Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hiatus

Dear Readers,

With great sadness, I am taking a temporary hiatus from Please Sir due
to the unexpected loss of my mother. The only consolation of her
passing was that she did not suffer, and in her last hours she was
surrounded by her family.

She was an incredible mother and a lady of extraordinary kindness and
wit. I learned so much from her…an appreciation of quality vintage
design, the art of fleamarketing and the value of hard work. The
measure of her love and influence transcends all words. We spent many
memorable weekends together hunting for the perfect vintage find and
dreaming about our future lake house. My mother was the number one
supporter of the blog and frequently commented as “Fiesta Lady.” She
enjoyed each post and especially liked reading all of your comments.
She was the inspiration behind many of my creative endeavors and truly
my best friend.

If you would like to make a donation in her memory we have chosen
Flight of Honor, a World War II Veterans organization. My mother was
an avid history buff, proud of her family’s tradition of military
service and would have appreciated this honorable cause. More
information can be found here - www.flightofhonor.org/.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this time of unimaginable grief.



107 comments:

That Girl Designs said...

All I can say Dear, is how very, very sorry I am for this loss. I always enjoyed reading about your vintage hunts with your Mom. Thanks for sharing her with us through Please Sir. Please know that you are thought of, and much loved.

Hugs, hugs and more hugs...from your blog friend
Ann Marie

Cassie said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Diana.

K.Line said...

What an eloquent tribute to a wonderful woman. I am so sad for you. I'm sending your family my positive vibes and mental support. Please be as well as you can be at this time. Kxo

SimplyGrove said...

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss Diana. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Your blogging family loves you and we will miss you!

Kate said...

I'm de-lurking to express my deep sympathies. I love your blog, and wish you peace and strength while you grieve - your mother sounds like an incredible woman.

Pravina Studio said...

Diana-I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish your family strength and peace in this difficult time.

Know that she will always be with you and she really will forever live in your heart.

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

Oh Diana, My heart is breaking for you. I'm so sorry for your loss--as you said, unimaginable. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Candace Rose said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I remember reading your posts a few years ago, and admired the relationship you both shared. I can't even imagine. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. We'll miss you!

Alexandra said...

Darling!
I am de-lurking too (I have followed you for quite a while now) to tell you how sorry I am for your loss.
These moments are never easy. I've lost my Dad a few years back and I understand.
You be brave and strong now! And be consoled by the fact that your dear Mom has lead a happy and fulfilled life and she has left behind a wonderful daughter who is an inspiration to many.

ellie said...

Diana, I am so, so very sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss. I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending you a big heartfelt hug.

Dianna said...

i am so sorry for your loss. your mother sounds like a wonderful woman. my thoughts are with you & your family.

Sarah Jane said...

OH I am so sorry to hear this! I just can't even begin to imagine what you are going through right now. My prayers an thoughts are with you. Your readers all ache with you. Your mother sounds amazing, but you must be an equally incredible daughter. Thanks for all your wonderful posts. You inspire me!

Lindsey said...

So sorry for your loss. Pryaing for you and your family in this hard time. My mother is my best friend as well and I can't imagine the pain you must be feeling. You are in my thoughts,

{ Lindsey }

6p00e54f134ac58834 said...

diana -- so, so sorry for your loss. thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. thank you for sharing and take care of yourself. xoxo.

Brittany Noel said...

My heart is aching for you, Diana. The loss of one's mother is something we all have to face at one point in our lives, and I can't even begin to imagine what you're going through. Sounds like she was in a good place with her family at the end.

patricia zapata said...

I am so so sorry Diana. You and your family will be in my thoughts. A big hug for you.

abigail said...

I cannot imagine how painful a loss this is for you. Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman who was well loved and lived a wonderful life.

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

margot said...

Thinking of you my dear. I'm so sorry, how truly unimaginable. Take your time and we're here if you have need. Take care of yourself and we'll miss you!

Abbie said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts will be with you and your family!

Deb Oh said...

I'm truly sorry for your loss - my heart goes out to you and your family.

megan said...

diana, we're all so very sorry for your loss. thinking of you through this tough time. xo

Anne @ The City Sage said...

Diana, sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this time of hardship. How grateful I am to your mother for the creative and generous daughter she raised--her memory lives on in everything you share with us every day.

Niki said...

i am sorry for your great great loss. your mother seems like a wonderful, interesting woman, and you are fortunate to have had that inspiration as a part of your life, probably the most important part of your life. when you said that you and your mom would dream of you future lake house, it reminded me of me and my mom. We have all of these plans that include nobody but the 2 of us. God bless you and your family, your mother is an angel watching over you now.

Mandy said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and yours during this very difficult time. Your mom sounds like she was such a lovely woman, and I hope your sweet memories and her wonderful legacy will comfort you.

Annabelle said...

