And here is Maddie with her mama:
I was a little sad at the recital tonight, thinking about last year and how Mom was at the recital last year. Then, to make matters worse, I looked toward the back of the auditorium as a friend of Maddie's family was walking in and she looked JUST LIKE MOM. That hasn't happened to me yet - my heart literally skipped a beat, and I thought: it's all a big mistake! Mom is really still here! At the same time, of course, I knew that was impossible. And in fact, it wasn't Mom. So it was a nice recital, but not as nice as last year. We have a lot more firsts - first baby born without her, first Thanksgiving, first Christmas. I miss her a lot.