For Leontien…

On the day she would have turned 34, her family laid her to rest.       The van de Laar FamilyIt still doesn’t seem real. It doesn’t seem right to see her family without Leontien too.

Leontien in 2010And all the showering of love was evident throughout the room in the forms of flowers, pictures, cards, blankets and other gifts as we, those crazy American gals in Indiana, gave our condolences to Baastian and Maria and Wim and Jan Willem and Meagan and Henneke.

Farm gals with the Pioneer WomanAnd we were so confusing for her sometimes. Can you believe we drug her to IKEA? Leontien just couldn’t understand why were so excited to go to this store. But for her, IKEA was like going to WalMart. Well, maybe not WalMart, but you get my point.

Dragging a Dutch girl to IKEABut, I think she might have found comfort in just being with other women who were her age. It was good to leave the girls with the boys every now and then after all.

Wim and Leontien with the girlsAnd today, to honor her. To celebrate with her. To share a little piece of her. We shared random acts of kindness.

For me, it was buying a random polar pop at the gas station for the person behind me.

For me, it was giving some time to a brand new ag teacher who is just trying to find her way through the muddiness of getting what you need from your school board to do your job.

For me, it was making cookies with my little girl who has been begging to make them for days.

For me, it was giving the tip of getting a good accountant, lawyer and financial investor to a young farmer as he dropped by crop insurance papers for signatures.

For me, it was knowing that she will ever be a part of my heart. My outlook on life is forever changed because of her spirit, passion, and generosity.

Leontien and Me

See you on the other side, Sweetie!

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1 – 4

To read about Leontien’s life, visit her blog, Four Leaf Clover Tales.

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  1. says

    She so believed she knew exactly where she was going…. the minister even said at the end, she told her family she had seen heaven, and it was filled with green clover. Steve went with me yesterday because we all had to be in Danville, IL on Tuesday late afternoon, and even the hour distance wasn’t enough borrowed time to make it possible to go with you all.

    Hugs!

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