I had hoped to post during the holiday weekend, even just a quick picture post, but never had the time! So we are now on the way home from Pensacola, and I am finally making time to get on Xanga. I’ve actually been putting it off for almost 300 miles because I don’t even know where to begin! So, as the Mad Hatter says, I’m going to start at the beginning, and when I get to the end, I’ll stop!
Several months ago (don’t worry, I’m not going to give a detailed account of the last several months!) I made a declaration to the family that I was going to go to my little girl’s house for Thanksgiving this year if it hairlips the government! I wasn’t thinking about how it would put Jeanne out. To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about anyone but myself and my need to see my baby!
Well, my sweet sister changed her annual plans to stay home with Mama so I could go to Florida with Bill and Dannye Reigh for a Thanksgiving visit with Pamela and Will. Of course, at the time, we had no idea that Mama’s health would be failing so quickly. She has been declining for years, but it has been rather slowly. So as I was preparing to leave last week, Mama is talking about her last days on this earth! What a difficult time I had going ahead with my plans! Wednesday morning as I was checking on her at about 4:30, she was lying in her bed awake, and it was all I could do to go ahead and get in the car!
I did get in the car, though, and we headed out for 4+ days of R&R at Pam and Will’s in Florida. Little did I know what was ahead for Jeanne and Dave, and for Bill’s family while we were out of pocket.
Before I talk about the rough spots going on at the home front, I want to tell you about our visit. Pamela works until 2:45 daily, so we planned to get to her house at the same time she did. We beat her there by about 10 minutes, and while we were waiting in their yard Will came by driving his schoolbus! He stopped when he saw us and opened the house for us. We still wanted to watch for Pamela, so we stood outside waiting. When she came there was lots of hugging and kissing going around! It was so good to see my Baby Girl!!. Will rode up on his bicycle amidst the hugging and received his share of Petty love, and then the unloading and Thanksgiving prep began!
I left home exhausted and hoping for 500 miles or so of sleep. I slept for possibly 100 miles, so arrived at Pamela’s pretty doggone weary. I stayed up as long as I could, but even while awake I was little to no help! Thursday morning was some better, and we actually had Thanksgiving Dinner really close to the time we set!
Other guests at our Thanksgiving Feast were Kenny, my nephew who attends PCC; Matt, Will’s best friend; and Chris and his lovely wife Emily, dear friends of Pamela and Will’s.
Lots of laughter, lots of thanksgiving and praise to our Lord, and LOTS of food! We had turkey and dressing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, an amazing warm cranberry sauce that Matt made, mashed potatoes, gravy, and my sister’s/sister-in-law’s recipe for Hot Rich Rolls. Our desserts included Spectacular Pumpkin Pie, German Chocolate Cake, Lemon Pie, chocolate truffles, and Cheesecake-filled pumpkin cupcakes. It was all good, and my diet suffered greatly! I’m not going to “fall on my sword” over it, though. I am drawing a squiggly line on the calendar tonight and getting right back on tomorrow! That will be difficult, too, because Jeanne and Karla had loads of leftovers, and I know how wonderful their meal was!
Friday morning we girls were supposed to go shopping at 4, but in the night I received a phone call from Jeanne about Mama around 1 a.m. and after talking with her for awhile, I just wasn’t able to go with them. Dan and Pamela went, though, and had a grand time! Pamela even had to be at work at 8! She got off at 2:45, so the three of us went back out among the Black Friday shoppers and found more bargains! My biggest hope of the day was to get my grandbabies their Christmas outfits. Emily graciously allows me to do this, and I have a blast searching for the perfect outfits! I try to allow for the bitter Minnesota winters, but admit that Arulai’s is always a dress, although I do add either tights or leggings with it. The dress I found is so adorable, and I was able to coordinate Titus pretty well with her. Em said if I ship it pretty quickly, they can wear them for their family Christmas photos. Believe me, they are going out tomorrow!
Friday night was a very special time – Fine Arts. PCC has a Fine Arts production regularly, and the students and guests dress up in formal attire for the event. This one was a play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder. It was a little wierd, but I truly enjoyed it. None of the rest of our party liked it much at all. (Emily, I think you might have been right there with me, but not sure. It was a bit melancholy, and had an odd ending.) Whether the play was good or bad, we all were beautiful in our formal clothing, and had fun simply being together. We took pictures, but those are on Dan’s camera, so I don’t know when I’ll see them!
Saturday meant a bit more shopping, then the trimming of Pam and Will’s tree! That was so much fun! Pamela’s tree is gorgeous done up in red and white, mostly candy cane striped ornaments.
Will fixed his train to circle the tree, and did a marvelous job decorating it and making certain it could run without interference from shifting gifts, etc. I hope to get some pics of their finished tree soon – it was truly beautiful! We listened to Christmas music and then watched Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara. It’s my favorite version. I don’t have anything against the other versions. I just love this one. Kenny came back for awhile then, too. I love my Kenny-Dan!
This morning we went to worship at Pam and Will’s church. They had a visiting missionary preacher, and he brought a touching, convicting message. God is at work in that little church. We had to be all packed up when we left for church because we needed to get on the road immediately after the service, and we did pretty well. Saying goodbye to my Baby Girl was made a bit easier knowing she and Will are coming to Texas for Christmas, and we’ll have them for about 10 days!
We have gone through much traffic, especially in Louisiana, but it seems fairly clear now. This is the boring part of the trip, not much to see, and just miles of I-10 stretched out before us!
So about that phone call in the middle of the night Thursday/Friday. Jeanne called to let me know that Mama had a pretty bad fall and was not doing well. She had had a bad day, and wasn’t able to walk at all. When she was trying to get to the potty (just a step) she fell and scraped her leg really badly. Jeanne was helping her, but Mama was a dead weight and got her feet tangled up. It was a wonder she and Jeanne weren’t both badly hurt, but it seemed that other than Mama’s wounded leg, they weren’t seriously injured. Mama began to go downhill after that, though, and Jeanne was scared to death! When she called me we decided to see how Mama was in the morning, and call her doctor then. Neither of us thought she would rally after that, but she did, albeit not very strongly. She has not been well since, but has been some better. I don’t know what the week ahead holds for me, but I am praying we will all be ready. I do know God’s grace is always sufficient for what His hand brings our way.
To add to our worries about Mama, Bill received a message that his Mom had to be taken to the ER Thursday evening with chest pains. I won’t go into all the details, but after several tests, it is decided that Mrs. Petty, who also has Alzheimer’s Disease, has gallstones and will require surgery tomorrow (Monday). Memaw also has pancreatitis. My sweet hubby has a difficult week ahead of him, as well! We are so thankful that it wasn’t her heart causing the scare, and pray she can somewhat understand what’s going on. My mom-in-law is the sweetest person I’ve ever known, and it is too painful to see her hurting or frightened.
Well, we’re getting fairly close to Texas, and I’m getting off here. I pray your Thanksgiving was a blessing, and that the upcoming days are filled with joy!
God bless your day!