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A Friend's Mark on My Life

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My heart is heavy this morn with the news of the death of my dear, dear friend Cindy.
She was a believer in the Lord and is now in the presence of our Heavenly Father, no longer suffering from the ravages of cancer that she so valiantly fought for several years. I rejoice for her! She taught me so many, many things that I treasure! She was an artist who could see a piece of beat up old broken down furniture and see a treasure that was waiting for her special touch. I would see nothing of the kind and yet, over and over I saw her transform those pieces of junk into treasures.

Many years ago I told her that I hoped my mother would leave me her sterling silverware. Cindy looked at me and said, "you don't have to wait for that, you can go to the Mission store, garage and estate sales and collect silver ware now." As it turned out I did just what she suggested and we have enjoyed it and shared it with our daughters. I finally got the courage to ask my mother if she would leave that to me only to hear her say, no, it was promised to someone else. I will always be thankful to Cindy for opening my eyes to how I could enjoy having my own silverware to set a beautiful table.

We shared our silverware for big events, our daughter's weddings, her sister's wedding in another state and other big functions. It was always fun to lay out our treasures and pack them up for each other. We also shared a love of fine linens and had hundreds of linen napkins for those big affairs we had.

I said goodbye to her on Monday evening, she died Saturday morning. It was so hard to tell her goodbye! I told her when I join her in heaven I will be anxious to see how she's decorated her mansion.

What a joy it is to share a friendship like this! It hurts right now, but I am thankful for so many, many joyful memories with Cindy! After having a good cry upon learning of her passing, and praying for her family, I immediately thought of how I could contribute to her memorial service reception---I could use my linens and silverware, and possibly snack sets as Cindy would enjoy that if she were here! I do hope her husband agrees and I hope and pray that I can work it out to get the day off of work.

I have had a very hard time for the past several months since my mother died. I am so thankful that I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and he has been with me during this trying time.
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    I'm a little late in offering condolences. It's nice to have objects that bring cherishable memories to mind. Nothing replaces our loss, but it's nice to have sweet memories of those we've lost. It's the part of our loved ones we get to keep.

    I hope you're days are better.


    2244 days ago
    I am sorry for your loss. The silver and linens would be a wonderful addition to her service and I hope her husband will let you help!! I think she will be looking down from heaven and smiling!! She knows what a good friend you where and friends are priceless!! God Bless and I am saying prayers for you and her family at this difficult time.
    2299 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss, but rejoice that such a beautiful friendship existed!! Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

    2302 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    What a wonderful tribute to your friend. I am so sorry for your loss. Our loss is heaven's gain...

    Isn't it wonderful knowing that you will someday see Cindy again. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

    My BF has been very sick this month and ended up in ICU on a vent. She was airlifted last week to Springfield, Illinois and got word yesterday the vent has
    been removed. Woohoo - first thing she said to her husband was to get her out of there NOW! With that kind of fighting spirit, I have confidence maybe the worst is now behind her.

    Take care and know we will all be thinking of you this week as you say your finaly goodbyes to Cindy.

    Hugs, Sunny
    2302 days ago
  • HAPPY1049
    I'm glad you have that touchable memory of the linens and silverware that remind you of such an excellent friendship and loving moments with your friend Cindy. It's wonderful that she is with Jesus now, and we have that hope within us of the same future and all of eternity. I will pray for you in this time of hardship. Keep looking up! Love you!
    2303 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Beautiful..just beautiful..I am sorry for your loss..God Bless you!
    2303 days ago
    Rita you have some beautiful memories to treasure of your special friend Cindy! Praying the Lord comforts all your hearts at this time.
    Love Janet
    2303 days ago
  • TEALADY0531
    What a precious friend she was to you, and what precious gifts your memories of her!!! I'm so sorry that you've been parted - what a reunion you will have someday! I know it doesn't lessen the pain of saying goodbye now, though. I'm really very sorry. emoticon emoticon
    2303 days ago
    Isn't it great when we cross paths with people like Cindy that we can learn from and share with and just plain enjoy?

    I am sorry that you lost your friend. This posting is a great tribute to her. I hope her husband takes you up on your offer.


    2303 days ago
    Rita, what a lovely eulogy that is for Cindy - how lucky that you knew her and enjoyed her friendship all these years. I am sorry for you that she's gone, but oh so glad you knew her.
    2303 days ago
    What a beautiful tribute! She taught you a beautiful lesson.....to live in the now, and not wait for what could, or might not, happen. Such a precious gift. She sounds like a wonderful friend, and I too, will share your sadness but also joy, joy that she is now without pain and waiting for you to arrive someday in a beautifully decorated mansion. One with the most beautiful silver and table linens that you could never imagine.

    Sending you loving vibes......

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