December 31, 2022

Thanksgiving 2022
My Mom with her two daughters, Betty and Linda

Today would have been my mom’s 100th birthday.

My mom did not quite make her 100th birthday. She was six days shy.

On Christmas morning, she got the best Christmas present ever – Heaven.

I was blessed to have my mom for so very long. And I have lots of wonderful, wonderful memories of things we did together. I was able to love her for a very long time.

Even so, I wish I could have one more day with her.

To have fun. To laugh. To love. Just to be together.

As we go forward into a new year, 2023, my wish for you – and for me, too – is that we love the ones with us now and we make the memories while we still can.

Happy New Year to You, my Dear Readers, and

Happy Birthday to the Best Mom in the Whole World.


  1. I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, Betty, but happy to hear about the heaven part! She can’t come back to you but you can go to her (someday, not now!).

    Happy Birthday to Betty’s mom in heaven!

    PS. It’s great to have you back, Betty!

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    • Thank you, David. Yes, I am sure she is in heaven. I’ll keep reading your blog posts to help me get there, too. 🙂 I still plan to take a few more weeks off, but I couldn’t let this day pass without honoring her on my blog. Happy New Year to you, and I wish all good things for you and yours in the new year.


  2. Ah Betty. There is never a good time to lose one’s mom on our end. We grieve well when we know heaven is their new residence. I know about that as well. May you have some great healing times in 2023

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    • Thank you, Gary. I appreciate your compassionate words. I really like the phrase “grieve well.” That sounds like a wonderful topic for a blog post. Perhaps it could come from you. (No pressure though.) Many blessings to you and yours in the new year.

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  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I know, from reading your blog for a little while now, that she was an amazing woman! I’m looking forward to meeting her someday in heaven!
    Wishing you abundant blessings in the New Year!

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  4. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mother, I know you miss her. You are right, we need to love our loved ones now and be mindful of the memories we are creating through our relationships. Peace and God’s blessings be on you in 2023.

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  5. I cannot think of anything more wonderful than a peaceful mind and joyful heart when someone so dearly loved passes over. I hope for you a peaceful transition to life without your mother. As you know already, it will bring difficult days, but also days of pleasant and sometimes even hilarious memories. When you have done all you could do and all you knew how to do, the path is a journey to becoming. I lift you and your family up during this time.

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    • Linda, thank you for your kind words. You are right. I miss her so much, and I know I always will. I will try my best to carry on her good traits in me. I do hope 2023 is very good to you.

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  6. So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. From what you have written, it seems that she was one special lady who lived a long and full life. Thank you for sharing this. Blessings to you and your family on the year ahead., and I’ll look forward to your “official ” return!

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    • We have that same hope and faith, too. Our loss is comforted by thinking of our mom in heaven and with those – like her own parents – who have gone before. And yes, we were very blessed to have her for so long.

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  7. Oh Betty, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Knowing you have been on sabbatical, I have not even visited your website until this morning. So, I apologize for being so late to comment.

    It is so wonderful that you had your mom in your life for so long. You have truly been blessed! I know you will experience many times this new year when you will be reminded of her and the times you had together. My hope is that you experience those moments with joy rather than sadness.

    Sincerely, David

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    • David, I appreciate your kind thoughts and wishes. There is no need to apologize for a late comment. You are right in that we were truly blessed to have my mom for so long. I ache with missing her so much. I do try to focus on all the wonderful memories and all the blessings she bestowed on me and my family. So much of who I am is because of her, and for that I am truly grateful. Thank you again, and I look forward to reading your posts again when I return.

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  8. I am sorry to hear about your Mom, you truly were blessed to have your Mom for so long and I know the memories will fill your heart for a lifetime. I always look forward to your post and wishing you and yours a Happy 2023

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    • Thank you for your kind words. I was blessed to have her for so long and to have so many good memories. And thank you for telling me you always look forward to my posts. That is so nice to hear! I plan to return to regular blogging in February. Just taking a little more time. I wish you and yours a Happy 2023, as well!


    • Thank you. It has certainly been an adjustment to not have her here. I lean on my faith and my memories. I appreciate your kindness, and I hope you have a good day.


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