Mother’s Day thoughts

I wasn’t going to post anything about Mother’s Day.  Not because I don’t like the holiday, but because it’s the first one without my Mom.

The last year and a half have been a little difficult to say the least.  My parents home burned in January of 2012.  Thankfully,  they were able to get out quickly– literally with  the clothes on their backs.

A fire is a sickening and devastating ordeal and I pray you never have to experience it.

The restoration company came and took items to clean and repair.  Being in shock, we did not have a clue what was salvageable enough to even take.

Nine months after the fire, my mom was in a car accident.  With a broken hip and a crushed leg, the doctors told us these injuries were fixable and non-life threatening.  But, within twenty-four hours after the surgery, she had a massive stroke.

She died six weeks later.

Fast forward to this week.  My dad is almost finished rebuilding the house.  The restoration company delivered several cleaned and restored furniture pieces along with several boxes.  This sounds crazy but we had no idea what could be in those boxes.

The first box I opened contained this cross stitched piece I did for my mom in 1984.

mother cross stitch sampler

Is it a coincidence that it’s Mother’s Day weekend and our first without our mom?

Makes me wonder….

p.s. go hug your Mama’s right now.

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I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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15 Responses to Mother’s Day thoughts

  1. That’s her hug for you, right there…
    I’m a long ways from my Momma – she’ll be spending the day in Pine Bluff (we don’t advertise that she grew up *there*) with her mother, my 95 year-old Nana. I’ll call them, though.
    I’ll be thinking about you and your family.


  2. Oh Brenda, I’m so sorry for your loss and for all that your going through. I don’t think that was a coincidence at all. I’m sending you a hug too today.


  3. This brought me to tears. Finding the cross stitch was meant to be. I believe the people we love have ways of letting us know they are still with us. Sending you a hug and hoping you continue to find the strength for your journey of healing.


  4. ddonabella says:

    So sorry Brenda but how lovely they delivered the cross stitch…I wish I could hug my mom but she is 3000 miles away and I only see her once a year. With my upcoming retirement I hope to see her more often.


  5. M Norv says:

    What a wonderful Mothers Day gift you gave her and now she is giving it back to you. Thank you so much for sharing this! Tammy N


  6. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Beautiful hug from the other side of the veil! I’m so sorry for the difficulty of the last year and a half and especially for the loss of your mama! It’s been eight and a half years since I lost my mom and while the “miss” never goes away, the awful pain and emptiness lessens a little each year. Happy Mother’s Day!


  7. Holleygarden says:

    Holidays like this, after a loved one has departed, can be so bittersweet. I think a fire would be one of the most devastating things to have to go through. I hope you find many beautiful memories in those boxes.


  8. thecasualrider says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Full circle — with seeing the cross stitch piece. It must be a hard holiday for you — and hopefully one for which time will bring less emptiness. My mom passed away so long ago. I still miss her each and every day.


  9. My Mom passed away in October….. I am glad you found the cross stitch..I hope you Dad is coping OK…Michelle


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