The Next Baby Step


Daddy 2008
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!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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3 Responses to The Next Baby Step

  1. Abbiegirl says:

    Sorry about your dad, but Glad, Em, Nate, Roo and Ty get to visit Y’all!

  2. sigh. . . sometimes God tells us to just hang on to Him. . . today is one of those days for me, and I know that is your life story right now.  

  3. maryhurlbut says:

    My first thought was “What a handsome photo of your dad”. How blessed we are to have photos of all our loved ones.And how blessed we are to have hospice to help us in this season of life…God has blessed you with two precious ladies.Praying for you and your family

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