In loving memory of our Mom, Cindy Thompson; the warrior, the nurturer, the listener, the teacher, the gentle, radiant soul that we will feel & remember forever.
On December 23, 2022, my beautiful Mom, Cindy Thompson crossed over to the other side. It’s taken me a year to find words, to come out of the darkest places of grief and to really take note of all the lessons my Mom has taught me so far. It’s a journey we will all walk, yet so few of us talk about. We will all experience loss, we will have to learn to walk with grief. And my mom did her best to prepare us for what was to come and I believe she continues to support us daily from the other side.
I have received many signs over the past year that make me feel closer to my mom. I feel like she continues to teach me even though she is not earth side.
And I am realizing the depths of impact that her legacy has had on me and will continue to have on me and others which is why I share here.
What’s your legacy?
My mom’s legacy is simply the way she made people feel, her gentle, nurturing, comforting energy that felt like a warm blanket wrapping you in the tenderness of love. Her home cooked meals. Her ability to listen and to have an hour conversation with you on the phone about the highlights of your day.
Her legacy lives on through mine and my sister’s blood and the bond that she has with my dad. Her legacy lives on through her recipes and the abundance of freezer meals & homemade canned foods she left to nourish us. Through the letters we continue to find, the photos she kept, the memories forever engrained in our hearts. Her legacy lives on through her patience, her ability to be still and content in every day living, to honour her home as her sanctuary and her body as her temple. Through the kindness of her words and the sentimental pieces that she kept for us to one day find to remind us how much we meant to her or to share our childhood books and toys with our future children. Her legacy lives on in her ability to encourage every dream we had, the skills she taught us in cooking, sewing, organization, accounting and grammar. My mom set an example of a life I want to continue to live by.
The grandness of your legacy is YOU! How do you share your heart with people, use your words, acts of kindness and lead by example? This is how people will remember you.
The Gift of Recipes
One of the most healing things for me since her passing has been to shuffle through her hand written recipes and use my hands to make nourishment that she once made with her own hands to nourish us. Cooking has been healing for me, an outlet that lets me flow without feeling forced into creation. I understand now why my mom loved it so much. No matter what she was going through, cooking was there to comfort her, provide distraction and allow her to give back to herself and others through nourishment.
As my mom was going through her cancer journey, she chose to eliminate sugar from her diet and incorporate more whole foods. Pinterest became her new love as she was always pinning recipe ideas. I logged onto her account and found hundreds of recipe inspiration. She put multiple hours into sourcing new recipes to meet her new dietary needs. And trust me they were delicious! So as a part of her legacy, I’ve complied all the recipes she spent countless hours in sourcing so that you can have a guidebook of low sugar, whole food, recipe inspiration that you can adapt to be gluten and dairy free if needed. Check out Cindy’s Whole Food, Keto Recipe Guide. She would love knowing that her creations are helping to nourish and help save people time along their journey.
Thank you Mom for the ways you raised us, taught us and provided us with so much love. Thank you for being my greatest teacher and for continuing to hold us from the other side. We love you!0