Sunday, April 4, 2010

Loving gestures from others

Although my heart and eyes hurt today, we are receiving some unexpected love that is kindly reminding us that we are being thought of. And yes, it's lessoning that hurt just a little.

Some sweet offerings of 'let us help' have been coming our way.  For now, we are being kind to ourselves, doing only what's absolutely necessary and moving at a slow and relaxed pace, spending some time on doing things we enjoy. Should the time come when some help is needed, I will call upon those that offered. 

Other wonderful things have been transpiring to brighten up our otherwise somewhat confused days.

Some are selecting special goodness fresh from their garden and leaving it on our doorstep. I couldn't bring myself to move these. They were perfect as is. I love that they were simply placed in a casual water jug. Simplistic perfection in my eyes. Thank-you mystery neighbor. :)

And some treasures are traveling from thoughts far far away from us. These gorgeous pink roses are from my friends Miss Mustard Seed and her mother, located in Pennsylvania and Florida! Aren't they exquisite? These to me represent my mom so very much. Mom loved all flowers and she was feminine, delicate and her personality kind and soft. Soft pink roses represent her perfectly. Thank-you so much, ladies! Notice I funked them up some? :)

A really large and lovely fruit basket came from two neighbors, Janette, Corinne and families. The cellophane came off before we could even comprehend this one. Cody called it a BANQUET and it was also full of chocolates, cookies, crackers, cheese and sparkling apple juice. Every bite is delicious as we continue to enjoy this daily.

Corinne also sent over a fresh loaf of paska which reminded me enormously of my mom's own Easter bread. I savored every bite.

Joanne also treated the entire family to platters upon platters of sandwiches, fruit and veggie trays. Such a generous offering which we delightfully took part in and brought a good portion home.

Speaking of food, Vic and Bonnie delivered some homemade sausage and potato soup. The aroma had you devouring the soup in moments! The warmth was so comforting. Thanks so very much! And for joining me in a coffee, and not taking a moment's notice in how untidy the house was. :)

Yesterday we were all at my mom's cleaning out the pantry and fridge so things wouldn't spoil. I have a tub of food that still needs to find a home. It's hard to put that one away so I'll work on it in due time.

I also did the photo shoot of my mom's place . It will largely be private for family viewing only, however here are a couple shots that touched me.

My mom's soft and pretty bed was still unmade and it was perfectly her in every way. We are two peas in a pod on this front. :)

There's a massive old Bible on top of her antique sewing machine in her bedroom. Both are beautiful.

We have a very busy week ahead of us so it's nice to have this day to reflect. Reality has started to set in so I'm glad we took the day to just... remember.


Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a beautiful post and I love how your pink roses look in your vase of choice. At first I thought that was how they were delivered and I thought, "that was so perfect for Donna!" Ha, but I realized you moved them into their new home. I love how they look and I'm glad they are a good reminder of your mom.

Sandy said...

When my Mom passed away I could not breath.. for a long time I walked in a fog... my heart go's out to you and your family... beautiful blog post....
Be good to yourself...


Kolein said...

Donna, absolutely beautiful..every single bit. Thank you for sharing this with us. I was just doing the dishes and singing a song and you came into my mind & heart.

All our love from Rochester,
The Carlson Family
xoxo Kolein

jearls said...

It's nice that you are keeping a blog of this time. When I lost my dad there is so much that was such a haze but I would like to remember now. Like all the sweet blessings of the neighbors and time with family.
I will continue to pray for you and your son.

rozetta said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

My dad died in Sept. at 87. He was as healthy as a horse until he was 84, when he was hit with multiple maladies. It was a very hard three years and I cry when I think about all he went through. I'm so happy I was with him during that time, because we did have some wonderful talks and grew even closer. I was with him when he passed.

Your mother left this earth, in the best way possible. That's the way I hope my mother goes.

At my father's service, we had the lantern lit that was burning in the bedroom the night he was born in a farmhouse in Nebraska.

It does get better with time, but I know we will always miss our loved ones, until the day we are reunited.


Christine said...

Hey you have been in my prayers all weekend, just keep it slow, one hour at a time.

::cottage instincts:: said...

OH Donna....I've been catching up on blogs from the last week, and I can't believe I missed all of this.

I'm so sorry to hear of your mama's passing....bittersweet, for you I can tell. I'll keep you in my thoughts during this journey, and will pop over to read your ramblings often :)

You are loved, and you are a testament of the beautiful person your mama was. She must have been very proud of you!