At the beginning of this year, in January to be exact, my sister and I went through our mother's personal belongings. Mom had only been gone for a few months, and Christmas 2012 had just barely passed, so going through her things was an emotional journey. There were things that made us smile, things that made us cry, and lots of things that caused us to say, "Hey! Remember this?!?!"
A few of Mom's treasures that I collected that day were Christmas ornaments from years gone by. Like this one - an angel made out of an Arizona cotton boll, made by yours truly in the late 1980's. My mom had kept it in the same box I'd mailed it in, with a note on top in my handwriting saying, "Open this one NOW!"
There were other ornaments I'd made for her over the years, and since we never spent Christmas together I hadn't had an opportunity to see some of them for many, many years. I was so touched to see the loving care she'd taken to preserve them all these years. I could see by the way they were stored how much they meant to her.
And now these ornaments will grace our Christmas tree, each with a little bit of love from me to my mom glued or stitched into their making. Each ornament contains a little story from years gone by, now brought back to life in my heart as I hang each of them on our tree today.
For the past three years I have been linking up with my blog friend, Sian, for Storytelling Sundays on the first Sunday of every month. I've missed just a few Sunday's along the way, but have always enjoyed reading the stories shared by my blog friends from around the world. And even though we bid farewell to "Storytelling Sunday" this month, I know that Sian has laid the groundwork for many storytellers around the globe. We all have stories to tell, and Sian's encouragement has helped many to get their stories told.
Many thanks to Sian for three years of sharing stories. May all who have participated continue to document the stories of their lives, and may our dear Sian be wrapped in many blessings on this, the final Storytelling Sunday.