Monday, February 2, 2015

Without her...

Without her, life is very different.  
A year ago today was the last day of mama's life.  It had been a long, long eight days.   Mama was completely unresponsive all those days as we sat with her or in her living room.  We talked, reminisced about our family life.  

She was unresponsive except for a brief moment in time when her caregiver came in and.....
Angela stood over her and talked to her.  Mama started making noise like she was trying to say something, but not like she was actually conscious.  That was an emotional moment.  

After she died, I wrote this post which talks about how I and perhaps my brothers and sisters felt at the time of her death.

Now?  A year later?  My head is so happy that she is in heaven with Jesus and daddy and all her brothers and sisters.  My heart misses her in many ways.  I miss her voice, her laughter, her quick wit.  I sometimes stop and think I haven't called her today or I need to go over to see her and then I remember.  

I'm thankful the memories we have of our parents are good memories.  

The memory of the righteous is a blessing.....Proverbs 10:7

A little added note.......Mama loved the Superhero and the Superhero loved mama, but he's not one to say a whole lot.  He came to see mama one of the nights shortly before she died.  I think he may have been shocked at how unresponsive she was, but he started talking (remember he's a man of very few words!) and he thanked mama for me!  I can't remember what else he said because I was sobbing by that time.  I can remember one of my BIL's saying.......thanks Russell, now what will the rest of us say?  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Goodbye 2014.......

I really can't say I'm sorry to see you go, it's been a hard year!

I'm counting on 2015 to be a great year!  
But before I say goodbye, I just have to post about Christmas. 

It was a quiet Christmas Eve and morning at our house.  We went to Christmas Eve service at church then had a light supper at my MIL's.....then home to bed.

Our Christmas morning tradition continued with the Superhero cooking a huge breakfast.  This year our crowd was slim.  The youngest flew to Minnesota, and three sets of children and grandchildren live far away.  That left us, MIL, son David and his wife Arwen and son Jordan and our nephew.  We managed to put away homemade hashbrowns, sausage, bacon and pancakes!  

This is after breakfast because I forgot to take pictures during the cooking!  

MIL and nephew

Then the present opening started.....
Grandson, Jordan

David and Arwen

After all the gifts were opened
everyone left and the Superhero took a much deserved rest.

Later in the day, we all met at my brother's home for our annual Christmas dinner.  We all take our special holiday dishes and there is so much food!

Even though five of the six of us were at Christmas dinner at my brother's, it was a relatively small crowd.  Here is just a little sampling of our afternoon.
Grandson, Jordan with my sisters

BIL Dick saying a big hello

Sister, Cathy and BIL Dick.....look at that hair!  It's backkkkkk.........

The Superhero and me

Son David and my brother, Tommy.....our gracious host every Christmas

DIL Arwen, David and brother Tommy

Niece Joneida and nephew Dickie

Four of my great nieces

My niece Jennie and her sister 

BIL Mike and sister Debbie

Nephew John and niece Amy

Three sisters......we try to get this picture at every get together

Two great nieces

My MIL and my brother's MIL

Since I didn't put a tree up, I thought it would be nice to get a picture of my brother's tree.  

My sister, Cathy, brother, Tommy and cousins Claire and Ellen

SIL Lois (the other half of the host team) and her granddaughter, Lauren.......who just became engaged!  

The youngest generation got the clean up job this year

Few of the guys 

Brother Michael

SIL Pam and her sister

We had a wonderful afternoon.  There was a little bit of bittersweetness during the day missing mama and BIL Mike's mama this year.  
But we couldn't be too sad when we stopped to realize they were celebrating with the REASON for the season!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that 2015 will be the best year ever for us all!

So long 2014......