Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Love of a Friend

Hello friends.   Color of the Day is on standby for a week.  Please read.

 I wanted to take a moment to talk about a wonderful person that has had a lot of influence on my life for almost 10 years.  This wonderful friends name is Leesa.  She was my encouragement, my person I could talk to when I was sad.  The person I could tell bad jokes to and she would still laugh.  She was my second opinion on most things I do.  She could keep a secret like no other (even if it was because she forgot the secret).  She was creative, caring, loving to everyone she met and made time for me even when she wasn't "feeling it".  All these things and more she was to me...as I was to her.  That is what best friends are for.  On October 8th God said it was her time to go.  It was unexpected and has left me shaken, feeling numb and kinda a mess.  I am working on being at peace with this, knowing she is now in Gods arms and in a much better place.  Her husband had been unexpectedly taken from her...and now she is with him and I know they are both very happy together at last.  I know Leesa is at peace now.  I will not be posting the Color of The Day for about 1 week as I travel to Colorado to assist her family of whom I love.  Stand by and hang tight....I will be back with more colors soon.  Thank you all for understanding.  And one more thing...call your best friend and tell them you love them!


6 x 6 tent fold

Color image and cut down.  Ink edges of image and layer onto green card stock.  Pop up using foam tape onto tan dot pattern paper and layer onto red and green card stock mat.  Attach 2 red brads to left side.   Pop up onto large green dot pattern paper.  Add layers to large red mat.  Wrap with ribbon on the right side as shown.  layer onto a green 6 x 6 card base.  Add bow and berries.



25 comments:

Kristine Reynolds said...

Jen, I didn't know your friend but you and Laura make me wish I had. Keeping you in my thoughts. Travel safely.

Lynda Nielsen said...

awww Jenn, What a beautiful post. Yes very sad, but the words you shared are so special. I'm soooo sorry for your loss. Keeping you and Leesa's family in my thoughts and prayers. Color of the day is the last thing you should be worried about right now hun. Safe Travels and Great Big Hugs
Lynda - xoxo

Andrea Tully said...

:( sorry for your loss xxx

Stephanie (Arty Carty) Lee said...

so sorry for your loss Jenn! Travel safe and we're here for you.

Sue from Oregon said...

My heart is heavy for you...I am sending you a big hug. My thoughts will be with you during this difficult time.

Sharman said...

Jennifer I am so sad for you and for your loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one especially at such a young age but you are right, she is with the Lord now, in His loving arms and experiencing His perfect peace and that is what we want for our loved ones. Please know that she will never have any more pain and suffering and she will never know anything except pure love and peace from now on. I will be praying for her family and for you. I know that you love her so please be happy for her. Love you Sweetie, Sharman

Krissy said...

I'm so very sorry, Jenn! May you all find comfort in beautiful memories and the warm embrace of family and friends.

~Krissy

charlene said...

Jenn I am so sorry for your loss! I know your time there will be bittersweet however I to hope you find some comfort and peace. Hugs and prayers to you and her family♥

Alli said...

I am in the process of losing someone to cancer and I know from this and previous experience how painful loss can be. I think it is wonderful that you can realize she is with her husband now and hopefully, find some peace in that. Regardless, losing those we live is never easy and I wish you strength during this horrible time. Most importantly, take the time you need to grieve and take care of yourself.

Lynn Rowe said...

So sorry for the passing of your friend,you two had a very special friendship. Treasure the memories you shared together, she will be looking down on you always. That extra shade of colour you see will be her halo shining on you. Take time to care for yourself we all be here upon your return. Hugs to you and take care

Cassandra said...

Oh Jennifer, I'm so sorry. My best friend almost died once and it was a horrible experience. I can't even imagine what you are going through. Take care of yourself and travel safely.

JoanieMc said...

So sorry for your loss and also her family. Prayers for all.

Hugs
Joanie

Pat said...

Jenn - prayers for you and Leesa's family during this really sad time. Remember the good times, laugh at the funny memories, take time to grieve and then celebrate her life as well as yours. You blog has been such a blessing to me so take your time, we are not going anywhere.

Gramma said...

Sending you big hugs and prayers as you deal with your dear friends passing.
Hugz,
Gramma

Penny said...

So very sorry for your loss. Sending you biggest hugs,
Penny

KellyRae said...

So very sorry for your loss, Jenn. You and Leesa's family will be in my thoughts and prayers - safe journey.

WrinkleFreeDiva said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. You are right, there is nothing like the love of a good friend. My thoughts are with you as you navigate this sad time.

monny2 said...

I too am very sorry to hear of your loss Jenn. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Hugs,
Monny xxx

Stan said...

Lots of love to you, my sweet friend! XOXO When you get to Colorado please blow my Girlie a kiss from Cutie!

FitterTwit said...

I lost a friend last year and was BROKEN. She was not my best friend as we were just getting to know each other... I cannot even IMAGINE what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss.

uncbballfan said...

Jenn, a few words from someone who has lost her best friend: You'll never get over this, but you WILL get through it. Allow yourself to grieve; the only way to get over grief is to grieve. Don't set (or let anyone else set) a timetable for you: it takes as long as it takes. And finally: at some point, you will not only remember that your best friend died, but that she lived.

Elissa said...

Jen I am so sorry for your loss. Safe travels to you.
E.Lyman

Lisa said...

Big hugs and so sorry for the loss of a wonderful friend and great person

xx
Lisa R
West Country
UK

Susie said...

Jen, I just saw this post. I will leave you with this which is something I think you shared with Leesa.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times.

It's a verse I've shared with a dear navy wife for well over 30 years. Nothing else needs to be said. I can't tell you how many times I've opened an email or text at a time I needed to hear it most. There it was - sometimes nothing more than: 17:17

I always know who it's from and it blesses me each and every time. May the God who loves you heal your heart, comfort and bring you peace.

Very sincerely,
Susie Lessard ~
Ashburn, Virginia
(formally Surprise, AZ)

Stampendous said...

Just getting to post your card, so you'll probably get a lot more letters. You know I loved Leesa, too, and found her to be the sweetest, most loving, least judgmental person I've ever met. A huge loss to us, but obvious why they'd want her in Heaven! Hang tough, stay strong, she would want that, and keep coloring, she loved your art as much as she loved you!!! Wonderful card, btw!! Thanks for sharing with us! -L