My Summer


Dan, Christie, Brad and Diane 
Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's Birthplace

What to Say?

The good, the sad, the amazing, the bad, and the glorious.

This has been an unforgettable summer in so many ways. Here I am, writing about it. Finally.

Fresh of a trip to Orlando in April, I starting traveling again in late May. I traveled all over…California, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and then off to EUROPE!

In July, I was lucky enough to travel and cruise through the British Isles and parts of France for three weeks with my husband, mother and father. The four of us had an amazing time and enjoyed every second learning, exploring, and growing even closer.

I was preparing a post with projects that I completed earlier in the summer along with some amazing shots of my travels.  Then, on August 7th, 2013, one week after we arrived home from Europe, my mother passed away. It was sudden, unexpected and heart breaking. My mother was only 59.

It’s been one month since she left us and I’m still trying to comprehend that she is actually gone.

My mother was part of my every day. My very best friend. We talked, laughed, shopped, crafted, vented and just plain spent time together. Everyday. I miss our daily phone calls. I miss the lunches and movies, I miss our trips to Utah to visit Grandma. I miss her voice, her smile, and her hugs.

I miss her.

My mother was such a huge part of my crafting experience. She was the first person I would want to share my projects with. Mom was always so proud of my creations. And she was always the first person to pin everything I created on Pinterest. My mom has over 9,300 followers!

30 Strangers mother daughter portraits

Mom and I - photo by Justin Hackworth

I know that I will see my mother again someday, and we will both rejoice. I know that the day she died was the farthest away I will ever be from her and each day that I live here on Earth will bring me closer to our reunion. I know that she is in a better place, free from worldly pain or sorrow. She is happy, beautiful, and glorious. She is my angel. I know all of this, I just still wish she was here. She left too soon.

E. Diane Wolfe
May 1954 - August 2013


Mom and Dad in Normandy,2012

I’m sure that you understand why I have not posted in awhile. And when I am ready, I will share my creations here again.

I love you my sweet, sweet friends!

XOXO, Christie




7 Responses to “My Summer”

  1. Kristen Says:

    Oh Christie! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Your tribute made me cry. I always admired your relationship with your mother, and admire your wisdom and perspective now. I owe you lunch, and would love to spend time together when you feel like you’re up to it. Lots of hugs and loves being sent your way. XOXOXOXOXOX

  2. Kate Says:

    I am so sorry, Christie. It sounds as if your mother was a wonderful friend. What a blessing that you were able to travel Europe and create precious memories before her passing. I cannot begin to understand the loss that you have incured but I will keep you and your Father in my prayers. May the love of Christ comfort you and carry you through this difficult time.

  3. Lynette Says:

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Your mother was still so young, I pray that you will be comforted in the knowledge that one day you will see her again. I missed you and was so happy to see your blog post.

  4. Emily T. Says:

    I love you and the family Christie <3 Thinking of you…

  5. Char Says:

    Hi Christie,

    I am so so sorry. It’s so hard to loose anyone let alone your Mom. I lost mine in 2007. I know that she is to in a better place free of pain and that I too will see her one day and that alone gives my comfort. The hard part for me is not being able to pick up that phone, or go see her in everyday life. My daughter are that close and I cherish every moment with her! Big hugs to you my dear friend! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sue Says:

    I really don’t have enough words, I am thinking of you and your family

    sending all my love xxxxx

  7. Sandi Clarkson Says:

    I was thinking of you yesterday and decided to drop by your blog. What awful news! I am so, so sorry. I lost my Mom 3 years ago and still think of her every day. Losing a parent is simply enormous! My prayers are with you. May God be ever so close to you right now and give you comfort. Hugs!

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