Giver of parties (and life of them all), creative friend, compassionate servant, lover of family, uniquely gifted artist, mind if I share three words?
I miss you.
Today while cleaning out my closet, I found several notes some of your friends wrote a few weeks after you died. I had a bare-branched tree in my house (like yours, I copied). And at our gathering, we wrote down what you had taught us. I placed those words on the tree. And for a few weeks, I remembered those words.
But then the tree started leaking sawdust, and I realized that if I kept it up in the house, I would have termite damage. I took it down, stashed the notes in my closet, and moved on.
Except that I didn’t because almost every day I am reminded of you.
I see a beautiful sunset and I wonder if you can see it to from your new vantage point.
I shop at an eclectic, fun store and of course I think of you.
I run across one of the many notes you wrote me, and I pause, and grieve again.
Twilla, I hope you know how dearly you are missed. I hope you understand that those of us left behind have badges of Twilla around us, reminders of you everywhere.
So in case you’re reading this from heaven’s shores, I wanted you to know what we learned from you. And for my readers, I want you to stop a moment, consider these words, and prayerfully integrate these traits into your life, holding the hand of Jesus as you do.
- Twilla taught me to live each day to the fullest.
- Love with your heart wide open.
- Find the fun in each day.
- Twilla taught me abundance.
- Let the Lord work out the people differences–just include and love and don’t worry about how things will go.
- Twilla, my friend of “heart” showed me how to love unconditionally.
- Live fully.
- Finish well.
- Love everyone; include everyone.
- Be true to who you are.
- Twilla taught me to forgive and let go
- Open your heart.
- Give generously.
Twilla, thank you for still teaching me about living open, giving others grace, and including the whole lot in my parties. I love that about you. And I miss that about you.
You are remembered. You left a legacy, just as you hoped.
I love you,
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