In her own words…
“Finding Joy in every moment has always been my reward in this life.
At 80 I lost my husband of 57 years to COVID-19 after a brave battle. Through the grace of God, my son and his family were there to share this life changing event. The next day, we packed up and moved me from my home for the past 27 years in Fishers IN, to their home in Chicago. My neighbor, a realtor, agreed to list my house. It sold in 2 days!
My life has been based on my faith in God, who has chosen many wonderful paths for me to follow. Volunteering for 35 years at my local hospital in its Gift Shop and buying its products has given me great joy. Give and you shall receive is also a motto of mine. I have given many hours in making blankets for the needy through my church, which allowed me to utilize my artistic abilities.
Gardening is another rewarding joy. From the planting stage in the warmth of spring, to the brilliant blooms of summer and the careful end in the fall, it makes each day a new surprise full of happiness.
My love for a wonderful family is perhaps my greatest joy, and I thank God daily for them and all of the great friends who are a part of my life.
I now have a beautiful studio apartment with my Chicago Kiddos and am starting a new chapter of fun and giving back. I will begin to volunteer in a local flower shop to continue my life of finding joy in all that I do. What you make of your life is up to you, so find joy each day of your life and give thanks.”
Participants in this project will be supporting the efforts of Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. We are all stronger together and it is my sincere hope that we will be inspired by each other’s stories. Now is the time to celebrate as well as encourage one another. Tell your story!