I ran across the above link through Mrs. 4444. If you click on the above picture, you will be taken to a blogger who suffered a devastating loss in 2011: the unexpected loss of her 12 year old son in a drowning accident. This is her 2nd Christmas without her son, but she said that this will be the first year with the shock worn off. Her blog post is for anyone who has endured a loss, and she invites those to link up for support.
I spent yesterday baking, but those who have lost loved ones were on my mind the whole time. CH asked me why I baked so much, and I told him that it was Christmas, and that's what you're suppose to do at Christmas. But, I realized yesterday that there's an underlying purpose: I reflect on people who have crossed my path throughout my life, remember those whom I haven't thought about in a long time, and remember those who have lost loved ones. If you happen to be in the last category, please know that you were thought of.
My wish is for those who are grieving (for the loss of a parent, child, or other family member, a miscarriage, or for difficulty conceiving) to be at peace.
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