Sunday, April 27, 2008

The thing about Ilene...

...is that she is leaving my life about as quickly as she came into it. Actually, thankfully because of the blog world she will always be in my life just not in an everyday sort of way. Ilene and her little family moved here about nine months ago. And are leaving today for Boise...their new home. In my experience it takes at least nine months to really get settled someplace and feel like your new place is home. And now she is leaving...

I met Ilene shortly after she moved here, but due to the fact that I was in Primary I got to know her son Jackson before I really knew her. My friend Jessica R. told me that she met the new girl and said that she was so cute and fun. About a week later I introduced myself to her and I totally agreed with Jessica. The next few months past and we had them over for a game night and we went to other social things that they were at. Then I was called into the Young Women's program and got to serve as one of her advisers. That's when I really got to know Ilene and now I know what I'm going to be missing...
Ilene is...
Intelligent- she's the roommate that actually studied and got good grades. This girl has quite the vocabulary, I just pretend like I know what those big words mean.
Loves the Lord- I got to listen to her teach the girls and bear her testimony to them often. The way she lives her life is a testimony...cheerful and full of faith.
Ever so clever and witty - I mentioned before that she is smart, but she is so funny she doesn't make you feel dumb because you're not as smart.
Neat and tidy- maybe this is because I spent most of my time in her home while she was trying to sell it, but still, she has great taste, she dresses and decorates her home with style.
Easy to be with- I love people who I can talk to about anything...and I mean anything. She is one of those people. Oh I will miss that.

Ilene is a beautiful person and I am grateful for the short time I had her in my life. How blessed are the ladies in Boise who will be receiving our loss. Jessica and I were talking about Ilene moving and we decided that it's like we didn't have enough time to let our friendship totally bloom, she's leaving just as it was beginning. But like I mentioned before, we will always have blogger...

Ilene, Best wishes on your new adventure in Boise, and remember you will always have friends in Washington who will welcome you back with open arms...Love you and God Bless.

8 comments:

Lindsey said...

You are so sweet, and thoughtful. :)

Melissa-Mc said...

What a nice tribute. She will bless Boise greatly. We'll take anyone that wants to come.

Mrs Ana said...

It's always sad to see friends go. I hope all goes well for them.my boy is pretty cute huh? I'm still having problems with the pictures and it's getting on my nerves!!

Ilene said...

Crap I wrote a long comment and it died somewhere in cyberspace.

First of all I am so SORRY I didn't get to say good-bye properly. Both boys got sick so we decided to head out on Saturday. Now today Dan is sick so it has been a lovely time.

However, I will probably be out in a little while either to visit in-laws or to check on the house (the company pays for a trip once a month back until we sell the house and so I will be using that as an opportunity to have a girls weekend sans kids).

ANYWAY, Thanks for this post. It makes me feel lovely; especially in light of all you wonderful and talented ladies. I've never been so impressed with a group of women and I will miss you and hope to copy all of your ideas out here in Boise. I'm sure to make lots of friends that way.

And yes, I was a nerd in college. But you were too- admit it. Of course you were way cooler than me since you played tamborine in a band...

Meghann said...

Can I just say ditto to everything you wrote in this post? We miss you Ilene!

cyn the win said...

How sweet! So glad Ilene is my SIL and I don't have to say good bye.

Dang, I need to move so my friends will write an adieu blog for me as well. Ilene's lucky to have YOU.

The Hansen Clan said...

Wow Jess... that was perfect. We were so lucky to have Ilene and now she will be my piece of sanity when I go to Boise. But I am thinking I might fake a move so you will write an awesome post for me :)

Lauren said...

You played tamborine in a band!?


I only know Ilene through blogging but, I love her wit and her intelligence is so evident in her blogging. I am sure you and Jessica are kind of in mourning. This was such a wonderful post.