"Her branches reached upwards, and her trunk would reach and reach, and touch higher and higher, and reach the sky."
Sunday, March 6, 2011
From Emily~ (Part 2)
Jennie’s 22nd year in life was a really difficult one for me.My husband was finishing his thesis for graduate school, and was taking longer than it was supposed to.I was in a Spanish ward when I didn’t even speak Spanish.I felt very isolated in my life in a lot of ways, but Jennie really saved me that year.
Jennie had really developed a characteristic of compassion, caring, giving and serving when she got married.When she was growing up she pretty much wouldn’t do anything for anyone, but when she got married that changed so much, and it was beautiful aspect to develop in her personality.
Jennie gave to me and my daughters so much that year.We would talk on the phone almost every day even though we lived half a block from each other and saw each other most days.She was so willing to watch my kids and help me out, when there was so little time I got out.She really was like a second mom to my kids during that time when I really needed it.She was around so much and knew how I mothered my children, that she would pick up when she sensed how tired, or frustrated I was.What a blessing that was to me and my family as we were finishing up this important but difficult chapter of graduate school.
I decided to run a half marathon and she was so encouraging.When my husband didn’t have time to watch the kids so I could go for runs, she would take them.Or if it is was in the evening and I didn’t feel like going she would go with me.I am so grateful I was able to run in that half marathonand I know that part of the reason I was able to was because of her support.
Jennie was truly my best friend.We would laugh so much together.Watch movies and tv together or separately and then discuss it.We would go to Joann’s together and do sewing parties.I remember one winter I wanted to save on gas money so Jennie and I rode on my husband’s scooter all the way to the fabric store in pretty cold weather.Iremember eating lots of dinners together, and Jennie always being there when I needed to talk to someone when I was so frustrated how long my husband’s thesis was taking.I am so grateful to everything she gave to me and my family that year.