Tuesday, September 26, 2006

September 26, 2006

This post has been created at the request of Tara Marie,
who will be spending the evening in the close company of family
and dear friends. More details will be provided at a later time. ~Rebecca


May the road rise up
To meet you.
May the wind be always
At your back.
May the sun shine warm
Upon your face.
May the rain fall soft
Upon your field,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

~Celtic blessing, author unknown

On April 15, 1942 in Cork, Ireland, Mary Philomenia [Linehan] Swanson was born. This afternoon after a great struggle to survive after her recent surgery, her soul left this earthly place to be joined with the Lord.

Your positive thoughts and prayers for Tara Marie and her family are greatly appreciated.


Anonymous said...

I love you my dear friend. Please feel free to continue to reach out to me whenever you feel the need.

Sending you 1000 hugs. I know it has been a very difficult week. Please know that I thinking about you often.

Bennetts said...

I am sooooo sorry for all of your pain, I wish I could say or do something.......... Know I will be thinking of you!!!

Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear this Tara Marie...
Another 1000 hugs coming to you and your family from me...
Thinking of you all!

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I am on the board with Rebecca and wrote a story in Gifts.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. I hope God sends you a sense of peace!!!

Renee Parker

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

My family will keep yours in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

We offer comforting hugs.

Shelley said...

Tara Marie, I am very sorry to hear about your Mother - what a cycle of life and death. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May your Mum and baby Griffen rest in His peace, always.

jennifer said...

I am thinking of you and your family.

Chris (Nana's Mom) said...

My deepest sympathies to you, Dear Tara Marie, and your entire family on this incredibly difficult day.

I hope you can somehow feel the hugs that Nana and I send you and that you can soon feel some measure of comfort.

Take good care of yourself,

Miranda said...

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I just came to your blog from the Trisomy21Online community. I am so sorry for the death of your mother, and I also want to send my deepest sympathy regarding Griffin. The exact same thing happened to us on June 7, 2004, our son, David Michael, was stillborn due to a true knot. He was beautiful and perfect, like all children, and he is so loved and missed by us each day. I can relate to the heavy pain and grief of losing a precious little one, it's just so wrong. We also have a daughter with Down Syndrome, Samantha, and so that is also an area of your life I can relate to strongly, she is 17 months old. And again, I am so sorry about the death of your mother. It seems that life is so full of pain and tragedy and, if weren't for the gift of love and friendship, I don't know that it would be bearable. Sometimes, too, I think that all these challenges and heartaches in life make life just that much sweeter in that without these experiences perhaps we would miss so much of the true joy and beauty in life.

With Sympathy and Compassion,


"missingdavid" Trisomy21online.com

Jessica said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

-Jessica, Patrick & Joey

Betsy said...

Oh, honey, I'm so sorry to read this news...my heart is breaking for you. You've had such a rollercoaster year.

Your mom was very, very blessed to have you for a daughter - you are a true testimony to her spirit.

Take care of yourself--allow yourself to grieve for your Mom, and know that you will feel the warm sun on your face again, and that when it shines you will feel a million hugs from Heaven now.

Please check in with us whenever you can.

((((1000 hugs)))))


Miss Magic said...

Dearest Tara,

My words will never be adequate to express how much I am hurting for you. So, instead, I will share with you the poem that comforted my own mother -- and me -- when I lost her -- which you so graciously helped me through.

Crossing the Bar
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Debra said...

I am so sorry for you loss. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Hugs to you
Debra and HOpe and the rest of the gang

Laura & Ryan said...

Oh TM,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how much your Mom means to you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you during this difficult time. Just say the word, and I will jump in the car. If you need to talk, I'm just a phone call away. Please take care of yourself and know how loved you are.

Anonymous said...

Tara Marie:

I am deeply sorry for the recent loss of your dear mother and I know this is an intolerable burden to have to bear for anyone.

Please know you are in my thoughts. My mother lost a valiant fight to cancer 11 years ago..another immigrant from the British Isles who made her way to Canada on a "big damn scary ship" (as she called it..LOL) I don't think she danced her way across the Atlantic as your mom did..she came (was dragged over...LOL) because my father was offered a job here after graduating from university and she knew this is where her future lay....she loved Canada eventually but she is laid to rest in her "home of England" on a lovely hill in Sheffield with an oak tree protecting her and my father's grave.

Much love coming your way and many healing thoughts through this tenuous time in your life.

The loss of a parent is never easy, my father died when I was 11 from cancer and my mom when I was 33; again from cancer..damn that horrible disease!!!!

I am also sending you a 1,000 hugs!!!

Susan - mommy to Daniel

Michelle said...

Tara Marie,

I know there are no words that I can say to take away your pain right now; nothing can be said after the loss of a parent. I am deeply sorry for your loss though, I send my sincerest sympathies as you are going through a most difficult time. We are grieving with you. Sending you lots of hugs, thoughts, and prayers during such a difficult time.

Anonymous said...


My prayers are with you and the rest of your family. Sending you strength, hugs and many prayers.


Nicole said...

Tara Marie,
May you find comfort in your beautiful memories and the wisdom that your Mom passed on to you through out her life. You are in my prayers at this hard time honey! Much love, Nicole & family

Chewy Mom said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine how dark this day must be for you, and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family tonight.

Prayers and hopes that you find peace soon.

Sherrill & Trent (8yeargap)

Anonymous said...

