Before Christmas rainbows became more significant to our family. My mom had surgery scheduled and it was our way of sending her our virtual hugs of love and support. It was started by my sister Kathy who saw a rainbow the day we found out. Daughters, grandchildren and friends submitted photos, paintings and cupcakes of rainbows to my sister's blog.
I had been thinking about what I could contribute. At the time I was working on a secret Santa gift for a friend who had inspired me to revisit a felt mouse I had made while I was a teen. My friend is an avid knitter so it seemed appropriate that her mouse be knitting. It was then I realized a mouse wrapped in a rainbow hug would be what I would make for my mom.
I'm happy to say my Mom's surgery went very well. (The rainbows must be working.) The whole family, all 16 of us, managed to gather over the holidays for a Christmas dinner at my parent's house. She is recovering nicely from her surgery and our visit! :)