Yesterday, we finally let go of mom.  A year after her death, we spread her ashes along the river of the town she loved.  Her ashes drifted behind us, carried by the tide and the wake of the boat, drifting with the currents, ebbing and flowing with the water.

Today, we celebrated young life at a one-year birthday party! We reveled in watching the babies in our family play, innocent and joyful.  I especially felt a sense of pride watching the young parents love up their kids, like we loved them and our parents loved us.

Ebb and Flow

Life and Death

Pain and Joy


Life is so very rich.

And for that, I am eternally grateful.Along the River

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8 Responses to Ebbing and Flowing

  1. Very beautifully written Teresa…thinking of you and your lovely family

  2. Gary Joseph Oefinger says:

    yes, we let her go, in a physical way, but never, ever in our hearts…

  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing. You are right and it helps me to be reminded that this is all part if the cycle. Love you.

  4. Dolores says:

    Dear Teresa, I am sure the day was one that was hard for you and it is good to know that your mom lives on in your memories and in your heart. She is always with you, in all she taught you and the faith and morals she instilled in you. Be at peace knowing she is with her loving creator enjoying eternal life

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