I had to write this while I am still calm. Some are excerpts from my posts in Facebook.
My relationship with my best friend goes on for 26 years. Linda's husband, Kevin, was married to my younger sister who passed away from metastatic cancer. I didn't want to like Linda, but for the sake of Kevin's kids, we would make the best of it. We had things in common and became good friends. We were ying and yang in our personalities, but yet, complemented one another. We have had our ups and downs, our rough spots, but like many relationships, we have always managed to get beyond them. Many times Linda has been there for me through my illnesses, and now I can only do my best to be there for her.
I wish I could go all the way back to Linda and Kevin's wedding (but where ARE those photos?). All pre-computer, and all in boxes and a mess!
In 1995, I had abdominal surgery. Linda was
my sub for me when I had it so I could keep my
thriving Avon business going! Here we are
enjoying a pontoon ride after one of our Avon
In 1995, Linda decided that we should have a Red Hat
group and I should be queen of
The Royal Purple Belles!
We enjoyed our trips to Florida to visit cousin,Shirley.
This time my sister came with, and we enjoyed a
tour with our cousin's Red Hat Group!
We enjoyed traveling and loved our trip to New Orleans!
Linda invited me along to meet up with her friend
from Ohio. This was shortly after her
breast cancer treatment.
Her hair grew out a beautiful blond with a hint of red.
I was invited to her oldest grand daughter's confirmation.
Celebrating one year cancer free with the Cancer Survivor's walk.
Celebrating together with her other good friend
at her wedding anniversary!
Linda wanted an ugly sweater contest for our
Christmas party last year. Of course, she knew
she would win!
We enjoyed going on retreats together, whether it was
a spiritual retreat or a crafting retreat. This was our
last trip together in September.
I can feel the love and prayers of others. Linda is ready to meet her Savior and I'm at peace with that. She wants me to think of the good times. I am still sad cause I will miss her when she is gone, but I know I will see her again and she will have that glorious smile in heaven!