Monday, August 29, 2011

Sad Goodbyes

When I posted last time I mentioned that DD was moving and we had lots to get done. Well lots happened after that post.
My Mom had been in the hospital with pneumonia, but was back out of the hospital and seemed to be doing better. With a swiftness that has left my head spinning, she got very sick and passed away on August 19th. Luckily we had a couple of days warning so we were all with her during her last days. (Except my poor sister who had gone home to California the week before after being here for 10 months helping Dad). My Dad and I made all the arrangements. My sister flew back here. My daughter delayed her departure. One week ago we had a lovely funeral for my Mom. Two of my cousins sang at the mass, a duet of Amazing Grace and a solo of The Old Rugged Cross. My head knows she is not suffering anymore but my heart is missing her.

The day after the funeral I was up early helping DD pack up her car for the move to California. She would have delayed the trip a bit longer, but she is going with a friend and they both already left their jobs. Her little trunk was packed really tight. The bike rack on that full little trunk with two bikes strapped on. The luggage carrier was strapped on to the top of the car and loaded with space bagged clothes. The back seat was filled from floor to even with the top of the seat. The floor had lots of bottled water and Gatorade to keep them hydrated. Behind the other seat was a bag of food. Cereal, soy milk that does not need a fridge. Some snacks and plastic ware. Also stuffed in a roll of paper towels, a roll of toilet paper and some wet ones.
The seat held a keyboard boxed up, a cooler on top of that with water, juice and string cheese. The duffel's that held the travel clothes, two pillows. That was a lot for her little Chevy Prism to haul across the country.
I am happy to report that they had a good trip. They went hiking in Colorado. More hiking around the rim of the Grand Canyon. They made a short stop in Vegas and walked the strip. Yesterday they were at the beach in sunny California.
I was able to sew a bit last night, so hopefully I will have more to post soon.
Happy stitching!


  1. Oh Beth, my heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your mother, never ever a good time.
    So glad your daughter had a safe trip across country, and managed a few side tours along the way.
    The hugs and prayers are for you today.

  2. Beth, I'm sorry to hear your Mother passed away. It sounds like the funeral was a beautiful tribute to your Mom. Your daughters trip sounds fun, quite an adventure for her. Take care!

  3. Never are we ready to give up our mothers, and indeed, your heart will miss her forever! Just remember all the good times; and forget any unpleasant ones! As I read, I kept thinking that with your luck, something dreadful had happened to your daughter and all her "stuff"! Glad to know the moving trip was a success! Find some time for you now! ---"Love"

  4. I'm am so sorry about your mom. What an unpleasant suprize after her long stay at the hospital, but you are right, she's in a better place. And I'm happy to know your daughter made it safely to California.

  5. Oh Beth...I am so sorry to hear your sad news. It is so hard when we lose our mom. I am sorry I am so late in finding this out. Glad your daughter made it safe to CA. Lots of changes for you!

  6. I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. Glad to hear your daughter had a safe and fun trip out to her new home.

  7. I am so sorry about your mother! What a shock, when you were thinking she was better. It's always hard, be it expected or not, though. I know you are now going through a double adjustment and hope you can follow Love's advice and take some time for yourself. Praying for God's comfort for you and your family.

  8. My condolences! Now that your mom has gone home, watch for little things that remind you of her - a song on the radio, a special ringtone, a butterfly or bird she loved. It will be her letting you know that she is still around and watching over you. Call your daughter and let her know you love her.


  9. Dear Beth, my deepest sympathies for your loss. Life changes so quickly that we musn't waste it. Your DD and friend are on quite the adventure. So many changes for you to - give yourself time. Ann :-)

  10. My deepest sympathies for your loss. It's a hard time, but know that she will always be with you. Connie204

  11. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    I found this years ago:

    When you need me, just whisper my name in your heart ... I will be there


  12. So sorry about your mum's passing, Beth.