Ugh…I miss my mom.
I always miss her…but I really miss her during Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
She always loved getting ready for holidays. While my favorite part of the holiday season is cooking and baking lots of yummy food…her favorite part was always making fun and beautiful crafts. She’d sit for hours on winter evenings working on homemade ornaments and gifts for her co-workers and for our family. She loved it.
Thanksgiving weekend as I was getting out all of our Christmas decorations I really took note of all of the beautiful handiwork that was hers. I am SO thankful we have so many decorations that she made.
It’s like hanging beautiful precious memories all over my home.
I already shared with you about Malachi’s quilt from his Grammy. Today I’d really like to share some of the Christmas treasures around our house…
The first year Matt and I were married, she hand-quilted us our very own Christmas tree skirt. It is so, so pretty. I stare at it for a long time when I put it at the base of our tree.
Every single year…until she was just too sick to create any more…Mom made all of her grandchildren their very own hand-made ornament.
I am SO glad she put the date on them. The boys love hanging their very own “Grammy” ornaments.
Malachi doesn’t have any “Grammy” ornaments…so he gets to figure out where to put her pillow…
I was around ten years old or so when Mom first learned how to do counted cross stitch. One of her first big projects was to make stockings for all of us. She made a “Mom” “Dad” “Kevin” and “Laura” stocking.
When my brother and I got married…she made one for our spouses. As we started having kids…she made a stocking for each of them. (Giggle…Each time she found out my sister-in-law or I was expecting, she requested that we please name our new baby something with seven letters or less…so that their name would fit on a stocking!)
Mom didn’t plan on getting sick. But she was always planning for the next craft. That’s why there was plenty of stocking material in her “stash” even after she was too sick to make things anymore. And that’s how…even though she’s gone…all of my kids and all of my brother’s kids still have stockings from Grammy.
There’s a lot of comfort in memories.
What my mom created to be small Christmas gifts…turn out to be our biggest Christmas treasures.
The most beautiful decorations of all.