Oh, my thoughts and prayers are very much with you and your family at this time. Much blogging love.

A-M said...

Oh Diana, your beautiful heart is broken. I am so sorry. I am so sorry you lost your darling Mum so unexpectedly. Your blog friends will always be here...waiting for you when you return. Much love, A-M xx

nath said...

oh, i am really very very sorry to hear of your enormously sad loss. i am sending you my best wishes and loving thoughts, i hope that time will help heal.

limonana said...

Dear Diana, you, your family & your dear mama are in my thoughts & prayers. i went through the sudden loss of my own mama a few years ago, if you ever need support, someone to talk to or anything at all, i'm here anytime & i sincerely mean it.

kristy said...

So sad.So very,very sorry for you all. x

Michelle | Cicada Studio said...

You paint a lovely and heartfelt portrait- my deepest sympathy for your unexpected loss. Peace to you and your family.

Fog and Thistle said...

Diana, I'm incredibly sad for you to hear about your mother's passing. You and yours are in my thoughts.

lori said...

I am terribly sorry for your loss - you were so lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with your mother, though it makes her passing all the harder. Deepest sympathies and comfort from a former lurker.

cindy said...

i'm terribly sorry for the loss of your mom, diana. i remember how you would write about going to the markets together. it's going to be very hard to deal with this so don't fight it. you're supposed to feel the loss and lost. if you ever want to talk or email, please let me know. i'll look at that charity, which sounds like a good one. maybe we'll make a donation in the memory of fiesta lady? xo, cindy

Michelle said...

Diana, No words properly fit. I will simply say that I am thinking of you.

Jane Flanagan said...

So dreadfully sorry for your loss Diana. I can't begin to imagine what you're going through and I hope you take all the time you need away. We'll be here supporting you no matter what.

Sharon said...

Diana, you and your family are in my prayers.

Laura - LadyLulu said...

Diana, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and yours.

shi(f)t said...

so sorry for your loss....we'll all be thinking about you and will be right here whenever you are ready to come back. take care.

Meghan said...

Oh, Diana, I'm so very sorry for your loss. May you find peace and strength during this difficult time.

Laurie said...

I've very sorry, Diana. I know some of what you're experiencing, as I lost my mother on November 16, five years ago, and suddenly. Take all the time you need. We'll be here waiting when you're ready to come back.

Sal said...

Oh, darling. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending lots of love and serenity your way.

Helen said...

I'm so sorry, Diana. I cannot imagine your grief. Please know that we feel your loss with you.

please sir said...

Thank you for your amazing support. It brings me great comfort to read your warm and sincere comments and to also know that my Mom touched lives all across the blogosphere. She was an amazing woman and will always be remembered. Thank you again during this hard time.

Meaghan said...

Sorry for your loss...

Melissa Blake said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Will be sending healing thoughts your way.

bonnie said...

My thoughts are with you and your family in this incredibly difficult time.

susie q said...

Oh, I am so so sorry. I'll be praying for you. My mother passed away in 2001 and I still miss her each and every day. Take time for yourself to grieve and also to celebrate her life and your relationship with her.

Leigh said...

I am sending my deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family. I am so sad and sorry to hear this news.

Amanda Nicole said...

Many many hugs and thoughts sending out to you today. Her presence lives on in blogland.

Erfs said...

I can't imagine what you and your family are going through right now...I hope you can find some comfort in each other.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for you and your family. take comfort in your wonderful memories of her. All the best.

Rachel said...

My dear, there are simply no words. I'm thinking of you and your family. Take as much time as you need - grieve, remember, and start to heal.

SAJ said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

staci said...

My thoughts are with you. I'm so terribly sorry.

Joanna said...

What a beautiful, shining tribute to your mother. I'm truly sorry for your loss and wish you all the best during this difficult time.

Amber said...

You are so blessed to have had a good mother. Rest and prayers for both of you.

Holly said...

i'm so sorry for your loss. take all the time you need.

curious girl (lisa) said...

and clearly she taught you exceptional grace. what a lovely tribute to her. love to you.

Karen said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Deepest thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Grace@PoeticHome said...

I'm a deeply, deeply sorry for your loss. She was clearly a wonderful inspiration for you, which in turn, has become inspiration for all of us. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Mo said...

I am so sorry for you loss and my thoughts are with you during such a difficult time.

Lia said...

Very sad times for you and your family. I hope your fabulous memories help you navigate this time of grief.

Mary Grace Thomas said...

What a precious photograph. I hope you have it in a frame.

My sincere sympathy,
Mary Grace

made sweet said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you. She sounds like such an incredible woman.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I am very sorry dear...
She is an amazing lady,
My deepest condolences~

Freshly Found said...

I am so sorry to hear about this. I pray that you will feel God's comfort and presence very close to you at this time.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your terrible loss of your dear Mum.

Wendy said...

((HUGS)) Im so sorry for your loss.

jess gonacha swift said...

