She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31

Thursday, April 3, 2008

My Hero ~ Miss Arbie

Miss Arbie is my neighbor and friend. She lives in a sweet little house at the end of the road. I pass her home each time I go to town. It's not unusual to see her outside hoeing in her garden. Or at Christmas, using that same hoe to hang her Christmas lights to the top corner of her outbuilding. Or hanging all her rugs across the porch for a good beating.

The amazing thing is that Miss Arbie is 85 years old this year. She is the most tenacious woman I have ever met. She battled breast cancer within the last five year and has emerged victorious from that battle. I'm not surprised. She just doesn't give up!

On top of all of that, she has a heart of gold. When we first moved into this small community, we were strangers in every sense of the word. But Miss Arbie reached out a hand of friendship to us. She made us feel welcome & loved. When we went through some tough times with our son's illness, she showed up at our front door with a bag of fresh garden vegetables, a smile and word of encouragement.

When I grow up, I want to be Miss Arbie! She's my hero!


Farm Chick Paula said...

I have people in my life like Miss Arbie too, Lea. How precious they are to me! People like her are a treasure- they have so much knowledge and most of them just want a chance to share what they know. You are truly blessed to have a friend like her!

Linda said...

I like her already! ;)

She looks like such a stereotypical American lady! And the picture of the porch.. I mean, you have a porch! *lol*

Are you sure there aren't any houses for sale around there? Ooh, and a job to go with it.. of course?

greetings from the netherlands!

Katy said...

What a beautiful story! I totally want to be just like her...even now! What a sweet woman!!!! :)

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

Lea, if we all had the goal to be "Miss Arbie" to just a few people, what a different world this would be!, Like Paula said, I have a few people in my life, too, that are like this, and there is never a day that goes by when I don't thank God for them.

Maybe today, I can "Pay it Forward" and pass on the blessing to someone else! Cora

Anonymous said...

You are so blessed with a good friend and neighbor like Miss Arbie.
I bet Miss Arbie thinks the same about you too!
Have a great day.

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

What a lovely tribute to your neighbor and friend!

Pam said...

What a blessing to have people like Miss Arbie in our lives....and I agree with Ga.farmgirl...I'll bet Miss Arbie feels the same way about you.
Thank you for this wonderful post.

April said...

OHHH, what a sweet woman! Isn't it amazing how people enter your life become such a blessing?

Toni said...

Thanks for your great post about this sweet woman!!God uses people to bless us as well:)I have many people in our lives that I know God has sent to us!!
I am so glad I found your blog!You truly have a heart of gold!Have a blessed evening!!

Beemoosie said...

It is such a blessing to find people like Miss Arbie! Or maybe they find us!!! Lovely post!

katie said...

it's so great that there are still such sweet people like her around! you are lucky to have such a nice neighbor as a friend:)


Simple Family Supper lady said...

I want to be just like her, too!!!!
What a legacy she is creating!