But, as I reflect on Lois, I am reminded of many other things.
I met Lois when we worked together in childcare at our church. From day one, she loved my Caroline. She was in the room next to where Lois and I worked together and the ladies in there had problems with her, because she cried a lot. After them coming to get me one day, Lois told me, "Bring that baby in here--don't take her over there again. I've got this." And she did.
They had lots of adventures. Lois took her to the park and to feed the ducks. She bought a pool for her backyard and she and Caroline spent a lot of time out there in the garden and sandbox and back porch. She turned one of her bedrooms into "Caroline's room" and filled it with books and toys and a play kitchen.
One of my favorite memories was of her talking about a day our church sent everyone to buy food for the local food pantries. She told me that she used her "babysitting money" to go to Costco and was able to buy several items to donate. As she said this, she laughed and clapped her hands. I remember being struck by how utterly joyful she was about being able to give.
When we remodeled the church and created a servant cafe for our kids ministry volunteers many years ago, I asked her if she would make kolaches to feed our leaders while they were serving. Every Tuesday, she came up to the church and with one other volunteer, made kolaches for hundreds of leaders who devoured them every Sunday morning. We would have to hide some so that those serving during the 2nd service could have some. I think those were the years we had the highest attendance numbers and I KNOW it was because Lois prayed over those kolaches as she made them and for the leaders who ate them.
And while I selfishly grieve that she's not here to pray for my girl, I take comfort in knowing that she is in her true home now. I can see her now, grinning from ear to ear, and not leaving Jesus' side. Brian asked today if we thought she had whipped all the angels in shape by now and Caroline and I laughed. Truth is, she probably did that before her first day there had ended.