Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mom

I've tried to write this post several times and just couldn't seem to get my thoughts together...so this afternoon I decided I needed to do it. 

Mom joined my dad and brother Sunday morning at 1:10.  I had been there all day Saturday, she sent me home around 3 and said she was going to take a little nap...I called her at 6 and she was already in bed, very out of the ordinary for her and she said she'd see us in the morning...Andy and I had told her we'd be there Sunday morning...well we were but not the way we'd planned.
We got a call at 9 Saturday evening to come back to the health center...mom was having so much difficulty breathing.  Things progressed very quickly from that point and she passed away at 1:10.  She was so peaceful and content.  Mom passed into her next life exactly the way she lived...with grace and dignity...doing it her way.  I am rejoicing for her...she's no longer suffering...she's happy...now our journey begins.

 
Josh, Katie and Peyton will be here Thursday evening, they're flying in...they're leaving the big kids home with Katie's mom.  The service will be Saturday morning at 11. We made those arrangements yesterday...mom was adamant that

her service be at the Mayflower where she lived...they have a beautiful area that they do services in...she said that her friends that didn't drive anymore would 
have a much easier time if it were right there.  She was always thinking about other people. 

Here's to mom...

104 comments:

Janet O. said...

Bless you, Carol! Definite rejoicing for your Mom who no longer suffers, but so hard for those who loved her and are left with that void in their hearts. Prayers are with you. So glad she went peacefully!

MB in MI said...

May God bless you and yours at this time.

sunny said...

Oh Carol, I'm so sorry to hear your news. May your happy memories give you peace at this sad time. Hugs....

Pat from Florida said...

Yes, here's to mom, and here's to her daughter too. You were such a good daughter to her, Carol. Hugs and prayers to the whole family this week as you work through this.

Indeed she did it her way and even her timing (waiting to see baby Peyton). I only know her through your posts and from chatting with you at the quilt shop, but from those I know she was one of the good ones, quite a lady.

Lisa D. said...

Oh Carol - I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you.

Diane said...

Thank you for letting us know. I've been thinking about you and your mom. I know you were preparing for this, but it's still so hard to say good bye.
hugs, Diane

Mad about Craft said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

What beautiful photos to help you keep alive the essence of your Mum.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Carol, I am so sorry. I know how you feel as I lost my own Mom over 30 years ago. She never knew her grandchildren, but I always felt that she went right up and put in her request ;-) Blessings to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort knowing she is with the Lord.

Shakerwood said...

Big hugs to your whole family from South Carolina .....

Dirt Road Quilter said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but I hope that you will find comfort in knowing she is now at peace and in the treasured memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Stephanie said...

My thoughts are with you. You have a lifetime of happy memories to help you through.

Darlene said...

You already know how I feel, my dear friend so I'm just going to leave lots and lots of (hugs).

You're in my heart, my friend.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Carol. I'm so very sorry. My heart leaped a little bit when I saw the title of your post -- I just knew what you were going to say. Your Mom was such a wonderful person and what a blessing that her passing wasn't difficult. Sending you very big hugs!

Amanda Murphy said...

Very sorry for your loss. May you keep many happy memories always.

Melisa @ Sweet Home said...

I am sorry for your loss, Carol. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Anne Heidi said...

I am so sorry for your loss Carol, you are in my thoughts.

Becky said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jayne said...

How sad to lose a mom, but it sounds like it was just as it should be. She's at peace and went in peace; and it sounds like you are at peace as a result. It's such a heartbreak to lose a parent. Hugs from a blog follower! Keeping you in my prayers.

deb said...

So sorry for your loss....

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

(((hugs))) May you find comfort and peace in your many memories.

Anne said...

Carol, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was so lucky to have you near by her and you can tell how much love there was between you two just from your writing. The best part of having such a long life is the fact that she got to know those three little great grandkids. Nothing is better than that! I know you'll be sad but can also rejoice in such a wonderful life. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Kate said...

I'm so sorry Carol for the loss of you mum; thinking of you.

Yumm yumz by patticakes said...

It's never easy to lose a parent, but you are dealing with it with grace and dignity. Sounds like your Mom raised her daughter to be just like her!

My thoughts are with you at this time!

Rita said...

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I'm so sorry for your loss. God bless!

Beth said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Carol. I am sure she has left you with many wonderful memories.

Libby said...

And here's to a beautiful life, well-lived. Sending lots of hugs your way *s*

Darlene said...

May God bless and comfort you and your family. I pray the happy memories give you comfort during your time of sorrow.

Blessings,
Darlene

Gypsy Quilter said...

I've had you all in my thoughts lately and will continue to do so. I'm sitting her crying with you. Dolly sends hugs and so do I. Words are not enough I know, but we're here for you.

Diane said...

Carol,
I'm so sorry for your loss. What a sweet tribute to your mom this post is. Also, a grand blessing that she slipped away so peacefully.

I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

JCnNC said...

