I was on the road early Monday morning with TG, heading east to Houston. We gathered my mom's belongings from the nursing home, spent a few hours at the house gathering more things and visiting with my sister and friends before loading up and heading west into the sunset, back to Austin to start a new chapter in both of our lives.
Tom helped me get her settled in her new room on Tuesday. Her roommate is a character. The two of them together might be trouble.
This was the first Christmas my son and daughter-in-law spent as a married couple, the first in their new home.
I think they felt tugged and pulled by all of the family celebrations - his and hers...we all live in Austin - so I am grateful we had so much time to celebrate with them on Christmas Day, including a game of ping-pong.
This was our first Christmas without my Daddy.
I know Mama felt it more than the rest of us, but, as usual, she kept a smile on her face, only fussing about getting too many presents.
To better accomodate Mama's wheelchair, Tom added a stone 'ramp' to the pathway leading to our house.
He is amazing in both his skill and his thoughtfulness. He truly loves my mom and, believe me, the feeling is mutual.
I saw Mama twice today, first on my way into town to deliver earnest money to a title company and stop by the grocery store, and then on my way home, dropping off snacks and picking up her laundry.
I wish she could just stay with us, but this is the next best thing, to have her so close.
In honor and encouragement of my new career (and because she's nuts and goes overboard at Christmas), my friend Mary Kay made me this ornament/wreath. It's on the tree now, but will have a place in my office once the tree and other decorations are boxed up.
My first closing as a Realtor is Monday. Another first to close out 2013, a year that brought us much happiness with Tommy and Kirby's wedding, hope and faith in the future with my new career, but also heartache in the passing of my sweet Daddy.
I wish all of you the peace and comfort of Christmas throughout the coming year, and sweet memories to treasure the rest of your life.