We have had an emotional week.

Our neighbor across the street, whom we love so very deeply, lost his beloved wife through tragic circumstances last week.  She was only 39 years old, leaving behind 5 children, the youngest of which is not quite 1 year old.

This sweet woman was the epitome of everything that is good and wonderful and beautiful about life, so loved and cherished by all who knew her.  We have been friends with this extraordinary family for a decade.  The husband is the leader of our local church group.  Their children play with our children.  One of their sons is in our Cub Scout den with Little Man.  We and all our friends and neighbors have shared life’s events with them.

Our little neighborhood has been grieving for the loss of a dear loved one, but we have also come together to love and support each other.  And there is much comfort in our knowledge of the Savior and that we will see her again.

I tried to make a sympathy card for our friends, but I just could not do it.  The situation is too close, too real, and it is just too hard right now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find the courage soon.

For now, my creativity led me to making a card for another next-door neighbor who was affected more than the rest of us, something to let her know that she is loved too as she processes her grief.

This sentiment would definitely describe the friend we’ve lost.  The world was much, much brighter because of her!  Hopefully this card will cheer the friend to whom I’ve given it.  I also made 4 more of them for her to use in the future to brighten someone else’s day.

I have felt heartbroken, prone to bursting into tears at every small detail around me, trying to process what has happened, trying to remember the important things in life, trying to find ways to help our friends,….

It is just one of those sad life events that doesn’t make sense but must somehow be accepted.

Thanks for stopping in today and lending a listening ear.


8 thoughts on “Life

  1. I’m so sorry for the loss you are experiencing. It was actually uplifting to read this post, however, because of your beliefs and your caring community. Life can be so hard to accept sometimes, but with support of loved ones, it can be made easier to bear. The world is a brighter place because of you, too, Ally and your caring heart. God bless you all!

  2. born57 says:

    Oh Ally! I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear friend ,neighbor and sister in Christ! Know that I will be praying for all of you and her family. Your card is absoultly gorgeous just like you! I wish I could give you a big hug! God bless you all!

  3. I’m so so sorry to hear this, Ally. I hope you felt a little better after sharing your raw grief with your dear bloggie friends who can now add you and your stunned neighborhood to our prayers. I also know it will help you to concentrate on that brightness she brought and what a blessing she was to know for all those years, rather than on how dim the light is now. She would want you to celebrate her life and all that she was, as you are doing by making this beautiful and thoughtful card for another neighbor. You are now shining brighter yourself by this loving and caring gesture and that would make your friend very happy! May God heal your hurting heart, my friend. Hugs, Darnell

  4. I’m sending a big hug your way Ally. I’m so sorry to hear of this loss. I will keep you and your neighborhood in my prayers. Your card is exceptionally pretty and I’m sure your neighbor felt the love that you put into it. Take care and god bless.

  5. Joshua says:

    She sounds like an amazing friend and person. I’m glad you had a chance to know her and she had a chance to know you. I’m sure her life was better for having had you in it.

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