CHANGES

We go through so many changes in our lives, good and bad. The week started off with temperatures in the sixties, but today I woke up to this. 


After almost sixty eight years of having a mother to talk to I have had to learn to live without mine. 

Every day I find myself almost picking up the phone to call her about something only to realize she is no longer on the other end. It's difficult, but it gets a bit easier each day. I don't think we ever completely get over losing our mothers, but I know that my mom wanted me to move on with my life.


I am the executrix of her estate and it requires a lot more work and responsibility than I thought. I have three siblings, so I have to make sure that I am very careful with everything. 

In the middle of all of this I am getting ready to make another change in my life. I will be moving to Atlanta soon. I put my name on a waiting list for a senior apartment there a couple of years ago and my name is getting ready to come up. 


The timing is good as I am now the only member of my immediate family left in Kentucky, but it is also bittersweet. 

So, in the middle of handling the estate, I am packing up my apartment and trying to get the merchandise in my booth sold. I am not planning to have a booth in Atlanta. It's time to move on from that. 

I have temporarily shut down my Etsy shop and my online shop while I make the move. I do plan to continue selling online, but may make changes in how I do it. I have a lot of vintage jewelry that was my mom's and I will be selling that along with some vintage lingerie. I'm thinking Instagram may be a good place for those items. 

I am really looking forward to living close to my daughters and grandchildren. They are most important to me. 


Life is always changing and we either have to go with those changes or get left behind. I for one don't plan on getting left behind.


  1. Laura I know the changes are bittersweet. Moving to Atlanta and closer to family is wonderful but leaving lots of memories behind can be hard. Thinking of you as you face all these changes.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Every day seems to bring new challenges, but I am just taking one day at a time.

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  2. best wishes with all your changes and decisions to make in the near future. My mom died in 1996. Even though it is rare, I still have moments where I think "I"ll call my mom and tell her/ask her..." before my mind clicks back to reality. Good luck with your relocation. We are in Ohio and have quite the snow covering this morning too. Beautiful to look outside!

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    1. Our snow didn't last long as the temps warmed up just enough to change it to rain.

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  3. I thought you still had one sister living there. Maybe I'm confused. Hope things go well for you in Atlanta. I know your experience will probably be far better than my moving close to my kids, but just remember how things can change when you're that close. You're perceptive and can probably pick up on things better than I did. If there were things to pick up on. I really don't even know.
    Brenda

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    1. My sister moved to Arizona two years ago to live with our other sister. I am looking forward to being near my family in Atlanta.

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  4. Laura this was a nice post and written so well on how life changes for all of us constantly. While it is hard to have your mom gone I think too she would be so happy to see you moving on to being closer to your daughter and grands. Moving is hard and I wish I lived closer to help you pack up. Gotten pretty good with that with all our unexpected life changes and 3 moves in the last 5 years!!!! I know you will be happier when you get settled in near your family.
    Hugs and Good Luck with the move.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. I will be happy when I have gotten past the move and have the probate over. I am looking forward to a new life.

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  5. Yes..... changes seem to come whether we like it or not. I'm glad your name has come up for the apartment.. I've been wondering when that would happen, and glad it will happen for you pretty soon. My dream is to live closer to my son and his (almost) wife. We only live about 5-1/2 hours apart so it really isn't that bad, but I would love to part of his life a little bit more than once every few months. I am so sorry for the hole in your life from you mom's passing. My mom has been gone for about 17 years now which is SO hard to believe! Seems like just yesterday I was going to her house in the afternoon for tea and cookies and I so miss that. I'm excited for your move. Good things are coming! Hugs.. Marilyn

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    1. I am so happy to be moving soon, Marilyn. I thought the time would never come, but now it is almost here.

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  6. thinking about you as you make these changes. not easy I am sure but the sight and sounds of your grandchildren will bring so many smiles to your face.

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  7. It sounds like you are beginning a whole new chapter of your life Laura. I'm so happy that you are moving to Atlanta. I think that you will be much happier there. Good luck with the packing.

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    1. I am beginning a whole new chapter. I am looking froward to everything that Atlanta has to offer.

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  8. Wow, you finally are close to moving to Atlanta - I remember when you put your name on the list eons ago!!

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  9. It doies seem like eons ago. I am so glad to finally see an end in sight.

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  10. You do have big changes going on, Laura! It will be so good for you to be near your daughters and grandchildren. I know you must miss your mother very much, but you are right in knowing she wants you to be happy. It is hard, though. I hope that you will soon have the executrix duties behind you, and you will be ready for your new life in Atlanta! Wishing you the best!

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  11. Beautiful post and I understand about losing a mom. I miss mine very much and she's been gone 25 years. I like you would call her and talk to her about everything.

    You will be closer to your grands and I know how happy they make you and fill you with joy.

    Hold on to that my dear friend

    Cindy

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