Saturday, June 18, 2011

~*Goodbye Jill*~

The sun is shining this morning, the birds are singing, the coffee is brewed in my kitchen and the normal day to day things are there....dishes to do, laundry to wash, bills to worry about, that room I really need to finish, project after project calling my name. It all sounds normal, boring and even exhausting right?
It has become clear to me that they are all a blessing. I am blessed everyday by the sometimes overwhelming worries and tasks of just getting out of bed...we all are. I am thankful for every dirty dish because it means that I have fed someone I love, every load of laundry that I wash and fold because it was worn and will be worn again, the room that I dream of decorating because I am here to decide what I want to do with it...and does it really matter that I don't have enough money to go out and buy everything I want? No, there's always tomorrow. Thankful that I worry about how to pay those bills...because my name or my husbands is on the envelope waiting for us to open it and thankful for all those projects because it means that I am blessed by capable hands that will in time get to them. My cup of coffee tastes wonderful this morning of my favorite things...I will savor the next cup on my front porch.
Today my sweet, dear friend will be buried. There will be no more dirty dishes.
Her funeral is at 10:00 this morning and I unfortunately can't be there. We are a one car family and this is my husbands Saturday to work. I am so sad to not be able to be there for the final passage but I know she understands....I said my good byes last night.
Her sudden passing was caused by an unknown heart condition....the kind you hear about that will take an athlete down suddenly. No way to know, it was just a matter of time. It was a normal Saturday night for them, Jeff was outside cooking dinner on the grill while the kids played in the yard and he told them to go in and wash their hands and let her know that dinner was almost ready. Lindsey came running back outside telling him that Mommy was on the floor and wouldn't get up. Her body held on until Monday...her spirit will be here forever.
Today I dedicate to will be about living life to the fullest, appreciating all of the small and usually overlooked things. I can't focus on the loss today....she wouldn't want that. Today I will celebrate. I'll have to end this post right now....I can smell the coffee in the kitchen ready to fill my cup for the second time...I am Blessed.
Rejoice in and Love every moment today ~Kriss~


  1. You are so right. Thank you for sharing this post today, it was very touching and helps everyone realize what is important in life. I know your friend Jill appreciates your message too. So sorry to hear about her passing.
    Take Care,

  2. Kriss,
    Jill knows that she is in your thoughts. Life sometimes throws us a curve ball. We need to be thankful for each day we wake and walk upon this beautiful earth. God had other plans for Jill and someday he will for us too.
    So sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through, I lost a dear friend suddenly a few years back. But I still treasure the times we spent together and I will never forget her.
    God Bless
    Country at heart

  3. So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and Prayers.

  4. What a beautiful tribute, Kriss - as I'm sure the day will be as well in dedication. She was blessed to have known you - and you her. Wishing you peace and comfort in your memories of her. Hugs & Blessings ~ Robin

  5. Such a beautiful tribute to a friend and such a wonderful reminder for the rest of us. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Kriss
    a beautiful~ touching dedication to your friend Jill~ I am sure she is looking down smiling~
    my many thoughts & prayers with you & Jill's family~

  7. Kriss,
    What a beautiful post.
    And yes, you are so right.
    We are blessed for so many things in our lives.
    I feel the same way about the dishes, the laundry, etc.
    I do need to stop and remember to be happy that my home is filled with the ones I love that create these things.
    Sending you a big hug, my dear.

  8. What a beautiful post and tribute to your friend. We all need to take your advice and think of the blessings in our life. Thank you for the reminder.

  9. A beautiful and touching post ! Thank you for reaching out to remind us that the small things in life are just as important as the large things. Your friendship will always be a blessing. We should be thankful for each day is a treasure and a blessing .I pray for comfort and healing for all of you.Hugs,Jen

  10. Lovely tribute to your friend!
    Giant hug to you Kriss. We do need to appreciate each day we are blessed with. We are blessed.
    Hugs Trace

  11. Hi Kriss.
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you are hurting,and nothing anyone says will help your pain. Youare in my thoughts and prayers.


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