What a beautiful tribute to your mother, Julie. I write in my Mum's online guestbook every month of the anniversary of her passing (she passed May 31, 2010), and I find that cathartic. Your letters brought tears to my eyes.
I lost my mother ten months ago today (February 20) and I started a blog as well, to write about her, my family, and my feelings. I have found it to be very cathartic. I am going to read yours right now and add it to my favorites....if you are interested, my blog is: http://mermaidmusing.blogspot.com.
Thank you for sharing....