A day of Love

Today is a day for love.  A day to celebrate those you love most.  For me and my family it’s also a day to remember one very special lady.  Two years ago today we lost my Nana.  She was a person that exemplified the meaning of love.  Nothing was more important to her then sharing that love with her family and friends.  So today I wanted to share some of my family’s most precious memories of this feisty lady, who above all else was FULL of love

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.  The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”

nana 2

“She was a great mother. I really liked spending time with her.
Mom was a special person, she was very friendly and she was always smiling.
~ Debbie

“The star treatment I use to get when we first visited them in Arizona that would p- – s  Donna off, especially as I laid out in the back yard soaking up some sun and Mom would open the kitchen window and ask me if I wanted or needed a beer. What a life.”
~ Mike

“Mom and me would go to church together.  I will love her so much, she was my favorite mother.  I will miss her so much this Valentine’s day”
~ Dale

nana 4

You held my hand when I was afraid
And helped me to mend My first broken heart
You bandaged my wounds, wiped my tears
And kept me from falling apart
You loved me without question, No matter what I did
You shaped me into a confident adult, from such an awkward kid
And I thank god each day, for his greatest gift
Making you my mother
“We all Love and Miss you, think about you everyday and we all wish you A HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!”
~ Tom
“Her falling asleep in the chair with her cross-word book and then telling us she was watching the channel that we just switched from.”
~ Mike
“I fondly remember Phylis and how I joked around with her and how we enjoyed playing Bingo.  Bingo is not a game. It is a family of unrelated people having fun and occasionally winning some money.  I do miss her.
~ George
When I go to bed at night, I feel like mom is watching over me like a guardian angel.  I miss her a lot and I will always love her.
~ Debbie
nana 3

“The fun we had talking & joking about the next CUBS World Series, especially when I’d call her and ask about the CUBS game that day (they would be losing pretty badly at the point of my call), Mom was always a true Cub fan saying they were still a good team, even if they were in last place.”

“She was so welcoming and instantly made me feel like a part of the family”
~ Jeremy

I do miss when we spent the holidays together because I love to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with mom.  I remember helping mom put up the christmas tree and i also helped her decorate the tree, we had a great time together. Now when christmas comes i always think about mom all the time and I feel sad.
~ Debbie

nana 1It’s hard to believe that Mom has not been with us for 2 years.  Of course, she is thought of on the holidays, her birthday and my parents’ anniversary. In between, the unexpected experiences are when I really miss her.  Right now some of the things that make me stop and think about her are:

Phone calls – I still expect to hear her voice saying, “Hi Honey” when she would answer the phone.
Hugs – Mom loved to hug everyone she met. She would always tell you she loved you when she hugged you.
Yarn – She knitted and worked with plastic canvas. There were always handmade projects decorating her home as well as gifts to all she loved.  Every Christmas I set out my embroidered, plastic canvas Nativity set & Jillian has a doll house & furniture – all made with love.
Laugh – Mom had a distinctive laugh that was extremely contagious.
Love – There was never any doubt that she loved her family and friends.  She never met a stranger.
Ice cream – Whenever I have these desserts, they immediately make me think of Mom.  She really enjoyed them and taught all of us that a cereal bowl was the correct serving size for your favorite dessert.
Smile – Mom’s beautiful smile was always present.  It lit up her face and everyone was attracted to it.
Phyllis Rooney, you are missed and loved very much.
Love you,
nana“As we approach the two year anniversary of my mother’s death, I started to reflect on the eulogy that I gave at her funeral. Her funeral was just one week after her death on Valentine’s Day and it seemed everything happened so fast that I really didn’t comprehend what her loss meant during that overwhelming week. I spoke about the great memories that we shared and how important she was to me throughout my life.  She was my ‘cheerleader’ in everything I was involved in…from sports, to my education and career, to raising my family. My mom and dad were there for me through everything and never once did they ever make me believe that I disappointed them or that I was a failure, even when I did fall  short of the goals I had set for myself. She was the one person that I could always count on for support and most importantly, she was there for me when I needed that hug. There was never a time that I left my mom’s presence where she didn’t tell me “I Love You Honey!”. And I can’t remember a time where she didn’t try to smile while we were together. She loved her family very much and she especially loved her grandkids! She created photo albums for each grandkid and she would proudly display them on the coffee table in the living room for everyone to see.
During this time of reflection of her life over the past two years; I’ve looked at pictures and watched videos of our family holidays and its helped me realize more and more how special she was to me. My mom will always hold a special place in my heart and the emptiness of her loss may never be filled. I think of her often, especially when I drive past Kohl’s or when I attend mass on Sunday morning. I envision that she is still there, smiling back at me, waiting to embrace me with a ‘hello hug’…which meant more than she ever knew.”

Happy Valentine’s Day Mom! Your are thought of and missed so often! I love you!
~ Todd

BG (5)

“I love you honey”
I hope your day is filled with wonderful memories and lots of love.  Be sure to give an extra squeeze to those you love most.  Thank you for continuing to stop by HSE and showing us your love…it really means so much!
Love & Joy to all today
~ Jillian

3 thoughts on “A day of Love

  1. Another beautiful tribute! Loved reading this. I wish I could have gotten to know her better. Since it is a day of love, I want you to know that I’m truly grateful for you and Bethany being in my life. Y’all are the big sisters I always wanted when I was little!! I’m glad y’all are a part of our family:) I love you! Hope you have a good Valentines Day!

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