Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Jilly Bean!!

Jill is not a stranger to my blog. You have all read about her in my hero's tribute to her and her 2 daughters Jacqueline and Emily.

Jill is a woman of faith and I have looked up to her and watched her grow into the woman that she is since I was 12 years old... she was 4 years older than me.. but I knew how cool she was in the Student Body and all :)

I never understood how deeply I would really look up to her in the years to come and had no idea how deeply I would love the very children that would call her Mom.

One of the most treasured times of my life would be the months that I was able to help them with their children during Emily's first stay in the hospital. There are few times in my life when I felt so guided by the spirit on how to comfort and help those sweet kids. I am forever endebted to Jill for trusting them with me and allowing me to love them with everything I had to give.

All of you that know Jill and have watched how she has handled these years with her famil, will all agree that she is strong, faithful and thankful through the trials that have been placed before her. She takes each obstycle with grace and is so real about the things that are hard but doesn't give up!

I've been so amazed that admist the constantly changing health of her baby she still takes the time to invest in her calling as a Sunday School teacher. Most people would use the hardships as an excuse but not this woman.. she uses her lessons to strengthen her and give her power to overcome fears and have the faith to get through the trials. I wanna be more like that!

I love this quote by Sister Nadauld.. I think it sums up what a Woman of God is and what Jill shows each of us by her actions:

"Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough
women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who
are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we
need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need
more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough
vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more

The Joy of Womanhood
Margaret D. NadauldYoung Women General President



DISCLAIMER: I know that I have missed some very important Birthdays.. don't think that you aren't loved by me.. you will see yourself here, just wait and see!***


Monica said...

What an incredible tribute! I ditto it all! You couldn't have expressed it better! She is my example!

Angie said...

Beautiful poem for a beautiful woman...though she doesn't know me at all, she still inspires me!

Boise Buhrley's said...

Thank you Meg for speaking for all of us!!!

We love you Jilly.

I think our birth order got mixed up and SHE was supposed to be the "big sister"!! She has always been such an example to me.


Heaps Family said...

Megan, I am speechless. I don't think I have ever heard sweeter or kinder words. Thank you for giving me the inspiration to live up to your words! I love you dearly and will never be able to thank you enough for the gift you gave and still give our family. Thank you for loving us! YOU are my example! Thank you for making my day!!!!xoxoxo

Heidi said...

wow, she is so gorgeous too!