My cousin (more like kindred spirit. Sister. Best friend), Karen, gave the family a plethora of wonderful gifts for Christmas. All of us were just overjoyed with the things inside this huge box! One thing tagged for "Pramps" had me very intrigued. It is called a Milagros Cross.
|My Milagros Cross from Karen|
I knew I had to make one. My cousin Bernadette also fell in love with the idea. She and I began discussing and sharing sites that sold Milagros charms. We excitedly planned out, across the miles on FB chat, how we could make ours in our own unique ways. I remembered that my mother had a sterling silver charm bracelet - with nothing but heart charms on it (Way before I was even thought about. One charm is stamped '1941').
|It also bears the initials of my mom's first husband, "R.A.L." (Robert A. Loftgren)|
Here is the bracelet.
|For my Ma's beautiful sister, Connie.|
|Franciso Juan? Frank Estrada, Jr.? Certainly not Frank A. Gambino, but I'll take it.|
So you see, a Milagros Cross is a very personal thing. Just like religion is to me. I don't really consider myself to be a Catholic, anymore, but I am a very, VERY spiritual being. I pray all the time, and I am very close to God. I feel closer to God now, than I ever have in my entire life. It's like my dad used to always tell me; "You don't need a fancy, gilded building to be close to Christ. Christ and God are with you wherever you go. No matter how you choose to be close to them, as long as you keep the communication going."
Anyway, I'm off to go make lunch. I may research 'how to make a wooden cross.' Or maybe I will clean first.