Share. Connect. Love.

Posted 2014-09-23T22:46:45Z


Every single day since Howard's death, I have been blessed by someone who has extended their condolences for my loss AND their fondness for Howard.  This feels like more than just kind people with nice manners.  It feels like the love that Howie shared everyday with people in everyday situations is coming back to comfort me.

Last night after coming home to a quiet house, I opened a package sent from a group of beautiful, loving, knitting Santa Barbara women.  Women whom I've never met -  knitted me the softest, warmest, most comforting prayer shawl ever.   Because I am grieving these delightful women sat,  prayed, knitted tangible love and shared that love with me.  My Auntie Nancy, who is one of these knitters, shared the story of Howard with her gals and off they went with their loving knitting needles.

Because Howard shared so much with the community, because these women shared their blessings with me I now share the story of their kind words and deed with you.  Please share a big chunk of yourself with someone when you see a need, because Howard would.



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Comments (8)

  • Frank Wissell
    Frank Wissell

    This only reinforces the feeling that many of us had, Howard was a 'gem' of a person who touched people in subtle ways--his spirit will stay with each of us for a very long time and serve as an example of what we should strive for......God take care of him

    5 years ago · Reply
  • becky omel
    becky omel

    You comforted me when I need glad you are blessed with the comfort and kindness of others. love you

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Cindy Campbell
    Cindy Campbell

    Sandy, the gym just isn't the same without Howard there, but I talk about him all the time to others. What a beautiful story you shared about the women who knit you a blanket. I love you Sandy, and you too are a very special person. Not a day goes by where I'm not thinking of you, and Howard's family. When you are ready, and when your schedule permits, would love to see you. Blessings & Love, Cindy

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Larry R. Curry
    Larry R. Curry

    Sandy, we think about you and send you many, many good wishes. I love your story about the prayer shawl. I will share myself with my siblings and a friend today. You have reminded me to get off the dime and do what is the most important thing all of us can do, and that is to connect and share. Thank you so much for your posting. You are a very special person. xo Sally and Larry

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Alysia Pearson
    Alysia Pearson

    Giving, loving is what Dad will always be about. Thanks for sharing. Xo

    5 years ago · Reply
  • mary gion
    mary gion

    This is one of the best tributes to Howie, anyone could give. This story just fills my heart, my dear friend.

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Brucelle Williamson
    Brucelle Williamson

    What a special loving, lasting gift. It'll comfort you for years, I'm sure, Sandy. xo

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Kia Hamm
    Kia Hamm

    Oh, Mrs. Bauer, this is so true. I would even go to Facebook after leaving the gym to recount something Howard said to make me laugh. He is just kind and didn't mind sharing God's love. Be blessed.

    5 years ago · Reply