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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Angie - #19

I am going to finish this 38 posts thing if it kills me!

Angie is one of my visiting teachers and I can't begin to express my gratitude for her.  Before Angie came along, I never had a visiting teacher who was consistent and who I felt was my friend.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a horrible visiting teacher myself so I'm certainly not judging any of those previous visiting teachers.  I just never really appreciated the program until Angie was assigned to me. 

She lives down the street from me and we have some things in common (we both served our missions in Portugal for one) so we knew each other and were more or less friends before the whole visiting teaching thing.  She owns a wedding decorating business and she works at a Dominoe's pizza place.  She's also married and has five kids; her oldest daughter babysat my kids on occasion (Kai LOVES Ashlee!), her second oldest was in my Activity Days group, her son is the same age as Chloe and her second to youngest daughter has been in Chloe's Activity Days group.  Needless to say, she's very busy but she still manages to make time to come visit or check on me at least once a month.

I'm just so impressed with Angie's kindness and patience.  I've never seen her even come close to losing her temper with her children and she always has a positive thing to say in the midst of trials and tribulation.  She's one of those people who help me to feel calm because there's a quiet stillness about her.  She's a big believer in provident living so she cans and jams like a crazy woman.  One time I complained to her about raspberries so she went home, picked a big bucketful and brought it to me with a jar of fresh jam.  After listening to me whine and moan all year about various things, she bought me a CD for Christmas (Hilary Weeks) and took the time to write a long letter telling me how much she loves me and appreciates my friendship and how the songs on this album have helped her and she hopes they'll help me.  Incidentally, I had never heard of Hilary Weeks, but it turns out I have heard at least one of her songs: "He Hears Me".  I highly recommend it.  And of course, Angie was right.  In spite of my constant cynicism when it comes to LDS pop music, I love Hilary Weeks.

And I love Angie.  I guess my last New Year's resolution is to be a better visiting teacher.


Dutson House Happenings said...

Whenever I see her out driving the Domino's delivery car around, she just radiates calmness. So I agree with this post completely. What a sweet lady.

I know how you feel! I'm going to finish my people too, it might take me awhile though, it's harder than it looks :)

sues2u2 said...

She sounds like a great friend & vt. That's pretty awesome!

Pat said...

It's so nice to find people who become good friends and live the real meaning of VT. It's extremely hard to be that kind of person. They seem to have a feeling of caring all of the time, not just when you have some major happening in your family. What a good example she is setting for everyone that meet her. Good for you and her!