question on whether I was in love or not.  Most often I can't tell if love is the right word to use, for it seems too personal, too sentimental, and at times too emotional.
    To me love is a route people take to hate.  Though this is not always the case, for some people find great joy and/or eternal happiness in falling in love.  But there are those who can't relate to love and just know that love is a word that their significant other wants to flow over their lips as they are gazing into each other's eyes.  Not only are those confused with love as an emotion, but also they often confuse love with another four lettered "L" word, lust.
    Lust has all the symptoms of love except it has a two to three week life span.  I consider lust to be the darker side of love.  They share all the same emotions, except lust leaves those who fall into it deeper in frustration.  I say this because they realize all of the feelings they thought were real and the sensation in seeing that other person was one big lie, than they understand that they have just played themselves for a fool.
    Love can be the biggest joy of all,while at the same time be the worst drug ever.  Love has the ability to control you, like no matter how hard you fight it its always going to be one step ahead of you.  I have only known the darker side of love but wish that one day I could, finally, enjoy the lighter side of love.  The love portrayed in movies, poems, books, and songs.  I also wonder if it will hit me hard and fast, or if it will slowly take me over and open my eyes to the wonders of compassion, enabling me to look forward to each new day.  Until then I will consider the endless possibilities that will arise when time stops and love is born inside of me.
                           Sammy Ruiz

Sam wrote in his Memory Book~ Period (4 ) 5-04-03 Mrs.Burke  

    Music has the ability to set moods to give the audience a taste of what the performer was feeling at the time that they wrote or produced the song.  Music, in a whole, has had a major impact on my life.
    Music is my main hobby and I will continue to buy cds and look deeper into the underground level that makes up most of the credible songs out right now.  I like Independent artists that don't rap about Money, cars, or woman, but mainly focus on the trials and tribulations of life.
    Music is the only essence that can truly control me.  I have cds from every time of genre.  Phil Collins is one of my favorite artists.  His music is inspiring and his lyrics have deep meaning.  I find his music to be calming and soothing, "In the Air Tonight" is an amazing song the beat is nice and relaxing until the end when he switches it up and brings the drums into it.  The first time I heard that song was when I first started to look into his music and that's when I found other classics such as: "Another Day in Paradise", "True Colors", "Take Me Home".
    Tupac Shakur music is what first pulled me into music.  His songs sing of hope and pride,while at the same time shows the darker side of society.  The side that no one pays attention to, that side where we just label the residents "thugs" without realizing that these kids grew up without parental support, many without a dad, some without a mom, and all with less chance than us to a brighter future.  That's why I listen to Tupac he preaches about these places and brings them into the home and heart of this nation.  Music will always be number one to me.  Because it can lift me up when I am down and brighten my day with great lyrics over a perfect beat.
                                      Sammy Ruiz 

Sam wrote in his Memory Book ~ Period (4 ) 5-04-03 Mrs.Burke  

                                                Physical Appearance

Physical appearance is, by far overrated.  It would be a bonus to have a nice looking girlfriend, but to judge someone fully on appearance is foolish.  People may have the looks but they aren't always, necessarily, able to hold conversations or don't have a good sense of humor.  
    I am a big believer in personality over appearance.  I believe this because appearance can't keep you interested all the time, it can't make you love him or her, if it can than you may definitely be one of the shollowest persons.  Looks are unable to define personality, it is the way they are looked at and the words that people throw at them for looking exceptionally good.
    Personality has a deeper side to it, it can keep you intrigued, and it can make you want to call them just to have a laugh or an actual conversation.  I guarantee that if you were only into their looks you wouldn't  want to spend as much time with them.  Time is best spent with someone who can make you want to hear the next phrase that passes through their lips into your ears.  I couldn't picture myself with someone who only has their looks going for them.
    I am interested in all types of personality.  There are those who are hilarious, those who are optimistic, those who are pessimistic, those who are poetic, those who don't know a thing about poetry, and those who speak in poetic form without understanding their own words.  My favorite would have to be those who look forward to life, who want the next day to pass knowing they did everything to not make that day a waste.  This is the type of person I would want to end up with.
    Appearance can only lead to attraction and attraction can't keep a relation stable.  That's why I stay on my belief that personality is key to a relationship.  Without it there would be no foundation to build a relationship on.
                     Sammy Ruiz  

