Wednesday, January 21, 2009

That's what friends are for

As helpful as Will is (no, really!), we had to rely a lot on our friends these past 2 weeks for help.

Our family has been fed, chauffeured around, entertained and babysat extensively by our friends lately.

I was going to post a list of names, but it sort of felt like a cheesy awards show acceptance speech. So, let me just say to those of you who helped us--it did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. And when I say help, I mean all kinds. Visiting me in the hospital, calling to check in on us...all of that.

There is one friend in particular who went so far above and beyond that I really must tell you all about her.

This is Tina. We've been friends since 2006-ish. Her family moved to Fort Meade and at church their first Sunday Will kept saying he thought he knew her husband. Sure enough, they had been friends in elementary school. Their fathers had served in church callings together. Since that day, we've been friends. They moved away to Georgia about a year later, and then a year after that, we got to move here too. It's fate I tell you.

Tina is a one woman humanitarian aid program. If anyone needs help, Tina is usually there first. Sometimes she starts helping before you even know you need it. More importantly, she's happy to do it. I help people when I can, but sometimes it's out of a sense of obligation, not love for my fellow man. Not Tina.

I estimate that over the past 3 years Tina has fed my family about 867 times. She has taken care of my children approximately 4,589 times. How does one repay that? Amelia calls her her other mom. (I'm pushing for an arranged marriage between Amelia and Tina's son Chandler, so maybe someday Tina will be her other mom).

Can you imagine how beautiful their children will be?

Anyway, Tina, you're awesome. And amazing. Thank you for all that you've done for our family.

Now go read her blog and get to know her better.

I said go!!!


  1. I do love that Tina!! :) Wish we could have a FM fourth ward here! you lucky ducks.

  2. Yay, Tina!! And Yay, for you Brandi, for having such a great friend near by to take care of you!

  3. I agree, Tina is AWESOME. I also agree that it's her happy attitude about serving that makes her so awesome. If you start one, I'll join the Tina B. Fan Club...


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