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Dearest Nattie,

You’ve been living it up for a year now, my friend. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. Oh Nattie-pie, there’s so much I want to tell you about the last year. As you are celebrating your heaven birthday, I’ll be sitting here filling out the tedious stacks of divorce paperwork that I never thought I’d see. In the year since you’ve been gone, I’ve walked a mile in your shoes. And my friend, I’m so grateful that you gave me such a model of grace to follow as I walk that path. I literally ask myself daily “What would Nattie do?” And while I’m not running out to have that phrase merchandised, I can’t even tell you how much your example has blessed me. As I go through the hardest experience of my life, I have found the strength and grace to get through each day by the glory of God, and by the fine example you set as you walked this path. There are so many times I have wished I could pick up the phone to call you – to cry, to commiserate, to ask how on earth you survived this – but instead, I thank God that I had the opportunity to know you, to call you friend, and to watch you conduct yourself with grace beyond human measure.
So thank you, my friend. Thank you that even in death you have inspired me to have the strength and courage to face tomorrow. You were truly “God’s Girl” – I’m just trying to be the box office sequel, “God’s Girl, Part 2”. I hope it lives up to the original. You’re a tough act to follow kiddo. I love you so much and miss you so much. Thank you for being you. Thank you for allowing God to shine through you so much in your life. Thank you for being a part of my life, for being my friend, and for giving me hope and encouragement that, no matter what happens, God can use any situation for His glory. You are proof of that my friend.
I’m so glad I’ll get to see you again someday. But for now, I’m going to admire my purple toenails, drink our shared vice of Diet Coke, and sigh over my legal documents, knowing that there is a brighter tomorrow.

7 Responses to “Dearest Nattie,”

  1. Pattie Says:

    Oh, Cheryl, that was beautiful. Nattie, I miss you.

  2. Dawn Says:

    ((Cheryl)) She DID leave such a Godly example to follow thru a trial such as yours, didn’t she?

  3. StephanieG Says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Just like our Nattie. I’m sure she’s looking down on you and is PROUD of the way you too are handling yourself.
    Nattie. I love you and I miss you. We were friends for only a short time but you will forever remain in my heart as a dear friend. I love you and miss you.

  4. Heather Says:

    I ask “What would Nattie Do?” as well. That got me through so many nights waitressing at Applebees, cause I realized Nat would throw herself fully into the service of those she waited on and those that worked with her. It made my nights meaningful, more often than not.

  5. Anne Says:

    With tears in my eyes, I’m sitting here trying to think what in the world to say, Cheryl. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to Nattie. I pray peace, comfort and strength will be your constant companions as you and God walk this journey together.

  6. Cheryl Says:

    Today is the first time I’ve really allowed myself to cry – to grieve – what I’ve lost going through this divorce. So thank you, Nattie, for giving me that gift too. (My therapist thanks you too – this was my homework for this week. God’s timing is always perfect).

  7. Anne Says:

    Thank you, Cheryl. You made me cry with yur words. Praise God that you had a friend like Nattie and praise Him even more that you’ll get to see one another again, and this time with no parting.

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