Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am thankful for this woman.

 Grandma with Alex back in March 2000

This is Rich's mom.   I am thankful that she raised up a small boy to be such a wonderful man.  I am thankful that she taught him how to care for family and that she gave him a wonderful example of "Family always comes first."   I am thankful that she taught him how to cook!  I am thankful that she always gives me great marriage advice, but only when I ask for it!  I am thankful that she dotes on all my children and always makes them feel special.  I am thankful that we celebrated her 65th birthday with a HUGE birthday party this year, that we made such a fuss over her that day.  I am thankful that she came out to visit us for a week this past September, right before school started.  We had a lot of fun times during that week, a lot of laughs.  I am thankful that I've been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law for my 19 years of married life.

I am sad that she suddenly passed away late last night.  I am sad that I didn't get to say good-bye.  I am sad that my husband's heart is now breaking.  I am sad that her 65th birthday was the last one we will celebrate with her.  I am sad to have to tell my children the news in the morning.   I am sad that I no longer have a mother-in-law.  

Those we love are never with us long enough, are they?  I mean, when is a "good time" to say good-bye?  Never!  We always want our loved ones right here with us.  It's just never long enough.

It's Thanksgiving today.  And ours has a black cloud hanging over it this year.  Rich has left to be with his siblings, and I am home with the kids.  This will be our first Thanksgiving apart.  I'm sad for that, too.  But despite it all, I have much to be thankful for.  I have my health, and so do my children and my husband.  I have a warm home, many friends, and I have wonderful memories in my head of all the people I have loved who are no longer with me.  That is a lot to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  
Now .... go HUG or CALL all those you love!

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss, thinking of your family x

  2. Thinking of you all at this time. With lots of love from England, Ju xx

  3. I'm so sorry. You and yours will be in my thoughts today.

  4. Oh, what a beautiful tribute to your Mother in law. I am so sorry there is grief today over her loss. She sounded like a first class lady. You were very blessed. You and your family are in my prayers.

  5. Very sorry for your loss.


  6. So sorry for your loss