By Rhonda Woods
The countdown to Christmas is officially on! A lot to do, you know, like decorating my tree with new unbreakable ornaments, for the little ones. Last year’s tree was thankfully assembled and decorated by my daughter-in-law and her mom. I left the boxes in the middle of the den as my sweet husband’s health took that unforgettable turn. He was admitted to the hospital the Monday after Thanksgiving. Less than 3 weeks later, we would return home with the help of all our family, friends and hospice. Countless prayers and tears. Precious moments and memories were mixed with what none of us could be prepared for in the short time that followed. So, with Christmas rapidly approaching, I need a giant umbrella for the imposing “rain”.
It was extremely important to me to have, what turned out to be, our last family photo with him. I refused to take the tree down and was so sad to have missed the opportunity for the photo by Christmas Day. As I was finishing preparing the traditional New Years Day lunch the phone rang. It was my daughter saying she had arranged for a friend to come and take the photo I longed for. The family arrived shortly afterwards, with the photographer friend in tow. The boys helped my husband into a chair in front of the tree, and then the race was on to take the group picture and one with each family, as sitting up was becoming more difficult for him. Our last family photo is featured in this blog. I know for some this would seem ridiculous and unnecessary, but not having that photo would have been a sad regret for all of us.
Cookies! Yep cookies! My sweet husband loved all kinds of cookies. He was the best taste tester of the tempting smells that wafted from my oven. So, this is a great time to share some cookie recipes. I believe baking can be therapeutic, and your house will smell wonderful without those cookie scented candles! Bake and enjoy the smiles you will bring to people of all ages, especially during Christmas. Take time to make time for others. You won’t regret it.
May God bless you and your family as He has continued to bless ours,