I have not been around for most of this year so haven't been very active on here. Last year my Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I got to fly down in October and spend a couple of weeks with my Mom and Dad, and with my brother and 2 of my sisters that also flew in to spend some time with our parents. I had just broke my ankle the week before I flew down so was on crutches and couldn't put any weight on my leg. So, I told my Mom I would come back to help when I got the cast off.
In December, my Mom told my Dad to ask me to come back. I spent the next 8 months in Phoenix, AZ helping my Dad take care of my Mom and then making sure he was going to be ok once she was gone. My Mom passed away in early March of this year. December was my Mom's month. Her birthday is December 11th, my parent's wedding anniversary is December 18th and then Christmas was the following week. I miss her horribly and wish I could hear her voice again. I'm thankful we had her for a little over a year after her diagnosis and I'm thankful she wasn't in pain until the very end.
This year I get to carry on a tradition that she stared when we were little. I made my Mom's Christmas cookies. She was born in Czechoslovakia and grew up in Germany. Her cookie recipes were passed down for many generations before her. My hope is to pass them on down to my children and my grandchildren. I know my boys always say it's not Christmas till Grandma's cookies show up!
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, enjoy the ones you love and spend time with each other. I hope the New Year brings many blessings and smiles for everyone!