I remember first knowing you at the University of Alabama. You were roommates with one of my pledge sisters, Terrie Foreman. Although you were in a different sorority, I would NEVER hold that against you ;P You and Terrie are proof that ladies majoring in Elementary Education aren't out for "Mrs." degrees because you both became outstanding teachers. Lisa, I have learned so much from your knowledge and wisdom.
We both dated young men from a particular fraternity. I married mine, and yours was a complete idiot when he broke-up with you. But his loss became your husband Mike's gain. Shanley Belle recognized at a young age how Mike has always doted on you. He adores you! Shanley has always said that she wants a husband one day just like Mr. Mike! She has set the bar high. She is also a wise woman like you!
It was an honor to serve under you when you were PTA President. Our organization thrived, and under your leadership we were awarded an unprecedented number of awards and grants. Thinking about staying up writing grants late into the night with you and Ainslie when we were so tired we were getting "punchy" makes me smile and giggle, even now.
Your service did not end with our children's elementary school. Your advocacy has helped so many children in our school district and beyond. You have been the most amazing resource for children with special needs as well as gifted children.
You courageously fought breast cancer twice. What a brave pink warrior you are! You have also been an angel to three friends of mine who've fought the hideous disease, and I'm sure there have been many others.
What I admire the most about you is that you are an encourager. I want to thank you for all the times you've encouraged me to be a better mother, advocate, and friend.
Your sons are both beautiful and kind young men. What a legacy! Sometimes the world pushes us to focus on things that really don't matter, but you got it right. You built a legacy of love for your boys.
Last year we celebrated our birthdays together on May 3rd at The Club with Barbara Calhoun and Melinda Groover. I always teased you about your being 20 days older than I. It was such a pretty day. I got sunburned, but it was worth it. What a pleasure it was eating lunch outside overlooking the city. I will always cherish that memory.
Lisa, you will be missed. I will miss your quick wit, sarcasm, and snarky "crazy-ass" comments. You have been a "touchstone" friend to me, and it hurts that God called you home. But it's my hope and wish that you can advocate for children where you are, because like Barbara says, there can't be a better place than heaven for that.
As much as I will miss you, I am thankful that your struggles are over, you will never know pain again, and you are at peace.
My dear Bloggy Friends:
Please be in prayer for Lisa's sons, Jacob and Zachary, and her husband Mike. I'm unsure at this time about the funeral arrangements, but just in case I want to go ahead and cancel Literary Friday for this week. It's ironic, because Lisa was our local book club leader, and she loved to read.
Thanks for being the best Blog Friends in the world, and I'll be back on Sunday or Monday.
Until next time…