Thursday, January 16, 2014

Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today, I sat by my mother's side holding her hand as she let go.   Two years ago today, my family sat with her for a few more hours after her death before leaving the hospital.    Two years ago today, I walked out of the hospital with red swollen eyes and a tear stained face holding my husband's hand knowing we wouldn't see her again here on earth.     

We always hear that time flies the older you get and these last two years have proven that to be true.     In these last two years, so much has happened;   The death of my mother, an engagement, three weddings, a new relationship, three births, the death of Sally Ann's mother, the death of John's father, Uncle Rodney's death, and the death of Courtney's mother.   It reminds me of this saying: 

Our family is a circle of strength and love,
With every birth and every union, the circle will grow,
Every joy shared adds more love,
Every crisis shared together, makes the circle stronger.   

There isn't a day that goes by that our family doesn't miss the ones that are no longer with us.    I can only take comfort in knowing this:  

Two years ago today, my Mother was no longer in pain.     
Two years ago today, she no longer needed oxygen to breath.  
Two years ago today, she let go of my hand and had the arms of Jesus wrapped around her.  
Two years ago today, she was able to see her siblings, Butch and Jean as they welcomed her home.
Two years ago today, her parents held their oldest daughter once again.   
Two years ago today, she was at peace.      

Two years later, I am still holding my husband's hand.     We have walked hand in hand every day since then with a much clearer understanding of how precious and fragile life is.     We have helped one another get through each crisis and felt the joy that each happy occasion brought us.   

Two years later, I sit here with memories of my sweet Mother and smile.     She was an amazing and beautiful woman who cherished life and fought as hard and as long as she could.      I'm so honored that God blessed me with the privilege of having her as long as I did.  

                     In loving memory - Joyce M. Savory   June 10, 1939 - January 16, 2012     

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