Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Landed about 2 hours ago back in Dubai and straight on the scales to see what damage those 2 weeks have done - only gained half a kilo which is fantastic - although was sort of trying to be good and there was always a dog to be walked :)
Thanks you SO much to all of you who have sent me wonderful thoughts and goodies and comments while I was away - it truly did make a difference.
Mum passed away peacefully and I was not as much of a mess as I thought I would be - I guess each time I have seen her in the past few years I have left Australia thinking that could be the last time I see her alive so I truly felt blessed to get back in time to spend those last few hours with her.
My cousin did a wonderful job on the eulogy and finished with Mum being at the pearly gates and St Peter asking her if she would like to enter - only to have Mum ask him if HE was OK and catch up on how his family was before she would walk into heaven:)
I am not a religious person but Mum very committed to her church and the community - from fostering kids to making sure that she knew what every one of the family was up to and celebrated successes and cared for those who were in pain.
She had terrible bouts of depression in her life and was diagnosed bipolar in her late 40's but she somehow never let this show, ran 2 business, ran the Sunday school, played the organ for church services,raised us kids and worked her butt off for her kids and the community. A truly remarkable woman and I love her dearly.
The 2 weeks away, spending quiet time with my nieces and nephews and THEIR kids, my sister and just having some alone time at the beach for a few days has given me a wonderful new perspective.
I now feel ready to move on to the the next phase in my life and see where it leads:)
A funny little story about Mum before I close.
She was a TERRIBLE driver:) how she did not end up in bigger accidents I don't know.
One day she was bringing me back home from swim training in Singleton. We were crossing over the railway line, Mum already planning her day and me engrossed in a comic and then headed for home about 20 minutes away. When we got home Dad told her she had to call Singleton Police.
Apparently the train was so close at the crossing he could read the number plate on the car and reported her LOL - that was Mum - always trying to cram a little extra in her already long days:)
Back to normal tomorrow - hope you have all been good Sparklets:)