1. Move-you-to-the-core beautiful, K. What love.

    What a treasure.

  2. this picture makes me just ache for the little girl in you who lost her mom.

  3. Absolutely your mom and you. reminds me of her hands, too... her hand with her wedding ring on and she'd gently do your hair. priceless pic. thank you for sharing it.

  4. I can't take it, because I seriously might explode.

  5. This is Linda, exactly as I remember her. Exactly as I will always remember her.

  6. Just pure love. I miss her so much. xoxoxo

  7. i found this picture -- it was just a slide (god, dad has so many slides) among a billion that i sorted through when i was putting together the picture show for healy's wedding (say, july of 2002...). it was really dark and i'd never remembered seeing it before. probably too dark for my dad to have ever shown. it took my breath away. amazing what time and a little photoshop can do.

    the picture was taken on cliff island. :)

  8. seriously, this is TOO much (as in too good, too touching, too many posts,too much to process.) The photo is wonderful.

  9. I am sending you a big hug - you and your mother are beautiful -

    the last week of posting has been heartwrenching for us to read, so I can't imagine what it must be like to have to get it out -

  10. just a note (i didn't want to break the rhythm on the actual page to write this): it is my goal to finish this...what is it? story? set of entries? i don't plan on posting them all today, though, because i want to let people have a chance to catch up at least a little. :)

    it's all winding down...

    (thank you all for so much encouragement. it makes me feel like i'm doing something good.)

  11. This is such a precious photo. It makes me cry.
    From a mom's point of view, I don't want to leave my little girl, and I don't ever want her heart to break as yours did.

  12. This is a beautiful picture. It makes me tear up a little.


    Thanks for sharing all of this, it's been great reading and it's a little more insight (insite?) into how you've become this even more wonderful, dynamic person.

    You're great, Kiki. I am so glad I found your blog.

  13. it is a breathtaking photo, k. and what a treasure to have.

  14. k, i've been reading your blog for awhile a watcher, a listener, lead here by a dear friend. but today i had to break my silence. you are an amazing person, an amazing writer. thank you for sharing your story and your gift with so many of us.

    and thanks a lot for making me cry so damn much! LOL

  15. OK. That's it. You got me. I am weeping like a baby. I am going to go hold my son now, I will read the latest later.

  16. What a beautiful picture. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  17. I'd give everything I own to have ever had a "moment" like that...


  18. You and your mother are both beautiful.

  19. This is the kind of thing that makes me sort of yelp and clutch my heart. In a good way. Beautiful.

  20. I'd give everything I own to have ever had a "moment" like that...

    i hear you.

  21. I just got this in an email from my grandmother, and while you know I'm not super religious, in light of a conversation we had recently -- I wanted to share it with you, and also you readers. It seems particularly applicable to the story you've been piecing together for us of late:

    (no idea who wrote this)

    One Flaw In Women ...

    By the time the Lord made woman,

    He was into his sixth day of working overtime.

    An angel appeared and said,

    "Why are you spending so much time on this one?"

    And the Lord answered, "Have you seen my spec sheet on her?

    She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,

    Have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable

    And able to run on diet coke and leftovers,

    Have a lap that can hold four children at one time,

    Have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart

    -and she will do everything with only two hands."

    The angel was astounded at the requirements.

    "Only two hands!? No way!

    And that's just on the standard model?

    That's too much work for one day.

    Wait until tomorrow to finish."

    But I won't," the Lord protested.

    "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart.

    She already heals herself when she is sick

    AND can work 18 hour days."

    The angel moved closer and touched the woman.

    "But you have made her so soft, Lord."

    "She is soft," the Lord agreed,

    "but I have also made her tough.

    You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

    "Will she be able to think?", asked the angel.

    The Lord replied,

    "Not only will she be able to think,

    She will be able to reason and negotiate."

    The angel then noticed something,

    And reaching out, touched the woman's cheek.

    "Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.

    I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."

    "That's not a leak,"

    The Lord corrected,

    "that's a tear!"

    "What's the tear for?" the angel asked.

    The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy,

    Her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love,

    Her loneliness, her grief and her pride."

    The angel was impressed.

    "You are a genius, Lord.

    You thought of everything!

    Woman is truly amazing."

    And she is!

    Women have strengths that amaze men.

    They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

    but they hold happiness,

    Love and joy.

    They smile when they want to scream.

    They sing when they want to cry.

    They cry when they are happy

    And laugh when they are nervous.

    They fight for what they believe in.

    They stand up to injustice.

    They don't take "no" for an answer

    When they believe there is a better solution.

    They go without so their family can have.

    They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

    They love unconditionally.

    They cry when their children excel

    And cheer when their friends get awards.

    They are happy when they hear about

    A birth or a wedding.

    Their hearts break when a friend dies.

    They grieve at the loss of a family member,

    Yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.

    They know that a hug and a kiss

    Can heal a broken heart.

    Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

    They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

    To show how much they care about you.

    The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.

    They bring joy, hope and love.

    They have compassion and ideals.

    They give moral support to their family and friends.

    Women have vital things to say and everything to give.



  22. A priceless moment, frozen in time. A mother's love, a daughter basking in that love. Beautiful. We can't have them forever, but we always have the priceless moments, frozen in time.

  23. Kristy, have you seen this call for mother/daughter photos on CNN? I think you should submit yours.

  24. I'm totally tearing up..from what I can see of your mom, she looks just like my mom. (could be that we're from Minnesota) Thanks for posting the picture.



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