A forever ‘n ever inspiration

I feel like I have been a bit quiet in this place. And I thought I’d share today a few reasons why.

  1. I’m completing an additional coaching certification program.
  2. I’m designing a website (with the help of a professional designer) that intwines coaching, writing, and photography and will become my new space. My current space here will be attached, so no worries for me to loose connection with you!
  3. I’m designing a new journal to be published in May when my website will be launched.

At times it has been a bit overwhelming, and I experience moments of “what am I doing?’ and “who am I to do this?” 

But then often an affirming word comes from a friend, a teacher, or family member.

God knows exactly what we need, doesn’t He?

Someone who has always been instrumental to my dreams and visions is my child-hood friend, Rhonda. It’s been 2 years now since her passing, and even though many miles separated us during the majority of our friendship, the connection never did.

So today I thought I’d re-post a tribute to my best friend forever ‘n ever.

Rhonda, you inspire me….forever ‘n ever

A Life Tapestry (first published at Connecting Stories)

Tapestry: used in reference to an intricate or complex combination of things or sequence of events
“I wonder,” I said, my mind recalling a phone conversation just days before. “Maybe we should introduce him to Carol? She’s ready to meet someone and loves music. Rob plays in a band. There’s a common interest already!”

My best friend Rhonda, and her husband Sheldon, held their wine glasses up, gesturing a toast. I picked up my glass of water, and we smiled at each other. You know, those mischievous smiles with a sense of excitement too from a grand idea that is even better when three are involved, and the other parties don’t know!

And, yes this was a set-up. A long-distance set-up as Rob resided in Ontario, and Carol in Alberta. A set-up eighteen years ago when the newspaper classifieds were the ‘dating’ sites of the time.

And Rhonda was still healthy.

On the morning of April 12, 2015, Rhonda passed away after 4 years of a hearty battle with cancer. Always a high achiever, she didn’t let her cancer take away her ambitions and zest for life. Those four years, between cancer treatments, she participated in fund-raising events for breast cancer, traveled with her two daughters to New York, and other warmer climates,  her last trip to Cuba just this past February with her three children, husband, and other family members.

We met when we were three so do not remember a moment of my life, my world when she was not in it. She was the ‘Stand By Me’ part of my life–stomping through creeks, swimming in her back yard pool, hacking worms in half and watching both parts squirm, dolls then Barbies then boys, Holly Hobbie party dresses then Levis and Addidas. I moved west when 14 years old but we still connected, always, through letters, cards, calls and my visits back home.

And she believed in my dreams, in my writings. And if I have any regret, it is that she never saw me be published, her name gracing the dedication on the first page.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

At her Celebration of Life, attended by almost 300, I looked over at Rob, Rhonda’s husband’s best-friend, and the husband of Carol, my high school friend, another friend forever ‘n ever. And my heart filled with gratitude for that moment 18 years ago where three got together scheming the set-up of two, a part of His tapestry, the weaving the together of lives for His purpose.

Because God has it all figured out, I am woven to Rhonda, forever ‘n ever.

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15 thoughts on “A forever ‘n ever inspiration

  1. Your plans sound fascinating, Lynn! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see and hear about these finished project. May the journey to your goals bring you joy … and very few technological challenges!

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  2. I am very proud of all you are doing! You are stretching and trying and learning! I love that! I have so enjoyed doing my own book and what I’ve learned. We need to follow dreams and complete that bucket list!

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  3. I’m so sorry you lost such a dear friend, Lynn. You’ve written such a beautiful tribute to her. It sounds like she is still inspiring you with her support. Congratulations on your new adventures! I’m looking forward to seeing and reading more! God bless you! Love and hugs to you!

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  4. Lynn, I’m so sorry that you lost Rhonda. I lost a dear friend a few years ago, and then heard of the loss of her mom, who’s funeral was today. With my own recent losses I couldn’t bring myself to go, so believe me when I say that I feel your pain.
    On a brighter note, I’m so excited for you and your coaching and the upcoming site. I can’t wait to see it and follow you there. Please keep me posted.
    Hugs and blessings,
    Marva | Sun Sparkle Shine

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  5. OH what a beautiful blessing to have that kind of forever and ever friend, Lynn! I’m so sorry for such a tragic loss of someone so dear. I do love how God weaves our tapestry together throughout all those terrible ends of the road, making way for new intersections designed by Him.

    I am THRILLED to hear about your plans and I can’t WAIT to see it all transpire, my friend! I’ll be here cheering you on in God’s purpose for your pursuits!

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  6. Hi Lynn! Thank you for sharing all your new plans and irons in the fire. It sounds so exciting! God bless your endeavors, and I hope they inspire many.
    I remember reading about your friend, and you did such a great job conveying your friendship and connection to her. I am so sorry for your loss, and know that the years make it better, but then a memory can make it feel like only yesterday. May God heal your heart, and renew a joyful tapestry of friendship and love with her memory.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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  7. Wow, Lynn, you have been busy. I’m excited for you! It’s going to be fun to see where God leads you in this upcoming chapter of your life!

    Your post about your forever ‘n ever friend made me tear up. God is so gracious to place those amazing sorts of people in our lives, isn’t He? I’m so, so sorry you lost your friend. I haven’t walked that road yet. Thank you for sharing a piece of you in this post.

    Sending you a hug.

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  8. Lynn- the tribute to your friend reminds me of the importance of being intentional with friendships. We all need forever n’ever friends. I am excited for how God is moving in your life. I cannot wait for your the new beginnings to spread their wings and fly! Easter blessings Lynn!

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    1. Yes, Mary you are so right, that it’s important to be intentional with friendships. I am thankful God wired us for them as they bring so much light; we just have to keep oil in the lamp though!

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  9. This is so deeply touching! Rhonda seems right here right now and yet I also feel your liss ..such poignant blessings in decades of your bond through all those years! What a gift you had with each other. I’m glad her inspiration lives on. Your new ventures are courageous.. I know the monumental task of such changes..and the “why am I doing this”.. God seems to guide the ship without giving us too many answers right away! So look forward to your new site!

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    1. Kathy, I love how you say God seems to guide the ship without giving us too many answers. He’s the wind in our sails so to speak! And sometimes it is stillness too. Thank you for your words here today!

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