Virginia is a dear, sweet lady from my church back in Noblesville, Indiana, who is going through a tough time right now. She is one of the rock solid ladies from the Tuesday morning bible study class with Pastor that I enjoyed so much. I miss them!
Let me tell you a little about Virginia. She works part-time at a shop in historic downtown Noblesville that is owned by her daughter. A Corner Cottage is one of the cutest shops in town, and their window displays are works of shabby chic vintage art! (I've probably showcased them on my blog many times in the past!) I loved to pop in to A Corner Cottage just to get a hug from Virginia.
Virginia is the sort of person who has a gift ready for special occasions, and she's always organizing a group card signing to send to someone in the congregation that needs a little cheering up. I keep one of her cards in my bible, as a matter of fact.
And did I mention that Virginia, who is always cheerful and smiling and full of energy, is in her eighties? Yes, eighties! With her sparkling blue eyes and cap of full white hair, she's the sort of lady that every younger woman in our congregation looks to and says "I want to be Virginia when I grow up."
Virginia was recently diagnosed with cancer. It broke my heart to hear the news.
I spoke with Pastor recently (via email), and he told me that Virginia is still the rock solid woman of faith, facing this challenge with her usual aplomb. She bought herself a wig in anticipation of her hair falling out, and she's recently begun rounds of chemotherapy.
A beautiful woman, inside and out.
I want to be Virginia when I grow up!
I made sweet Virginia this card to let her know I'm praying for her. I chose the Summer Hills stamp set from Papertrey Ink, but paired it with autumnal colors. I like how the papers from Simple Stories Harvest Lane match the look of the quilts on the clothesline in this stamp. Can you see the quilts? They're teeny tiny!
Here they are! This stamp was small and intricate, and it was a bugger to color! It's definitely not something I'd ever attempt while drinking my morning espresso!
Tell me, do you have a Virginia in your life? I think that women mentoring women is so important to our faith. I hope to find more Virginias here in Pittsburgh as well. Weekly fellowship is so important to our spiritual and mental health, don't you think?
Please say a prayer for Virginia, a beautiful woman of faith, today.