Recently two thoughts have occurred to me - and rather strongly.
The first is that Molly has a continuing interest in what the kids are doing, how they are doing, and to see them now and then.
I know it's a bit odd to keep calling kids, that are all now adults, "kids."
The second is that she wants her friends to know that she is concerned about them.
I posted this paragraph from her 1994 Christmas letter before, but the sentiments she expresses are expressed so well and fit this time of year.
She sent the letter so late that she thought wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day might have been more appropriate. The importance of her family and friends is central to her sentiments:
"In sending this late Christmas letter, I hope to let all of you know how
much we appreciate you as friends and family and hope you will forgive
me in my lack of correspondence. You have all touched our lives in such
special ways and have helped us to grow to a greater depth of knowledge
of who we are by adding to our lives. We cherish the memories you have
given us. I sincerely hope that 1995 finds us renewing and adding to
I came across the photo below recently. Even though I don't know when
exactly it was taken, it is a very good photo of Molly:
Whenever we went on a long trip my mom would play James Taylor and sing along as she drove. You can't help but think of her when you hear his voice.
Some of these songs have nothing to do with the situation, but they have phrases that we've had experiences with and make us think of our Mom, or they help remind us that we can get through this hard time.
Families Are Forever
Beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt, Daughter
Our mother was born October 31, 1956 and returned to live with our Heavenly Father on August 8, 2008. She was a wonderful woman who loved her children and loved her friends and family. She was an elementary school teacher at Gearld Wright Elementary and adored the children in her classes. She spent her time in the service of her family and we will rejoice when we will be together again. Families are forever.