Sam wrote in his Memory Book ~Period (4 ) 5-04-03 Mrs.Burke  
                                                        Great Friends

    I moved to Chandler when I was four.  I really didn't know anybody down here, but that all changed once I started preschool.  In preschool is where I met my first real friend; his name was John Ryan.
    John and I would go to each other's house and play games like hide and go seek' tag;we even made up a few games of are own, we would also play video games and different types of board games.  Our favorite board game to play was Monopoly because it was long and challenging game that could keep us entertained for awhile.
    John stayed my best friend for more than half my life, but he soon wouldn't be the only good friend I had.  Terra Santiago came to my elementray school in the fifth grade.  Even though she came in the fifth grade I didn't start talking to her until the seventh grade.  She turned out to be a totally different person then I thought she would be.  She was funnier and more down to earth than most people are.
    John has been my best friend for close to fifteen years and Terra for close to five years.  Through all those years, each year seems to be getting better than the last year.

Sam wrote in his Memory Book ~ Period (4 ) 5-04-03 Mrs.Burke  
                                                   Childhood Games

    Games are what define being a child.  From red rover to hide and seek I have Played many of them.  Every child has at least one game that they enjoy more than most, for me that game was hide and seek in the dark.
    In the dark hide and seek reaches new heights.  The hiding places become more vague, and the more concealed places become a champions dream.  In this game there is no type of lights allowed, the only lights that can stay in play is the dim light of the moon or any other natural light that can't be physically removed from play.  This game is more exciting, more enjoyable, and more challenging as you navigate through the darkness of the woods, your house, back or front yard, or down at a park.
    Even though you may think you know your house everything seems to be different as you look for your friends in a dark abyss that places great obstacles in your way as you walk around feeling the wall trying to find some evidence that places your friends in the next room or down the hall.  But even if you do find the place where your friends are hiding a greater problem surfaces.  Where in this dark room could they be? As you start in slowly, placing one foot directly in front of the other, trying not to let them know you are there.  Walking as if you were a predator stalking its prey you soon realize, as you creep futher in the room, that only the closet door separates you from victory.  As they quickly rush out of the closet, startling you, they run by and now the climax of the game is here and the chase is on.
    As your friends frantically runs towards base, as if their life was threatened.  You try and cut them off  taking a short cut that you found earlier as you were exploring through the dark.  Now it's a matter of speed, as you get closer you hear the pounding of thier feet hitting the Ground, it seems to match you're heart as it increases pace from the excitement and the adrenaline pumping through your veins.

    Now you have them insight, as you extend your arms tring to catch their shirt in your fingertips, they seem to remain slightly out of your reach.  As you finally seem to have them they reach base and your opponent wins the game.  Soon a new game and a chance for vengeance will start, and that's what makes this game so great.

    I have played this game countless times and still play it with my little cousins and little brothers from time to time.  Childhood is the best time of your life, it's a time when you can act immature and have a good time without any stress or life problems.  If I could relive my childhood I would do it in a heartbeat.  I like to believe that any reasonable person would love to relive the times of no responsibility or school work, when you could wake up late and look forward to an afternoon of playtime and an evening of tring to figure what's going to be the game played tomorrow.

                                                                               Sammy Ruiz
I wrote this for my brothers monument  

Ode to My Brother
By Salvador Ruiz

He is naked before the sunrise;
The world being his weight,
"In this sun I will be realized
And in all will open his eyes,
For my fate is sealed;
My fate is now."

And now, The Anchor will break.
His life holds the purpose driven taste;
Teeming with an aim –
Empty in what seems to be a waste
And Time poses by its hour’s haste
Yet, what is instilled
Becomes the man;
All the difference creates the same.
Now, wet within the sunset’s rays
He impedes his sorrow –
Half to the harmony of his inner craze –
He appears as a savior to end the daze,
"I am your day Of Redemption!"
And succeeds by their tomorrow.
His was a motive found so desperately
Were he truth’s defender!

"Oh! How blessed to rest and be free!"
Said he who stressed the best in me!
With a swelling heart;
              A swelling heart
Suffering for such splendor! is a motive found so desperately
A motive found in destiny!


