Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Life lessons learned from Leontien

The power of one...

It is not every day that someone like Leontien enters one's life; however, I'm sure the impact she had on many of our lives will never be forgotten and her legacy will live on through everyone that knew her.

Before I met Leontien a few years ago, her reputation preceded her.  I had heard stories of her passion, zest for life, and determination to chase, meet, and exceed her goals and dreams and I was not disappointed once I met her.  There was just something about her that made you want to smile and fight harder for your own convictions.  She knew what she wanted and was willing to make it happen until that nasty C word entered her life not once, but twice, but even then she remained true to herself.  I never will forget the last time I visited with Leontien with my dear friend Cris from GOODEness Gracious.  Leontien would not sit down to visit with us until she made sure she had offered us something to drink and eat and also made sure we took home plenty of yummy chocolates to our loved ones.  She had a heart of gold.

In the spirit of her heart of gold and in honor of her 34th birthday today, many of her friends are doing a random act of kindness.

Now if I was truly being random, I wouldn't have put any thought into this, but since Leontien will always remind of the importance of hard work and planning, I wanted to make sure there was meaning behind my act of kindness.

Leontien came into my life as we shared a joint passion for agriculture.  Her love for her cows and her dairy could not be missed.  So tomorrow morning after I drop Big Sissy and Bubby off at school, Little Sissy and I will be delivering 34 gallons of milk to our local food pantry in memory of Leontien.

Miss you!



  1. This is great, what you all are doing. Thank you for sharing a little bit of your experience with her :)

  2. Just makes me smile. As I'm sure it did her.

  3. What a wonderful idea! Good for you!

  4. I love this idea! I might steal the idea and do the same thing.


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