Well I'm slowly making my way back to blogland. I have been away for so long because last week we lost my mother in law. She was a gentle soul filled with love and kindness who fought a long complicated battle with her health. She was a strong person and model example for our family and friends. During this time of sorrow we cried and laughed it was like cooking a stew and mixing in all our emotions and letting it simmer all day long. At the end of the day we were hungry after being stirred all day and we relished the faces we saw and the stories that were remembered. Some of my favorite moments were seeing familiar faces who shared stories and meeting people I have never met who were truly touched by her kindness.
There has been a lot of slowing down in our home. While we miss her geniune smile and truthful and funny soul we share as much as possible with our children so they can savor these memories.