Thursday, April 28, 2011

Letting Go

It might have been funny. Well, actually it was funny. The six of us, seven if you  count Mom, plus 2 laptops, an oxygen machine, an Ipad, a Kindle, 2 blackberries, 4 cell phones and, oh yes, even a jigsaw puzzle, crowded in a makeshift boot camp/slumber party/vigil in Moms tiny room at Parker Oaks.
Grieving family gone high tech.
Except we did not skype. Crap, we could have skyped.

Just like old times
we joked about passing gas
endured stinky feet (wait, I guess I didn't say anything because I'm about 99% sure it was my feet)
climbed over each other countless times
played musical chairs with the winners ending up in one of  the 2 broken down recliners and the losers in the metal folding chair.
reminisced about whatever came to mind
didn't sleep
sang hymns
checked facebook

And every chance possible drew close to Mom, stroked her forehead, hands, arms, shoulders
And had plenty of time to tell her over and over, how much we loved her and what a great mom she was.
Tears seeped from her eyes when we sang
Tears flowed down her cheeks this morning.
She heard and felt everything.
She slipped peacefully in the arms of her Savior at 10 am this morning.
What a glorious resurrection gift.
That right now feels like an inconsolable loss


  1. Dear Nina family and friends, Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our loved ones who have gone before us pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy in the presence of God.

    We are deeply sorry for the passing of your mom, your grandmother, your dear friend, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. If there is anything we can do for you please know we are here for you.

    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you...

  2. Nina, Kent and Family: I am so very sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a beautiful woman today. I pray you will all find comfort in the truth that she is with our Savior. Celebrate that wonderful truth. She is finally healed, no more pain, walking streets of gold with our Heavenly Father. Wish I could be with you all. May God's peace be with you and may He continue to hold you close and tightly over the next days. Keep those wonderful memories. You are all so blessed to have a mother whose faith has been shared and nutured with each of you. Love you all.

  3. That was a beautiful "goodbye, until we see you again". I'm so glad for you that your mom passed over with her loved ones close. I'm even more glad that she is in the arms of Jesus. You'll have to introduce us one day. In the meantime, this is such a great loss for you, and I am so sorry.