It is hard to quantify the things I've learned as a result of rubbing shoulders with Sandra. I love her like a sister. I'll always miss her. But I'm sure glad I got to live around her for a while and learn from her. She definitely left footprints in my heart.
Things I learned from Sandra:
People always matter more than programs or possessions.
Sometimes kids just need you to rub their ears.
Time is precious.
Being in nature helps us get closer to God.
We need time that isn't programmed to listen to the birds and watch the clouds.
Families are the glue that holds life together.
Little plants are like little souls. (We share a love of digging in the dirt.)
You need to deadhead your flowers. There is a quote by Sue Careless that always makes me think of Sandra..."You know you are one hard-core gardener if you deadhead flowers in other people's gardens." Sandra was a hard-core gardener.
Learn to serve.
Keep it simple.
Singing hymns brings the spirit. Kneeling prayer is powerful.
We learn to do by doing.
Sometimes we think too much.
Painting on cardboard is fun, whether it is with Beehives, Scouts, or any other group of kids. It is OK if it isn't perfect, and it is OK if it gets on the driveway. It comes out eventually.
Life is more fun when you laugh a lot. Presidency meetings are more fun when you laugh a lot.
Put one foot in front of the other even if it is hard. We can do hard things.
Some things are worth fighting for. Sometimes we need to assume the role of advocate.
Sometimes our role is submitting our will to God's will.
Life is good....the zinnias are blooming. (The last time Sandra was in my home, about two weeks ago, these were her parting words.)
I love you, my friend. I can't imagine life without you. Thank you for patiently teaching me.