Sending you strength and prayers to help you through these difficult days. So very sorry and know you have many happy memories to sustain you in your healing and sadness. Judy C

Annelies said...

Your Mom was such a sweet person in your life. Without a doubt, her influence was so profound. I will keep you in my prayers. I can feel your broken heart. We both have Mom's that are such a part of our lives. How blessed we are. XXX

Kathy said...

I've been thinking about you, and I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad you have so many treasured memories of her.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So sorry to hear you lost your Mom. The pictures are wonderful and thanks for sharing them with us. My favorite is the second one. We'll be praying for you and yours family.

Cathy said...

So sorry about your sad news. It was fortunate you could be with her at the end and she was lucky in having such a loving daughter.

Winona said...

Carol, I am so very sorry about the loss of your mom. She sounds like a very caring and lovely woman. I will be praying for your family as you go through this rough period. May God bless you all.

Jackie said...

I wish I could come up with the words to comfort you. Many hugs.

Susie said...

So sorry................

CaraQuilts said...

Oh I am so sorry Carol.
May your memories be of times that make you strong and remind you of your love.
HUGS

Sharon said...

Carol, so sorry to hear about your mother. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of her with her family...what a lovely lady! I know you will miss her, and I am sure you have many good memories to get you through the grief. Celebrate her life...I wish you much peace and love.

Kristy said...

May God bless you in this time of grief. May his peace flood you and give you peace. Thank-you for having the courage to write your post. It helps us all know how to live and care for our parents and friends. We are with you. K-

Joyce said...

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Try to remember the wonderful times you had together. No one can take those memories away!

vivianjane said...

Bless your heart. Even if you are happy for the one that gets to leave, it still hurts so much. I'm so sorry for that hurt for you.
Jane

Loris said...

What a sweet mom you loved. And one who raised a loving daughter. I'll keep you and your family in prayer for comfort and strength. I hope the happy memories can cheer you along the way.

Michelle said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Gerri said...

My heart goes out to you, Carol. I hope the many memories you have of your time with her help you to heal.

tpott said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. But glad your Mom is not suffering any more. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Oh Carol, your many memories will help you through this difficult time. You and your family are in my prayers. ~Jeanne

Jeanna said...

Our Heavenly Father has another Angel at his side. You have another protector watching over you.

I'll pray for safe travels for all of those coming from afar to remember your Mom and I'll pray for comfort for all of you.

What a blessing she is at peace and whole again.

Be well Carol!

Karen said...

I never met your mother in person but feel like I knew her. You talked about her often. I know you will miss her.

Kris said...

Oh, Carol - Blessings and prayers to you and your family!! Your Mom is already blessed and is definately with your Dad and brother!! And what a beautiful woman!! Thank you for sharing this news with us and the wonderful pictures of her!! Love her gorgeous hair!! Kris

Karen said...

Sorry that you lost your mom. Pleased that she went her way.
Hang in there, and we are here for you. Prayers, and lots of hugs to you and your family.

Allie said...

Oh Carol - I am so, so sorry hon - I'm happy that your mum isn't suffering now, but I know your heart is breaking. Sending you lots of prayers and hugs....

Perry said...

God bless you and your family, Carol. At least she was in no pain, and the pictures you chose to share with us of her last month were a fitting memorial to her.

JAM said...

Carol....I know how hard it is to write something like this....and what you are going through....My heart goes out to you and your family....Hugs....Jo Ann

Melissa said...

Your mom was so beautiful! I love how many quilts are in the pictures with her. A sure sign of a happy home. So glad you were able to share the last hours of her life with her.

Yvette said...

Carol, I have been thinking about you all day. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please remember that I am here for you if you ever need to talk.

Stitched With Prayer said...

Dearest Carol...I am rejoicing for your mom, but my heart is aching for you. I lost my mother when I was 26 years old and was alone with her when she 'went home'. It was so, so peaceful and beautiful to be with her, but no matter what the circumstance, the loss of a parent is so hard for those of us who have other things to accomplish here in this life before we move on. You and yours will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing these pictures, they speak volumes! Big Hugs and Gods Blessings...

carol fun said...

So sorry for your loss - sending hugs and prayers! Your Mom was obviously a wonderful person who raised a wonderful daughter. Take care -

Amanda said...

So sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

Lindah said...

God's peace and comfort to you and your family. So glad you could be there with her.

Nedra said...

Carol, my deepest sympathy with the loss of your dear mother. My prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Debbie Busby said...

Carol...I am sorry to hear about your mom and am sending love and prayers to you and your family. What a blessing to have such great photos of her with the kids!! Hugs to you...

Cheryl said...

I am so sorry Carol. What a wonderful and special relationship the two of you had...wonderful memories to carry with you always. Hugs and prayers to you.

regan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but grateful that your mom is no longer in any pain. And what a blessing that she got to spend time with all the family.....those pictures show her happiness!

annieb said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Carol. May your memories keep you strong and give you peace.

QuiltSue said...

