Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summer break

A week ago, I received the sad news that my mom passed away unexpectedly. We lived in two different countries for the past 17 years (she lived in Canada and I'm in the US) and although I did not get to see her very often, she was very much close to my heart and in my prayers always. We loved each other deeply and the distance between us had never changed that.

The sadness of losing her will last for a while but I know that the Lord came to get her because He had chosen it to be her time and as His ways are not our ways, I will not try to understnd why it is so. Losing her made me reflect on my own motherhood and the little bit of time that I have with my own child. My little guy is already 7 and I want to treasure as much of our time together as possible, making family memories to cherish for years to come.

In order to spend as much quality time enjoying my family and the special activities that summer has to offer, I have decided to take the summer off from my blog and maybe longer depending how I feel come autumn.

I hope each of you has a great summer, with many fond memories to look back on. In the meantime, here's a short but beautiful poem written anonymously that I would like to leave you with today.

May there always be work
For your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two,
May the sun always shine
Warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart
With gladness to cheer you.

Enjoy your summer, your loved ones and your many sweet blessings!



Elena said...

Dear Melody, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's death. My prayers and sympathy are with you. I will miss your posts on your break. I pray you get the rest and time with the family that you need. Hugs, Elena

Lib said...

I am so sorry to hear the loss of your Mother!
I lost my Mom 9 yrs. ago this month.I miss her so much even now!
I have wonderful warm memories!:o)
God Bless You!
Hugs, Prayers and Blessins',Lib

Debbie said...

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. What a difficult thing it is for us to lose a beloved parent. My own mom has been gone for nearly 20 years, and though I miss her, I find comfort in my memories of her, doing things the special way she did them, and knowing that she knew Christ. You're right to take time with your family. Maybe we'll see you in the fall. May God be with you in these sad times.

Elizabethd said...

My prayers and sympathies are with you. The loss of a mother is like no other, and you will miss her so much.
Take time to recover and relax.

Becky said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Being far away from her makes things even harder I think.

Blessings, Melody. I hope you have a wonderful summer full of great memories with your family.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog off and on, but couldn't agree more with you that there is a time to put things down and focus on the important things! So sorry to hear of your mom, that must be a difficult loss. Its good to take time to grieve and reflect. I think blogging can be a wonderful hobby, however I can also see it as a burden at times. As long as it isn't getting in the way of real life people who need you, I think its great, but I totally agree with you that there is a time to put those family members who need you first. Moms, Dads, kids are not here forever. Treasure every minute of your summer with your family, I admire you for it! I'll check back in the Fall.

Raise Them Up said...

My very best wishes for a meaningful summer are yours, along with my prayers in the coming weeks as you feel your loss more fully. Your little one is very lucky to have such an insightful mom.

Hugs, and Blessings

Janeen said...

Words just don't express so I won't try but know that you are being thought of and prayed for while I celebrate your precious Momma's heavenly promotion!


Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hello, Melody,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I will be praying for you and your family.I am so thankful for that blessed hope.

I am also sad because I have just found your blog, and I so enjoy it. I know of the need to take some blogging time off, from time to time I will take a little time off, and when I do I am always refreshed.

Blogging is so wonderful, but it is also very time consuming. I completely understand that sometimes we have to take a step back and realize what is most important.... and to me that is my relationship first with God, then my relationship with my family and time with them, creating memories that will last a life time.Memories that will carry me through all times in my life good and bad!. So enjoy time spent with your family and creating those wonderful memories, and hopfully you will find the time to come back. God will show you.

I the mean time i will keep your blog on my list. Blessings,

Abounding Treasures said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your dear mother ... may the summer be a time of family and memories for all of you :o)


Walking on Sunshine... said...

I am so sorry on the loss of your mother! I pray the Lord will comfort you in the only way that He knows how! Enjoy the summer with your son and make the best memories! Let me know when you come back, please!!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

My sympathies for the loss of your mother, Melody. It's always a shock no matter the circumstances.

I understand how this can make you take a new look at life and reconsider how you spend your time. Hope to see you blogging again, but if not, I understand that too.

Have a good summer, my friend.

Love and hugs,


Carol said...

Dear Melody,
I'm so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your Mother. I totally understand that you need to take some time away from blogging. Please know that you'll be missed. Take care & remember I'll be praying for you. Hope you'll be back soon!

Blessings & Hugs,

Becky said...