                         TO MY BROTHER, I miss you brother   
                                   Sal at the crash site

                                      IN LOVING MEMORY OF
                                     SAMUEL DANNY RUIZ JR.
                                              JUNE 27,1986
                                              JUNE 27,2005
                                          Ode to My Brother
                                                           By Salvador Ruiz

                                  Here he has changed
                                          Through shattered glass
                                  My Brother has flown back home
                                  Now, Subsequent to future and past
                                  Here I now stand
                                     With his weight against my back
                                  His weight against my back!
                                  Oh, God! My soul must remain
                                         All the Same
                                  With courage to stay intact
                                  Here he has changed
                                        To where
                                  I cannot touch, feel,hear,
                                        Nor see!
                                  Oh, God Why must my Brother.
My heart, soul, and guide
                                  MY BROTHER!
                                          Oh, why must he 
                                          Be taken away from me? 
                                  Here I now stand 
                                           Where I wash my feet
                                  In his river of blood
                                  Oh, God! Here I swear to you
                                           HIS AND MY LOVE!
                                   Here he has changed
                                           Leaving a scar upon my eyes
                                   Oh, God! HE HAS CHANGED!
                           Changed to where I see his falling star 
                                           Falling at sunrise.....


Junior would want everyone to know the most important truth in life is our Lord Jesus Christ that He came to die for all of our sins  and set things right on the earth restoring our relationship with our heavenly Father. 

It is not religion or church, it is a love he found in our Lord Jesus, unconditional love accepting Junior just as he was.  In a world that judges by appearance and status, Junior unconditionally returned love even to the ones who judged him.  Do not judge others for WHO are you to judge.  Only God is worthy.   Please if you get one thing out of this site I hope its God loves everyone equally.  So when you judge others know your judging Gods child!  THINK ABOUT HOW THAT MAKES GOD FEEL. 
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God was looking for some great men to carry out his work, Junior you were one of them that he had chosen, although you will be missed down here, God see it fit for you to be by his side. Sometimes things happen that we have no control over, it is then that God is handling everything, although we will ask why, deep down inside we know that God will only choose those he wants to work for him.  Junior you will always live on in those that love you.  My memory of you will always be of a Well Grounded, Honorable and Loving Son.



Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Jesus said. "No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

Jesus said. 
"I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish" (John 11:25-26).

You can receive Christ right now  
You can receive Christ right now. Remember that Jesus says, "I'm standing at the door and I'm knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in" (Revelation 3:20). Would you like to respond to his invitation? Here's how.

The precise words you use to commit yourself to God are not important. He knows the intentions of your heart. If you are unsure of what to pray, this might help you put it into words:

"Jesus, I want to know you. I want you to come into my life. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sin so that I could be fully accepted by you. Only you can give me the power to change and become the person you created me to be. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me eternal life with God. I give my life to you. Please do with it as you wish. Amen."
If you sincerely asked Jesus into your life just now, then he has come into your life as he promised. You have begun a personal relationship with God.

What follows is a lifelong journey of change and growth as you get to know God better through Bible reading, prayer and interaction with other Christians.

Don't Grieve for Me for Now I'm Free  
"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path GOD laid for me
I took HIS hand when I heard HIM call
I turned back and left it all
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found the peace at the close of day
If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss--
Ahh.. yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life has been full, I savored so much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undo grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
GOD wanted me now, HE set me free......."    
                                                             Allan Lee

Miss You  
Flowers       Your resting place I visit
Place flowers there with care-
But no one knows the heartache
When I turn and leave you there. 
Flowers & Butterfly 
A million times I needed you,
A million times I've cried...
If love could have saved you
you never would have died.
Flowers It broke my heart to lose you
  But you did not go alone,
For a part of me went with you-
The day God called you Home 
                                                 Unknown author,
                                                Flowers & Butterfly

“I console with you.   We have lost a most dear and valuable relation, but it is the Will of God and nature that these mortal bodies are laid aside and that the soles enter into the real world.   This is rather an embryo state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely borne until he is dead.   Why then should we grieve that a new child is borne
amongst us mortals, a new member added to happy society.  
Our friend and we are invited aboard on
a party of pleasure which is to last forever.   His chair was ready first and he has gone before us.   We cannot all conveniently start together and why should we grieve at this since we are soon to follow and know where to find him.”  
                                                          Benjamin Franklyn

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