Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Full of Grace

1.  Having the privilege of delivering a eulogy at my mother's memorial service.

2.  Having friends who travelled 8 - 12 hours in a car, and one who flew half way across the country to be there to support me.  (couldn't have done it without you)

3.  Having the honor of listening to so many others talk about the good my mom has done and the impact  she had on their lives.

4.  Enjoying pictures others brought of my mom in her youth.  In almost every one she is laughing.  Hysterically laughing.   And that is how I want to remember her.

5.  Feeling such pride to be my mother's daughter.

I have not been able to write in this space for quite awhile.   I have had significant health issues and have felt safer retreating  into my shell. 

I am, as always, working on it. 


  1. AnonymousMay 22, 2012

    Just so glad to read that you are alright. I was getting worried

  2. Your eulogy was a beautiful tribute to your relationship with your mom. I don't think there was a dry eye in the place.

    After listening to all those other people speak, I kept thinking that your mom's love is going to continue to grow and live on and on in all those people that she helped. She was one hell of an amazing woman.

    At the reception I would introduce myself to people as your friend and everyone would say how very proud your mother was of you and your children. That's all they would say - she was so very proud.

    The apple did not fall far . . .

  3. So nice to see you here, 8.
    xoxo <3 <3 <3 xoxox

    A wonderful thing about memorials is getting to see pictures of your mom that you have never seen before, and hearing stories about her that you didn't know. I'm so glad that there was laughter and love...

  4. I am sorry I never had the opportunity to meet your mother. She was obviously quite a light in the world.

    And I am sorry that you are having more health concerns. If there is anything I can do, please call on me.

    It is good to see you blogging again. You've been missed.

  5. I think my favorite moment of the day was when the minister was listing the many programs your mother initiated, and each time I saw your girls look at each other with that "did you know that?" look. It was as if they were seeing their grandmother for the first time through very different eyes.

    It was a beautiful memorial for a very beautiful woman. I feel very honored to have known her.

    And you.

  6. I am relieved to see you writing again, and hope that whatever your health issues, that you are restored to good health and peace soon.

    I suspect that your mother was as proud of you as you are of her. It is been a delight to get to know her through you.

  7. I am sure your mom was proud of you. Lots of thoughts with you.

  8. very sorry for your loss.

  9. Wishing you the best, and what peace may come...