Thursday, January 11, 2018

Christmas Eve "Mom Visit"!

It seems every year something happens to remind me that Mom is still with me.  It is usually not a gentle reminder but a bold "look, Janice, I'm here with you"!  As many of you know, Mom passed away on Christmas Eve in 2009.  Each year, the reminders of her being close mean so much to me.  Not a day goes by that I don't think about her but Christmas is always flooded with her memories.  This year was no different.

On Christmas Eve Day, I was running last minute errands and texting a friend who sent some lovely Christmas gifts to me.  I had just finished one of my errands and went to my car to travel on to the next.   While sitting there, getting situated, I set my phone down.  I snapped my seat belt, put on some new music and reached for my phone to put it back in my purse.  As I looked down at the phone, in the text line it said "Mom".  I did not text Mom's name, I did not say "Mom" for the microphone to pick up.  There was absolutely no reason that the word "Mom" should have been in the text line, except that Mom was with me.   I took a screenshot of the text because I wanted to save it as a reminder!  I still tear up thinking about it.  How she finds a way to make it clear that she's with me, I don't understand but I am so grateful.

I guess I don't need to say "Wish you Were Here, Mom" because she is here.  She is always in my heart, always in my memory, and on Christmas Eve Day, somehow, she finds a way to let me know that she is indeed with me!

Have a blessed 2018!


  1. God helps us always with the loss of our parents. I have lost both. For me it is seared in my mind. Every so often I have a dream about them. It is comforting.
    However you experience your mother is good for you. Loss is never easy. I believe you in the text. Those small things do wonders for us.
    Your mother's skill in quilting was amazing and beautiful! Breathtaking. As I watched the video it came to mind about Dorcas/Tabitha in the Bible. Your mother's skill with a needle was lovely. God bless.

    1. I'm so sorry for the loss of both of your parents. Isn't it wonderful to have dreams of them? I love it when I dream of my Mom. Every year, something small but blatant happens to let me know that Mom is right here with me. Thank you for your kind comments about her skill in quilting. How sweet that Dorcas/Tabitha came to mind as you watched the video. With hugs and blessings, Janice

  2. I just was out looking at your site and I love all of your comments about your mother. I never could get over how talented she was. Her quilts were museum quality and her cooking from scratch was so wonderful. When Bonnie passed we found her recipe for her homemade pineapple cheesecake. It was to die for. Your parents were so blessed to have such caring and thoughtful children. You all mean so much to our family.
    Wishing you all the best, Sherry

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry. She was not only a wonderful artist/quilter but she had the sweetest personality. Oh my, she did make the very best pineapple cheesecake, too! I had forgotten all about how good it was. Thank you for the reminder! We were truly blessed to have our parents. Thank you so much for your kind words. Your family means so much to us, too. We are grateful for everything you've done, being there for the kids and Den, during this difficult time. Hugs, Janice


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