I am sad to say that my Mom passed this morning at 7:20. Fortunately for me I had to get my girls up and off to school. There was no hitting, fighting and whining out of my kids this morning it is almost liked they sensed something was wrong. They sat on the same chair together and watched tv before they had to leave while I held my Mom's hand for her last breath. Thank you for all of your continued support and prayers. So many of you have touched her life like you could never imagine.
There are very few of you who knew of my mothers health conditions besides her recent breast cancer, that turned to spinal and brain cancer last month. In 1998 she became very sick and it was hard for her to walk. Over the next few years she lost almost all of her vision. She was legally blind. She could no longer drive a car by 2002. By 2004 she was in a scooter or wheelchair for mobility. This never stopped her. For my wedding in 2005 instead of the traditional walk down the aisle she had both of my brothers walk her down then had another escort behind her, her service dog that helped her walk. One of my wedding gifts was a full length fur lined satin coat to go over my dress, she made this by feel. Along with the mink shawls she made for all of the girls that stood up for me. She could do things many of us without any disabilty could do.
My Mom started making soap and lotions in late 2002 for fun. Shortly after she tried selling on Ebay. Then Shave my Face became a part of her life then B&B took over. : ) My brothers and I would get upset from time to time, all she ever wanted to talk about was some new recipe she made, wanted to make, or something she wanted to try because some new customer/friend suggested it. I wanted to be just a daughter some days but to be a daughter to her you had to live SOAP. Being a part of B&B and all of your continued support has kept her strong and alive since 2006 when my Dad died. My Dad used to tease her how he was her mail guy. She would line up all of her orders on the counter and he would put them in the car everyday and drive them to the post office. When he died she knew she had to do this another way. She had a rural mailbox put in, got a huge tub to add extra orders to and built the shop in the basement. Shortly after we added a chair lift to get her up and down because her ligs totally quit. I think I say this for all of my family THANK YOU. Because of you she got up everyday and never felt sorry for herself. She pushed herself to exhaustion everyday. What she could do in 10-12 hours a day most of us could do in about an hour. Because of this I became part of B&B and I cannot say enough about all of the support you have brought to all of us. Thank you again for being part of our family. I just hope I can be as great as her someday.