Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I think there are moments in this life when you realize an aware heavenly father is looking out for you. When we moved into this new neighborhood right before (Two weeks) Lila passed it was hard to not be in her space, to have her old bedroom and to sit in her sweet little spot where she always was. We started to panic that we weren't home. But I think that Lila knew that we were supposed to be in this house. She waited until we got in before she left us. I always said that I could never move from the house that she passed away in. I think she hung in until we were here. What made being here in this house so much easier was my next door neighbor Jill. I met her when we looked at the house. I knocked on her door and asked her if she liked the neighborhood. I instantly liked her and even though we looked at other houses I kept coming back  to this house because of the cute neighbor.  she really has been such an angel. There has yet to be the 26th of the month that has passed without her acknowledging it in some way. She doesn't get scared to talk to me about Lila.  And it is so nice to talk about my girl. She has been the friendly face in the neighborhood that made us feel that this could be home. When I mentioned to her that one of our couples in grief counseling said that what help them through the first Christmas was doing a sub for Santa for a little girl their daughters age Jill made sure to find us little 4 year old girl in need. we will go and get her a Christmas, in honor of Lila. I'm grateful for the tender mercies that Heavenly Father has given me. I know that I could not function without the love and support of family and friends. The acts of service that we have received are incredibly touching. But tonight I am very grateful for my sweet next door neighbor who jumped right in in my hour of need and took care of me.


Lizzy said...

Kristi, you don't know me but I found out about your family from Tennile. your next door neighbor Was my neighbor in childhood! How crazy. So glad you found a great friend and neighbor.

Jill England said...

The tears are flowing! I love you friend!

nikki said...

Jill truly is such a sweet and amazing person. She was the first neighbor to come help the night we were doing the luminary bags. As I talked to her, I felt like I had known her for a long time. She has such a warm and kind personality and I remember thinking the same thing about her - this neighbor is going to be an incredible tender mercy.