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    Good Morning!

    It is beautiful here - warmer temperatures, no rain, and cooler evening breezes.  Grandma has been moved to the Hospice wing of her nursing home and is about the same.  She is really neither awake nor aware, most of the time, but there are a few lucid moments.  She is comfortable, pain-free, and family is with her almost around the clock.

    I have been thinking about hot weather, being outside, and care for our skin and hair.  I’ve also had ideas for journal entries on sunscreen, and after-sun care.  Natural, of course.  Summer activities with the kiddos, inexpensive vacation ideas, and more on gardening.  Being with grandma brings to mind family stories, as I’ve had the privilege of transcribing her journal.  So, posts on legacy and history are also bouncing around in my head.

    We travel to Tennessee this weekend for our daughter-in-law’s college graduation.  We are very proud of her and it should be a great trip!  GB checked out the I-40 driving conditions since Memphis and areas in western Arkansas are flooding.  There are a few closed roads and some detours, but I-40 eastbound is now open.  The bridge over the Mighty Mississip’ is one, high, scary drive - if you are fearful of bridge driving.  My sister and I always say that you should roll down your windows when you drive on a bridge over a river.  Just in case you fall in and have to get out of your car quickly.  The rest of the family disagrees, but it’s always on my mind.  I even dreamed about going off a bridge in my car, and my sister was with me (along with each of our youngest sons), but we floated down to the river (which was full of alligators) instead of plummeting like a rocket.  We landed with a soft bump, half in, and half out of the water.  Our car windows were down (being smart and prepared for such eventualities), so we were able to avoid the alligators.  Whew!

    Our niece’s college graduation is Saturday as well, and that will take place in Texas.  My sister’s middle child.  This year, for us, will be one of many milestones.  It’s harder than I imagined seeing my nieces and nephews grow and mature - they are becoming fine young men and women.  It is bittersweet when your children step out onto their own life’s path, and step a little away from you.  Rightly so.  We pray that they will remember their roots, make good decisions, and “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).

    My brain is in high gear since it has been a few days without writing on this site.  Hence, the mish-mash of thoughts.  I do miss it when more than one day goes by without posting something.  Enjoy today’s articles (all pages have something new) and thanks for being part of this journey.



    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.