Here we are outside T. Cook's Restaurant.
And inside the restaurant to celebrate. Mom didn't have much of an appetite at this point. She'd been suffering with pain for so long. I remember as we were driving to the restaurant she told my dad and me that she was ready to go whenever the Lord called her home. Of course, we said that we weren't ready for that ...yet.
Later that same year on Christmas Day, I had a big surprise for my parents. My brother Steve invited them to his house but they didn't know that I was flying to Florida from Arizona ...to surprise them. And boy, were they were surprised! I think this is the last photo I have of the two of us. My mother died only two months later. I was so glad I made that trip on the spur of the moment.
My mom always loved to set a pretty table. Whenever she had dinner guests, she had linen tablecloths and napkins and a flower centerpiece. I even found her notes for each dinner party including the table setting details. So in honor of my mom's birthday on July 6th, here's a beautiful table that she would have enjoyed.
I'm so glad that I know I will see her again one day. But until that day, I miss her very much and haven't forgotten her special day.
Happy Birthday Mom!