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Sep 10, 2010

Celebrating Life

My friends:

I have been out of the loop for a couple of weeks,
but I have a reason.
My dear mother passed away two weeks ago.

Now, I don't want to bring anybody down 
and I understand that some of you
may feel offended at my sharing 
this very personal part of my life.

However, my blog is a part of myself.

I live, so I blog. I blog, so I share. this time, I do not want to be sad.

The best way I know to honor my mother's life,
is to live mine to the fullest,
making daily commitments to be joyful.

And joyful I am.

From my dear mother, Maria Susana, I learned:

1. To be a very resourceful cook. 
I am a total foodie because of my mother, and I am thankful for that.
I don't need a recipe to come up with a feast.
Thank you, mamá, for spending time teaching me by example.
2. To feel happy when I am organized.

3. To crochet.
At this moment, I am knitting something like this
(I will show you when I am done as now it is just a sea of
crocheted flowers all over my house, with no apparent purpose)

4. To love 1940's music and musicals:

5. To adore, super adore! 1940's fashion:

6. To be in love with Tiramisu 
(my mother made the very best Tiramisu ever.
Seriously! sweet lady fingers dipped in expresso and dark rum, 
surrounded by layers of sweet mascarpone cheese, what's not to like?)

7. To make excellent jam.
When I was growing up, my mom would grab 
whatever fruit from whatever fruit tree in the backyard,
she would add sugar, cook them forever, and voila:
Amazing jam.
 I now make jam too. Kumquat jam is my fave.

8. To love entertaining.
 She was an awesome hostess.

I can go on and on forever thanking my mother. 
Yet, she´s not around to hear me.
If your mom is still around, talk to her today. 
Call her and tell her how much she means to you. 
Even better, if you have her close, give her a hug.

Gracias for stopping by,
I love you forever, and ever, and ever.
You will always be in my heart and my thoughts.
Te quiero.

A pic of my beautiful mother when she was very, very young!
She's the one in the flowery dress.
What an wonderful woman.


  1. I'm sorry to hear that you've lost your mother. (hugs) What an incredibly moving and beautiful post. She sounds like an amazing lady. Thanks for sharing! Much Love, Erica xoxo

  2. Dearest Silvia,

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful mother, Maria Susana. This post is so beautiful and touching, and I for one am grateful for the loving reminder that our mothers are such precious gifts in our lives and to not let a day go by without appreciating their presence. My heart is with you and if you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Sending you a peaceful, gentle hug, take good care of you.

    With love,
    Trish xoxo

  3. Emocinante,precioso y maravilloso homenaje a tu madre.Estoy segura de que se sentirá orgullosa de su hija.
    Desde España te envio un abrazo enorme,

  4. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, your friend. I'm only a blog away if ever you need anything...

    and you can't have tooooo many crocheted or knitted flowers laying around the house.

    Peace and Love to you Lovely Silvia - you are in my thoughts and prayers.


  5. oh love my heart is with u! - i just found out today somone i sorta' grew up with his brother passes away - only a year older then I am, from a heart attack! - this is a DARLING post - and my heart is VERY much with you sending love vibes!

  6. My condolences to you and your family. I have to say this was a beautiful tribute to your mother. I am sure she was so proud to have passed on the things she loves to you.

  7. Hi Silvia. I am sorry to hear about your mum. You must miss her a great deal. I loved reading about her and her gifts to you. Simple, wonderful, enduring gifts. A big hug to you and I'm off to call my mum :)

  8. I am so sorry to hear about your Mother - you and your family will be in my prayers, for peace and comfort during this time. You do have the right attitude, live each and every day to the fullest, as you learned from your Mother. It helps to share sometimes, and we will be here.
    ALl my best my friend,

  9. So sorry to hear about your loss. May you find comfort at this time and always know her memories and love will never leave your heart. Hugs! heidi

  10. Mothers are a true blessing! No words will be able to ease your pain my dear friend .. but know that even though we have never met .. you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Your Mother will always be with you in your thoughts, heart, al you do (for she taught you how) and your memories. Know too .. that she hears you still .. and remains with you always!! XO HHL

  11. My condolences. I'm sure your mother heard your beautiful list. Thank you for sharing it with us. *hug*

  12. What a wonderful tribute to your Mother.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and thank you for sharing, whilst an incredibly moving post you have also brought back beautiful memories of my lovely Mum and I thank you for that. xo

  13. I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Those who live beautifully, live forever.

  14. What a beautiful tribute -- peace and warm thoughts your way!

  15. Dear Silvia, how sad!! But what a beautiful post and so many things to be grateful to your mother for! I'm glad you have good memories and I wish you the best for the time ahead! Glad you're back! xoxoxo's Kristin

  16. Silvia - you left such a sweet message about my post - came from such a real, and honest place. I am so happy you popped over to my site. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. What an amazing woman that the Lord picked to be your Mama - what an impression she has left on this world!

    Hugs from one blogger to another - I truly appreciate your sharing such an emotional and real happening in your life. xoxo

  17. Silvia: es una pena que tengas que pasar por esto tan poco tiempo después de lo de tu hermana... Te mando mis cariños desde Argentina. Paula

  18. She truly was an amazing wonder she has such an amazing daughter!! This is a great tribute to her. It will be good to be with her again one day.

  19. Oh Sweety! Don't apologize for talking about this hard time. I am so sorry about your Mother. I hope you find peace. I am so sorry...I am glad that we have blogging because it brings us many friends there when you need it. It is ok. Do share.
    Big hugs from me.

  20. This is such a beautiful tribute to your mother. Your mother sounds like an amazing woman... as do you. I am so thankful I'm reading this post today, as tomorrow will be the 18th anniversary of my mom's passing.

    I believe your mom is so proud of you, always with you.

    I look forward to seeing what beautiful creations you make with your sea of flowers.

    Sending you lots of love and light.

  21. Thank-you for sharing such a beautiful tribute to your mum ... she must have been an amazing lady. My sincerest regards to you on her passing ... she will always be in your heart!

  22. So sorry to hear of your loss. What wonderful times and memories you shared with your mum. Your words are beautiful and your blogging about her and sharing so much is wonderful. Best wishes.

  23. Oh Sweetie, I am so sorry!! Are you ok? Is there anything we can do for you?? Isn't it amazing all the things that we've learned from our mothers and all the things that remind us of them? Mothers, they sure are a big part of our lives!! Hugs to you my Dear!

  24. First time watching your blog! Blog is fabolouse! Reading your post makes me cry,writing about your mum on your personal blog is the best way to say your mum goodbye and let your emotions go away! Be strong! Annie xx

  25. A lovely tribute! Your mother sounds like an incredible woman and it appears you are very much like her. Peace and love your way--time heals all.

  26. My dear, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom...I hope you will stay strong and if you need anything then please email me...Kisses and hugs

  27. Dearest Silvia,

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT to go on living in a way that honors your mom's life. I my mother and father at the same time 23 years ago and it has taken many years to mentally gather all of the things she taught me. The funny thing is, is that the older I get, the more I see of what she did teach me through her quiet life. I send you warm regards and friendship...take each step at a time and on those days that you don't feel brave, it's O.K.

    Love, Anita

  28. So sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing it with us. She sounds like an amazing women xx