Monday, February 27, 2012


It is raining today. That and a whole day at home. I am beside myself with joy. What shall I do?
Chores of course. They never end but that is okay. To be able to have time to actually start a load of laundry and see it through to folding is a rare treat. Usually I've been out running someone somewhere in between washer and dryer.

I must say "wait" and "just a minute" quite often to my youngest as I am always trying to finish something up because yesterday when she wanted to head out and swing, she asked if I was done with my chores. I try not to forget that this time when all they want and care about is good old mom is short. I am constantly reminded of this as when my older girls come in, I often have to go to them to say hi. We remind them to say hello when they get home, we want to know how they are.

Yesterday my babe saw a picture of my mom and I. My mom passed away before she was born. She asked who that was and I said my mom and her grandma and she asked was she nice and I nearly lost it. Yes, she was nice. She asked would she have liked her and oh someone put a knife in my heart, YES baby girl she would have loved you beyond measure like she loved your older sisters. My birthday is next week and for some reason that is the one day I miss my mom the most. I guess there is some kind of bond between a mother and child and your birthday was the beginning of your life and she gave that to you. Sigh, I miss her.

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  1. I miss my Mom everyday, but your right I really miss her on my birthday...she made each one special.

  2. I was just having that conversation with my sister yesterday. You don't realize how much your mom means, in your daily life, until she is gone. Hugs. ~ Maureen

  3. Sweet post. Elaine, I miss my mother so much it breaks my heart! She was so beautiful and fun. My idol and one of my best friends!

  4. Aww...Elaine, what a sweet post! I know I'm so fortunate to still have my mother. At 88, she's in pretty good shape. Sweet memories.
    So glad you liked my little project on the closet doors. I know that owls are really 'hot' right now! :)
    Be a sweetie,

    Shelia :)

  5. Sometimes when CC does something extra special I catch myself wanting to call my parents and realize I cannot. It is a special kind of sadness that does not diminish. Hugs to you Elaine as I know your mother is very close.

  6. The heart always remembers, doesn't it?
    So good that you keep a photo out for your family
    To see. Enjoy your day!

  7. Oh you are so right, my mom has been gone for many years and I miss her so every day. Spend plenty of time with the little one, she will grow so fast. Hugs, Marty

  8. You've brought tears to my eyes! My mom passed almost 2 yrs ago. I miss her terribly, especially when I need a shoulder to lean on. She was always there....still is I believe! I know exactly what you mean about as our girls get older and having to go to them to say Hi or asking them to at least let us know they are home. Why does all that stop? Our oldest lives at home again and I still need to know she is home and safe at night. She just doesn't always seem to think she needs to tell me, she is almost 24 after all! I never knew my grandparents either and I feel lucky that my girls knew both of their grandma's who are no longer with us! Thanks for sharing!

  9. ((((((HUGS)))))
    Such a sweet conversation with your little girl. Wish she could have met her grandmother.

  10. Lovely post, makes me remember to treasure the fact my mom is still in my live and was on my birthday today..... Time flies, try to enjoy every minute! Okay that's almost impossible, but I think you know what I mean!
    Hugs Elly

  11. This marks my tenth year without my mother and there are certain times I miss her so much. Usually at Christmas and this past year when my son, her grandson, got married - she would have loved that wedding. Your youngest daughter will feel as if she knows her through the stories you tell her about your mom. Ann

  12. Oh wow! You really hit me with that one! We are parked just a few blocks from my parents right now as their health dictates a need for help. I treasure the time I have with them which many people don't get to share with their parents as they age.

    What a great answer to your daughter!

  13. Hi Elaine ~ Yes, definitely spend as much time with your little one as you can. As you know, chores can wait. Nothing replaces the time spent with your child, especially when they WANT to spend time with you! As you know, my oldest child passed away at the age of 21 and it's easy for me to look back on when he was little and smile at the things we did together and his growing-up years.

    I'm sorry to hear that you lost your mom. My mom is almost 72 years old and still very vibrant and in excellent health, but I know that's no guarantee of her being here. I am very grateful that she's in my life.

    Hugs and blessings to you~

  14. What a sweet little dialogue with your daughter! I often wish my girls had known my grandma. She was amazing. Hope you have a lovely birthday with fond reminiscences.

  15. You're so right, Elaine, kids need moms for such a short time, except to wash their clothes and cook their meals, of course.
    I miss my mom every day, too. She always made our birthdays very special.
    I hope you did enjoy your day at home.
    Hugs, Cindy

  16. I wish I could have known my mom. She passed while I was still very young. I wonder how different life would have been had she stayed...
    A Happy Early Birthday to you!! :0)

  17. Isn't it wonderful to just be at home. We are out and around far to much. I'm simple and so enjoy a good day at home, filled with chores, knitting, and relaxing.