It was a year ago today that we lost our friend Jill. She passed away from a sudden and unexpected brain aneurysm. I wrote many posts about her through the last year, and if you’d like to read them, all have the label of Jill G. attached to them.
I know Ali and I miss her greatly…Ali still calls Jill her “second mom.” Jill used to joke to Ali about being her second mom, and that has seemed to stick with Ali.
But I know Jill’s husband and son, Brian and Alex, have to miss her even more. Jill was a wonderful mother and wife, and took those roles in her life very seriously. She was loving, full of life and lived her life to the fullest. I’m thankful I was able to call her friend, and to be her friend.
As Ali, Zach and I pulled in the parking lot of the school where her volleyball tournament was yesterday, we all realized it was the exact same place where Ali played last year on the exact same day when we were notified by Brian’s sister, Cathy, that Jill had passed away. That was a little weird and a little upsetting, especially for Ali as she was reliving in her mind what happened a year ago yesterday.
I have hope in the fact that I know I will be reunited with Jill in our Heavenly Home some day. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and miss her though. Brian texted me this afternoon and asked if I could pick up Alex for school in the morning. I’m honored to help out in a role that Jill lived out so well, and I’m honored to still be a part of Brian and Alex’s lives. I pray God blesses and comforts Brian and Alex, and all who are missing Jill in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. She is surely missed!