3 September 2012

Happenings with Ausjenny

Mabel Blake born 1919 died 2012 aged 93.

I though I would update everyone on what has happened in the past week.

For those of you who don't know my mother passed away peacefully around 3.50 am on Wednesday morning. She had been in a nursing home for just under 4 years and had been quite ill for the preceding few days. I woke at the same time she passed away wide awake and knew she had gone, I don't know how but I just knew and the phone rang within 10 mins to say she was at peace.

While I am happy for her and know shes with Jesus I am still grieving but not for the mum in the nursing home but the mum who use to bake goodies and always leave some dough for me to eat. Many a morning I would get up to her baking biscuits/cookies, buns or pies and she would always have some dough for me. 


I remember her hospitality. We had people who lived out of town but worked in the town who would often share their lunch hour with mum and sit in the cozy kitchen and talk. Often mum would be cooking and they would keep working while they chatted. No matter what time someone came there was always a cuppa and some yummy goodies she had cooked. I once asked for some type of cake to take to school and mum said but you don't like it that much and my reply was no but this other girl does. Where my brother would swap mum's goodies I just gave them to others. She always had goodies in the freezer and was the first to offer them to people in need or just as a gift when they needed it most. I know a couple of pastors who really loved her buns and I use to love delivering them.


Mum also loved children we adopted one pastors family and the children were little when they came and called her grandma, she taught one to knit and played cricket with the other. When the eldest was having her first child she rang mum to tell her she would be a great grandmother and she was so proud.


She also taught sunday school and Junior Christian Endeavor and late bible studies in our home. She always wanted to be a teacher and felt God gave her the chance in these avenues. 


I am remembering good times and it brings back so many good memories and tears. I know it will take time but I know she is with Jesus and reunited with dad. Today is her funeral which will be both happy and sad. 

I am not sleeping much but know after today it should get easier. I may write more as writing is really helping me at present. The photo was taken back in 1999 when mum was 80.



8 comments:

Rose Dee said...

What beautiful memories you have of your Mum, Jenny. She sounds like a wonderfully nurturing and loving person.

I know that it is hard to have them gone from this world. I still miss my Dad and sister every day. But I am so looking forward to seeing them again. And eternity is a very long time.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending my love too. xxx

Paula Vince said...

Hi Jenny,
You have some wonderful memories. This post makes me think of how adults impact children with memories that last such a long time.
Your mum definitely had a special gift which I don't share. At my place, it's more like, "What'll we offer these people to eat??"
However, my 13yo daughter has developed more of a passion along your mother's area than I did.
Thinking and praying for you xx

Brooke said...

Oh Jenny,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. No matter how long a person is sick or how much we think we are prepared, it is never easy. This is a wonderful tribute to your mom. It sounds like she has passed a wonderful legacy down to you and others who knew her. Thank you for sharing her with us. I'll be praying for you and your family.

Brooke

Dorothy Adamek said...

What a beautiful tribute! I see so much of your mum in you, Jenny. Her generous spirit clearly lives on in the way you share yourself with others. Especially readers and writers.

Blessings and prayers for this difficult day. And the ones to follow as you adjust to living without her.

Hugs to you, Dotti :)

Narelle Atkins said...

Jenny, thanks for sharing your beautiful memories of your precious mum :) A wonderful tribute and like Dotti I can see you have her generous spirit. Sending hugs and prayers.

Amanda Deed said...

You have some beautiful memories to treasure. I'm glad you can find joy in the midst of your grief. Blessings. XXOO

Elizabeth said...

Jenny, I am sorry to hear about your Mum. It doesn't seem to matter how old a person is, we always miss our Mothers. You have some lovely things to remember about your Mum. She must have been very special indeed. Liz Shelton

Naomi Rawlings said...

I'm sure she'll be missed, but she sounds like a really special woman.

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