Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thunder Snow

There is a snow thunderstorm going on outside right now. Blizzard-like conditions with thunder and lightening.

It's awe inspiring, but not really scary.

My mom is spending her last night at home in the house where she's lived for almost 40 years. Tomorrow the ambulance will take her to inpatient hospice care.

It's time for her to die.

It's sad and heart breaking, but not really scary.

I lay in bed next to her tonight and watched the storm. We listened to the wind howl and the tree branches crack under the weight of all the snow. We hugged and laughed and cried.

She's weary. She's ready. It's time.

Thunder snow is very rare. I'm glad I got to experience it.

I'm grateful I was able to be here to help mom with her transition. To let her know I love her and it's ok to move on now.

I pray I brought her some comfort in the midst of her storm.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens. [Ecclesiastes 3:1]”


  1. yesterday was the twentieth anniversary of my father's death, I have experienced thunder snow and it is a miracle, sending love, and a peaceful
    passage to your mom......sending love, and good memories to you.

  2. What a lovely post and testament to your relationship with your mom. Holding you in my heart right now!

  3. I have no doubt that you did. I hope this beautiful fresh memory brings you comfort as you prepare for what's next. Sending love, light, thoughts and prayers your way.

  4. What a blessing that you both had that moment together, not to mention your 40 some odd years of life. We come into this world with our Mom's holding us and loving us, it's only fitting that you were able to do the same for your mom & how special that is... I slept with my mom the last week of her life and I beleive that it is the most healing thing you could have done for you both. She will be with you forever!

  5. Here via Noël's recent post. This is lovely, and I'm glad she had you with her for that last important night. I know this was months ago, and I hope that time has been kind to you.