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Meet your neighbor: Dina Wills

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Family: I am married to my high school sweetheart, Walter Wills. We met in the ninth grade at Sheridan in 1991. We got married in May of 1996. We have two daughters, Gracie and Abby Joy. And we are currently an open and waiting family to adopt.

 

Occupation/volunteer: I am a stay-at-home mother and I homeschool our daughters. My husband and I are very active with our church, East End Baptist. Walter serves as the associate pastor of young adults and this keeps us very busy. I love volunteer work! Serving others is a passion of mine!

            I have had the privilege of working in tornado stricken areas with clean-up efforts, served in soup kitchens, delivered meals, spent time with widows, and visited with those in nursing homes. I try really hard to stay in tune with the Lord and His promptings for me to be His hands and feet.

Favorite meal/food: I am a “home cooking” kind of gal! I enjoy chicken and dumplings or roast with potatoes and carrots, and don’t forget the rolls!  Anything that is high in starch, I will probably devour quickly! Cracker Barrel is my FAVORITE restaurant…YUM!

 

Dream vacation destination: I love being on the beach! Any beach location is fine with me, as long as I can have my toes in the sand and the beautiful ocean in my view.

 

Biggest pet peeve: People who go around stirring up trouble and then will not put their name behind their malicious actions.

 

Favorite thing about East End: My favorite thing about our community is that even though our community is growing, it still has that small town feel. When you go to Harvest Foods, you will always run into someone you know! 

 

List something most folks don’t know about you: I have battled with depression since 2003. I am the middle child of three girls and in 2003 my little sister, Kara Joy Isaac, passed away suddenly from acute myocarditis. She was 23 years old. Three months after Kara’s passing, my older sister, Andrea Isaac Adams, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Andrea battled for 6 years and passed away in 2009 at the age of 36.

            With the passing of both of my siblings, I have suffered greatly with grief and acceptance of their absence. However, I have endured these losses not on my own strength, but on the strength and power of our Lord Jesus Christ. With Christ as my Redeemer, He has been faithful to help me climb out of that darkness.

 

Best advice someone shared with you: On June 22, 2017 I had an opportunity to go visit a sweet and dear church member who is in a nursing home. Her name is Gerri Kilmer. As we were visiting Ms. Kilmer, she was telling me about a new medication she had been put on. She never complained about her situation and the health challenges she was facing.

            I was moved with compassion for her and how much dignity she was displaying. I told her, “I’m sorry you are having to deal with all this.” She smiled that sweet smile she has and said, “The good Lord won’t put more on us than we can bear.” Now this is advice that I have heard my whole life, but it took on a whole new meaning when she spoke it to me. In the middle of her struggles, she was pointing to the Lord.

            Ms. Kilmer is a Godly lady who is full of grace and peace. She is comforted in knowing the Lord is with her and helping her carry the load of troubles she is enduring. I hope to remember her words the next time trials and tribulations come my way.