Today would have been Mom’s 55th birthday.

Last year, at the last minute, we invited her to our house for dinner and birthday cake. Munchkin helped me make the cake especially for Grammy. Mom asked if I’d taken pictures of her helping me bake it, and I told her I’d take some the next time. We had a really good dinner, and the fresh strawberry cake came out really tasty! After the kids were in bed, Mom, Joyce, Aaron and I played cards for a while. We had such a good time, and we laughed so much. That’s what spending time with Mom was like, lots of laughing!

I really had no idea that less than a week later, she’d be gone. I am so very thankful that I have that one last birthday memory of her. I’m glad that we were together for her last birthday.

Today, I miss her terribly. It feels almost like starting over, back when every minute without her here hurt. Hopefully, things will get better again once the next couple of weeks are past. For today, I’m once again asking God for grace, grace for the moment…

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee…” 2 Corinthians 2:9