The last thing I remember, it was Thanksgiving. I can't believe that it's the end of April now. So much has happened since Thanksgiving, but it's almost like time stood still in my mind and we are still back at the end of November.
I feel like I've been through a whirlwind. Life was good and going along at a busy, yet predictable pace. We had a simple yet lovely Thanksgiving with my parents at their assisted living facility. I'm so thankful that we had this gathering. I'm so thankful to have memories of eating, talking and laughing with them, as it was the last happy family gathering I would have with my parents. We hugged and kissed and said our good-byes.
That weekend I decorated the whole house for Christmas except for the tree.
I'm so thankful that I got it all done and even packed away all of the storage boxes.
I went to work that Monday, November 28th and received a call that my Mamma was very, very ill and expected to die. Time seemed to have stopped at that moment.here to read the story).
Sometimes when life throws a curve ball (or two) I feel like I can't handle it, but I don't even know why I allow myself to think like that because the hard truth is, there is no choice about it. We all have to go through difficult times. I am writing this post to encourage others with life's difficulties and also to remind myself that, no I can't handle it on my own, but God can! God gave me strength. He held me up. His Word comforted me. He surrounded me with amazing people to help hold me up in prayer as well as support me in other ways. I am truly thankful and never want to forget God's blessings.
These are some of the things that happened since that somber day.
I was so worried about my Daddy. I had to see him, so my husband and I drove out to see Daddy to check on him. He was so very heartbroken. He just lost his other beautiful half. But the good news is that he was eating and the aids that work there told us he slept good. I'm so thankful for the sweet girls who work at his home, they love him and are almost like daughter's to him, so while it was very difficult to leave him, I knew he was in good hands. Also, the other residents have become family to him and there's always so much life and activity there.
After we left Daddy, we swung into a Christmas tree lot and bought our tree. I was so thankful that I had the house decorated before Mamma started to pass, it would have been so stressful if I hadn't even started or if I was right in the middle with boxes everywhere.
I am so thankful for the bereavement benefits my job offers, they gave me four paid days off. I didn't have to work the whole week, which was such a blessing. The next couple of days I pretty much just prayed, thought, cried and rested.
He worked 72 hours straight through the first three days of the storm. While he was not actually working directly on the power lines, he was doing very dangerous work with downed power lines and dangerous trees and limbs resting on power lines. I was so worried because he was so new at the job, but also that he was working non-stop and I was worried about him getting so fatigued. Not to mention he was working in terrible conditions with the freezing rain still coming down.
|Happier times at our Christmas party in 2013.|
Anyway, Eric, Rachelle and I worked several hours and made a lot of progress cleaning up their place.
I was relieved that later that day when he called the dentist the dentist asked to see him and they got him on antibiotics.
For now though, I'm thankful for everything God brought us through. I'm thankful that He has comforted me through the loss of my beautiful mother. No matter what life brings, God is with me.
"Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you." Deuteronomy 31:8