I've been reminiscing today.
When I was first married, I worked in the office of a trucking company and, to put it bluntly, I absolutely hated it! I quit that job and worked at the University of Utah Hospital in the Physicians Billing Office. I really enjoyed that job and that's where I met my good friend, Noreta Staniszewski. She was very kind and patient as she trained me in my new job. It was later that I realized what a smart, creative, and compassionate person she is. Many of the women working in the office were newly married with no children and with husbands going to school. Noreta would organize a "craft night" where we'd get together on an evening at someone's home and make something that would be treasured for years to come. (Since I'm all thumbs, she would end up helping me with most of my projects) I quit the job at the U to have my twins and shortly after that, moved to Arizona. Noreta and I kept in touch for the 4 years I lived in Arizona. When we moved back to Utah, the craft nights continued with the ladies from work. Noreta and I would have lunch once a month. She always gave wonderful gifts - birthdays, baby, Christmas, or just because. The gifts were ALWAYS homemade and ALWAYS spectacular and greatly appreciated.She had breast cancer that spread throughout her body. Even when she was in excruciating pain, she served in the church and served her family and even served her friends.
11 years ago, on Memorial Day, she passed away. I was able to get from Meridian, Idaho, to her bedside in Salt Lake, just a few hours before she died.
I've just been thinking about her today with a smile on my face for all the great memories I have of her. I am more blessed because I knew her.
All these pictures on my post represent just a portion of the gifts she has made and given to me over the years.