Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 8: I Am Thankful For Sleep

I never realized how thankful I would be for a full nights sleep and my own bed to sleep in, until now. My brother and I have been taking turns staying with our parents to have one of us to help take care of Momma. The nights can be long but we are thankful to be able to take care of her. I am also thankful for sleep and my own bed. Blessings!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6: I Am Thankful For My Freedoms

On today we have have the ability to voice and exercise our freedoms fought and gave to us by so many gone on before us. You see freedom was nor ever will be free. Someone has to suffer, die and pay consquences for those freedoms. Today was the most swonderful way to exercise our freedom, by voting. No matter who you vote for (which it really does matter to me-LOL!) you should take advantage of that freedom. Exercise your voice, let it be heard. Praise God we are free! No matter who takes office in the Oval Office in the new year, God is still in control! Blessings!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 5: I AM Thankful For: Time

I am so thankful for each day, each hour, each minute that I am given to love my family. To just be here is such a gift. You know we are not promised tomorrow. Yesterday was a rough day for Momma. We got here settled and calm so I went home to see my precious children and husband for a couple of hours. When I came back Momma was in less than stable condition. The Hospice nurse was called, meds were switched and life was a vapor, literally. Family was there and we were given time. My Uncle and Aunt drove in from North Carolina, when my Uncle sit down beside Momma she smiled. It was the first expression of the afternoon for her. As the next few hours progressed Momma came to life and was talking, vividly. She ate the most she had eaten in days and we were given a little more time. We know this is the high before the low and before the end, which will be Momma's beginning in heaven. So today I am thankful, just thankful for the time God has extended us. Thank you Lord for this time. Blessings!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Day 4: I AM Thankful For MY Sister-In - Laws!

Today has been a hard day for our family. My Mom was doing quite poorly earlier in the day. My brother's wife cooked for our whole family today, a delicious roast, carrotts and potatoes and 2 kinds of pudding for Mom. She also sent jello and some other other items. She took blankets and bedding home and laundered them since our washer was full. She also picked up some meds for Mom tonight. She is so precious.

My husband's oldest sister despite having to get up at 3:30 am to go to work came at 5pm and stayed with our boys while John came and stayed with me at my parent's house. When I got home she had done laundry and dishes, put things away and straightened the house up as well as played with and read to our sweet boys.

Thank you Lord for these two precious ladies that our boys get to call "aunt"!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day 3: I Am Thankful For My Children

I am thankful for our children! Our boys are now 6 year olds who never hold a dull moment. They give the best hugs and when they say, "I love you, Mommy" it melts my heart. I my dream was always to become a wife and a mommy. Thank you Lord for my blessings!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Day 2: Thankful for My Husband

My heart is so full. The road we are going down is not an easy one but I praise the Lord for giving John to me. We have been married for 14 years we dated 23 months prior to that. He is my rock and my heart. He knows me better than anyone, he can say what I am thinking before I can. :)

We have been through so much. He has taken on a load so I can be with my Momma during these days. He has taken on extra duties with the boys and with household things as well as farm things. He holds me and wipes my tears. He prays over me and my family. He loves me unconditionally. He is wonderful! Thank you Lord for choosing such a wonderful husband for me.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day 1: Thankful for Momma

I am so thankful today. I have had the most rotten attitude the last few weeks and have not been able to see my blessings. A few weeks ago on our 14th wedding anniversary my Mom's care was relinquished to Hospice. Life has been hard and a few months is just not enough. Now with her quickly declining life time has been reduced even more to just a couple of weeks. While the Lord above is the only one that knows how many breaths we have left, Hospice is pretty accurate most of the time. To see Mom declining so rapidly has been undescribily painful. We serve a good God but HIS plans are often not meant to be understood.  Trying not to question HIM, I decided tonight to just praise HIM.

I am so thankful for the 36 years I have had with her. I sleep with the "daughter" throw over me each night that she gave to me two Christmas' ago. The last thing she bought me herself.  I treasure the Friday night talk to had while lying in her bed just 2 days after Hospice came in. I had no idea that would be the last conversation that she would be able to actively participate in.

Headed back to my parents' house to give Momma her breathing treatment, give her meds and tuck her in. I am blessed! While my heart breaks multiple times a day while taking care of her. I praise HIM. When I carry her, I carry the "yellow umbrella". And praise God, HE carries us ALL! Blessings!