05/20/2013 - 07/03/2013
For those of you who don't know Lindsey Smith, let me tell you her story. She was in Blake's bible study group in high school and the Smith family is good friends with my family. Lindsey passed away in a car accident this past January and after she passed away Danny Oldani had purple bracelets made which said "Loving Lindsey." Lindsey loved to travel and God blessed her with the gift of seeing quite a bit of the world before bringing her home. Before Grace and I left on our trip, Linda (Lindsey's mom) gave me a few bracelets to give out on my trip. Here are the people that I shared them with.
This is Adeline, she was our waitress at a restaurant in Old Town Nice one night and was the first person that I shared Lindsey's story with. I gave her a bracelet and she was so appreciative she was almost brought to tears. She couldn't believe I wanted to give her a bracelet and after I told her Lindsey's story she immediately went over and showed her coworkers the bracelet and began telling them about it.
This wonderful lady is Melissa from Melbourne, Australia. Grace and I took an all day cooking class while we were in Florence and we got to know a few of the people in the class, including Melissa. She is so sweet, one of the nicest people we met on our trip. She had taken this trip as a tribute to her mother who loved to travel but recently passed away. I shared Lindsey's story with her and gave her a bracelet that would continue to travel around Europe with her before going back to Australia.
This is Carlan from Knoxville, Tennessee. We met her and her family in Paris while we were standing in the long line to go into the beautiful Sainte Chapelle. After Paris they were going to Florence and Rome before going home to Knoxville. She was a sweetheart and so full of energy and joy. She and her family gave us lots of tips about things to do when we went to London. She was so excited about the bracelet.
These girls are Katie Leaf on the left and Megan O'Connor on the right. They are from Ontario, Canada. We met them on a walking tour of Dublin our first day there and got to be friends with them. A few days later we all went on a day trip to the west coast of Ireland to see the Cliffs of Moher, which is where I told them about Lindsey and gave them each a bracelet. After Ireland they went to Switzerland where they are working as camp counselors until September. They asked if the opportunity came up if they could pass the bracelets on and continue to share Lindsey's story at camp and I told them I thought it would be a great idea.
I am so thankful that Linda thought to give me these bracelets to give out on my trip. It was such a blessing to be able to share them with these people as we were traveling and to see how Lindsey's story and the simple kindness of giving a bracelet to a person could touch their hearts. Today I read Linda's blog about the bracelets she gave out on her trip. Carly also gave a couple out on her trip to Africa a few weeks ago. It is amazing to think of all the places that the bracelets have and will travel to. It is like Lindsey is still getting to travel the world.