Winter Blogfest: Making Memories by Fran McNabb

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Making Memories

Our little street that skirts the bayou is made up of families from all over the country. I’m a local, but we have families from Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Virginia, the Carolinas and several other states, so we try to make everyone feel at home, especially for those who are unable to be with their loved ones.

One day one of our neighbors admitted she cried all day the first year she was here because she had to bake cookies alone, without her sisters and mother. From then on, we’ve gotten together for an afternoon of baking and, well, just being together.

cookie baking 2014Baking cookies is a simple way of reminding us that Christmas might be celebrated with different traditions throughout the country (and world), but many things remain the same. It’s nice to have the end results of our time together. Everyone takes home several tins of cookies, but that’s not the best part. Sharing time together, enjoying stories of by-gone Christmases, remembering those who are no longer with us—these are the things that are important. Before my mother died, she loved being part of the fun. This year is the second Christmas without her, but even though I thought about her throughout the day, I was thrilled to have the mother of my neighbors with us. It made the day complete.

Christmas brings up an array of emotions, but I hope throughout this week, you’ll find the joy of being with those who are important to you—and if it happens to be in the kitchen cooking together—remember that you’re making wonderful memories that will be with you forever.

perf5.000x8.000.inddDefying the odds, Casey Morgan opened Hope Ranch for troubled teens in a rural Texas community, but not everyone welcomed her with opened arms. The unexplained death of her security guard and other disturbing activities prompts her to advertise for help to make her ranch the safe haven she envisioned.

The lady in a Stetson pointing a rifle at his head wasn’t the greeting Major Nathan “Max” Maxwell expected when he stepped onto Hope Ranch. Max needed the job to give him a place to finish his recuperation before returning to his Spec Ops team, but instead of the serenity he expected, he walked into a web of deceit and danger.

Torn between his growing feelings for Casey and his need to return to his team, Max searches for the strength to help the beautiful ranch director. Casey wasn’t looking for a man, and Max knew his career choice didn’t mix well with family life. Would Hope Ranch give them a chance to find a future together?

About the Author:Fran McNabb grew up along the beaches and waterways of the Gulf Coast and has used this setting in many of her novels. She and her husband live on a quiet bayou harbor and love to spend time fishing and boating with their sons and families.

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  1. I enjoyed reading Making Memories. I have such wonderful memories baking with my children when they were little and now am making those same memories with my grandchildren.

    • Peggy, I too remember baking cookies for my children. Since all the families who participate have no children or grandchildren here, we bake together and then carry the cookies to their houses. You’re lucky if your children live near you.

  2. Your cookie parties sound like so much fun!

  3. What a lovely story. It is wonderful you get together to make cookies.

  4. What a wonderful way to make memories and enjoy the holiday time.

  5. If you have a big enough kitchen that sounds much more fun than just a cookie exchange.

  6. That’s really a good idea. I lost my Dad way back in 1998 but he had a good friend that reminds me of him. Whenever I see Sonny it’s kind of like being with my Dad again. Thanks for the post.

  7. What a wonderful tradition in being together with other ladies and sharing the baking, laughter and conversation.

  8. I loved your memory of making cookies. It brought back memories of my children and I making cookies. Now they are grown and scattered all over the country. I hope they are making memories now.

    • Momjane, I can relate. My boys and their families live away so it’s so nice to have the ladies in the neighborhood to spend a couple days making cookies. I, too, hope my boys are making memories with their children.

  9. Linda Romer says:

    Keeping hope alive sounds great ♡ thank you! I love to bake and eat cookies!

  10. kim amundsen says:

    Love the idea!

  11. nice tradition

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