My mom-in-law passed away suddenly in 2009 and her birthday is coming up this week.  I love nothing more than remembering those we’ve lost by continuing to celebrate and remember them on their birthdays.

We’re fortunate to have fond memories and delightful photos – gosh, those help.  Maxine was the loveliest woman on the planet.  Smart and savvy…and gracious…especially when confronted with the sideshow attraction that was my family. 

A photo like this one…of our dear daughter curled up in her favorite loving embrace with her grandma …reminds me that the goodness of my mom-in-law pulses within our girl. What a gift that is

Maxine was chock full of kindness and an ability to think before speaking, and I see those qualities flowing into another generation of wonderful womanhood – in our now grown-up girl.

You’re not ‘here’ but you’re near.  Just a memory away.  Happy-Almost-Birthday, Maxine!

Vicki ❤

16 thoughts on “Not Here…But Near

  1. I like the idea of offering a tribute to loved ones on their birthdays rather than just the death anniversary. Isn’t it interesting how when we speak of a lovely woman now gone, we never mention her waist-size or how productive she was but focus on those intangible qualities that last forever?

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    1. Thank you so much, Evelyn. Yes…terrific observation. Those intangibles – goodness and light — travel through time while the silly labels – like physical descriptions and accomplishment-related drivel – are dim in comparison. Thank you for that observation! Hugs to you this morning! 😘

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    1. I’d say it’s even a very “Vicki”-like thought/description and what a wonderful way to celebrate people who are near and dear to you. I’m going to start doing that myself. Thank you for the inspiration! ❤

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  2. What a lovely tribute to your mother-in-law – and a compliment to DD as well! TBH, I loved the post, but I also loved reading through the comments. I think they tell even more of the story, and how deeply you love people. Very special, Vicki! Thank you for sharing this tribute to what sounds like a gem of a lady. 🤍🤍

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    1. Oh….your comment fills me up with good stuff! Thank you, Kendra. So sweet of you to read and share your observation and kindness. And yes, Maxine was so special. Big, big hugs to you! ❤️❤️❤️

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