I am sorry to hear about your mom, and I will pray for you and your family. Enjoy your time off.

Mother Mayhem said...

You have my deepest sympathy. HUGS

Enjoy your summer! :o)

RoyalTLady said...

Mel, Sorry to hear about the demise of your beloved mom. Hope you keep your blog-break enjoyable ... and do have fun your family this Summer.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Melody, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My mother has been gone now for about 7 years and I still miss her. Hope you have some fun times this summer with your family and it's always good to spend some time on yourself too!
Take care,

Tea Time With Melody said...

Oh Melody, my sister Janeen told me the sad news today. Mothers are so dear to our hearts and for them to go so unexpectantly just makes our heart hurt the more. I will miss your post but pray God heals your heart. Take time with your family and don't worry as we will all be hear when you return. :)

Linda said...

Oh Melody - I am so very sorry to hear about your Mom. I pray the Lord will comfort you with the peace and love only He can give.
I understand why you are taking this break. Enjoy these swiftly fleeting days with your family. I know you will make precious memories.
I'll miss you and will look forward to seeing you when you come back.

Liz said...

I am sorry to hear about your Mother! My prayers are with you! I hope that you enjoy your blog break and that you have a wonderful summer!

valerie said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mom.
I understand about taking a break from blogging.
It's so awesome and I've met some great friends, but it is very time consuming.
Enjoy the summer with your family and friends.
I do hope you check in occasionally and come back at some point. I'll miss you!
Know you are in my prayers and I am sending you a great big hug!

Salute said...

Hi Melody,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Hope you have a wonderful summer. God bless!

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart and prayers are with you. I will miss you and hope you soon return. blessings,Kathleen

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melody, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I lost my mother in 1990, and I miss her still. But like you, I know that the Lord came for her and that she is with my father. Even better, I know that I will see both of them again thanks to the Lord's sacrifice for us!

Take all the time you need. Family is so important, but be sure to let us know when you are back up and running again with your blog. We'll be here for you.

Sending you warm thoughts and hearts to hold yours as you work through the grief process.

Much love...


Sheila :-)

Salute said...

Hope to see you back soon and please stop in and there will be a little token for you.

Susanne said...

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Bless you and your family over this summer.

sewtakeahike said...

I am so sorry about your mother. Even though I haven't gone through that part of life yet and don't know what it's like, my heart goes out to you. I hope your summer is full of sweet things!

Miss Janice said...

My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mama. Take your time and remember that you are loved by your blogging friends. God bless you!

Susan B said...

Dear Melody,
I am so sorry to hear of you loss. I pray that the time that you spend with your loved ones will help bring comfort and healing. Blessings to you and your family.

The Victorian Parlor said...


My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. My prayers are with you.



Charli and me said...

Dear Melody, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family.
I hope you have a wonderful summer with your family and create loads, and loads of lovely memories together. It's good to take all of the time you need. I will miss you. I hope to hear from you again in the fall.

Lallee said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss, Melody. Mothers hold special places in our hearts always. Hugs and prayers for you.

Jess said...

I am so sorry for your loss and that i didn't come by sooner to read of this.

I do hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying your summer with family.

Lots of love and prayers to you

Kelly said...

My deepest sympathies go out to you. My heart and prayers are with you. Treasure this time with your family and enjoy your summer.


Bernideen said...

May this summer bring you a season a rest, refreshment and restoration!

Jess said...

Hope you are doing well

Love, Jess

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Thinking of you and sending best wishes your way!

Kelly said...

Thinking of you and praying too!!!

big hugs~

valerie said...

It's July 28 and I just wanted you to know you were on my mind this afternoon. Hope you're doing ok.
Hugs from Oklahoma!

PJ said...

Hello Melody.

I had not check on blogger for a while, and when I did to check out your site, I read this last entry about your mother passing.

Hope since that time, memories of the past have been a comfort in your daily life.

You take care, and if come back in the fall, I look forward to more of your entries.

Take care and God Bless


Toodlebugz said...

I have not stopped by lately & I am saddened to hear of your loss.Mothers are our very first love in life from infancy, and always hold a special place in our hearts.I am hoping you are treasuring every moment with your little man & sharing wonderful memories of your own childhood. May God bless you & yours.

ChaChaneen said...

Just came by to say Hi and that I miss your presence in bloggyland. Hope your summer has been a precious time with your family since your hiatus. Blessings!