Yesterday would have been Mom’s 65th birthday. It’s been 6 months since I’ve talked with her and loved on her. My cousin Rebecca sent me a text this morning that said, “She’s bound to be having an amazing party.” How right she was. Can you imagine your birthday in Heaven? I would think it’s the ultimate…for sure.
But, it was a rough day as well. I started the morning with a good cry….and several more throughout the day. It’s funny what triggers those tears. Then Harper and I made cupcakes…pink ones at that. Harper loves that Grammy’s favorite color pink, is her favorite color too.
My Aunt Martha (one of Mom’s sisters) fixed a delicious lunch for us. My cousin Charlie prayed a sweet prayer including Mom…made me cry…of course.
After lunch the kids collected plums from Aunt Martha’s backyard and did a bit of taste testing.
After lunch we packed the car for the cemetery…lots of balloons in tow.
We enjoyed cupcakes at the cemetery on one of Mom’s quilts.
The wee Kelleys decided to leave some of the balloons at the grave and to release some…totally cool with me.
Courtney and Jess brought dinner up to Mom’s house for us to all enjoy…along with some sweet gifts for me & itty bitty boy. And I ended the night chatting with 2 sweet friends, while the kids enjoyed a movie on Mom’s couch.
She was such a good, good Mom. Definitely one who deserves to be celebrated even after death. We said several times today, “She would have loved this.” She would have been so tickled with Harper’s preparation for today and the boy’s requests for balloons. I laid there on the grass where she is buried and could have cried a river, but did well. Kids make things different and definitely more comical. It is still very hard to wrap my brain around the fact that she is gone. Harper said yesterday while we were at Mom’s house, “It’s like Grammy’s just out of town.” Made me said that was where her little mind was while she was playing, but she must have been in my head. I was thinking the same thing…like she should be pulling into her driveway any minute now. But then Harper dropped the reality bomb, “But pretty sure she would have locked her doors.”
So yep…we just keep facing reality head on and celebrating in the cemetery In fact, we will do as many picnics and cupcakes on her grave for as long as the wee Kelleys would like…I’m down with it. She was a crazy, amazing lady…full to the brim with love. We will celebrate her because she was just that incredible and simply…she deserves celebrating. How blessed I am to have had a Mom like her.
Happy 65th Birthday Mom.