Archive | December 2022

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Only To Trust

Other than getting well and trying to trust in God, I have no resolutions for the upcoming year. This year in particular has taught me that I’m better off if I don’t anticipate or have expectations. But that’s not meant in a negative way. One quote that struck me today was by Henri Nouwen, “If […]

Holy Family

Today my mom read in “The Word Among Us” the scripture reading Sirach 3:2-6,12-14 for the Feast of the Holy Family. Then we read the beautiful reflection that really hit home. It said in part: “On this Feast of the Holy Family, let’s consider what it means to take care of our loved ones. Of […]

Checking Mail

Today I decided I had enough energy to start going through the mail. It had been at least 2 weeks since we had been through it and there was quite a pile. We took our time and handled each piece as needed. There were several Christmas cards and it was nice to read notes from […]

Backwards Day

In a strange turn of daily events, I heard mom get up this morning, but struggled to get myself out of bed. When I finally made it upstairs, I found her doing her laundry. I just had to help her with the detergent. She did 2 loads of her laundry, took a shower, did the […]

Trying to Recover

This morning I got up disgusted with the pile of sicky sheets and blankets on my bed. After 10 days of illness, I figured that was probably a good sign. I also figured it was probably a blessing that I can’t smell right now. So I stripped the bed and got the sheets in the […]

It Is A Wonderful Life

My mom and I watched, “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2 parts as she can’t sit and watch TV for long. We watched the ending tonight and were both bawling. I’m sure that was good for our sinuses. It is pretty easy for me to wave the white flag when things are going lousy and […]

COVID Christmas

Mom and I were blessed today despite it being a COVID Christmas. We are incredibly grateful that Mom still has pretty mild symptoms. This morning I got out the Christmas tablecloth and put away the Advent wreath to mark the change of atmosphere. We Zoomed with family and opened a couple of presents that made […]

Such Encouragement

My mom woke up early this morning coughing. She had a sore throat and runny nose, but luckily still no fever. The doctor’s office called as we were finishing breakfast to let us know they could do the virtual appointment right away. The PA was a true gift from God as all good gifts are. […]

Didn’t Last

When my mom got up this morning, I saw the way she looked exhausted and heard her raspy voice and tested her for COVID. Sure enough, it was positive. Despite my best efforts,  she caught the virus. That put an abrupt end to caregiving help. I called the doctor right away. She has an appointment […]

Banished to the Basement

Today the hired caregiver came over to care for my mom while I try not to infect her with COVID and try to recover. It was very strange to be banished to the basement and listen to a complete stranger take care of my mom. Surreal and a blessing at the same time. I was […]