Leslie was the first blogger who I actually followed. Sure, occasionally I would check in with other blogs but until Leslie Sisti there wasn’t a blogger who I checked in on every day. This was just before she would meet the man who would become her husband. I read the posts about planning the wedding and then the joy over their first baby, Caroline, and that same joy when their second daughter, Ainsley, was born.
When I heard the news that Leslie had passed, I was so sad which makes it unfathomable to consider what her family, friends, husband, and daughters (though they are still babies now) are going through. Anything I felt was less than a drop of their sorrow. Leslie went to be with Jesus due to complications with a genetic heart defect. Even when she wasn’t well, she was still the bright cheerful and real, Leslie. Everyone on the internet has just expressed complete shock. We knew it was serious but this…
So here are the things I loved about Leslie that translated to her blog and social media. She was bright and clever and quick. She was self depreciating and kind and made people feel special and loved. She certainly adored her family–her husband, Stephen, and Caroline and Ainsley. When she became a mom, she was still herself, if that makes sense. Yes, there were mommy posts mixed in with the fashion posts (as expected) but I still laughed and read because Leslie was the type of person who was charming. People wanted to be around her or work with her and be like her. She was so down to earth and just…great.
There is a fund for Caroline and Ainsley’s future college fund.
There is comfort in knowing that her faith was incredibly important to her and that she is now with Jesus with a new body. She is no longer in pain. I heard at the memorial this song was sung and printed on the program: “No guilt in life/No fear in death/This is the power of Christ in me?From life’s first cry to final breath/Jesus commands my destiny.”
Keep Stephen and the girls in your thoughts and prayers. Please consider contributing to the fund for the girls. The hastags #beblessedlovelies (how Leslie signed off each blog) and #RememberingLeslie are being used to do exactly that, to remember her.
Every time I see her picture, it’s like a fresh shock. This vibrant 30 year old wife and mother is gone from the earth is crazy to imagine.