We joined Brandon's family today in welcoming home his parents. They spent the last 18 months serving an LDS mission in Western Massachusetts. This was their 2nd mission. The first was to Cambodia. I felt abundantly blessed both time they were away on their missions and I will miss that special spirit that comes from having a missionary in your life. It was beautiful to hear them share their experiences during Church services and feel their love for the people there.
Last Friday my mom passed away in her apartment overlooking the beach just like she wanted. I am comforted to know that she is happy and free from the physical pain that plagued her life and celebrating with my dad and Jesus and her parents and I'm sure a host of other good souls. There was no one quite like my mom. Brandon called her a "force of nature." She was funny, eccentric, brilliant, wild, dynamic, and stubborn all rolled into one person. She was my mom and she made life beautiful and fun. I will surely miss her!