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    Thanks for sharing this story, I was crying and now I have laughed a little. I almost want to call your parents’ house to hear their hilarious message. This is the most clear indication that your Mom wants you to carry on with all the Christmas traditions, it is almost like she is ordering you to have a Merry Christmas!

    One of my sisters did not have a cell phone and when my mom got sick we needed to communicate so she took my mom’s cell phone since she didn’t really need it. Well, everyone of course had that number programmed in as Mom and my niece didn’t know my sister had her phone and a few days after my mom died she freaked out when my sister called her mom and she looked at the phone and said Oh my God, what is going on, Grandma is calling!

    I also saved a message from my mom on my answering machine. I listened to it repeatedly for months but then I think I messed up the machine so I unplugged it since I didn’t want to face the fact that maybe the message was gone. It was a pretty funny message, she says she hadn’t heard from me in a while and wonders maybe do I miss her. I sure do.



    How fun to read about your family and your mom and dad. I really enjoy the Fred and Ethel comment. While my husband and I are true soulmates, we are not the Sound of Music kind. We are the speak your mind kind. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Susan


    Thanks everyone! It’s more than 24 hours later, and every time I think about what happened with the book I smile. And every time I go outside, I look up to the sky and smile at her. I KNOW it was my Mom making her presence known to me.

    A big part of me is dreading the upcoming holidays, since Mom LOVED Christmas – both the religious signifcance and the family togetherness. What I keep reminding myself is that she would want us to soldier on with Christmas plans, especially for the grandkids. We’ve always been a close, celebratory, loud, obnoxious and comedic family, and if she knew we planned anything different for this year she would NOT be pleased. So while I shop for gifts, wrap, prepare the meal, and celebrate with my family here in my home, I will keep reminding myself of that.

    Thanks again for your replies!

    P.S. Pam – my Mom’s voice is still on my parents’ home machine. When Dad doesn’t answer and I get the machine I’m torn between tears and laughter. Right when the machine picks up you can hear my Dad faintly in the background saying “OK, now say it!” in an irritated voice. Then my Mom says, “Hi, you’ve reached Jerry and Bonnie…” in an equally-irritated voice. They were like Fred and Ethel!



    That was a wonderful thing to experience. Be comforted knowing your Mom is still near and always will be.

    Love & Hugs,


    Kimmie…What a nice story to wake up to. I also did not know of these special book. Running out to buy one.
    Thanks and have a good day.



    How lovely. Your Mum knew just which page to open the book too for you this morning…..

    She’s with you forever,



    What a great story. Like I always say, Mother’s never leave their children!


    How absolutely wonderful, Kimmie!
    A special affirmation for a great daughter, your mom is with you. thinking of you, love Michelle


    My dad died over 20 years ago, but the one thing my son (aged 31) says is that he wishes he could hear Grandpa’s voice again. They didn’t have those Hallmark books back then. Even our movies are in a video format. My husband has CC and he will be recording a couple of Hallmark books for our grandchildren so they have the “voice of Papa” in the years to come. Thank you for sharing. I think it would freak me out a little to hear the voice of my loved one after they were gone. hahaha. Blessings, Susan


    How beautiful…..

    I had a similar thing happen after Mom died. I was leaving Greensboro and hit the button to call my Daddy and tell him I was finished with my errand and on the way home to New Bern. I almost wrecked the car when the phone was answered with my Mom saying, “Hi!…This is Helen Davis”…..I had somehow hit the redial for her office phone and the recording was still on….

    I called it so many times after that just to hear her voice….Sadly it’s no longer there….

    I miss my Mom so much …. I would give anything to hear her voice again….



    Wow, what a morning…

    As I do every weekday morning, I get the kids ready for school and off to the bus stop. Then I sit at the island in my kitchen, doing work on my laptop. This morning is no different, here I sit working. Breaking the silence, I hear my mother’s voice. Not inside my head, I HEAR HER SPEAKING. For a second I can’t breathe. Then I realize what it is: my daughter’s “The Night Before Christmas” recordable book that my mother gave each of the grandchildren last year. If you’ve never seen it, it’s made by Hallmark and you record your voice reading each page of the timeless story. It was laying on the bookshelf behind me. It didn’t start from the beginning either, it was just the very last page where Mom says, “…and to all a good night! Merry Christmas to my darling Rebecca. Love, Grammy.”

    I don’t know if I should feel comforted or freaked out. I’m feeling both at the moment, amidst my sobs. My poor dog doesn’t know what’s going on with me, she hasn’t left my side.

    So – thanks Mom!

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