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This morning I woke up thinking about my Mom. On this day 17 years ago…March 15, 1993….she said goodbye to us and to this Earth and returned to her real Home. She was ill for over a year, so we had time to say what we needed to say, but when her breath stopped, it seemed all too soon….in the blink of an eye she was gone from our physical presence.

I was thinking all morning of a way to honor her creatively and nothing felt just right, so i just let it go. Mid-morning, Donna called me into the living room to see a beautiful Dove on our deck eating Sunflower seeds….immediately the tears came and I knew it was Mom. She has come to me in the form of a Dove before and here she was on this day, visiting me and letting me know she is still around.

As you probably know, Doves are ground-feeders…and our deck is about 5 feet off the ground, so we have only had them visit once or twice in the 2 1/2 years we have lived here….so it was quite an unusual and wonderful surprise to see this beautiful bird this morning…

So….posting this shot of our Dove visitor is my way of sharing today….a day that is bittersweet for me….and I say to you….this Earthly life is so short, so cherish every precious moment with the ones you Love…and know also that Love never dies….and one day you and your departed loved one will be together again…

This song’s for you, Mom:

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  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersalmost 5 years ago

  • Pamela Hubbard
    Pamela Hubbardalmost 5 years ago

    That is a beautiful capture! I really like the background and the dove’s pretty pose!

  • thanks, pam….it was quite a beautiful moment for me….

    – Jan Landers

  • shilohlin
    shilohlinalmost 5 years ago

    I too, know the bitter sweet of loosing my mom and recalling the exact day….some 24 years ago now. This is a precious and beautiful way to honor and remember your mother Jan. It has given me pause to think, touched me deeply, and reminded me of just how blessed I am to have the loved ones in my life. Thank you for sharing~

  • thank you, my friend….i know you know the feeling….

    – Jan Landers

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 5 years ago

    God blesses us in all different ways. He has blessed you with the memeries and for this lovely capture. I know all to well about losing a loved one. What a way to share and honor her. Thank you so kindly for the story and for the gift that has been given to you. May God bless you and keep you. Hugz Kathy

  • kathy, i feel the same way….that i am so blessed with these loving memories and blessed to feel the connection with my mom still so strong…thank you for your kindness….

    – Jan Landers

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97almost 5 years ago

    What a gift to share, life is so bitter sweet at times.

  • so true, but all in all, life is good….and i am thankful….thank you, my friend….

    – Jan Landers

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainalmost 5 years ago

    So very sweet, so very touching Jan. Beautiful

  • thank you, sweet lady….i appreciate your kindness….

    – Jan Landers

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    WhiteDove Stud...almost 5 years ago

    this is truly a sign…………….
    my mom comes to me as a hummingbird…………
    and it is FOR REAL
    You are blessed wahini………….
    aloha nui loa…………..

  • i am blessed, indeed, my friend….this i know….and very grateful to be aware enough to realize and feel that connection of love…it is for real…yes…so cool that your mom visits as a hummingbird…the symbol of joy….mahalo for your kind heart….

    – Jan Landers

  • Tambala
    Tambalaalmost 5 years ago

    Amen. Beautiful symbol of endless love … warm thoughts dear friend

  • thank you, my friend….i know you know the feeling…and i so appreciate your kind heart….

    – Jan Landers

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaalmost 5 years ago

    This is truly a gift to visit you today, my friend. I can understand what a mother’s loss is.. My own left us on April 14th of last year, so as the anniversary approaches, my heart embraces yours. Lovely image xox

  • thank you, dear one…losing a mother is like no other loss…my heart reaches out to you….and thank you so much for your kindness….

    – Jan Landers

  • lianne
    liannealmost 5 years ago

    Jan my dear, dear friend – how incredibly moving and beautiful this is but how powerful your words of both tribute and faith. No matter how many years it’s been since our losses, the love remains the same. Messengers come to us in so many forms – how fitting that your mother should come as a dove, a symbol of both love and peace. Just beautiful Jan – and loving hugs your way xoxox

  • lianne, thank you so much, my loving and dear friend…i know you relate and i feel your empathy and kindness….i am so blessed and thankful for your friendship…

    – Jan Landers

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