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Wow. I was out googling, looking for craft ideas for Christmas. Easy ones, since I'm not well-acquainted with my sewing machine. I loved your crafts, loved the way you talked about them, always in the context of who would be using your gift, and I explored the rest of your blog.

I found the posts on grief and I am grateful for what you wrote. My sisters are still very much with me, so it isn't about my sisters. My mom is in a nursing home and a year ago, she went through a strange, painful and confusing period. She stopped being herself--I think something in her brain just stopped connecting. She was still here, but my mom was not available to me anymore. She didn't recognize a phone's ring anymore, so our phone chats were no more. It was a glimpse into what it would be like to miss her after she dies. It was wrenching. Several months later, she "came back." Not back to her old self, but back to more of herself than she had been. I'm grateful for every moment with her.

Thank you for what you wrote about your sister. I am sad for the sister you miss and I'm happy for the sister you had. For you to be able to write about it so beautifully is a gift. Thanks for sharing.

For those who would like to experience the closeness of these two wonderful sisters, here are the links to (a) Crystal's high school commencement speech she wrote & gave for Lora, May 22, 1998 at Lora's graduation: and (b) Lora's last "gift letter" to Crystal as her b-day gift to her, December 13, 1998... Trust me, if your children are blessed with such a wonderful gift of love for one another, you are blessed of the Lord beyond measure, as we are. -- jan & tony h.

Crystal's speech:

Lora's letter:

Your little Sis is, I'm sure, proud of--and humbled by--your tribute, Crys... Thank you for all you have been, and will be again, in her life. She adored you.

love, mom & dad xoxo

Dear C,
Thank you for sharing Lora's anniversary with us. All my thoughts and prayers are with you today during this difficult time. I am so glad that James is there with you and for you. I miss you:(
All my love and support

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