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I know, it's just a little picture. But it's the only one I have on our hard drive of me and my mom. It was taken when I was brand new.
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of my mom's passing. Yes, it is a day that brings some tears and sorrow. But more than that, it's a day to celebrate moments and memories of Mom's life. Of course I am a bit partial, but I think Kathy Pandiani was an incredible lady. She lived a life that's easy to celebrate. She was sincere, loving, caring and joyful. She loved to dance and laugh. She wanted people to feel involved and important. And she found great joy in serving others.
My mother taught me to be a woman of faith and prayer. Throughout her sickness, she always had her eyes focused firmly on our Lord. I remember her praying for healing but also praying for God's sovereign will to be done. I believe she was a testimony of God's love in her life and in her death.
A lot has changed in the last ten years; graduations, a wedding, moves all over the country and world. There is so much of my life that I wish I could share with her, although God has blessed me with many wonderful people to share these moments with. Of course, I will always miss her. But I am so blessed to have lived 17 years of my life with Mom.
Two memories: This may be bad parenting. But to reward me for doing well at my piano lessons each week, Mom would buy me a vanilla latte and a chocolate chip cookie from Shakabra Java on 6th. This started when I was in 3rd grade.
Every Christmas we would spend Christmas Eve and Day with Mom's family. Part of the tradition was Family Follies, our annual family talent show. Mom always planned out a little act for us to do, usually with elaborate choreography. One of the most memorable Family Follies was when I was almost six and Mom, Melissa and I performed "The 12 Days of Christmas" with interpretive dance. Sarah recited a poem about her Auntie Flo who gave her underwear every year. She can probably still say it, you can test her on it.