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Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness...

Two days ago, we learned my husband's ex-wife died.  Her funeral will be Sunday, October 2nd in Thousand Oaks, CA.  She was a wonderful, loving and giving woman.  She and I became friends and I cannot believe at 68, she is gone...

We leave Monday for Tucson to visit good friends of ours.  We have really been looking forward to this trip.  We will spend five days with our friends, then leave the 1st of October, and drive from Tucson, Arizona to Thousand Oaks.  We will stay with one of my husband's best friends, who live there, and attend the funeral on Sunday.  We should be home on Monday...

In her honor, I intend to do random acts of kindness for 68 days.  She was a daughter, a sister, a mother, a step mother to three little boys, a grand mother, a friend to many, a caregiver, a registered nurse and always, always, always, thought of others first. She was a gifted woman with many talents in flower arranging, sewing, decorating, gardening, crafts, cooking and making a house into a beautiful home.  She loved to shop at Coldwater Creek, taking pride in her appearance. She looked so stylish each time I saw her.

Her family was her pride and joy.  When we were together, her face would light up as we shared stories of our mutual grand children. She loved to laugh, looking for the humor in everything...She enjoyed making special gifts for the grand kids and always remembered each of their birthdays. She loved animals and the elderly. She volunteered her time to help the elderly who were unable to pay for the excellent care she gave so generously.

She was a survivor and a warrior.  She fought hard times and huge emotional challenges. I have tremendous admiration and respect for her...

Rest in peace dear friend...you were loved and you will be remembered.

8 comments:

kaykuala said...

It is most remarkable that you could both share a relationship. The mutual grandchildren created a strong bond I would think.I salute you both for having faith and in supporting each other.

Hank

Wanda..... said...

Lovely thoughts for a lovely woman, from a lovely woman, Donna.

DJan said...

That is a wonderful tribute, and a sweet thing to do. I think random acts of kindness is a fine remembrance idea. This post was one. Blessings to you and all who loved her.

I'm 68, too.

Chatty Crone said...

How sweet that you got so close and admired your husband's ex- wife. Amazing in today's world. I'm proud of you sister. And glad to know she was loved. And so sorry for her passing.

sandie

Betty said...

I´m so sorry. My sympathies go out to you. I like the idea of RAK, in honor of her.

Pat said...

She sounds like a wonderful woman. That's quite a challenge you're giving yourself. I wish you well. Safe journeys.

That corgi :) said...

I am so sorry for the loss of this very special woman, Donna. She seemed like she lived life to the fullest though! I think honoring her and her memory in this way with your random acts of kindness is a wonderful tribute to her. Perhaps keeping track of them and them sharing them with her family along the way? Just a thought......

safe travels!

betty

Laoch of Chicago said...

Well said.