At the rising of the sun and at its going down, 
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter. 
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
At the shining of the sun and in the warmth of summer. 
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
At the beginning of the year and at its end. 
As long as we live, she too will live....
.....for she is now a part of us, as we remember her.
When we are weary and in need of strength, 
When we are lost and sick at heart.
When we have joy we crave to share, 
When we have decisions that are difficult to make. 
When we have achievements that are based on hers,
When we fulfill her dreams, and our own. 
As long as we live, she too will live...
.....for she is now a part of us, as we remember her.


..........graduation picture..........


..........in front of the house I grew up in....pregnant with me...
loved the maternity fashion back then.........

..........Mom and Pop took a trip around the world...and this is 
somewhere with ruins. Greece or Rome, I don't really know.But, I love
these 2 pictures because she is striding forth with such confidence. 
I know these pics are not easy to see...but in the first one she does
not know she is being photographed...and in the second...she see's him.
and out pops the smile!. I love how stylish she looks here...flared
pants, big sunglasses..........

..........I had to include this one because it looks as if I am looking
 back to see what she is doing. Because, she loved this old, ugly bush
 behind her...planted so conveniently right by the back door. I tried
 to tear it down numerous times...but never any luck. This, you see,
 was the switch bush...and Joy and I were both very familiar with it.
 And, believe me when I tell you, she truly believed that verse in
 the Bible that says something like..."spare the 'switch' and spoil the
 child". There was no chance of me getting spoiled. Ever. 
 No chance at all..........

 ..........Doing what she loved to do ...feeding her family..........

***And no matter what anybody says about grief and about time healing
 all wounds...the truth is, there are certain sorrows that never fade
 away until the heart stops beating and the last breath is taken.***

Mom moved to heaven 2 years ago today, and we remember.




  1. I remember, too, and my heart was with you then and now.

  2. I understand. My Mom moved to heaven in 1974 and I still miss her and remember. Love the pictures.

  3. What a sweet sweet post! Your Mom was much loved. Such a beautiful person…inside and out.

    Big hugs and much love,

  4. That was a sweet post! It's wonderful when we have mama's that we grieve over because we miss them!

  5. Such precious memories of your beautiful Mom, Tonja. I know her sweet spirit is always with you, comforting and strengthening you. I will be thinking of you today …

  6. You sure know how to write a beautiful moving post. I find it hard to believe that it is two years already. It seems like yesterday to me and I know your heart is heavy with sorrow.
    ((HUGS)) Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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