Stamps: The Greeting Farm, sentiment is Amuse
Prima Flowers, Dew Drops, Copics, Rhinestones, and EK Success Border Punch
5 years and 2 days ago I was in my bedroom at the Sorority house. I was getting ready to take a mid-term and turn in a paper. My cell phone rang and it was a number I didn't recognize. I just ignored it and I continued to get dressed. The caller left me a voicemail, so I picked up my cell phone and listened to it. It was my brother, Brien, and he was calling from the hospital. My mom had a brain aneurysm while she was driving to work and I needed to come home.
When my brother and Dad got to hospital, my mom was still conscious. They were prepping her for a craniotomy. After hearing what the doctor had to say, my Dad elected not to do the craniotomy. Many people criticized my Dad's decision, but he made the right one for our family. My mom was diabetic and had kidney failure. She was already doing dialysis twice a day at home and her health was already starting to fail. By the time I got home from school, my mom was in a coma. We had to wait for all of the anesthesia to wear off before we could take her off life support. It took about 48 hours for her to pass away.
Lucky for me, the last time I saw my mom was 5 days before I got that call. I came home for the weekend by chance...or some would say fate. With a full class schedule, the sorority, and dating Brent long distance, I didn't really come home too often. I hadn't been home since August, prior to that trip. My mom and I spent the weekend clothes shopping, crafting, shopping at Craft Warehouse, and buying me groceries at Safeway. When I said good-bye to her at Safeway, that was the last time I saw her conscious.
We had her funeral in Portland the weekend of Halloween. The week after, we went to bury her in Hilo, Hawaii. Both of my grandparents are buried there and there are 4 generations (including my mom) of my grandma's family there as well. I haven't been there since we buried her, but I plan to take Brent sometime within the next year or so. He's never been to Hawaii, so we'll make a vacation out of it and do fun things too. This will be my first trip to Hawaii, where I'll be staying in a hotel...and not at my grandparent's house. It's so weird to think about...especially since I spent summers there as a child.
To honor my mom's 5 year anniversary of passing today, I chose to make a card with Hula Anya. I got the Mahalo stamp at Amuse while I was there for the anniversary sale. She was born and raised in Hilo, so she loved anything to do with Hawaii. Except I couldn't ever get her to watch 51 Dates with me, lol. She loved Drew Barrymore too, so I thought I could really con her into it. And thankfully the Spam thing never rubbed off on me either...though I do love sushi!
If you made it through my whole story...thank you! Tell all your loved ones that you love them and cherish the moments you have with them! Everyone have a great Friday! I'm so happy it's almost the weekend!