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Thursday, January 20, 2022

If you have been visiting this space for any amount of time you know that my mother was my everything.  The source of all of my knowledge in life and in knitting.  She was our "Google" and before that our "Ask Jeeves".  My mother knew more than my sisters and I could ever dream of knowing.  She had the most magical way about her where if you were around her you just felt good.  She had love in her heart for all things in life.  People and experiences.  She loved to travel (mostly with Shelly) and told us she was ready to go anywhere and that her bags were always packed.  She was gifted at just being lovely.  

My mom passed away in the early morning hours of January 7th.  The house was quiet and the four of us were together under the same roof, exactly how she would have wanted it.  

It was as if a conversation happened between my mom and God and she organized her entire death experience.  She finally figured out a way to get just her and her girls under the same roof without anyone else around. "Give Lisa Covid", she told God.  And he did. ☺️ That way we had to send home all of the caretakers.  Then it was just the four of us.  

The three of us gathered around my mom.  We played soft music.  We painted her nails with her favorite color (OPI, Cajun Shrimp) we lathered her skin with lotion and essential oils.  We made sure her lips were moist. We kissed her and hugged her.  We told her how much we appreciated all she has done for us and how much we loved her for the billionth time.  We told that it was alright to leave us, that we would be okay, even though we've never been good liars.  

We all went to sleep on the night of January 6th checking on her throughout the night.  It was the first night my mom hadn't had someone sleeping in her room for three years.   We think we finally gave her the space she needed to get those final things into her bags.  And she peacefully took flight from this beautiful space to another.  

 My friend, Carol told us that God puts YOU were you are supposed to be.  Sometimes they want to share and sometimes they want to spare.  

We love you forever, mom, and you will be missed more than we could ever imagine.  

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  1. Oh, Leslie. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. What a sweetie she was. I'm sure she was super proud of the great women she raised, and thrilled you were there with her at the end. Big hugs to you and your sisters.

  2. Anonymous1/20/2022

    This was truly one of the most loving posts I have ever read. Sounds like your Mom was a super special lady and blessed with a wonderful and creative spirit!

    With deepest sympathy,

  3. Your mother sounds so wonderful. I'm deeply sorry for your loss.

    Having said that, her passing sounds like one we would all like to have.

    Take care.

    1. thank you Bridget. yes, it was very peaceful and full of love. ❤️

  4. What an amazing tribute. What a way to go, on her own terms! I'm sorry for your loss.

  5. I've been a blog reader of yours for so long and have always enjoyed reading about your relationship with your mom. This space we are entering where our young families are young no longer and our parents are aging is such a tender one. Much love to you and your sisters.

  6. Leslie, thank you for this beautiful remembrance. So very sorry for your loss.

  7. Such a lovely tribute to a one in a million mom. You and your sisters were truly blessed to have her. xo

  8. My dear mother died on December 11th Leslie. It was so hard but your grace has helped me. I blogged about her on I told my daughter today to please take my picture when she sees me knitting. God bless Barb.

  9. I am saddened to read this. It is always hard to lose a loved one. She certainly raised lovely daughters.

    May you find peace.

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  11. Oh Leslie, I'm so sorry to hear this. I have loved reading about your beautiful, loving and vibrant mom over the years. May you and your sisters have peace in your hearts during this difficult time.

  12. What an amazing mom! Your family will continue to be blessed with lots of memories. Please continue to share those memories with family, friends and the knitting community!

  13. Leslie, I'm so sorry about the loss of your mom. I hope your precious memories will comfort you in the days and years to come.

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  15. Anonymous2/07/2022

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss! Your mother sounds like a wonderful person - you were blessed to have her...

  16. As you know I found your blog many years ago, when my children were just being born and toddling around. I watched yours grow up through this lens and now mine are also. I know how deeply you loved your mom and how close you four were. My favorite trip to read about was when you all went to Italy together for her birthday years ago! You went to yarn shops there and I am going to look for the post because I hope to go this summer. Sending you such love and tenderness at this difficult time. You were so loved by her and I know you loved her so well, also. Wishing you peace.

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  18. My heart goes out to you, Friend.
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