Hooray, Carole!!! I'm really, really pleased for you!
I enjoyed so much reading one of your mss a few years ago and was impressed with what a talented writer you are. I'm delighted an agent has now recognized that talent. Huge congratulations to you!
Extra hugs to you on your mother's death. I'm very sorry.
As for the pairing of the events, I received a puzzle book acceptance the day my dear bil died and a poem acceptance from Highlights when my mom was in the hospital dying. It doesn't take away the pain, but maybe it's God's way of sending a little ray of light and hope in the midst of all the sadness.