Tuesday, April 6

dear jan,

I miss you. I know God has a plan {you more than anyone taught me that}. He made our paths cross in the summer of 2007. Then he watched while our friendship grew. He smiled while our girls became best friends. He even laughed when our husbands developed an unlikely friendship.
It is hard to believe I only knew you for 3 years. I feel like you have been in my life forever. You have taught me so much. You taught me what it was like to love a friend. I am so thankful that we had the time we had. I only wish our paths had crossed sooner.
You taught me about grace, courage and strength. You taught me about selflessness and gratefulness. During our whole friendship, you were battling cancer. Again, you would tell me, that was God's plan. And again I would tell you that I know, but right now I think God's plan stinks. And you would remind me to have faith.
Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for touching my life and my heart. Thank you for modeling for my daughter what a truly beautiful person looks like. Thank you for making me laugh and love. Thank you for teaching me about faith and hope. Thank you for teaching me to rejoice in everyday. Thank you for preparing me for this time when you finished your race.
I know you are at peace. You fought the fight and lived God's plan.
I love you Jan.

14 comments:

Alisa said...

Beautifully written, you brought tears to my eyes this morning, and also brought me a much needed perspective.
I will be thinking of you and will remember you in my prayers.
I am sorry you are hurting.

lelly said...

the perfect words. thinking of you...

patsy said...

This is such a beautiful post.

I'm so glad you shared this-
my prayers are with you.

Jill said...

I'm glad she is at peace now, and I hope her family and friends will be too. It sounds like she had great perspective about her cancer and God's plan for her, what a comfort!

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

She was an awesome person who raised a beautiful little girl who has the same values. Great letter to a wonderful friend.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad she came into my life too. What little time we had together was always a delight. She loved you...she told me many times about your friendship and love toward each other. "A true friend is a wonderful blessing." LU, Mama

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I'm so sorry Kim Sue. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

libba said...

kim sue,
i'm thinking of yall...this is so incredibly sad. i'm thankful too that yall developed such a meaningful friendship. that too was a part of God's plan. i know you will be a special person to miss mm, and i'm glad that jan is no longer hurting...

Dawn said...

What a beautiful tribute to a precious friend. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Celeste said...

It's so hard when you loose someone you love. Time will pass but love and beautiful memories will be with you forever. You and Carly will be so special to Miss M. because you loved her mother. I love you honey and am so sorry for your loss.

Keetha said...

Oh, goodness, that made me teary. What a beautiful tribute to her. I am thinking of you and of her little girl.

Thanks for this.

Lene said...

Kim Sue I am so sorry for you loss.

I hate Cancer.

Mandy said...

Oh, Kim! :(
I'm so sorry.
That was so beautifully written.

Anonymous said...

Ditto. Beautiful tribute to our beautiful friend.
Love you,
Ginny