Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I Miss You, Mother!

Two years ago today we lost my mom.
Alzheimer's is such a wicked, devastating disease that took a vibrant, beautiful, loving, talented woman much too soon! Above is a photo of her that was taken in happy, healthy times. Wasn't she just gorgeous!? Below is photo of my family - it was taken in 1951 when she was pregnant with my baby brother. Mother taught each of us so much about life, happiness, disappointment, and love! I miss her terribly - I miss our daily phone conversations, our fun shopping trips, our creative decorating escapades, our family get-togethers, her fantastic cooking - I miss everything about her! I am so grateful that I have so many wonderful memories of her - this helps the grief easier to endure. I know that as time goes by, the pain will continue to ease - in the past two years I've done lots of healing. Journaling is therapeutic - that is why I have written this post.

I love this poem and wanted to share it with my family and friends:

Letting Go
God saw you getting tired.
When a cure was not to be,
He closed his arms around you and whispered,
"Come to Me".
In tears we saw you sinking.
We watched you fade away.
Our hearts were almost broken, you fought so hard to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping so peacefully free from pain,
We could not wish you back to suffer so again.
So keep your arms around her Lord, and give her special care.
Make up for all she suffered and all that seemed unfair.


Joanne Huffman said...

Jackie, this is a lovely tribute to your mother.


Woman Artist United said...

Jackie this is a wonderful tribute of your mother. Its hard to believe it's been 2 years although, I know for you it seems like just yesterday..sending you big hugs!

Karen Owen said...

Jackie, I'm so happy you have a blog! I'm going to enjoy your blog - you have a nice writing style. I loved reading about your mother. She was indeed a lovely woman.


christygrant said...

Your mom was a beautiful woman and she had a beautiful daughter, too. :) Alzheimer's is a terrible disease. I've lost a grandmother, an aunt, uncle and my mom's sister has been diagnosed. My mom is showing early signs. I pray they find a cure.
Congratulations on blogging!

A good thing about son turns 11~

Mary Jo said...

What a beautiful tribute to your lovely Mother. That poem is so comforting it really touched my heart.
Sending big hugs to you Sweetie! I am so happy you finally got your blog started. You know I will be a regular visitor. :>)
Mary Jo

The Backporch Artessa said...

Jackie This is so lovely! And it touches me so deeply! Your mother sounded like a creative, bright and enthusiastic soul! I'm sure she would be so proud of your new endeavour!

Karan said...

This was a really beautiful post Jackie. I linked from the Diva's site... I love the poem. It says so eloquently what we all want to say when we lose a dear one.


Karen Campbell said...

Great blog, Jackie! And I can so identify with the poem you posted about your mother ... those words would have been perfect for the situation with my own dear mother as well!

Thanks for sharing the wonderful tribute to your mother with us :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on joining the blogging world, Jackie. And what a perfect time to do so, with this special tribute to your beautiful mother.


Connie said...

This is just beautiful, jackie.
I don't think we ever get over losing our moms, sheesh...i still hope for mine to show up in my dreams - i always wake up feeling so comforted
and at peace when she does!
Feeling your pain, my mom will be gone 2 yrs in june....