November 18th marked one year since the passing of my mom. It seems hard to believe that she has been gone a whole year. Because she was sick for so long it sometimes feels like she has been gone for a lot longer than a year, but in most ways it feels like she was just here. Losing her has been very difficult. Thankfully I have the knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father. Feeling his comforting spirit makes something so difficult feel much lighter.
We have missed having her around this year. Seeing us have our second child, seeing Robbie grow another year older, seeing Rob work so hard to graduate and get a great job, and moving away (she wouldn't have been happy about that part). Even though she isn't here with us we think about her everyday. I try everyday to be the type of mother that she was to me. I love that Kailyn reminds me so much of my mom. My mom would have loved playing with her, fussing over her sweet personality, and commenting on her red hair. I swear she is my grandma's favorite just because of the hair.
It's nice that her passing away is so close to Thanksgiving. It makes it easier for me to remember all the things I have to be grateful for and at the top of the list of things I am grateful for is her.
Robbie and Grandma Trish (Summer 2009)