Tracy Giles / January 21, 2020

I’ve known Leah since high school . . . over 20 years and I just think she’s so amazing. My family and I have done some things #forblake before and I haven’t been on here to share them. Well, something happened tonight that I have to share.

We spent the entire day at the children’s hospital in Spokane. My daughter has had two open heart surgeries and has a pacemaker. We’ve spent a lot of time in hospitals over the last 14 years. She had to go in for her routine tests and see all of her doctors. It was the end of a long day and we were stopping off in the cafeteria to grab a bite to eat before driving the 1.5 hour drive back to Sandpoint. I got the kids situated with food at a table and realized I forgot something for my youngest, so I got back in line. There was a woman in front of me who was visibly struggling. The thought came to me that I should buy her dinner. I dismissed the thought, grabbed more food for my youngest and went to the cashier. This lady ended up behind me in line and I heard her say to her daughter that she really hoped their credit card was going to work. At that same moment the cashier asked me if our food was all together. I simply replied yes and explained I wanted to pay for her food too. She burst into tears and I told her about my friend from high school and her son Blake. She asked me what my friend’s name is and I turned to say “Leah” and without any control the name Amanda came out. I stopped and thought that was super weird and then explained, ”My friend’s name is Leah not Amanda.“ With massive tears in her eyes, she said, “That’s my name, Amanda.” My mouth dropped open. We’d never met before and I wouldn’t forget Leah’s name like that. We both cried. I don’t know what that means or why that happened, but this woman felt in that moment that someone was watching out for her. She told me that her little boy fell out of a window today. The recovery road is going to be long and hard, but I’m so glad that #forblake brought her a little peace and assurance that someone on the other side loves her and is looking out for her. Tonight Amanda and her son are in my earnest prayers.

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