Neighbors are a Blessing

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This summer neighbors have been a real blessing to my family and I! Here are just a few examples of neighborly love:

  • We are trying to manage with just one car this summer. Mostly we have done well, but when I was in a training in another city, my wonderful neighbor Sabrina gave my daughter a ride to work!
  • My garden fairy has made many appearances again this summer which means that my flowers are not just surviving but thriving in this hot summer! Reminder to self, post pictures real soon.
  • “Do you need eggs?” This is my neighbor who brings me eggs directly from her brother’s farm! Of course my answer is yes!
  • Last week I pulled a muscle that was very painful and needed to go see a doctor. My daughter had taken the car to go to work, but happily my friend and neighbor, Linda, was home and willing to drive me to the doctor and pharmacy!
  • One other day this summer when I could not get to pick up my daughter from work, and traffic was in stand still all around our city, my neighbor was more than happy to go pick her up at the last bus stop!
  • Another neighbor asked when I was driving her to the airport if we’d want to use her car while she was gone. Yes!!
  • Last Friday I needed to move two sofas! One needed to go to a charity shop and the other one was coming to my house from a friend. But wait, I was still not moving normally (the pulled muscle), and I was not sure I could move even one sofa to the door. Then came my neighbor Jim and his brother. Together they moved both sofas. I only had to sweep under the sofa:)

These are just a few things how we help each other around my neighborhood! Wouldn’t you want to live in my neighborhood?

Remembering an Extraordinary Friend

A week ago I had a totally unexpected phone call. My friend Connie called to tell me that our dear friend Sarah had suddenly passed away. I did not know what to do or say. I mean, we had plans. We had so many things that we still wanted to do together. There were the plans to help someone learn how to drive, organize an art afternoon with some friends before I go back to work, figure out a way to get a new bed for a different friend, and so many other things.

sarah with flowers

Sarah was a teacher, a mother, a friend, a colleague, art therapist, Stephen minister, small group leader, confidant, American-Mom to many, intercessor, outgoing, talkative, joyful, colorful, (and lover of color), easy to approach, my birthday double ( I will miss celebrating our birthdays together), and really, Sarah never met anyone she could not talk to. I have been comforted by reading the comments that people from all over the world have left on Sarah’s Facebook page. She left a mark on so many lives.

sarah in a canoe

Sarah did not act her age (she was 72). She loved nature and outdoors as much as she loved having people over at her house. It might have been an art class, small group meeting or a mystery dinner. There was always something special about going to Sarah’s house. She loved diversity and it showed in the people that you would meet at her┬áhouse or the food that you would get to taste there. I always left Sarah’s house feeling better that what I felt when I arrived!

Sarah, I will miss you terribly, but I also know that you are now crafting some new heavenly art that will most likely have even more colors than you could have ever imagined here on earth!

Sarah close up

Remembering my friend with photos courtesy of Sarah’s Facebook.