On July 16th, my mother went home to be with the Lord. I was grateful to have been able to be with my family and to visit her for the two weeks prior to her passing. Though she was pretty much in a coma during that time, she did open her eyes and squeeze my hands tightly one morning. That was the most movement she showed.
We had a Memorial Service for her a week later on July 23rd. Though I'd like to share more about that at a later time, this is where I said my goodbyes to my mother.
One of my favorite memories is the afternoon I spent with my mother and my children here by the Lafayette River. We sat under the shade of trees with a Japanese picnic lunch, enjoying the lovely view and cool breezes. We must have been there for several hours. It was a perfect day.