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Why My Lilac Loofah Soap is Called Linda Lou!

Posted by Chris Greten on



This Lilac Loofah Scented soap is one of my top sellers! It is also named Linda Lou and I am going to share the story behind the name with you.  I work for Awana International and one of the many blessings of working there is we memorize and hide God's word in our heart. Anyone who knows me knows I am an overachiever! Believe it or not, they have a club for people just like me! If you memorize an additional chapter of scripture you get to be in this club and if you can recite the chapter at the end of the year the reward is you get to go on the mystery trip. You literally get on a bus at 7:30 in the morning and you have no idea where you are going, it also includes breakfast and lunch at unknown destinations as well as a tour or event, and the fun lasts until about 3:30.  How fun is that????

A few years ago I sat on the bus and my dear co-worker Linda (real name is Linda Lou, but we call her Linda) sat down beside me to share in the adventure of this mystery trip. I truly got an added bonus that year as Linda pointed out every single lilac bush from here to the next state and back! We were in the height of the Lilac season! The best part of it all was her excitement every time she saw a new one!  It was like seeing it through the eyes of a child when they first see all the presents under the tree! Each lilac bush she saw was like the first time she had ever seen one, and her excitement for them never dimmed!  I truly love people who appreciate the little things in life and my friend Linda is just that person. She is the one who always has just the right cheerful thing to say to you and has even been caught passing out smiley stickers as she passes out the mail in our building.

So when Linda was diagnosed with cancer, one would think that she would be upset, down or just not so happy. Well I am here to tell you it was the complete opposite.  She continues to beam sunshine in everyone's direction even when I know she is not feeling her best. She is really an inspiration to us all.  I had made a batch of Lilac and Loofah Soap and brought her one as a gift. Well as usual she was like that kid at Christmas. She was so thrilled to get it. I decided I would make a batch in honor of her upcoming radiation, because she loves the lilacs so much, and I figured it would cheer her up. I made it on the day her radiation treatments were suppose to start.  The thought was the soap takes a full 6 weeks to cure and she was to have 6 weeks of radiation. I gave her a bar to keep on her desk and she could smell it everyday and turn it to give it even air exposure and she could count down her days until the end of radiation. We also named the soap, Linda Lou Lilac and Loofah Soap, after her. The soap was to be done curing when she was done with her radiation.  But as the medical profession likes to change things up that was not the case and her treatment started later so the soap was ready before she was done.   But that was okay because once again Linda, who is always trying to brighten other people's day decided since she was still in treatment, she would buy 3 batches of the Linda Lou Lilac and Loofah Soap and pass it out to her nurses, doctors and those that have been helping her and encouraging her.  What an incredible lady!

So that is the story of why my soap is called Linda Lou. It is in honor of a wonderful encouraging lady who is facing cancer with a great attitude and she is such an inspiration to me and everyone that gets the pleasure to be with her.

You can purchase the soap by clicking here and you will also see the scripture verse she chose for the back label.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Leave me a comment by clicking here and I will be sure to pass it along to Linda.

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  • We became friends with the LeClaires way back in 1985 while stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Linda has been my ‘soul sister’ all these years. It started when we were traveling by train to a retreat and she admired my boots. We discovered we share a shoe size and a Lutheran background. What fun we’ve had all these years sending one another ‘foot’ gifts! Linda has been a dear friend and an amazing blessing, Your testimony about Linda is wonderful! I just found out recently about the cancer and treatment. We’re so thankful she’s doing so well and will continue to lift her in prayer.
    God Bless You,

    Andrea Klanderman on
  • Linda Lou is truly a lovely inspiration to even people she’s never met! Blessings to her and you, Chris, for being a lovely, faithful friend. Good health to you both.

    Carolynn on
  • What a beautiful story. Linda Lou you sound like such an amazing person. Bless you as you continue to bless others.

    Michelle on
  • Linda is lucky to have a friend like you.

    angela on

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