The hubby and I have been on a whirlwind vacation/conference schedule for the last week or so. I have so much to catch up on, but something came across my screen that stopped me dead in my tracks.
I have previously asked you, my followers, to pray for my friend, Leontien, who was battling melanoma. It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you the news that Leontien gained her angel wings on January 10.
I had never met Leontien face-to-face, but it didn’t matter. We had a quick friendship, albeit online, as I’m sure many did. I remember one time I messaged her that someone had mistakenly assumed we were sisters. She simply replied, “haha oh my gosh that is soo funny!!! i loved your sweet blog and i hope you got lot’s and lot’s of comments and some new followers but it is really funny that they think you are my sister! I would love to have you as a sister!!!”
That comment meant the world to me…and we would “talk” to each other frequently through various social media outlets.
Our last personal interaction was at the end of November. Although Leontien knew that her battle was coming to an end, she asked if she could help with my Christmas Angel project. She wanted to make a lasting impression on someone…little did she know just how much she had already accomplished.
I dedicate this in her honor:
Having Never Met
Having never met…you taught me the value of sunshine, the value of rain and to know that when one is upon you, the other is around the corner.
Having never met…you taught me that the weight of a woman has nothing to do with what she accomplishes in life, and everything to do with how she accomplishes it.
Having never met…you taught me that even when the chips are down, there is someone there to help you pick them up. And no matter what, there’s always time for one more smile.
Having never met…you taught me that even when bad things happen to good people, good people receive the greatest reward. And true goodness is found in the eyes and the soul of those that possess it.
Having never met…you taught me that love is not just a feeling or emotion. It can even be an alpaca out your window.
Having never met…you taught me the value of a friend is not having to be there physically, but to know when just a simple word or phrase is all that is needed.
Having never met…you taught me about the person I will always strive to be.
My dearest Leontien…although we never met, I would like to thank you for all of this and, oh, so much more.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends that are grieving. In her spirit, I will continue to strive to make this world a better place…for she did that for me – and we never even met.
What a wonderful way to share Leontien’s story and capture exactly who she was! I think RFOA should all pack our bags and head to San Antonio next year so we can meet face to face and kick up our heels down along the RiverWalk! Yee Haw!
That sounds like a WONDERFUL plan! 🙂