My friend is gone.  Leukemia.
She died today. 2:35 pm.
Facebook tells me so.

Three daughters. A third grader, kindergartner, and baby sister.

When Robb died, Allie sent love and gift cards and meals and coloring pages from her little girls – and very sweetly, mittens. Two lefts, which made them hard for little boys to wear, and I kept them anyway.

It is beautifuly strange, strangely beautiful, to have read her words yesterday and to know she is with Robb today.

I almost wrote to her earlier this week, sensing her time was near, to ask her to carry my words to him. A messenger from here to there. But I didn’t, because I didn’t want to hurt her family who would likely read the words before she could. How dare I be so insensitive to think of myself and my heart when theirs break and bleed.

I’m sure he has greeted her now. Cheered her to her finish line, I know it in my heart. He loved Allie. When we were starting our families, Robb and I said she carried pregnancy better than most women we knew, certainly more discreetly than his very own wife.

She was a beauty, that Allison.

Adam, strong man, her love and her champion,
my heart aches for you.

We prayed for healing. God, forgive us; I don’t think we understand what it is. I learn to pray for the courage and strength of those who are left behind, yet unhealed.


Allie and Adam

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. this is really beautiful.

    “We prayed for healing. God, forgive us; I don’t think we understand what it is.”

    my thoughts exactly. as i saw adam’s post on the blog yesterday, i felt sadness for those she left behind but great joy for her.

  2. Such a beautiful tribute. Such wisdom in your last lines. I’m sorry you lost her but happy she is not suffering.

  3. Oh no. Looks like Allie Armstrong died… How horrible!

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. I’m sorry for the loss of your amazing friend.
    Thank you for sharing so I can pray for her family and friends.

  5. I have never posted but I have followed your blog faithfully for the last 2 1/2 years. I actually went to college with Allie and as I read her blog, I often thought of you. It’s such a blessing to see that you two were friends. Praying for you and the Armstrong/Kura families.

  6. Tricia, I’m so sorry to hear of your friend’s death. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved her, and prayers are going up for her family and friends.

  7. Tricia, I am very sorry to learn of your dear friends passing. My you and her family ind comfort and peace.

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