Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My best friend

Two years ago tonight I sat by the bedside of my best friend, waiting for pancreatic cancer to take her. She had been with me my whole life.... loving me unconditionally.... watching over me.... teaching me. As I grew and had children of my own, I loved her in ways that as a child and teen I could never have understood. When we came to know that her time was short, she amazed us all by writing her own obituary. She spoke to the funeral director and made her wants known to him. She planned her funeral, asking those whom she wanted to participate if they would. She made sure my father had new pants and a shirt to wear for that day...... seriously, who does that??? Someone who holds others well being far above her own.
I held her hand the following morning for a long time. Of course true to form, she passed away when I left her side for just a few minutes. The loss of my mother was devastating. At the same time my father was also battling cancer. He passed away 9 months to the day after my mom. Other family issues kept me so busy that the one year anniversary of her death was difficult, but being so preoccupied kept me from really dealing with it. Not so this year...lol. Sorry my friends that I've been MIA the last few days... just needed a little time to work it through.
Anyway... The reason behind this post :)  The Christmas before, I made my mother a quilt. I made blocks with the handprints of my brothers, sister, and myself, with a heart on the palm. I emboidered our names in the heart. The poem posted above went on it's own block. I wish I had taken a picture of it, it turned out really awesome ( if I do say so myself...lol) She LOVED it! It was buried with her, covering her with the love we have for her :).
Since Mother's day is just around  the corner, and I can't see my mother smile.... I wanted to post this just in case someone might want to use the idea for their own mothers. My mom would be so happy to know that we could help to bring a smile to someone else.
Thank you for your patience, and for continuing to visit! xox Nikki

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Let's play a game:)

Congratulations to Amy and Jennifer! They won... and they were the only ones that played...lol. Happy Saturday everyone! xox

It's been a while, and I'm in the mood to play a game this morning. The first two who email me the correct answers to the questions wins a bundle of their choice! Here we go ..
1. Easter eggs symbolize what?
2. Rolling the egss symbloize what?
3. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, what was the largest Easter egg ever?
4. What is the name of the Charlie Brown Easter special?
5.What country is most commonly credited with introducing the Easter Bunny to America?
6.The giving of chocolate eggs at Easter started in what time period?

Eggs symbolize new life or rebirth
Rolling eggs symbolize rolling away the rock from Jesus     Christ’s tomb before his resurrection
25 feet high, 8,968 lbs
“It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown”
19th Century