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    Sunday, October 05, 2008

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    Wow. Today is quite the day. It's a Sunday, which is not a usual blogging day for me. But today, today I have to write. There are just too many words in my head, and let's face it, it gets crowded in there with the voices.

    Today is my mom's birthday. She'd be 60. I miss her. A lot.

    Today is also Conference Sunday. She loved Conference Sunday. She would cook turkey dinner, and we would meet up at her house to eat between sessions. It was the best.

    17 years ago today, she and my dad were returning home with my brother from his mission to Japan. And guess what? She made sure Jill knew how to cook the turkey dinner so it would be ready for us when they arrived home.

    1 year ago today we were enjoying our last "girls trip" to Seattle. We had the best time. The underground tour, the locks cruise, and Ruth's Chris. We practically had to wrestle my mom to the ground to get that bill away from her. But we did it, and it was the least we could do to show our appreciation. I would wrestle her to the ground in a second now, if i could.

    I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing that all of these events circle around this date. I find it strange that this has always been a special weekend for our family, even back 17 years. I know it will be comforting to hear our Prophet speak each year, around her birthday, and know that the words he and his disciples say will bring comfort to me. The last few days have been very emotional because of the anticipation of this weekend. I've had my share of anxiety attacks, pity party, and crying during dinner. But now, now I know that I have the knowledge and keys to see her again. And that makes this weekend even more special.

    And I will be making a turkey dinner in her honor. Yams and all. And I will do it every conference Sunday, just like she did.

    Happy birthday, Mom. I love you. I miss you.

    15 Response(s):

    Nurse Heidi said...

    We had turkey dinner yesterday a la LuVera. If I'd have known it was Paula's thing too, we would have brought some over to your daddy-o. Virtual hugs from me.

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    Amber said...

    Keli, I never got the chance to meet your mom, but I'm sure she's proud of your turkey dinner. Chin up girl, today is a special day. I'll be thinking of you!

    Kelli said...

    I want turkey, can you send me some? I have been thinking about that all week too. It is just perfect that her birthday fell on conference this year.

    Larissa said...

    Keli,
    I have been thinking of your mom too. You are all entitled to the crying, anxiety and pity parties. I am really good at those. Each obstacle is difficult to get through, especially the first one. You guys are all so strong and fortunate to have the knowledge of the gospel. What a great way to celebrate your mom's birthday - hearing wonderful things that we can do here on earth to prepare for eternal life. To prepare to be with her again! It's such a positive and uplifting thing to do on such a difficult day for you all. Loves to all,
    Larissa
    P.S. This weekend was the "first" missing something for me and my kids too although not nearly the same as yours. It was still hard to "miss" the traditions we'd built before. Especially, if there aren't new ones taking their places. Hang in there.

    Shar said...

    Happy Birthday to your mom. And I'm sure your kids will love your turkey dinner. What a great tradition.

    And I bet she'll have a turkey dinner waiting for you guys one day. That will be awesome.

    Stacy O said...

    Sending you big hugs on this difficult day. You and your sisters are so blessed to have shared so many wonderful times with your mom. She sounds amazing.
    I bet that turkey will be the best ever!!!

    Kate said...

    The whole meal was EXCELLENT! You're mom would be proud! Thanks so much for inviting your favorite neighbor over for a bite.

    grannybabs said...

    Today is Bonny's birthday too!!

    I always knew it was a special day!!

    Sounds like you celebrated for her in fine style - she would undoubtedly be proud!! (But not too proud - she'd be humbly proud!!)

    Kalli Ko said...

    Happy Birthday to your mama! She would love you carrying on the tradition I'm sure. And my mouth is WATERING just thinking about it.

    Sara said...

    I am so glad you have such great memories to hold onto. They will get you through tough days like these! I love that you are carrying on her tradition of the dinner...

    Jill Johnson said...

    She really built a lot of traditions to our family. More that I realized before she left. I miss her. but It's OK.

    Meg said...

    I missed the Turkey this year. I miss her everyday. Thanks to Kelli, we got to celebrate by writing how much we love Nunn, and sending our ballons to her up in heaven. It was great!

    Shylo said...

    You are awesome to continue her tradition...it is a great tribute to her. I have no idea how to cook a turkey, of course I have never tried either. :)

    Laura said...

    Awe happy birthday to your mom! That is awesome you have started up the tradition with your family. That will be special- you will get to celebrate your moms birthday and un-birthday! Youre awesome Keli!!!