Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pepparkakor Cookies and Prayers

I've made pepparkakor cookies every year for over 36 years.
This year the smallest batch ever. I merely doubled the recipe.

I use every ounce of dough down to the last small bit,
making bears and trees, stars, moons, hearts and trees...
Large and small cookies for various appetites.
I was alone this morning while baking them,
 but I was not alone in my thoughts.

My dear friend Annie and her husband Ron
have been waging war against his cancer for
 some time now and he was doing so well
except for a nagging pain in his arm, what
seemed to be a nerve issue.

Yesterday it became severe enough
 to head to the emergency room 
and today, in a few minutes actually,
 he is headed to surgery to have a
 tumor near his spine removed.
They discovered it late last night.
As you can imagine they are frightened
and bewildered by this sudden turn of events,
and the seriousness of the location.

So I baked and I prayed
and I prayed some more.

My dear friends
please send some more prayers up
or out into the universe if that is where your beliefs lay.
For Annie and Ron.

It's Christmas Eve and my
friends are hurting, and I pray and pray,
for these good people and their family.

I will hug my children even closer today
and give additional thanks for my many blessings.

May your families be blessed 
and healthy
this Holiday Season

with great affection from me to you



Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am lifting your friends up in prayer! Such a hard time for any sadness. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll keep them in my prayers, too. It's a hard time for so many when the holidays come around. Thanks for making my Christmas even more special! Merry Christmas and holiday hugs from Florida, Diane

Bead and Needle said...

Holding Annie and her husband in my heart tonight...the week got away from me - we WILL connect when I get back. Merry Christmas, Z - XOXOXOXO

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Prayers or your friends.. healing energy headed there too..

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Z,
Will be thinking of your friends Annie and Ron …. what a difficult time for them.
…. and wishing you and your family the merriest of Christmases. Thank you so much for your continued and valued blogging friendship. Much love. XXXX

Sharon said...


I am praying that it would be the Lord's will to completely heal Ron. I am also praying for strength and comfort for he and Ann, family and friends.

Have a Blessed Christmas!

marie said...

How awful for your friends especially on Christmas Eve. My prayers for them, a recovery, and strength for him and Ann and all of their family at this time. Merry Christmas.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Sorry to hear this! Many Prayers their way for healing, strength and recovery.

Merry Christmas Many Blessings

Lin said...

More positive, loving thoughts and prayers are being sent for your friends this morning.
Hugs to you and yours this Christmas morning, Z.

Razmataz said...

Happy Christmas to you and your family. Your friends are in my prayers.

Kathy said...

I just sent up a prayer for Annie and Ron and for Ron's surgeon.
I have to ask, what is Pepperkakor??

Marcela para Colorin Colorado said...

All the best for them you and your family. Wishing you peace and much needed love!

Nella Miller said...

Dear Suz, I am thinking of you today, wishing you every blessing of this beautiful time of year..I am hoping your friends will find strength and comfort in your friendship...love and hugs, N.xo

Tracey Broome said...

Things like this have a way of showing us what is truly important in life. Presents and food and parties can never replace my loved ones. Adding your friends to my list of folks to think about

Karen said...

Sent prayers for Annie & Ron - may they know peace and better health in 2014 -

Romeo said...

Wishing I had been on here earlier to see this. Will still send healing thoughts, prayers and hope for a positive outcome. There is never a good time, but how incredibly sad for this to happen during the holiday.



Evi said...

oh, I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to them, and I will be sending prayers. Hopefully all of our prayers will be heard...

helen tilston said...

Dear Suzie

I join your commenters in prayer.
Asking for good health and happiness now and in 2014

Helen xx

Jackie said...

My thoughts go out to Annie and Ron, and you too! Here is hoping we all have a happy and healthy New Year, free of cancers and drama and war, I know I dream big but they always say go big or go home!! Peace my bloggy friend!

Lana said...

Suzan~ I'm offering thoughts and prayers for your friend, Ron, and for his wife and family. I cherish your across-the-miles friendship and care and sense the concern and love you feel for these dear ones. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be there in our thoughts WITH you. You are a dear one.

Jillayne said...

I've been praying, with my fingers crossed... such a sad story - I hope it turns out alright...
I hope you, and all you care for know peace and joy and love in the New Year ahead... keep shining your light.

Nella Miller said...

Hi Suz, is Hannah still at home with you?? I bet you are busy, happy and all that goes with the past month of holidays...I am still going strong! One more little gathering here tonight, and then working on organizing my studio/bedroom....my only resolution is to get through at least one blue box a week from the garage...wish you were here...you are so proficient at organizing!! N.xo

the old white house said...

sending up prayers right now for all! xoxooxox

Beatnheart said...

happiness and blessings to you and yours in 2014...

all the best,