I'm here at their house in Michigan now, helping my dad in any way I can (which is helping me too) and it still doesn't seem real. But, my faith is stronger than I realized and I am comforted by all the things my mom loved: family & friends, sunshine, gentle breezes, ripples on the water, birds at her feeders and the gorgeous blooms in her flower beds.
Please, for me, take a moment to figure out who your rock(s) is/are in your family and hug them tight, express your love and appreciate evey moment. I'm so very fortunate to have had the mom that I did and to be left with so many memories and no regrets, no words unspoken, no gesture unappreciated.
Rest in peace mom.