When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
"I used everything You gave me."
~Erma Bombeck

December 17, 2009

Christmas firsts...

As many of you know, this is my first Christmas without my sweet Mama.  If you have lost a parent, you will know what I am feeling. If you haven't, that is okay. Just be prepared for a profound sadness that comes with each "first" you spend without them. Everything reminds me of Mom and I simply cannot get enough of her around me. While going through my ornaments this past weekend I came across these. They have survived several moves over the past 15 years. Thank goodness.

I have a couple more, but my pictures weren't the greatest. Mama was an artist. You can see more of her work in my Mother's Day Tribute to her here. She didn't believe in herself as an artist until the last couple of years in her life. It was really hard for me to hold her hand two days before she passed and hear her say, "I think my painting days are over." She taught me so much even in her sickness. Don't waste time. Seize the moment. Create. Love.

I am thankful that the Christmas bustle is almost done. My girls will be out of school as of Friday and my Daddy will be here for 10 days on Dec. 21. It is time to slow down, love on each other and bless, not impress. I am looking forward to that.

I'll leave you will a glimpse of our sweet little tree. Not the best pic mind you, but you get the idea.


  1. It really is sweet! I love the painted balls! I hope you have a lovely Christmas!

  2. Bon Jour! French Picnic and PEAR send you our warmest thoughts!

  3. *sniff* I love hearing about your mom, and I can only imagine how tough that must be to get through the holidays without her.

  4. It's such a sad time of year for loss... I love your mother's ornaments. How talented she was! What a treasure to have them!

  5. So Lanie... how was your Christmas? I keep checking back to see how you're doing. Hope you and yours are well. :)