My best friend lost her mom about 18mos. ago. to Alheimer's. I wanted to make something special for her, so of course I made her an album. I wanted it to be a surprize, so with the help of her husband, who sent me numerous pictures, I was able to creat an 8x8 album of her and her mom. My bff lives in Asheville, NC. We spent a weekend there in April with her and her husband. I gave her the album then. It was actually her b'day gift. The ache in her heart is still rather raw. When she saw the album it made her cry. I think the tears were grief and joy. Grief of her lose and joy of holding a gift that would keep her mother's memory close to her heart.
My mom has been gone for 20 years now. She lost her battle with cancer at the age of 59. I miss her everyday. Mother's day is always difficult for me. I feel cheated out of time I should have had with her. I was angry with God for many many years. I am resolved now and have come to understand God's plan in her life. She helped so many other cancer patients cope with their illness. She wrote a book about her battle with cancer that our local cancer society gives out to other cancer patients, as well as counseling cancer patients when she was alive.
Everyone thinks their mother was the best ever and I am no exception. My daughter Katelin was born about 6 weeks after mama past away. She has gotten to know my mama through stories and photographs. This is the reason I scrapbook. I realized scrapbooking was a way to keep those memories alive. I love you mama!