Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One of the Reasons I Love Christmas. 31 days of Christmas Wonder (day 12)

Six years ago today, I said goodbye to my adorable mom, Hallie, for the last time. It is a moment one never forgets. Three days earlier, she had received an emergency room diagnosis of cancer. She died suddenly and unexpectedly from the complications of a blood clot.

My husband was on a mission trip in Africa and Jenny was in Chicago at Moody Bible Institute, but Christy and I were able to be there at her bedside, along with many of my family members.

I remember intentionally focusing on what my mom's hands looked like. She had beautiful hands with long slender fingers. She always wore a stunning black star sapphire that my dad had given her. 

I remember thinking of all the amazing things those beautiful hands had done over the years . . . creating homes in different countries, creating journals and scrapbooks, creating quilts and homemade cabbage patch dolls for her grandchildren and so much more.

My mom was a bit of a Christmas wonder herself. Even though she grew up in a very difficult home, she created a wonderful home for us. And Christmas was one of her favorite times of the year. Her sewing machine was super busy then. 

So one of the reasons I love Christmas  is  . . . my mom taught me to. Thanks, mom. I love you and I miss you. I look forward to an eternity of Christmas days together in heaven. 

A favorite picture of my parents.

PS. If you would like to read more of my mom's story, click on "Remembering Hallie" at the top of my blog.

Linking today:

Mary Engelbreit picture


  1. What a beautiful post and remembrance.

  2. What a special post. You've set me to thinking of my darling mother and Christmas. Thank you!


  3. What a great picture of you parents and a beautiful post about your Mom. I'm praying for you today.

  4. Glenda:

    No matter how many years have passed, we never get over missing our Moms. Lifting you up in prayer today. (My mom passed away on December 5, 1988).


  5. Oh, lovely, what a mix of emotions I felt in this post. I'm so pleased that you had such a wonderful mother....but so sad to feel your sadness.


  6. Glenda, what a beautiful memory of your mom. Every time I hear of others who have lost loved ones I try to picture them in heaven hanging out with my mom! I wonder if they've met? I'm also looking forward to spending "an eternity of Christmas days" with our moms again! What a reunion that will be!

  7. Hi Glenda - I love the picture of your parents. You can see they love each other there. I'm sorry for your loss, no matter how recent or past it is, missing a mom is difficult.

    Thank you, Glenda for linking with me. I appreciate it and anyone who comes to visit from there will be blessed.
    God bless

  8. I always love "Hallie" blogs. You do a wonderful job honoring your amazing mom. Praying for all of you on this tender day.

  9. Tears in my eyes dear one. Wish I was in Chicago to watch the video with you. I honor Hallie today as well as her beautiful daughter.
    Love you!

  10. Thinking of you today as you miss your dear mother. My mother passed away four years ago this next Sunday. We always miss our mothers, don't we? So thankful for warm memories of my mother, as well.

  11. I love reading a memory of your mom... she is lovely and so are you :)

  12. I love that picture. You can truly see the love. I hope my kids remember me exactly as you remember your mama. That is my dream. (visiting from Tracy's blog)

  13. What a beautiful tribute to your Mom Glenda ~ like you I lost a parent suddenly but for me it was my Dad and that was 10 1/2 yrs ago. Christmas was his favorite time of the year and he taught me the wonder of it all. Hugs to you. xo

  14. Ok sniff sniff! I miss my Mom and she like your Mom made Christmas so much more special. Thanks for reminding me. I am smiling inside!

  15. My mom always
    made our Christmas
    special; the image
    of the sewing machine
    whirring away is just
    like at my home. This
    year she and Dad are
    coming to our house.
    I have to admit, I still
    like going to theirs,
    better : ) What a lovely
    tribute to your beautiful
    mother. That picture is
    so precious.
    xx Suzanne

  16. Now that is a beautiful way to remember how your Christmas gatherings became so special. Your mom sounds like she was a very special person with lots of love in her heart. Thank you for the beautiful post.

  17. Thinking of you during this time. I've seen that picture of your mom and dad before here and I just love it.

  18. that makes me smile. because that is how i want my children to think of me when i'm gone. a gift you have in your momma. she is beautiful. just beautiful.

  19. Hey Glenda.... it's a few days late, but I was thinking of you. I'm so trying to slow down. Taking 10/20 off to spend with Mike. :) Miss you and love you! Thanks again for sharing your memories of your mom!


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