Tomorrow will be a tough day for us and the rest of our family. We’re laying our mother to rest after an intense, emotional and sad two plus weeks. How do you say good-bye? I thought sharing some of the ways she’s made us who we are would be a start.
You could say there wouldn’t be a Two Savvy Sisters blog if we hadn’t learned bargain shopping skills from mom. She rarely paid full price and used lots of strategies to save money. Just yesterday, she received her last rebate check in the mail.
I remember her trying for years to get me to use coupons when I was a young mother. Getting divorced meant I needed to save money wherever possible and I finally took her advice. Circumstances have improved the past 25 years, but I still use coupons as does Melrose and our other sister and brother.
Mom loved to travel and joined the military right after high school during a time it wasn’t a common choice for young women. We took many trips as kids and adults and will cherish those memories.
In September, eight of us traveled to Alaska together and she really enjoyed the scenery and being with us. Mom always wanted to go to Italy but declining health prevented it in the past couple of years.
Although saving money and traveling was integral to who Mom was, the most important role to her was being a mother and grandmother. She taught us the importance of family with unlimited love and a generous heart.
She will live on with her four children, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren in our memories, hearts and actions. We are grateful she is no longer ill and are ready to start honoring her memory tomorrow and for the rest of our lives.
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