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.