Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 12 ~ I miss you, mom





The last nine years has gone really fast and really slow. Nine years ago today, our family said goodbye to our adorable mom, Hallie





This is my favorite picture of my parents. My dad had just received a medal from the President of Viet Nam. It was for the spiritual and physical help he and his team provided to the people of Viet Nam, and was the highest award a civilian could get. (you can see it if you look close) It was probably the early 70's.

This is my favorite picture of my mom. It was the midish 90's and she was visiting us in our home in Renton, WA.

If you have lost a very loved parent, you know those first days and weeks and years are just gut wrenching and so very hard.

But nine years in, it is much sweeter. I cannot say that I miss her every day, but I miss her often.

I miss:

     *talking to her on the phone

     *the love she poured into my girls

     *buying her presents

     *her and dad's many visits to our home

     *sharing a new movie or book that I knew she
       would love

     *being able to talk with her about ministry and
       know as a ministry wife of many years, she 
       would keep it private

     *she and dad arguing about some small thing
       in the most hilarious way

     *her quiet shyness
     
     *her spunk and can do anything spirit

     *her 55 year partnership with my dad 

     *her awesome advice

     *taking her out to Starbucks

I could go on and on.  When I wrote a piece that my husband read for me at mom's funeral, I ended with, "Mom, you are the mom every girl wished she had."

Nine years in heaven. I would imagine it is going very well for her there. 


18 comments:

  1. Sending hugs to you today, dear friend.

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  2. What a wonderful blessing to have such a wonderful relationship and one that I know you have passed down to your own children. Yes, courage to live and also courage to die, God provides that courage.

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  3. What a sweet and beautiful post. You are so lucky to have had a mom like you did.

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  4. Big hugs to you today. This is beautifully written and it gives me hope. I lost my Grandma 2 weeks ago today and have been writing through that grief these 31 days. Losing a parent feels terrifying to me, honestly - I can't get my mind around it. So it helps to hear you say you've reached a place where missing your sweet mom feels sweeter than it did at first. Blessings to you today. Again, this is so beautifully written.

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  5. Such a sweet tribute, Glenda. You're right, I wish I had known her. I think I would have loved her. I certainly think her daughter is amazing.

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  6. I've always loved hearing about your mom. Blessings, Glenda!

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  7. Sending hugs and prayers to you today as you remember.

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  8. I still have my mom, but this post made me tear up...thank you for reminding us how much our moms mean to us.

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  9. I like your tribute, "mom, you are the mom every girl wished she had." That is true of my mom too, gone to heaven in 1971. How good your dad received the honor for his work in Vietnam.

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  10. This was a beautiful post that made us all wish we had known your mom!

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  11. Indeed it is going well for her there. :) Wishing you much peace and grace. Thank you for sharing your mom with us.

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  12. I am rich in the sweet memories my mother left me. I can tell you are as well. Each year when my sisters and I meet, we spend some time doing things we liked to do with mother. It refreshes old memories and makes new ones.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  13. Glenda, my heart is with you. I love how you write about your mama so beautifully.

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  14. Glenda, my heart is with you. I love how you write about your mama so beautifully.

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  15. This is a lovely tribute to your Mom! She left a wonderful legacy in you and your family. My heart can relate; my Mom passed away 4 years ago last spring. Not a day goes by that I don't think of and miss her. It does get easier, but they leave such an imprint on your heart and life. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  16. I love your sweet words about your mom and they definitely made me tear up reading this morning. Big hugs to you!

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  17. Such a nice tribute for your Mom ~ it will be 14 years in Jan for Dad and some days my heart still physically hurts. Right now I am still coming to terms with losing my FIL in June ~ hope it sinks in soon.

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  18. I loved your post! I can definitely relate - I lost my mom in June 2012; and do think of her often. She was my best friend in many respects; her last 6 years were spent in a nursing home which she loved and considered home. We did a lot together and I miss doing those things; but have my daughters close by to be able to do things with. Thanks for sharing - I am trying to catch up on reading!!

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