Well as you know we farewelled my Father in Law at the beginning of July.

It’s with much sadness that we then had to farewell my beautiful mum just two weeks later.

Mum & Dad November 2010
Mum & Dad November 2010

Mum was a school teacher all her life and as such she was a intelligent confident woman and when she was diagnosed just last September with dementia her world was starting to fall apart and you could see how afraid she was of what was to come. She was invited to move into the local nursing home as it was becoming clear that dad could no longer give her the care she needed. Mum moved into Lovely Banks in November. Soon afterwards she was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease which we’d suspected for a while due to her shaking hands which she’d had for some time. I took the girls to visit just after Christmas and was rather shocked to see how much weight shed lost but was glad she still knew who we were – well most of the time. This was the last time my girls would see their grandma.

With the Stampin Up convention being held in Melbourne in May this year I decided to hire a car and drive over to see mum. I am now very glad I did as this was the last time I saw her. She slept most of the time when I was there so I’d sit and just talk to her and tell her we all loved her.

Then dad called to say mum had taken a turn for the worse and could no longer swallow. She’d been placed on morphine as she was in some pain. I knew from our experience with Pop (father in law) that her time here wouldn’t be long. Mum was called home into Jesus’ arms 6.30pm on the Tuesday. We made the sad 12 hour drive down on the Thursday and farewelled mum on the Friday – two weeks to the day we farewelled Pop. My brother Dave conducted the service and I cant imagine how hard that was for him and it was a beautiful service too. Apparently Mum had told Dave on one of his earlier trips that she’d written in the back of one of her many notebooks the Bible verse and the Songs she wanted sung at her Funeral.

Friday night we had a big family meal. I cooked Roast Lamb and my brother’s girls made dessert. We had a tribute to mum and shared stories about her and had a great time remembering and laughing together.

Family Dinner
Me & my Dad
Me & my Dad

July was one of the hardest month’s I’ve had to endure and it also brought back tearful memories of Daniel – our baby who was born still in April 2005. I know though that Mum is no doubt keeping Daniel in line in Heaven!

I would like to thank all those who supported us on the day of Mums funeral and to all those who have prayed for us and send us cards and rang to show their support. I shed tears every time I get another card and am totally blessed to have so many wonderful friends and a lot of you have come into my life through stamping or Stampin Up! and for this I am thankful to God everyday.

28 Do you not know?    Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,  and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31




  1. Hi Leonie, Just read your sad news. I will be praying for you from here in SA, may the Lord keep you close in his arms over the next few weeks and months.

  2. Hey Leonie, thanks for writing such a great tribute to Mum. Brought back lots of warm memories form our time together, and more importantly, precious memories of a great mother. Trusting God will give us the grace to live up to her legacy.


  3. So so sorry to hear your news Leonie. I have had the worst 7 months of my life, my dad has dementia , can no longer walk and I have had to place him in care, sell the family home etc etc. Wish my mum was here to help, but she passed away on my 40th birthday. Life is not always easy, but the darkest days are behind us.

  4. So sorry to hear your news Leonie. Although I haven’t met you , you have been so helpful to me in the past with instructions etc. and my thoughts and best wishes go out to you and your family at this sad time. Memories are yours forever and I know you will have lots of wonderful memories of your Mum to keep.

  5. What you have written is beautiful Leonie. I am so glad you were able to spend those precious moments with your Mum in May. Your tribute brought tears to my eyes as I remembered my Mum too. Maybe our Mum’s may cross paths whilst in the card of Our Lord. XoXoX

  6. You and your family have always been in our prayers Leonie. We continue to pray for you. This has been a hard year for you all and I remember our many chats when my father passed away. You were there listening to me and my grief and I will forever be thankful to you for that. I still struggle and have bettter days but know that he is in a better place than here in pain. Thinking of you always. (Hugs) xx

  7. Leonie,
    I am so sorry to hear the passing of your Mom, however; she is now out of pain and is with your son. What a special reuion for them that pass through the vail and reunite with love ones. My prayers and love are with you at this time, and always.

  8. Thanks for that sharing with us, Leonie. I’m glad that people’s thoughts and blessings have brought you some comfort at this difficult time for you.

  9. So beautifully said Leonie and hugs to you all……we are all so blessed to have good people in our lives and even more so when they remain in our memories……..take care, looking forward to hugging you in real life soon!!

  10. Hey sweetie…..I read on FB that u have been struggling these past couple of days and not feeling that flash. I sincerely hope it passes soon for you. Late July/Aug is my horror week…where it is Mum’s b’day and a week later the anniv of her death. Just gone 18 years Aug 1st. You will have awesome days, OK days and days that are just plain shitty. Embrace those wonderful memories, cherish her life and lean on all those who care abt you when the days are at the lower end of the scale. ooxx

  11. Hi Leonie

    What a beautiful post! I have tears in my eyes! Thanks for sharing that with us! You are a beautiful person! God bless you as you share his love!

    Lots of love!

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