How I Survived The First Christmas Without My Daughter

It had been five months since Lydia passed away and that dreaded first Christmas had snuck up on me. A festive holiday when it seemed there was nothing to celebrate, and it was here whether I liked it or not.  Had I forgotten about the real meaning of Christmas? Absolutely. Completely focused on myself and… Read More

7 Amazing Gift Ideas for Your Kids That Won’t Cost You a Dime

“Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” ― Amit Ray I was enjoying getting lost in the large store, books piled high on every shelf. It seemed it didn’t have an end as I navigated my way through the vast categories of books. As I sat perusing my fingers through some… Read More

Can Christmas Be “Merry” After Losing A Loved One?

Merry Christmas! (Sharing an updated post from last year) For some it will fall way short of “Merry” this year but it will still be Christmas nonetheless. No doubt Christmas has changed since Lydia died. The excitement, fun, anticipation waned as the first holiday came around without her.  Taking my son to see Santa proved… Read More

What’s Better Than Christmas Songs and Recipes? A Book Giveaway That Includes Both!

I’m very excited to announce a fabulous Christmas giveaway guaranteed get you in the spirit of the season. It has to do with delicious recipes and wonderful music. Interested? Read on…. I am a lover of recipes as it’s no secret I didn’t inherit the cooking gene from my family. Unfortunately, I was not blessed… Read More

Christmas Blessings

With Christmas right around the corner, today I’m sharing my favorite blessing that means so much to our family, especially my son. In December 2008, five months after Lydia died, another amazing gift was found.  In the car, where we spent a lot of time, was where Lydia would compose her masterpieces, beautiful original one… Read More