Monday, November 30, 2009

Thankful

It was tough celebrating Thanksgiving this year without Mom but I still had to pause and consider all of the things that I am thankful for.

-I am thankful for my four wonderful boys and what a blessing they are, even when they are driving me nuts! : )
-I am thankful for my husband who treats me better than I probably deserve at times and loves me unconditionally.
-I am thankful for my dad who has always been such a positive influence on my life and the choices I make.
-I am thankful for my brother and so happy that we are still close after all these years.
-I am thankful for my sister-in-law. She has made my dad feel comfortable in knowing that he is always welcome in their home and can pop in anytime for dinner or if he's just missing my mom and needs some company.
-I am thankful for Dave's family and enjoy the time we spend with them. Wish we could see them more often.
-I am thankful for my fabulous friends, both old and new, who always seem to be there when I need them the most. You know who you are! : )
-And I am thankful for my precious mom and will cherish the beautiful memories she left behind. She was a true angel and one of a kind.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I love you Mom

My sweet mother passed away on Thursday, October 29th. We thought we'd have her here with us longer and I still cannot believe she is gone. I've picked up the phone at least three times since I got back home to call her. She left us way too soon. Yes, I'm thankful that she is no longer in pain, but how I wish she could still be here with us.
It hurts my heart to think about never being able to talk to her again here on earth. It hurts my heart to see my dad so sad and heartbroken without the love of his life. It hurts my heart to see the tears in my brothers' eyes when people talk about what a wonderful mother she was. It hurts my heart to think that Ripken, my sweet youngest son who loves his grandmother so, will one day forget her because he won't have those precious memories of her that the older boys have. It hurts my heart that seven grandchildren have lost such an important figure in their lives. It hurts my heart to see the sadness on the faces of her brother and best friend.
It hurts my heart to say this but, I really miss my mom.