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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Reflection

reflection: a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation
I have been reflecting on how wonderfully blessed I am in my life. There is joy, pain, weariness, mourning, laughter, family bonds, friendships, music, dancing...many parts that make up the whole of my life. I am blessed beyond words to feel the emotions all these blessings bring to my life. Thankyou to those dear ones who have brought me such gifts.
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. [Ecclesiastes 3:1]"
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"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!"

Shelley, Percy Bysshe



Thursday, September 17, 2009

Transfer


On Tuesday Dad was transferred from the hospital to the Care Home. It is a FAR better place for him. He has his own room and is in the Special Care wing, so he can come and go as he pleases, without the danger of wandering into harms way. We are very impressed with the entire facility and relieved that Dad is not stuck in a hospital bed anymore. Since this Care home is in Pouce Coupe, an hour and half drive away, we're hoping that he'll be transfered back into the Care Home here in town, but otherwise we love that he is in such a nice place.
Mom continues to recoup after her second stroke and just has a slight slur of speech and fatigue remaining.

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Happy Birthday Tyson!! Enjoy the final year before turning into a teen :) We are very proud of you Grandson!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

To Remember Us....

 

I mae this lay-out for Dad and hung it where he can see it often to help him remember us. Maybe this is just for my sake, since I know that eventually he won't recognize us, but...
Since tis is the first day back to school for our B.C. kids, my grandson is entering grade 7 and my grand-daughter is entering grade 2. My youngest grandson is entering grade 1. Wow!!! Even though the first day of school is typically a 1/2 day, I heard lots of excited voices in the school yard this morning :)


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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Path that Twists and Turns

Life is like that path. We never know what is around the next corner....sometimes there is a steep hill down into a shadowed valley, sometimes it meaners along a green meadow, sometimes we hear the thunder of a waterfall or rushing river we need to cross and other times just around the corner there is a rainbow, that reminds us that God is always there.
These past several days have taken me and my family down a path that was very difficult to walk along. Last month my Mom had a small stroke, but bounced back fairly quickly, but last Thursday she had another one, but this time the slurred speech and difficulty walking or using her hands have lingered. Mom was still taking care of my Dad, who has Ahlzheimer's, but acknowledged that she was not coping anymore. Consequently Dad had to be admitted into the hospital until a bed is open in the Care Home. I have four Brothers living in the same town as I and one of my three sisters was here to visit our parents. We all pulled together to make sure both parents are receiving the care they need. While making the mundane arrangements for their care, there is also grief and heart ache that is undescribable. The worst part???...we cannot see around the next corner, even though we can hear a storm approaching...but we look up into the sky and also see the rainbow :)