One of my favorite traditions as a child and adult during this time of year was traveling to the craft shows with my Mom. As the release of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey approached, i traded in my driving and shopping for a table at one of the very locations I visited years prior.
The common factor, Mom was right there with me, making memories. Memories I'll cherish. An observation from a couple decades of craft fair attendance, we are not the only family that enjoys this tradition, and most people travel in packs of laughter, discussion, and merriment.
I debated not doing craft shows this year. As much as I enjoy visiting with people, meeting my readers and Facebook friends, I was not feeling it. One thing is missing, Mom. Then it dawned on me, thanks to the words of my mother...she might not be here physically but her memory, our memories, and her voice remain. As I packed my containers last night I found Mom's business cards for her "Burn Baby Burn" plaques. I smiled at the memory of surprising Mom with these cards and then a few tears as I tucked these cards away.
The friendship, love, and time with my Mom is a part of me and woven into all the moments of my life. As I looked at an old blog one day, Mom's words inspired me to get up and moving. Only God knew her comments here on the blog are a legacy for not only me, but anyone else wondering how much a mother and daughter could care for one another. A blessing to count.
With this being said, I'm VERY glad I decided to sign up for today's craft show and Christmas in Mexico next month. I've found myself smiling because I know how much Mom enjoyed going and when her health prevented her, she still liked to hear about who we saw and about the different things for sale. I'm thankful for my 'get over it' mentality today, I almost missed a blessing. I hope you can get out and if you do, stop by and introduce yourself, and who knows, maybe pick up a couple books for gifts this year. A great day to start the holiday season and ignite Christmas spirit in the hearts of others.
Before you head out, will you say an extra prayer for those in Paris and the multitude grieving and affected by yesterday's devastation. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, let's lift them in prayer.
See you today or next month in Christmas in Mexico!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323