This One’s For You, Mom

This past July I quietly celebrated my blog’s four year anniversary of sharing my Chesapeake Bay photography with whoever would ‘stop by’ and take a peek.  I made many friends from around the world during that time who encouraged me to want to improve my work. It has been an amazing experience! And then there’s my #1 follower, Mom, who constantly insisted I should be making lots of money working for some major publications with my photos. I’d laugh and say me and others can only wish for that dream job. Right?!! But of course, that’s a Mom for you, always the most proud of their children and no one can be or do any better.

My blog became the reason Mom got a computer and connected to the internet so she could keep up with my posts. And although I know I have improved considerably on my photography since the beginning, I couldn’t help but smile and get all warm & fuzzy inside when Mom would have to call to tell me how great the latest ones were. And when was I going to quit my job and make lots of money on my photos. LOL

Thank you for being my #1 follower, Mom.

I sadly lost Mom a few days before this past Thanksgiving.  She had suffered a severe stroke three weeks prior that produced complications and emergency surgery which she could not recover. She had not been doing well since the summer, with several ER and rehab visits.  My photography and blogging stopped, as there was no time for it.

Today would have been Mom’s 75th birthday. Even though she loved all birds, her favorite was the Great Blue Heron, one that I regularly get to see and photograph year-round. Below is one of her favorite photos of mine.

This one’s for you, Mom.  Happy Birthday.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Although times are still tough, I have comfort in knowing Mom is in Heaven. And now she can be alongside me as I strive to get back into my photography hobby. Which is wonderful, because then she can continue to be proud of me.  I love and miss you, Mom.

The Lord saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms around you
And whispered, ‘Come with me’.

With tearful eyes I watched you suffer
And saw you fade away.
Although I loved you dearly
I could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating
Your beautiful smile at rest.
God broke my heart to prove
He always takes the best.

It’s lonesome here without you
I miss you so each day.
My life just isn’t the same
Ever since you went away.

When days are sad and lonely
And everything goes wrong
I hear you gently whisper,
‘Cheer up and carry on.’

Each time i see your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
‘Don’t cry, I’m in God’s keeping,
We’ll meet again someday.’

17 thoughts on “This One’s For You, Mom

  1. So sorry to hear this past year has been so difficult for you and your family. I hope you know that your mom will always live on in the beauty you see through the camera lens. Becky

  2. What a beautiful poem. Thanks again for your work. It’s very good to see since I left OC. And very sorry about your loss.

  3. That is a beautiful photo and poem.It is a sad loss, Donna and I hope that getting out and shooting will feed your soul and that you’ll hear your mother’s voice and encouragement as you line up those shots.Your photos have improved and I love your header shot. Take care of yourself and do know that we look forward to your future posts.

  4. Oh Donna, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. Even though she had not been well and you are happy she is no longer suffering, the loss is overwhelming. My dad died 15 years ago on Thanksgiving and my husband died a week after Thanksgiving four years ago. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs,

  5. So sorry, Donna! From my own experience, I know that time does not heal all wounds. I still miss my mom, though she’s been gone many years now. However, those memories you hold of her allow her to live on in your heart and mind.

  6. Oh, Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. My mother passed away early last year and I also lost my dad this year a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. They were both my biggest supporters. However, I find comfort that they are together again. My photography was my therapy when my mom died. I’ve been so busy and out of it, and now that my dad is gone, I have also vowed to get back into the hobby they both supported so much. It will be hard. You will have good days and bad days. Love the photos, I look forward to following your blog once again. Hugs! Sheila, From Moments to Memories

  7. I want to thank everyone so very much for your comments, likes, and visits. Although some days seem to be harder still, I am sincerely grateful for the outpour of support from each of you. I’ve read and reread the comments to help me through this tough time. Thank you again, you’re all the best! Donna

  8. Donna, we lost my Mom and Father-in-Law this past year and you have my deepest and sincerest sympathies. Losing a parent is primal and take a long time to integrate that loss into your life. Keep her memory alive in your photos. Kitty

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