Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A Very Airmail Christmas!

Airmail Christmas is back!

Would you like to take part in a Christmas card exchange with other bloggers and the twitterverse this year?

I was not going to do the Christmas card exchange this year due to everything that has been going on. But I saw Robin's husband in my village the other day and I just thought how could I not? Plus, there's another good reason as this year the Christmas card exchange is in honour another special lady.

I really enjoyed doing the exchange last year and I loved hearing from people what their cards said. I know some people even found some blog pals out of it which is so good. This is exactly what Robin would have wanted! For those of you who did not take part in the exchange last year then please read this post and see why Robin was so key to getting Airmail Christmas started.

But for now (or the next couple of minutes) I am handing you over to Doria, or otherwise known as Monkeybutt on her blog. She lost her mum to breast cancer just before Christmas last year. Here she is introducing Mama Monkeybutt (Mama MB)…

"I remember Mama MB being a strong, beautiful, independent woman. I remember growing up she'd stand up for what was right, she'd stand up for us kids and I'd watched her kick some butt when she had to.  She was one woman who couldn't be stopped.  Nothing ever seemed to bring her down or slow her down.  Mama MB stayed strong and battled through her epilepsy, her asthma, MS and a brain aneurysm.  The less of these I myself  would probably had laid down, pissing and moaning about how bad it was to be me.  She didn't do that, if Mama MB struggled, you'd never have guessed it.  She was always happy and loving, from her kids and family to her pets and yard animals.  Mama MB was a lover of all things.  The biggest heart one could ever wish to know.  Mama MB didn't run any marathons or wrestle any alligators, but she ran her course through life and you know what?  She left one hell of a trail for the rest of us to follow.    

We're approaching the anniversary of Mama MB's death, Mama MB passed away November 26th 2012 of breast cancer.  She fought her battle like a champ. Diagnosed in 2011, she went through chemo and radiation to the brain when the cancer spread.  I remember her telling me, it's so strange not to remember that time.  I can't imagine how she felt about that.  Wishing she could remember.  I remember how happy she was and how she praised God when the Dr reported that the cancer in her brain was gone.  Things looked up, if only for a minute.  

Mama MB never said how long the Dr had given her to live, Mama MB made sure that her children and grand children didn't know the truth.  In the end, when she was unable to know what we were finding out.  We found out the worst, how riddled her poor body was with the cancer. That it had spread to so many places.  That no matter how much I hoped and kept looking up, she wouldn't get better.  

It was a long  hard battle and I can't imagine what it was like for her. I wish with all that I am that I could sit and talk with her, understand what she felt.  To hold and hug her neck and cry with her. I wish I'd known the future. I would have done more!! 
Mama MB is and always will be my strength. I can't see  or talk to her this year. But of all the "thanks" going around this month.  

I'm thankful for my  Mama MB.  Thankful for the time I was allowed to have her in my life.  For the special moments we shared and she shared with my daughter, my father, husband, sister and nieces. Life will never be the same, now that she is gone. But we can all carry a piece of her memory everywhere we go. I hope each and everyone reading this will carry a piece of her with them as well.  

She was spectacular! "

Thank you MB for sharing her so beautifully with us. Airmail Christmas is in honour of Mama MB this year. I really hope you would like to take part and spread Mama MB's spirit globally. It really is so simple!!

If you're willing take part and extend your Christmas spirit onto other people then all you have to do is this.

1) Email your address (it can be your home, work or anywhere else address that you'd like a card posted to you at) to the designated email address: forrobin_christmas(at)hotmail.com. Please be rest assured your addresses will be held confidentially and not shared with anyone else apart from the person who will be sending you the card. Emails need to be sent by the 1st December 2013.

2) I will then email you the address of someone else that you can send a card to this year.

3) Once you have posted your card all you need to do is wait for the card that you will receive from another generous blogger.

4) Then blog/tweet/facebook/instagram the card you have received. I will do a link up just before or after Christmas.
The only rule is that if you're paired up with someone who lives abroad then you need to be willing to send the card to another country. I hope this will also be seen as a way of connecting with new people. 

I really hope you take part in this Christmas card exchange. When I spoke to Doria about it she was really touched that it's in honour of her Mama!

The more the merrier, so tell your family, friends, blog friends, facebook and twitter (#airmailchristmas) about it! Let's wish everyone 'A Very Airmail' Christmas this year!!!


Hey Monkey Butt said...

I love it, thank you Rebecca. It's an honor and I know she's smiling down from above. You and her share the name Rebecca btw :) I'm spreading the word and sending you an email with a few friends addresses :)

Cathy said...

What a wonderful idea and what a wonderful person Mama MB sounds like. I think I will participate. I'll send my address soon. Thank you.

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