Today was a difficult one, yet filled with so many blessings. Our Hospice family has returned, and how sweet it was to see them again. Mama’s admission into hospice was Becky’s first assignment with this company, and she was back to admit Daddy. She was so shocked to see the weightloss Daddy has experienced just since last November. Becky is the grandmother of an almost 4 year old, as I am – although she doesn’t even look like she could have grown children, much less grandchildren! She and I talked about the wonder we experience over our grandchildren. She lost her mother several years ago, too. In many ways she “came alongside” us as a real person who has experienced real joys and sorrows.
A short while after Becky left, Ms. LuAnn arrived. She was Mama’s hospice nurse, and she is going to oversee Daddy’s care, as well. Ms. LuAnn truly helped us through Mama’s last days. What a comforter she is! And gives the best bear hugs ever! Ms. LuAnn stayed until after 5, just visiting, loving, encouraging. When she was ready to go, she asked if we could pray together. She took our hands and prayed, asking the Lord to care for us and to comfort Daddy. She was indeed a blessing!
It’s funny (odd) to feel so blessed, yet hurt so much, in one single day! Daddy wasn’t feeling his best today. He didn’t feel like getting out of bed until quite late. When we did get him up and in the living room, he looked almost pitiful sitting in his chair. This morning he asked Jeanne if we had any apples, he thought he might enjoy a baked apple. The Lord is so gracious and loving – a precious neighbor brought over a freshly baked apple pie! It was so good! And even better than eating it ourselves was seeing Daddy eat a nice serving of the apples! He almost licked the bowl. That was wonderful to see!
As one of my Xanga friends so sweetly reminded us, “our God is a sovereign God who determines the lengths of our days and will take your father home to Himself when it is the right time.” So we would not even attempt to guess how long our Lord will leave our Daddy here with us. What we do know is that with his appetite so low and the many other issues he has going against him, he may well not be up to or even aware of visitors. Another blessing in the midst of the sadness of the times is that my kids are ALL coming the first week of April! We are so thankful they will see their Granddad, and WE get to enjoy them for several days! Praise the Lord, the Giver of good gifts!
It’s time to get Daddy to bed. Since we’ve been home from the hospital, Daddy has not been able to walk more than a few steps. Bill is out of town, so Jeanne is here to help me with Dad. I’d love for her to get to go home soon!
Thank you all for your prayers – they minister to our hearts so much!
God bless your day!