They say time heals all wounds. I can't say I agree with that 100%, but time does help ease the pain of loss. On Friday, October 30th, my sisters and I got together to celebrate the life of our sweet mommy who departed this earth on that day five years ago. After battling a ten year bought with Alzheimer’s, she was greeted by her Savior and restored to life with Him. I picture her now, smiling and enjoying a pain free existence in heaven!
Our sister get-together began, as it usually does, with a visit to IKEA. We have a tradition of giggling too much, taking bathroom selfies, and eating at the café before our sister time gets rolling. It’s so exciting, waiting to see who will arrive first. Knowing we will have the whole day together brings joy to my soul! As we arrived, we captured the energy that we exude with a sister add-on picture!
After hugging, squealing and catching up for a few minutes at the entrance downstairs, we headed up to eat breakfast at the café, only to be highly disappointed…
Oh well, on to plan B…a road trip to IHOP to fuel us for our busy day ahead. It never ceases to amaze me how much good a sister visit does for me. I can be struggling with life decisions, stress, and just day to day issues but as soon as I am with my sisters, all of that just leaves. Instead of feeling down, I am filled with love and peace. We are so goofy and silly, and also supportive and uplifting towards each other. Our time spent together is wonderful and it never quite seems long enough.
After we ate, we headed out to do some shopping. Before this get together was even planned, I had an idea to make jewelry as a gift to my sisters, however, a week of shopping by myself at Michael’s led to frustration as I couldn’t decide on what to make! It was hilarious as I explained to each of them that I didn’t have anything to give them that day, as I couldn’t make up my mind on what to do for a gift.
I knew in my mind that I wanted something to show our closeness as sisters, and needed to tie it to our dear mommy, because of how much she loved all of us. The four of us spent a lot of time at the store going through each aisle, perusing the different products. Together we came up with an idea to make sister bracelets! They understood my dilemma on trying to pick what to do, as we took at least 30 minutes deciding on which creative ideas to select.
The picture on the bracelets is from our day together and the heart represents the love that unites us together with our mom. We felt like it was the perfect way to remind us each of how much our bond means to us.
As time passes, I reflect on how blessed I am to have had a mother that loved me deeply and cared for me in such a way as to impart beautiful life lessons within me. I carry my mom’s legacy of being kind hearted, loving, caring, and giving and I am grateful for the opportunity to be shown by her how to be the best mom I can be to my own kids. I only hope that as they grow and experience life, they too will feel as loved and cared for as I do. As our pain eases in not having our mom here physically with us anymore, I know without a doubt that her memory lives on in our hearts forever! We can celebrate that day in and day out for sure. What are some memories that you hold near and dear to your heart?