My mom, Suzanne, with three of her six grandchildren ~ Maddi, Ellie and Ben
September 2010 - 6 months before she died
This is the last photo I took of my mom. It was on Labor Day weekend when we traveled back to Omaha to visit family. It was also the last time my children got to spend with their grandmother. I love how Maddi is smiling and looking over at her. I can just imagine the conversation preceding the photo. My mom has the slightest hint of a smirk on her face and her eyes tell me she just said something funny. It probably went something like this.
Me: "Are you ready? Ben stay still while I take a photo."
Mom: "Is my hair okay?
Should I leave my glasses on or off.
Oh I don't like photos taken of me."
Me: "But Mom, do it for me and the kiddos, okay?"
Mom: "Oh alright, but I am not going to like it!"
:: cue Maddi looking over and smiling at her ::
Today our family is laying my mother's cremated remains to rest in the same spot her father, mother and brother are buried.
We will spend the day celebrating her life, swapping stories, and sharing with her grandchildren all the funny and quirky stories of her life.
Today would have been her 61st birthday.
I am sure there will be tears, plenty of prayers and a whole lot of smiles.
While we miss the presence of her on earth, we can fully celebrate her eternal life with the Lord in the Kingdom of Heaven.
* I am writing this on Thursday evening and setting it to post on Saturday since I will out of town, celebrating the life of my mom.