Sunday, May 12, 2013


Friday, January 6, 2012


My mom.
January 8, 1927 - May 5, 2013

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And my post from a year and a half ago:

This Sunday, my mom will be celebrating her 85th birthday.  
What do you get a woman who has everything . . . on her 85th birthday?  I decided the best gift I could give her would be acknowledgement of the reasons why she is so special to me.
So I made a simple little accordion book, and filled it with 10 things I love and admire about my mom.  

(There's a link to a YouTube video showing you how to make your own book, at the end of this post)  

My mom is an avid reader, so I used a great old book cover for the front and back of the accordion book.  Just tear out the pages and wrap the cover with some pretty papers. 
 Then, after deciding how many pages you want, fold a long piece of paper, accordion style.  My book needed 10 pages, so I had to use several pieces of paper pieced together. Then glue your typed script or photos on each page.
Fill up the book with memories of the most wonderful things you know about the person you're making the book for.

My mom and dad - right about the time they met.
Once the book was complete, I wrapped it up with a little charm made just for mom, with a birthday sentiment on the back cover.  She really is, one LOVELY lady!
A Christmas time lunch just a couple weeks ago, with my mom!

You can never repay your parents for the gift of life, but I think it's important to let them know how grateful you are for that gift and the many ways you love and admire them.

"Happy Birthday Mom!"

A little YouTube video showing how to make your own accordion book!


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I am so sorry to read that this will be the first Mother's Day without your mom. I remember the post about the book you made last year and I loved it! She seems like a very special lady.

My thought and prayers are with you and your mom today. I hope you are getting to spend the day with your boys.

Have a wonderful day, Elizabeth

Tanya Murray said...

Dear Nan sorry for your loss. That was a beautiful tribute to your Mum.

Anonymous said...

What a precious gift to your mom. Sorry for the loss of your mom but I know she lives on forever in your heart with a life time of wonderful sweet precious memories.

God bless


Sue from Ky. said...

I just lost my Mom in March, so I am sharing your heartache and pain. God is good and He will help you to heal a bit as time goes by. You will cry for a long time, but tears are a big part of the healing process. Soon you will be able to share happy thoughts and stories of your Mom, each time you think of her. She will remain with you, in your heart, forever.You are in my prayers.

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Nan. What a wonderful gift you have featured here. I'll bet she absolutely adored it.

Sue from Ky. said...

I lost my Mom in March of this year. It is so hard, dealing with her absence. She was my best friend. We shared so much over the last 12 years since Dad's passing. I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Hopefully, it will get easier for you and for those of us who are dealing with the same pain.



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