Many of you know from Facebook that my mom passed away last week. My sister and I went to my mom's apartment to get some of her things and took Rita along.
Mom's things were already packed (we'd been about to move her to this fantastic assisted living facility we'd found), but luckily we found "Rita's" bear.
I'm sure Rita had no idea why grandma wasn't there and why there were boxes all over. Every time we'd leave to take a load of stuff to the car, she was SO happy when we came back. She doesn't like it when things aren't "normal."
She also didn't like it that we put this painting of the floor in the backseat with her, covered in a blanket. Look at that poor little worried face.
Luckily she settled in eventually and was fine on the ride home. We brought the little bear with us, and hopefully Rita will make it last.
I took some sweet photos of her with it....
...and then she attacked it.
I posted last week about how we were able to spend Thanksgiving with my mom. So glad we got to do that.
If you want, here's a link where you can read the obituary I wrote and see some photos of my mom. (If you click over there, the main photo is from her 90th birthday, which she really enjoyed!)
It's hard to be sad when my mom had a very long, very good life. We'll celebrate her life when we all get together for Christmas.
In Other News....
Is it terrible to share a link to my mom's obituary and some shameless self-promo in the same post? I know... it is. But... I really appreciate what these folks are doing for my book(s), so I wanted to let y'all know, and this is the only post I'll get around to this week, so there you go...
BookSparks is doing a really cool "book gram" thing where for a mere $10, you can send someone a book gram: a gift-wrapped copy of House Trained, and not only do you get to scratch someone off your Christmas shopping list (books make great gifts!), but you also help a child get a book! For every book purchased, BookSparks is donating a children's book to Reach Out and Read Arizona. Cool, right?
And over at Kol's Notes, I'm thrilled to share that my books were selected as one of the giveaway prizes for #12DaysofKolsNotes (Yay!). You can win all three of my e-books plus other great prizes on the Day 3 giveaway - and there's a huge grand prize at the end. Check out all 12 days! You have until Dec. 20!
Thank you BookSparks and Kol's Notes!
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