T-Minus 19 Days

She would have been 71 today.
It does get easier but it doesn't.
Does that make sense?
I stopped by her tree today to wish her a happy birthday.
In Mom's typical fashion, she let me know that she was still looking out for me and the family.
It's probably a coincidence but it gives me comfort.
After I visited her tree, I ran a few errands and then came home.
The power went out this afternoon.
"Great. This is exactly what we need," I mumbled to myself.
I thought a nap was a better idea than worrying about when the power might come back on.
I was out for about 20 minutes when the power did come back on and woke me up.
Mrs. Shife was nearby on her phone and she noticed the time.
"It's 4:24," she said.
And I smiled.
My birthday is 4/24 and ever since my Mom passed away, I see the number 424 randomly.
Another example was when Mrs. Shife and I went out for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the bill was $42.40.

Thanks for all of the questions.
I look forward to answering them.

I hope to do better tomorrow.
Stay safe, take care and thanks for being there.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. - F. Scott Fitzgerald


  1. Lots of hugs and good thoughts!
    xoxo :-)

  2. Lovely, lovely post. I enjoyed the read and hope you are okay.

  3. It's wonderful to get those little messages. Love the idea of her own tree.

  4. Beautiful. I'm glad to see signs like that for you.

  5. What a beautiful post in memory of your Mom. I love the tree in her honor. Our Moms are always with us.

  6. Thanks for sharing your mom with us. I'm glad she lets you know you're still loved.

  7. Our loved ones live on in our hearts. Always.

    What a lovely and very moving post, Mr. S. Your mom raised a good son.


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