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    Friday
    Jun102011

    Home on Sunday

    GB is on the road - driving back to TX to pick me up and take me home.  It’s been a grand week with my mother-in-law.  The to-do list has been pared down, and those items left can be taken care of next week.  She’s faced this first week without her husband with faith, grace, and resilience.  She’s had several sad, sad moments and she knows there will be more.  God will help her overcome, as will family and friends.  Her church family will continue to comfort and serve her, as Jesus comforted and served.

    I am happy to go back to my sweet Arkansas home.  Ready to work in the gardens, do some painting, and get back into the daily routine.  Which is really not a routine at all.  Each day is unique - my mornings start out the same on most days, but after breakfast there’s no telling what activity might peak my interest.  It is with thanksgiving that I face my days.  Glad to be home full-time (I am a homebody extraordinaire!), happy to spend time with my mother-in-law, thrilled that a large extended family is close so we can get together often, excited that my sister is off for the summer (maybe we can bowl with Mother and Daddy more often), joyful that I can spend time with nieces and nephews who are home for the summer (minus one)…I could go on and on.  But, more than all those blessings, I REALLY miss my dear husband!

    We’re all hoping for rain.  Which is just extraordinary considering our wild and wet spring.  My rain barrel and water buckets are low, so that means it really needs to rain soon.  If you’ve not read my post on water usage and conservation, here is the link.  And if you have, give it another read.  I like it.

    Wednesday
    May042011

    Update and Sunshine

    Grandma, thankfully, is recovering from her episode.  It was not a stroke but a debilitating seizure.  It has been determined that a fast-growing, malignant brain tumor caused the seizure, and the doctors believe the tumor has been growing since her stroke a few months ago.  As of yesterday afternoon, she was alert and responsive - the medications reduced swelling in and around her brain, which allowed her body to revive itself somewhat.

    She will not recover from this new frailty, and we are praying for ease of passing, and that she will enjoy visits with friends and family.  We will travel to be with her by the end of the week, and hope to see others of our family while we’re there.  Grandma, thankfully (again), is prepared for the end of her life here, knowing that an eternity of living is waiting for her.  We are happy that she is our grandma and we will treasure her good example and pass on her heritage of family and love.  God has blessed her, and us.

    The sun is out and it is warming up nicely.  The ground is drying out, so planting and gardening can now commence (and re-commence).  I’m full of things to say and write about.  As I mentioned in my last article, May is rich and full, and I imagine parts of our adventures will find their way onto paper (or the computer monitor) soon enough.

    There are new posts on the other three journal pages:  The Healthy Home, Kids at Home, and The Nourishing Home.  I hope you enjoy reading them - I certainly enjoy sharing.  Enjoy the rest of your week and remember to count your blessings.

    Tuesday
    May032011

    Life to the Full

    It looks kind of like a rainforest outside this morning.  We’ve had more rain the past couple of days and cool temperatures (down to 34 last night).  It’ very foggy, with drooping tree limbs and the occasional dripping.  Neat.

    It’s been eventful around here lately - with the blessing of guests, both overnight and for an evening.  We are gearing up for a May full of travels and milestones.  There are three graduates in the extended family, our daughter-in-law and a niece from college and another niece from high school.  We’ll travel to watch our new daughter ‘walk’ the commencement stage, and then join with friends and family to celebrate the niece’s graduations.  A nephew is coming home from his travels for a while, another niece has taken a job that will require a move from home, and our own three kiddos will be here to visit at the end of the month.  May, for all of us, also includes a 22nd birthday, a 52nd birthday, a 25th wedding anniversary, and a 52nd wedding anniversary.  May is full of transitions, homecomings, and family gatherings.

    And then, last evening, Daddy called to tell us that he and mother were packing to leave town - grandma had suffered a massive stroke.  She fell a few months ago, breaking an ankle, and it was determined then that a stroke had caused her fall.  She has been in the hospital, in rehab, and is now in assisted living.  Doing well, making progress, and back to her old self.  She turned 89 this past February.

    Tests last night revealed a brain mass.  She was too weak to have an MRI, so they hope to do that today.  We (GB, my siblings and families) are awaiting word this morning and preparing ourselves to leave to be with grandma and the family sometime over the next few days.  The children, and grandchildren, have all been called and everyone is thinking about and praying for our grandma.

    Twists and turns.  A life well lived is full of joy and sorrow.  If this is grandma’s time to be with the Lord, then we are so thrilled for her.  Today, I will enjoy my company; and stay prepared to face whatever comes.