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Goodbye Mom

 
 
I met my in-laws a few days before our wedding. My husband had found an apartment for us, which was mine alone for a month (he stayed with his brother) until we were married. We moved all of both of our things into it before we were married.
 
My in-laws asked to see the apartment that we had set up a couple of nights before the wedding.
 
"Tell me about your bust," my future mother-in-law said as we walked into one room.
 
I paused. WHAT had she just said? How was I supposed to answer that?
 
Thankfully, my husband was able to come to the rescue. "I made that," he said, looking at the bust of a woman's head that he had cast for himself as part of his work before he met me.
 
I sighed with relief.
 
That is how we met.
 
A few years later, they moved to Las Vegas permanently.
 
When my oldest was just 20 months old and my second child was just a month old, she taught me how to can peaches. I was amazed at how fast she canned. I still cannot can that fast! She set a high standard for me. That was 10 years ago.
 
She understood food storage; her own family lived on it for a year, too, when her husband was out of a job and my husband was a child. She was a frugal person.
 
She was always, always serving someone.
 
My mother-in-law passed away last night.
 
Goodbye, Mom. We sure love you.
 
 

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  • Elizabeth June 21, 2013

    I'm al little behind on reading my emails. I ...

    I'm al little behind on reading my emails. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother in law.

  • piggy June 18, 2013

    Good thoughts, Good vibes, and lots of prayers goi...

    Good thoughts, Good vibes, and lots of prayers going out to you and your family during this challenging time. Virtual *HUGS* to everyone in your family from me.

  • Joy June 18, 2013

    I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I wil...

    I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I will be praying for you all!Joy

  • Ruth June 17, 2013

    I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers and tho...

    I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • April S. June 17, 2013

    I'm so sorry to hear that - thoughts and praye...

    I'm so sorry to hear that - thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Melissa Dunn June 17, 2013

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Veggie Mom June 16, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss. Her face radiates a b...

    So very sorry for your loss. Her face radiates a beautiful soul, but I bet she was outwardly beautiful as well back in her prime...I can just picture her in the 1940's (1950's??) with the bright red lipstick of the time and mascara to bring out her lovely brown eyes. How fortunate you were to have someone to teach you skills; I'm sure her memory will be cherished.

  • Racheal Sanesh June 16, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and y...

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family

  • Precious June 16, 2013

    Thanks for sharing a little about her with us. My...

    Thanks for sharing a little about her with us. My condolences to all of your family.

  • Miriam June 15, 2013

    I'm sending my deepest condolences to your los...

    I'm sending my deepest condolences to your loss.Thinking of you and your extended family.

  • tealady June 15, 2013

    So sorry for your families loss.Prayer's for y...

    So sorry for your families loss.Prayer's for you all.

  • Sheila June 15, 2013

    I am so sorry.

    I am so sorry.

  • Theresa June 15, 2013

    Sorry for your loss, Brandy.

    Sorry for your loss, Brandy.

  • April June 15, 2013

    Oh Brandy, I'm so, so sorry to hear that! She ...

    Oh Brandy, I'm so, so sorry to hear that! She sounds like such a lovely person.

  • Vanessa M. June 15, 2013

    I'm sorry for your loss. While I was reading t...

    I'm sorry for your loss. While I was reading this, I was reminded of a verse in Proverbs 31...Her children will arise up and call her blessed...what a wonderful legacy she has left for you and your children and generations to come. God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Jenn June 15, 2013

    What a beautiful thing to have had her in your lif...

    What a beautiful thing to have had her in your life. I am sorry for your loss and am praying for your family.

  • Andrea G June 14, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a blessing to ha...

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have had her in your life.

  • Mary June 14, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. Having lost my own mo...

    I am so sorry for your loss. Having lost my own mother last October, my heart goes out to your entire family. It is so devastating to lose a parent, but so important to remember that everyone grieves differently, in their own time and way. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  • Mandy Barnes June 14, 2013

    Brandy, you and your family are in my thoughts and...

    Brandy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss!

  • Elsa June 14, 2013

    No matter how old you are, losing a mother is like...

    No matter how old you are, losing a mother is like having a truck load of bricks dumped on you. Please tell Steve how sorry I am. You will all miss her so much. (By the way, I am "Yolanda", the Elsa thing is something from Google.) Love and prayers.

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