Lydia was my firstborn child and a vibrant little girl, so full of life. She had a love for dancing, shopping, and fashion. So very outgoing that her big personality could entertain an entire room. I like to call her the glitter glue to our family. She was the sparkle, the glitter and glue that has held us together.
Much like her grandmother, Lydia was a girl who loved to shop, eat cinnamon rolls, drink hot chocolate, and explore what the world had to offer. She loved the spotlight, as her singing and dancing was a daily occurrence in the house. A social butterfly at heart, she loved people and had lots of friends. A dreamer at heart and a creative old soul, her flare for life could make anyone jump aboard her exciting and eager outlook. Her clothes never matched, yet she took pride in her appearance and independence. Lydia loved to draw and created beautiful pieces of art, leaving many notes and pictures around the house for her family to find, long after she passed.
Lydia would often talk about God and want to know when she could meet him and go to his house. She was fascinated by her family members who passed long ago, having a deep desire to meet her great grandparents, often requesting to go to the cemetery to see them. I would smile and tell her God is always with us and how wonderful Heaven is, but that she had long life to live on earth before then. Little did I know, her time here would be brief.
Lydia’s Love was started in 2011, a non-profit organization that provides birthday parties to homeless and needy children. This has been a rewarding and heartfelt experience. Seeing joy in children’s lives during hard times, as they feel and know that they are special, is priceless. It has also been a wonderful way to get the community involved. From churches, to school groups, to families and organizations, Lydia’s Love has given others a positive avenue to volunteer and give back in.