Monday, May 14, 2012

The Monday after Mom's Day

We had a beautiful Mother's Day....the sun was shining, the birds were singing, soft breeze blowing, not a cloud in the sky.  God was smiling at us.  My day began as usual, coffee and checking on e-mails, posts, etc and finishing up my Scavenger Hunt Sunday pics.  My sweetie's brother and two sisters came for a really quick visit from Ohio to see him.   I was so hoping that he would be in good spirits and maybe, maybe recognize them.  My prayers were answered, he was both in really good spirits and I do believe he recognized them, a real bonus.  As I was going thru the many, many pictures that I had taken while they were here yesterday morning, a sadness swept over me remembering the Mother Day Sundays when he would always fix me breakfast in bed, present me with a lovely tray loaded with breakfast goodies (he was a whiz at fried eggs) usually a gift of some kind and ofcourse a beautiful card, always reminding me I was NOT his Mother.  Those days are long gone, but I still have wonderful memories, something he has been robbed of.

My man and me....

I finally remembered to take his MP3 player filled with lots of his favorite music...see the look of satisfaction on his face....

I managed to catch all 4 of them smiling with all eyes open....a real trick sometime.

As I set there bawling, the phone was my daughter calling to invite me to dinner.  The invite helped to get me out of my sadness.  So, tears wiped away, and dressed, I drove up to my daughter's for a pleasant afternoon with my girls...daughter and 2 granddaughters.

A sweet pic of my Mom at 91 on her last Mother's Day, May 9, 2010 with us....she passed away the following November.

And....for Mother's Day, I bought myself this plant.  I love this plant and have been looking for it this spring.  It is sooo photogentic...!!!

Hope your Mother's Day was filled with good memories and a pleasant day.

"Your love for your Mother is something that you never completely comprehend until you are separated by the miles from her warmth and her wonder."  ~  Collin McCarty

Until next time.....


  1. Deanna,
    I am moved to tears by the look on your husband's face as he listens to his favorite music. How hard this all must be for you, and how thoughtful and caring you are to him, loving him through it all.

    Sending you peace and blessings...

  2. I love you. Period. I don't care if you pick your nose while you pee in the shower. You are a woman I love. Period.

  3. A heartwarming post. From 'getting to know you' here on your blog I can tell that you are a wonderful wife and mother. I simply love your candid shots - the one of your hubby listening to his music is priceless. Bless you.

  4. The look on your husband's face in that shot just put a big ole' lump in my throat!!! The power of music!!!
    And that photo of your Mom is absolutely beautiful.
    So glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  5. You are such an inspiration. This post continues to show us your courage in handling life's difficult situations and the grace with which you live your life...Your family is blessed beyond measure to have you in their lives.....

  6. You are woman of strength and inspiration. Your sweetness shines through the things that you do and pictures you share here on your blog. Hugs to you.

    @ 3Beeze Homestead

  7. A beautiful, beautiful post Deanna. Thank you for being so'll never know how many lives you are affecting.

  8. A wonderful beautiful very moving post. Big Hug! x

  9. Your post has me tearing up my friend.. Just makes me really think we shouldn't take anything for granite..


  10. Hello, friend. Wishing I could give you a hug right now. So happy you have some good memories to take away from this day. That photo of G is just wonderful. It really made me smile to know you found the daisy.

  11. Thank you for sharing your family photos.I cared for my mother for six years when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
    and she came to live with us when she could no longer care for herself. My dear mother lost the power of speach very early on and did not recognize me at all.The only thing that seemed to resonate with her was listening to music.Seeing the lovely photo of your husband enjoying his favorite music brought tears to my eyes.A very moving post.

  12. Thank you for sharing this post! It brought tears to my eyes. It is simply beautiful! I am an RN in a Hospital where the majority of our patients come to us from long term care facilities. I always remind the charge nurses when assigning patients to us that I would much rather have the older Alzheimer patients than those under 55 patients who are here with chest pain, abdominal pain, or just needing a vacation from life.
    While I was still in nursing school, I was the primary caregiver of my grandmother who had Alzheimer's. At that time, she was living on a Memory Care Unit. I would get her dressed every morning, feed her breakfast, then I'd go to school. After school, I came back, fed her dinner and got her ready for bed and tucked in for the night. At this time, she shared a room with my mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 50. I remember many nights worrying about them and going to check on them in the middle of the night. Any time I visited, I never knew who I was going to be that day. Sometimes I was myself, other times, I might be my mom, or my grandmother's mother, or her sister, or just some stranger that she was totally disinterested in, but still gave me that fake "I have to be nice to you" smile. I longed for those sweet windows, as I called them. Those moments where I would walk in and she would see me and call me by name. They were few and far between but they made my heart so full. And then there came a time where she couldn't call my name anymore, but I could see that grandmother's love gleaming in her eyes and I knew that she knew.
    Your husband is beautiful! I love the picture if him with the headphones on. There is no doubt you created for him that day an incredibly happy place. A place where I bet his mind took him to that which he could remember, even if he couldn't tell you. What a sweet face and such kind eyes he has! And a beautiful wife who has been given this opportunity to love him, even when he isn't "himself. What a gift!


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