Hi Jilly!! Its one month until J4J and I've been training hard! I know I'm gonna be ready for this race and make you proud. I've been rallying the teams too and WP Ppls are still top team. You also have over 40 team Jills already, AMAZING. This is our Pines time right now and I've been seeing you everywhere. A tree fell last week in the am and woke our whole side of the camp up, I know it was u saying hi!
Also I just thought I'd post the eulogy I wrote for you... still can't believe it, but here goes...
Being older, I've always had a natural inclination to protect Jill. throughout our lives I have felt urges telling me I needed to step in and support Jill and help make sure she was alright. However, reflecting on our lives the only times I keep seeing are the times where Jillian has continually stepped in and supported me.
I always took for granted the fact that we would follow in our mother's footsteps. But closely studying her this past year I now realize the fine grace and accuracy she demonstrated in navigating every facet of life. While it pains me greatly to be separated from her, as I know it pains the fighter in Jill to be overcome, I know her wisdom needed to be something more than a simple whisper in the pines.
I will miss Jilly's humor, her loyalty and trust, and the amazing sense of self she defined in her 22 years here with us. While I can no longer immediately turn to her for comfort, I am incredibly proud of her determination and strength to show as many people as possible how to live, and I am eternally grateful for her particularly teaching me how to make it through each day after day.
I know I have been blessed since the day of Jillian's birth in realizing my soul mate in my friend. Now I realize I am even more blessed to have her by my side as long as I live. Although I want to tell you to relax now my dear Pill, I know you won't, so I say enjoy my dear and explore all the mysteries that God has waiting for you. I will see you again one day and when I do I'll expect you to have heaven as figured out as you had earth, so that yet again, you can show me the ropes. Jilly, I will love you always, your friend Liz.
Ok well I'm off to go run Donner lake (yes I skipped out of wp for a few days since everyone is working) and then I'm heading back up to the screaming trees for the awesome country club dinner! AP just got up (she finished rd 1 of nursing finals!!) and we will def try and win some pedro for ya (sorry about the moon thing last year by the way- bad move on our parts but I didn't want to focus on lack.)
Love u, LOVE U, Love u and miss you with all my heart!!!
Always and forever,