Oh Diana, I am so so sorry. I'm thinking of you and wishing you and your family strength, love, and comfort in this difficult time. BIg hugs and lots of prayers to you-- we'll miss you and will be wishing you well.

Victoria said...

Dear Diana, I am so deeply sorry for your huge loss. Your Mother sounds like the type of mother we all long for and hope to be. Having lost a parent myself 7 years ago, I cannot pretend that this will get any easier for you anytime soon. But I can assure you that the lifetime of wonderful memories you shared together will bring you much comfort. Hold dear to them, for the love the two of you shared will live on forever through them. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

nikole said...

I am so sorry for your loss, am hoping for days of sunshine on your behalf.

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Thinking of you and your family at this very sad and difficult time.

montague said...

dearest one, you and your family, and your dear mother are in my thoughts and prayers.

{melissa} said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you mom. I hope your memories of her sustain you and bring you comfort.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I am stunned to read this and my heart breaks for you. You will be in my thoughts...please take good care of yourself.

katy elliott said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my father in 2001. Big hugs. My thoughts are with you and your family. xoxo, katy

Kate Kelleher Blue Sky Butterfly Studio said...

I am very sad to read about your loss. It must be unimaginable for you. I know you will find it too hard to read any of these comments. But when your heart has mended a little, take comfort in the fact that you have a lot of friends out there who are thinking of you and you also are missed.

Vivi said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself and know that you and your mom are in so many people's thoughts.

J said...

I am so sorry Diana! There are no words that are sufficient to ease your grief, I'm sure, but I'm thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. You have our support, you're not alone!

diana'sdad said...

My dear Diana is so strong, Despite great pain, she stood strong in her darkest of hours. The tribute she made to her mom at the service was moving and perfect in every way.

Diana's Dad

dawn said...

sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. love, prayers and thoughts to you and yours.

Jessica said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

The Lil Bee said...

Oh my God, my sweet friend. I am so heartbroken at your loss. I was just thinking of you this morning, too. The loss of a parent is unimaginably devastating, I know, and my heart and prayers go out to you. She lived a wonderful life to have a daughter like you in it. If you ever need anything, please let me know, and I mean that.

josephine said...

lots of love to you and your family.

mary said...

OH my gosh, Diana, I am stunned and so sad to hear this. My prayers are with you and your family.

Elizabeth said...

Diana, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mother must have been a very special person to have a daughter with such grace.

Caroline said...

diana, my heart ached when i read your post this morning. i am so sorry for the loss of your mother. she sounds like and incredible woman and mother! take all the time you need. we will be here when you are ready to come back!

Milena said...

I am so sorry for your loss Diana. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

compulsively compiled said...

I am sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy.
Karyn

so Spiffy said...

What a tribute.. I am just so sorry, so truly sorry = (

cindy said...

i'm sorry to comment again, but i've been thinking of you. your dad's comment is so beautiful. xo, c

Maison de Conception said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Lake Jane said...

Thinking about you in what I can only assume is a very very difficult time. Love from Montreal, Marie-Eve

kat said...

Diana, what beautiful words you've written about your mother. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Take care.

xanthe said...

so sorry for your loss.

virginia said...

the human connection here is...so human. i remember hesitating about mentioning my mother's death, but the kindness of readers was unexpected, and comforting.

my thoughts are with you. it will be a difficult year, and the tears will come when you least expect them.

Fifi Flowers said...

Oh Diana... I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing I know how close you two were... my heart truly goes out to you in this difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers and warm thoughts.
Fifi

Jaimee said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.
You & your family are in my prayers.
Jaimee

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

Diana -- I too am heartbroken for you. I can feel the love between you and your mother in your wonderful post. I'm sending you and your family all my love and good energy.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

Diana, my heart hurts reading your news -- I can feel the love between you in your wonderful post. Sending you and your family all my love! Love, Abbey

dontcopymystyle said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Do not forget that she is watching your from heaven and keep going. A mother would like to see her daughter happy.

May God give you patience and strength during these hard times.

dontcopymystyle

suzanne cabrera said...

My heart aches for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers...

Blair said...

I am so incredibly sorry! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh my goodness, i'm so sorry to hear this. i hope you're hanging in there. we're thinking of you. xoxo

erin said...

diana, it's the first time in a few weeks that i've had undivided time to spend with my google reader, and i've just now caught up on your posts. sending you now my deepest sympathies for the lost of your mom. to say she would be proud of you, i'm sure doesn't begin to explain. thinking of you.

6p00e54fc7264c8834 said...

Diana,

I haven't been reading any blogs for a while so I have only just learnt of your tragic news. My heart breaks for you.

Jaime aka Paisley St Claire

Courtney said...

Diana, my heart breaks for you and your family! Please know I am thinking of you and sending lots of warmth and love this holiday season.

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