Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Gram.......FMS454

 







We laid my mother to rest in early September on a beautiful fall day.....surrounded by flowers and family in our small village cemetery. It was the perfect way to celebrate her life and say good bye. Her memory failed her in recent years but her spirit and delight in life never wavered.  She lived in the moment and enjoyed it. We had started outdoor visits recently at the assisted living facility and at our last one the aide lured her back inside with the promise of a hot cup of coffee.  She waved good bye to me and I heard her say to the aide as they walked away "I love your blouse...such a beautiful color!  Where did you get it?"  Always interested in the latest fashion....and coffee! 


 


Because of you know what our gathering was small but we shared stories and laughed and cried together. And the youngest members of the family took care of watering all of the flowers everywhere before we left.  They loved that pump!





And I must say thank you to so many of  you who have sent beautiful cards or messages.  Every day for the past two weeks there has been something in my mailbox - or my inbox - it has truly meant so much.  






Jacquie has a wide open sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join us!



Stamp Set: Queen Anne's Lace
Paper: Peony Garden DSP, Specialty DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Powder Pink, Memento Black, Bundled Sage (Distress Oxide)


14 comments:

stampwithamyk said...

Beautiful card! And beautiful notes about your mom...wishing that I'd have been able to meet her. Sending lots of hugs to you and your family!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous, Linda! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I love you so much and send you all the big hugs and smiles. ♥

I Card Everyone said...

Linda, it must have been such a blessing to witness that delight, to the very last day of her life.
I'm so very, very sorry for your loss, my friend.
Love and hugs,
M

LeAnne said...

I have been thinking of you a lot lately, Linda, as you travel down this challenging path! It is never easy losing your mom, but you have happy memories to keep her close! I love your pictures of the cemetery....we have a pump like that too, only it's inside a dark shed and when I used to go visit the cemetery with my grandmother, I wouldn't go in the shed...too spooky! How fun that the kids will have great memories to share as well!
Your card is sweet and thoughtful...just like you!

Amy O said...

What a beautiful card! I love the thought of your family laughing through the tears while you shared stories of your mother. I hope those memories of her will bring smiles to your face in the days and weeks to come. Sending love to you!

Nancy said...

Linda: I have always delighted in your posts that include Gram. I am sure her wonderful spirit is expanded in each member of your beautiful family. The stories you included today were very special. Blessings. Nancy

Carol said...

Linda: What beautiful words about your Mom. It sounds like she was a wonderful lady. So sorry for your loss. My Mom died four years ago next month. It leaves a hole in your heart but your memories will guide you though this tough time. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Jacquie Southas said...

Your design is just beautiful, Linda! The lovely sentiment layers perfectly over the Queen Anne's lace. Hugs to you as you continue to grieve for your mom.

Barb Ghig said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Linda! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us...your mom looks like a very sweet lady and I'll bet she had a great sense of humor, too :)
Sending you my sincerest condolences...with lots of crafty hugs, Barb xx

Jen Brum said...

This is such a beautiful card Linda! I just love the background and those pretty flowers! Did you know the centre part of the Queen Anne's lace is what attracts the bees? It's a little purple flower. I am so sorry about your mom and I know you and your family will miss her dearly. I will miss hearing about her antics and seeing how much she loved to party. I still think you need to write a book of her stories and memories!

Karren said...

Beautiful tribute to your mum, Linda, and such a beautiful card. I'm so very sorry for your loss but know you and your mum had such a wonderful and special relationship that you'll treasure.

Narelle Farrugia said...

Such a sad time for you all, but I'm sure there were many stories and lots of love on the day. Love to you all x

Ida said...

What a lovely card. I am sorry about the loss of your mom. I lost mine in late April - We have yet to hold a service. Will most likely do a Celebration of Life next April on the 1 year Anniversary of her passing. - They stay in our hearts forever. Wishing you many fond memories of your mom.

Jen Camara Mitchell said...

A beautiful tribute to your Mom. I so enjoyed whenever you shared anecdotes about her and wish I could have met her! <3