when we came back, i made some "christmas tea" for the kids and me. [it's actually cinnamon apple spice but the smell reminds me of Christmas.] the kids were so enjoying feeling grown up, drinking their tea in mugs, when i remembered that i had small mugs made just for them that my aunt karen had given each of the kids when they were born. they were made by a local potter and came in a set with a plate and a bowl.
as i watched the kids drink out of these special mugs, i thought about my aunt kar-kar (as the kids call her) and the graciousness and generosity that she has shown me over the years. in college she sent care packages and made me a lap quilt. she has sewn jude and indigo pillow cases and baby blankets. she is jude's godmother, but always does something special for both kids for christmas. more importantly, she has blessed me with her patience, understanding and advice. there have been many o' phone conversation that i have boo hoo'd my way through as she sympathetically listened. and it's not like the woman has a lot of spare time as the mother to FIVE, the wife of a busy dr, and a full-time homeschooler! she validates me when i wonder if i'm the only mother that feels totally overwhelmed at times (!) and she encourages me in my role as wife and mother. so much of what she does in her day-to-day life goes unrecognized. that is why i would like to take this moment to recognize her. here's to you aunt kar-kar! may God richly bless you, now and always!