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Six Years Ago Today

Six years ago today ...I got the dreaded phone call.  My mom had died at home in her sleep. 

I wanted to honor her on this day.  After all, this was her entrance into heaven and the day she met Jesus face to face.

This photo was taken the last time my mom visited me in Phoenix.  We were celebrating her 75th birthday at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Hotel.  

Here's me and Mom on a trip to California.  I think this was taken in La Jolla.

Back in the 70's, my parents moved to Florida from New York.  In her spare time, she modeled.  Even as she was getting older, she was still very beautiful.  Check out this ad for American Airlines below.  And no, that's not my dad.

Here are a few more ads she did for magazines.

Mom was always such an outgoing, friendly person.  She loved people and ...people loved her.

She always had a joke to share.  She loved babies, dancing, playing the piano, her Norwegian heritage, friends and especially ...her family.

Mom always had time for her family.  Coming home was like going back to being a child in many ways.  I was never too big to find comfort from my mom.  She was the best listener.

I'm looking forward to the day when I get to see her again.  Until that time, I always want to honor her memory.  She was so loved and is greatly missed.

Debbie Petras
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  1. You mom was very beautiful, and from how you lovingly describe her, she was even more beautiful inside. Thank you for sharing this heart-warming tribute to her!

    Blessings, Joan

  2. Debbie:

    Your mom was very beautiful (and I see a resemblance between you, especially the smile.)

    This is a wonderful tribute to her.


  3. Such a sweet tribute to your Mom.

    Hugs to you today, friend.

  4. How beautiful Deb..your Mom was not only beautiful outside but inside even more...she treated me with such love and kindness and I too look forward to the day when we meet face to face. Her sweetness and love live through you as well! JS

  5. what nice things you said about your mom. She was so beautiful. I can tell by her smile that she was a wonderful person.
    I think I have seen that first ad before.

  6. I know this has to be a bittersweet day for you. Be blessed with the memories and the anticipation of seeing her again!

  7. Your mother is stunning and this is such a beautiful tribute to her. I so agree, we never stop missing out moms, but isn't it a blessing to know we will see them again. God Bless. Hugs Marty

  8. OH, Debbie, my Mom died totally unexpectedly two years ago this past Nov. and not a day goes by that I don't miss her.

    You are so right, we are never too big/old to find comfort from our Moms! She's the only person in the world that was interested in what I was cooking for dinner.

    A beautiful entry!

  9. oh what a beautiful tribute Debbie! Your mom was so beautiful, and so is her daughter... those Norwegian genes run strong! But mostly... your hearts are both beautiful.

    I'm with you - it is going to be such a glorious day when we are all united once again!

    Thank you for sharing this on this special day!


  10. Beautiful tribute to your mom Debbie! It will be a very blessed day when we are all together again!

    Love you!


  11. Debbie~ Your mom was beautiful - and so are you! I know you miss her so much.

    Much love to you, and prayers often~

  12. Well, I cried. I am so very grateful for the hope of the gospel and the assurance of future forever reunions!

    A lovely post and a lovely lady!

  13. Be comforted and encouraged in the
    thought that one day you and your
    mom will be together again forever.
    She was indeed a beautiful woman,
    just like you.

  14. This is such a sweet, beautiful tribute to your mom, Debbie, and I am so thankful that you have the assurance that you will see her again someday. She raised a beautiful daughter, inside and out.
    Love and hugs,

  15. Oh Debbie your mom was just beautiful! You look soo much like her. How wonderful you have such good memories of her to cherish until you see her again. What a glorious day that will be. HUGS to you today, Debbie

  16. Debbie -
    A lovely tribute to your Mom.

    You two must have been very close and a real blessing to each other.

  17. Such a sweet loving tribute to your mom...she sounds very special.

  18. You have certainly honored her today, Debbie. Beautifully so. I see her beauty in you.

  19. Beautiful tribute to your mom! Nice to meet you too! and tell Heidi hi! She is lovely.

  20. :( Sorry you're without her! What a lovely woman and kind mother! You were truly blessed. And to know she is with Christ is comfort indeed.

  21. She was a beautiful lady....I know you must miss her....Thinking of you today

  22. Your mom was a beautiful woman, and what beautiful words as you've honored her memory today.

  23. She is beautiful on the inside and out!
    Like mother, like daughter!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  24. I am sorry for your loss.
    Sounds like she lived the
    Fruits of the Spirit
    Chris Ann

  25. What a beautiful Mom!!!!

    Here's one of my favorite verses...

    But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

    2 Peter 2:8

    Take care!


  26. Hi Debbie,
    I loved seeing the photos of your mom. I'm so happy I had the priviledge of meeting her - and yes, just meeting her even briefly comfirms what you say, she was just so likable.
    It was a beautiful tribute you gave her in this post. What a lovely way to remember her.

  27. Beautiful memories and tribute to your beautiful mom. ...I understand and look forward to the time when we will be reuntied with our moms :o) Praise Him for this assurance.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (A very, very long work week for me...so only now getting a little time to "catch up"...)

  28. Dear Debbie,
    It's obvious that your mother was a beauty, and so are you.
    I have studied the "model pictures" of her and found two special things that draw my attention.
    1. Your mother was a natural. She has the same look on the model photos as the ones from your private album. Knowing how great difference photoshopping can do, that really impresses me.

    2. Your mother looks strong, comforting and also very comfortable to be who and what she was.
    She was not super skinny, but she poses as if she owns the scene,- and she does.
    Her smile, like yours both are irresistible.
    I doubt that she always was happy, nobody is that lucky, but I bet she always found the best way to deal with the challenges life gave her.
    She must have had a talent for being happy and spreading happiness.
    I think she never stops caring for you, even when in heaven. She just don't feel sorrow and pain like we have to do here.
    I so understand that you miss her,
    but Debbie, you are never alone.
    From Felisol


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