The last couple weeks for my family has been kind of crazy. My MIL passed away very suddenly a couple weeks ago, my older daughter and I had made road trip plans to check out colleges this past week and my husband and younger daughter had plans to attend a swim meet for the weekend so it seems like we haven't really had time to let the reality of the situation sink in.
My MIL was off the boat from Poland, very religious, family and feeding her family were the most important thing to her. She was a prolific baker and our whole family looked forward to her cookies on Easter and Christmas. My family, and SIL's family all went to my FIL's house yesterday to color eggs, something we've done even before our kids were born, both our oldest will be turning 17 the beginning of April. We colored eggs with a picture of my MIL on the table to look over us. We started talking about how different things would be now with Mamus (what our kids called her) gone and how much we would miss her cookies. My older daughter decided to start going through cabinets looking for recipes, not that she even used them, and found them in various forms, handwritten, torn pages from books faded and browned and obviously not looked at for quite some time.
After collecting all the recipes she decided that she would bake these cookies and so the torch has been passed. Ironically my organized MIL had already purchased many of the ingredients for her Easter baking which my daughter used. It was very healing for both my husband and myself knowing that her memory will carry on with her grandchildren and although things will definitely be different we will be able to carry on her memory so she will never really be gone.
Here are some pictures.... now I only have to wait till Passover is done on Tuesday to eat them.
The rest of my non observant family has already tasted them and gave a thumbs up. I'm really proud of my daughter, she has an "old soul", and is very sentimental which makes her a special person.