Early on Thanksgiving Day my father phoned to tell me that my mother had died, after a courageous year-long battle with ALS. For those of you who weren’t blessed to know her, my mom was a lifelong artist and encourager of all things that are important -faith in God, finding and following one’s purpose, loving and caring for others, nurturing one’s creative gifts, and living life to the fullest.
Even after her diagnosis and the months of physical decline that followed, she remained positive, giving thanks for the gift of each day. She found joy in the little things and taught me to find good even in difficult situations. Even towards the end, when she could no longer speak or draw -it’s her lovely banner that graces this blog – her mind remained as sharp as ever and her eyes sparkled with love, humor and wisdom.
Now, in honor of her life, I’d like to post a few snapshots that capture her spirit. I miss her deeply, but pray her spirit will live on with me as I follow her great example of living life to the fullest with courage, faith, and love.