What can I say, except that I am glad she went so peacefully, and I'm thinking of you at this sad time.

Sandy said...

Peace be with you.
What wonderful memories your family has of the great lady she was.

Melanie said...

My heart goes out to you. You plan, you get organized, you pray---but you next get ready to lose your Mom, no matter how you call yourself getting psyched....Remember it's not what you lost, It's what you had....a great Mom....

I've missed your posts...

Sue said...

Carol, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
I know how hard it is to lose someone you love so much. Please know that you have my deepest sympathy and I hope that you take enough time for yourself to grieve.

I am thankful that she no longer suffers and that she went without much difficulty.

I know you will cherish all the wonderful memories you have with her and those are priceless treasures always stored in the heart.

My prayers continue for you in the next few months.

Big hugs to you my friend,
Sue

Me and My Stitches said...

SO sorry for your loss Carol. Thoughts, hugs and prayers to you. Thank you for sharing your lovely mother with us.

Dawn said...

Carol, you're in my prayers. Take care of yourself during this time. I can tell just from the pictures how gracious your mom lived her life, and the blessed lives she has left here.

Michele said...

I'm sure words cannot describe the sadness that you are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss Carol. Keep the memories close. A big hug goes out to you.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you and your family.

Cheryl said...

Hugs and prayers to you and yours.

Kim said...

I am sorry for your loss, Carol.

Sherri said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Thankfully, you have so many wonderful memories of your wonderful Mom. Take good care of yourself now.

Josie McRazie said...

Carol, I know I can say nothing that makes this any easier. We only have one Mother. I miss mine every day even after almost eight years. Your family is in my prayers.

Cathy said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs

Bonnie said...

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for letting us know. I have been thinking of you often.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm so sorry Carol that you won't have her here with you any more bu I'm rejoicing that she is without pain. I've lifted you up in prayer asking that God fill your heart and mind with good memories. Blessings, Marlene

Dandelion Quilts said...

Oh Carol. It is so hard to say goodbye, even if we rejoice for her. You have so many special memories with your mom, and she was so blessed by you. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

Sharon said...

Carol,I'm very very sorry about your mom. I know how close the two of you were and the great relationship you cherished. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Deb said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

•stephanie• said...

i love all the pictures of your mom, and the fact that there're gorgeous quilts in the photos, too, is awesome. i'm sorry for your loss, and hope you'll feel comfort and peace knowing that her suffering has ended.

{thanks for your nice comment on my blog!}

Quilting Claire said...

God Bless you, your family and especially your Mom. My prayers are with you.

Vicky said...

Carol, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was very special - to a lot of us. My prayers for you and the family. You're in our hearts. xo

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

So sorry for your loss, so glad that she is now with God and not suffering. How sweet of her to think of others during the end of her time here.

Teresa Silva said...

So sorry about your mom. She looked like a very sweet lady and I can tell by your posts that you loved her very much.

Barb said...

Blessings to you and your family.
Beautiful photos of your Mom.
xx

Createology said...

May your happy memories carry you along. Blessings to you and your family.

Sheila said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. I visit your blog often and knew she was not well. When you had not posted in awhile, I felt something was wrong. So glad that she is a peace. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

suz said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My Mom passed away 2 years ago ... she waited for her grandson to get there to see her and quietly went while she was sleeping. Like your Mom, she did it in her own time.

Esther said...

God bless you and your family. Such wonderful memories of your mom.

Esther said...

Find comfort in your memories. God Bless you and your family.

Angie said...

I just (2-29) read your post about your Mom 'going on a new journey'. Carol, I am so sad for all of you but I am so happy for your Mom. I'm sending quilted hugs full of love to wrap all of you in.

Carrie said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and I hope the time you're getting to spend together now is happy despite the sorrow over your loss. Take good care.

Sinta Renee said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss Carol. I know that your life was enriched by your mom and that you have countless reminders of her through the day. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Sending you hugs and warm thoughts.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Your mom was a truly wonderful woman, I pray your family and memories give you comfort. I'm glad she went peacefully, such a blessing. Big hugs Carol!

~Bren~ said...

Carol...What a blessing to have had a mother like you did. She just glowed with love and beauty in the pictures and I know how sad you must be to go through this. I am praying for you and am certain God will be right along side of you in all of this! ♥

Gretchen said...

Carol, Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am just now catching up with blogs and am sorry to be so late sending my wishes. My thoughts are with you.

nlcalendar said...

My sincerest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Janet said...

I hadn't checked in for a while. I'm sorry your Mom passed away, but it looks like you made so many good memories in the last months. The multi-generation photo is precious. So many of your Mother's photos have a lovely quilt in the background.

Gmama Jane said...

Blessings to you for such a sweet post and tribute to your mother. Sounds as though you were both blessed to have one another. There is no loss quite like that of losing a mother. I lost mine in 2003 in somewhat the same way and I miss her every day even now.
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Amy said...

Carol,
I am sorry for your loss.