Tara Marie,

I am so soprry to hear about the loss of your mom. I know for a fact that she was a beautiful person even though I never met her...you are a true testament to her beauty. I know this is a hard time and I am keeping you in my prayers. Hugs,

Andi (Riley's mom)

Belen said...

I am so sorry for your loss.....you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs!

Mauzy said...

TM and family - losing a loved one, especially a grandma and mom, there seem to be no words to express this loss. To me anyway. The pain continues, especially for those taken too early. Hugs to you my friend, and love.

Anonymous said...

We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of such a beautiful soul.

Peggy & Claire

Princess Morgan said...

Tara Marie-The wonderful words you write on your blog have helped me through very rough patches. I wish I could take your pain away. I am so sorry for your loss. Without knowing your mother personally, I know she was a wonderful woman for she raised such a unique, loving daughter. You keep her memory alive by passing on all the wonderful traits & love to Emma Sage & your other wonderful children. May your heart lighten soon. Our thoughts are with you. Big hugs!

Amy said...

Oh Tara Marie, I'm so sorry..I wish there were words to comfort you with..but I'm afraid 1 is too many and 1000 not enough.

May you feel the love we send you,


Dylan (and Kristy) said...

Tara Marie,

You and your family are in our prayers.

Kristy, Ray, Dylan, and Jonah

Christina said...

I came across your blog via Always Chaos. We will be thinking of you and your family!

Tammy and Parker said...

Tara Marie, we are keeping you and your family wrapped in our love.

Linda said...

Tara, Rick and family-
I am so sad ... Marcie called me to read the blog today.. she is very sad also.
I actually talked to Aunt Lorraine the day before and she had given me an update.
I will call/stop soon.
Our prayers from all the family are with you all!
Call on me if you need me for anything..
God Bless,
Love, Linda & Tom

Beth said...

Tara Marie,

I am sorry for your loss. May you feel comforted by the memories you have of your mother, by the spirit of your nephew, and by all the love you share with family and friends during this difficult time.

My thoughts are with you all.

Emily Elizabeth said...

Oh Tara Marie, my heart is breaking for you. Know that you and your beautiful family are in my thoughts and prayers...

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Beanie Baby said...

I am so sorry, Tara Marie. I am thinking of you.

Robin & Family said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending you hugs, prayers and love. And I am thinking of you often.

mum2brady said...

Tara Marie - I am so sorry for your loss, I know how much love you have for your mom, it shone through in all your words and posts. Nana is an inspiration. I know she will be great missed.

We are thinking of you and holding you close to our hearts and sending prayers your way. Wish we could do more.

Much love from Christine, Brady and his bunch.....

MindTeeq said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that God will send a gentle peace over you and your family. Remember to cherish the memories.

I will say a prayer for you.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Gabriella's mom
Gifts contributor

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Tara Marie. I'm so sorry you're going through this, and I pray for your comfort and peace.

Much love,
Amy & Emma Fern

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy W.
Gifts Conrtibuter

LeslieAnn said...

Praying for all of you.


Leslie, Todd & Jack

Kari said...

I can't seem to find the right words to express my sympathies. I am so sad you are going through this and I am thinking about you and your family is in my prayers. I wish there was something I could do! many hugs ~Kari~

Annette said...

Dear Tara Marie,
I am so so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the wonderful, loving memories of your dear mother and by the knowledge that you are in God's loving hands. May you have peace and comfort.

With love,

queen serene said...

How alone I would feel without my mother. My heart goes out to you.

Kris said...

So sorry to hear your news. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Tara Marie,
I am so sorry to hear of the sadness you and your family are going through. Please know that you are in our prayers. Hugs to you and your dear family.

Barb (Michaelsmommy T21)

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I cannot imagine your pain, but hope you and your family are soon filled with much peace.

Traci Williams

Anonymous said...

TM: I thought about calling you tonight, but I wasn't sure if you would be home--and I didn't want to intrude.

I thought that I could just leave you a message to let you know you have been present in my thoughts for several days now.

I thought... How wonderful it would be if I could just hug you, to comfort you, and reassure you that everything is going to be ok.

I send you these sentiments via the world wide web--but they are quite as wonderful as if I were really there.

I hoped that you managed your day well--and I hoped that the charm of ES's smile would warm your heart and take some of that pain away. I counted on that.

I hoped that Greta, Katrina, sweet Otto, and Emma Sage were doing ok today.

I hoped that Rick was home and that you were surrounded by the people who love you.

I am thinking of you often my dear sweet friend.

From our house to yours we send you the deepest love, thoughts, prayers, and emotions.

Please call me when you are ready.

Charles Jackson said...

Mamie and my folks called with the news about your mom. We hope that you, Patty, Mike and your families have all the grace and comfort you need. And I pray your dad's alright, too.
I'll miss your mom - our families spent a lot of thanksgivings together, and maybe a Christmas or two. She was sweet, and a great parent. Let me know if you need anything.

Your cousin,
Charles & family

Jeanne said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.
I know all to well how it feels darling one after just having lost my Mother very suddenly August 12th.
Those who live forever in our hearts are never far away.
God bless you all real good.
Love Jeanne

Anonymous said...


i wish i could say or do something that would help ease the pai and sadness you are feeling right now. please know i am thinking of you, and know that your mom shines through you every day...just as she has been inspirational to you, you have done the same to countless others...especially me. my prayers are with you and your family.

janet and ryan