On Saying Goodbye to my Mom…The Last Love Letter

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Mom and I in happier days!

 

To say that 2018 was a difficult year would be an understatement. When your New Year begins with being abruptly displaced from your home without warning and ends with the loss of a loved one, well words are sorta hard to find.

I spent most of 2018 helping my Mom stay alive. I cannot write much beyond that now- it’s still too new and unreal. I’m still settling into the reality of her being gone and this new year starting without her. I’m still struggling to figure out who I am without her in my life, and what’s next. Most of all I am missing the woman I called Mom. 

 

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Calvary Love, Motherhood and Patience

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“If I have not the patience of my Saviour 

with the souls who grow slowly; 

if I know little of travail (a sharp and painful thing) 

till Christ be fully formed in them, 

then I know nothing of Calvary love.” 

 ~ Amy Carmichael

Today, I am sharing from the MOM  Archives…a story  from when things were beginning to get hard communicating with my then budding preteen aged daughter.

I know hard places…dry places, the weary and broken places…I guess that’s why I look forward to the upcoming journey with Ann Voskamp through Faithway as she shares her online Bible Study– check out the link – to see if it’s something for you! Meanwhile, I pray this story/poem blesses you in some way today…

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Daughter Fall (A Poem about Letting Go)

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Poetry can be a snapshot of the day, a moment, a memory, a season. It so often captures what I find hard to articulate in essay form, and like paintings leaves room for varied conclusion. I have written this poetic response for my blogging sister and friend Karen, for her Tuesday at Ten prompt. It was perfect because I had already captured the morning in images by the ocean, but this prompt allowed me to approach with words the unspoken emotions pumping through my mom heart today.

I invite you to have a look at the amazing pictures (amazing because RI is a beautifully photographic state, not because I am a great photographer! ) I grabbed and linked for you to enjoy: Narragansett, RI/Fall.

I hope you enjoy the poem and the pictures…

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You Have a Girl (Guest Post by Linda Langlois)

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As many of you know I  have featured writers from my local group each week. This weekend  I have the honor and pleasure of sharing a poem from the leader of our group, Linda Langlois.

I know you will enjoy this poignant offering…

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Daughters, Dolls, and Doctor Who (Guest Post at Finding Heaven)

I have the honor of sharing my heart over at Jen Ferguson’s place,  Finding Heaven today. She has been doing a series called Reflections on Time. I’ll turn comments off here, so you can join the conversation there. If you are a Dr. Who fan, you will feel at home with my words, but if you do not know about this popular BBC Science Fiction program, I promise you will still relate, as I ponder the moments that have come and gone in my current career as a parent. Look with me now through the eyes of a mom, longing to cling to a fixed point in time. I’ll start you:

     My daughter sits on the floor, cross legged, brushing a doll’s hair while watching an episode of her latest favorite Science Fiction series,  Doctor Who. Six dolls  surround her as I capture her with my camera. She huffs her disapproval,  “Really, Mom!” I watch and wonder where the time has gone. Click on over and finish reading…


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