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Tis' the season

Tis’ the season for special requests…

I love the holidays don’t you?  Decorations, Christmas music and all the baking makes this time of year magical and memories of old and new come to mind.

I love how we enjoy these moments with our family and friends but what about the ones we have lost. Sometimes the holidays can be painful and difficult to navigate. 

I know from my own experience losing a loved one can make this time of year unbearable let alone trying to get it together and being strong for your children. Let’s face the fact it’s hard and will always be hard. My mom will be gone for 7 years now and I still try not to break down every time I see a mom with her daughter out and about shopping and giggling amongst themselves.

Each year it does seem to be easier not to burst into tears every time the thought of missing my mother pops into my mind. What makes this season easier as time goes by is having little mementoes around my home and on my Christmas tree. My mom loved hummingbirds so every year I hang a special hummingbird ornament on our tree and for my father I hang up a wooden guitar ornament. These help me keep them close to my heart and honor them during this season of love, peace, hope, and giving.

I recently had a colleague ask me to create a special, one-of-a-kind candle for her mom. This is what I love to do and it allows my creative spirit out to play. All she requested from me for the candle was the candle had to have the word “Hope” and have a little pink color in it otherwise no other restrictions.

I created this candle pictured below. I was going for a wooden style block with the word hope in letters carved like a child may make for their parents.  My colleague thought it was perfect. What a great memento for her to remember her mom who always said to her, “You need hope in this life, without it you have nothing”. 

Stay strong when you need and cry when you need.

God bless you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Tammy

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