Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge- "With Someone"


When I moved my girls from the city to the country nine years ago, I met a real earth angel. I had moved to a beautiful location, bought my first home and was a single, disabled mom. The thing that freaked everyone out was that I did not know a single person here. That kind of hit me once I was sitting here on boxes in my new home with two hungry kids and no fast food in sight. A knock on the door and we met a live angel named Lynne.


Lynne and her husband took my family under their wings. Rick was a great handyman and helped us with the computer. Lynne became our family, confidant, helper, mom and friend.
They are a retired couple with no children who spend most of their time helping others. I could never list in one post all that Lynne has done for my family but I can say she has given us a feeling of being loved, feeling safe and watched over. Changing us all for the better!


She helped me prepare for my first date with Dave worried the whole time that he might be a "bad guy." It was 102 degrees and my air conditioning had gone out in the car. With ALS heat is a deal breaker and I had to drive an hour away to meet him. Lynne thought computer dating was crazy but she filled an ice chest with ice and left it open in the passenger seat with the fan on. She tucked a pack of dry ice under my butt, made a picnic basket and hugged me goodbye. I had to call upon arrival and let her know that he left his chainsaw at home. It was perfect that Lynne and Rick flew to Kauai to be our witnesses for our wedding.


She taught me all about finances, giving back and loving. Even though I have Dave she still fills my pills, brings over an occasional favorite dish, dyes my hair, we go to lunch and watches out for me if Dave is out of town. She is the hardest part of leaving this area because I will miss her terribly but I plan on calling A LOT! (She is rolling her eyes as she reads this). I love you Lynne!

23 comments:

tinker said...

What a sweet tale of friendship and love!
That picture of the two of you is beautiful - two shining, kindred spirits!

pepektheassassin said...

What a beautiful picture of the two of you! (Lynne looks just like one of my daughters-in-law!) I have a friend like this -- who lives in North Carolina. We have been best friends since we were roommates at college. We still call each other 2 0r 3 times a week. Thank God and Alexander Graham Bell! How lucky we are to have friends like this....

Bedazzzled1 said...

Such a gorgeous picture of you two. My, my, my!

And what a friendship you share. Beautiful is an understatement.

Isn't it simply amazing how many angels are living amongst us? I can think of one right now...she has a husband named Dave.

Love you~
Nikki

Amber said...

Sounds like an angel to me!! But I bet you are easy to be sweet to. BTW, you both look just beeeautiful, here!

:)

betty said...

Oh to have a Lynne in everyone's life; truly a gift from the Lord!! It will be hard to leave her, but you will still be somewhat close right??

bb said...

what an angel! blessings to you both, i bet you've both brought a lot of joy into each other's lives. x

Vedrana M. said...

just a beautiful story..angels can be find on earth :)

TJ said...

Oh Look at YOU two!
Love it!
Smiling TJ
A big "Hey" Lynn if you are reading.

Jessie said...

You two look like sisters. I think you were meant for each other! :)

And Tammy, HAPPY, HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!!! I'm so sorry I missed the real day. But I want you to know that I am sending my love and a big hug. You are the most extraordinary woman I have ever "met." I hope your year is wonderful!!!
xoxo

Clare said...

Beautiful picture and beautiful post. You really are lucky to have met such a great person, and I hope that you do succeed with staying in touch - I'm sure you will.

Anonymous said...

You are so lucky to have such a steadfast friend. This is a wonderful picture.

Thanks for hanging in there with me while I've been away from the blogging :-)

xoxoxo

berriehead said...

YOU are an AMAZING SOUL! Yes your title 'warrior' fits you to a T;o) I can so relate to this post* No fast food in site:( how did we ever survive? Angles-I have met a few too in the country...I love this photo of you two girls! thanks for visiting me yesterday:)xo

Sacred Suzie said...

She really is an angel, what a beautiful spirit. You're so lucky to have met such a great person. I do think dating is easier than finding that one amazing girl friend. I'm happy you managed to do so!

Deb R said...

That's such a wonderful post and a beautiful photo. You and Lynne are lucky to have found each other.

TI said...

Beautiful photo and what a special friend. Thanks for stopping by. It's great to have a blog twin out there, Tammy.

Lisa (oceandreamer) said...

wow, what an amazing friendship, cultivated from the heart of someone so willing to give of themselves to another so deserving. I think you probably nurture each other. The photo is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I love reading about good friends like that - it's great to know there are those kind of angels in the world. I have a feeling that you inspire angels, because you seem to radiate positive vibes all over the place. They come through cyberspace loud and strong, so I bet they're amazing in person!

emmapeelDallas said...

:))

Oh, I am sitting here chuckling...Dave left his chainsaw at home for your first date! LOL! Tammy, I LOVE this post. And I love that you have Lynne just down the street.

XO

Judi

Helen said...

God did send you another Angel to take care of you. What a blessing she is to you and I know you are to her.
:o)

Lyne said...

Who knew when I knocked on your door all those years ago I'd find the daughter of my heart, an inspiration for my soul and a guiding light for my spirit? AND someone who can make me laugh daily!
Thanks for the kind words...and these years of friendship -- which WILL continue between your new home and mine!

Georgia said...

You two look stunning together!!!

It looks like you have your own "sister-friend for life" lucky woman you!!! :)

She really does sound amazing.

xoxox

Jimmy said...

Well, I must say the pleasure is all mine! We finally reunite, lol. I just caught up on your entries as well, and it's a pleasure to read such a classy, articulate and brave Blogger. This entry was incredible. The world does have some wonderful people in it. Thanks for sharing her.

Jimmy

Turquoise CRO said...

That photo of YOU TWO is Beauty Full!!! Yayyyyyyy! to friendship! xoxoxox