Walking into Wesley Woods Nursing
Home before the break of day was
what the morning of Thanksgiving Day
looked like for me. I needed to go
and relieve our night nurse
and sit with my precious dad
to make sure he was okay and didn't
get up and didn't get combative.
I had no problem being there for him...
just as he has always been there for me.
I was just sad that this is where
we found ourselves.
On my drive to Wesley Woods
early that morning, I heard a sermon
on K-Love (or one of the Christian
stations I love). Interesting
the many different ways God
speaks to us when we need it most!
The sermon was about
WHAT to be THANKFUL FOR:
Faith, Family, Friends,
Finances and the Future ~
meaning our ultimate future which
is all that matters.
I literally took sermon notes
when I pulled into the parking lot
and then texted them to my mom
and sisters:) The sermon reminded
me that we must keep our eyes on
the prize which is our ultimate
future if we believe in Jesus Christ
like we do. This future is
the one that includes Travis being
whole and able AND now one
where my Dad will be whole and healthy.
About that same time my dear
friend from high school, Jeremy,
sent this verse to encourage me:
Obviously our Thanksgiving was FAR
from normal, but I tried to make it
special for my sweet little family.
She's my little light.
The zoomed in photos Hadlee
loves to take of Hudson
provide me with much laughter:)
God bless this little guy.
He's such a comfort to my broken heart...
I've said this a hundred times...
but it's true ~
God knew we needed this little love.
Then there's my Big Boy!!!
I couldn't make it without him!
I can't even remember what brought
on this impromptu photo session;)
Troy had gone to do something
for my mom. A very rare moment
when I was ready and he was not,
so I guess that brought on a photo shoot;)
It's amazing how my heart can be
so hurt and troubled and broken,
yet FULL because of who surrounds me.
Full of Laughter!
Full of Giggles!
Full of Gratitude!!!
Full of LOVE!
Thank you, Lord!
Everything with my dad was so
fresh and difficult,
we just couldn't pull together a Thanksgiving.
Quite honestly, I didn't want to...
not with my dad in the current situation.
And with my sweet mother ~
completely and utterly devastated.
My sisters and I were heartbroken
and we just kinda decided to write
off this year's Thanksgiving.
You have to do that sometimes.
BUT...I do have three very special
little loves who deserve a Thanksgiving.
They are luckily very
much like their Mama and could
care less about food ~ even on
Thanksgiving Day! ha!
Therefore, Whataburger worked for us!!!
The five of us were together...
THAT is what matters:)
These three fun and precious souls...
they know all wasn't right in our little world,
but they plugged on not having
me around much the last two weeks
yet loving me all the same.
I made some sopapillia cheesecakes
for the morning and evening staffs.
We were so thankful for some of them
and the way they were accepting us and
loving us and taking care of our dad.
It's the VERY least I could do.
God bless their souls having to
work on Thanksgiving Day.
Mother spent the day by Dad's side.
with Whataburger to Go;)
We all piled in Dad's room!
This wasn't our first Thanksgiving
spent in a medical facility...
Joy? Well, Joy, our new friend
brought us JOY! :)
I still can't understand or believe
how quickly all of this happened.
He hardly knew us:(
BUT that wasn't/isn't going to
stop us from loving him
through whatever this ugly disease brings!
Of all of us, he had such a special
heart for Hadlee.....
Then we all moved out into the hall.
Beatrice visited us;)
What a picture...my three loves
standing outside my dad's new room
with a picture hung outside so he could
see his picture to find his way
back to his room.
A new world I wish we'd never
been introduced to.....
Proud of the awesome
sign her class made for PaPa!!!
Sweet Grandmother...we LOVE you.
Our new friends brought us
much laughter! They are all
so funny and precious ~
you have to laugh.
Very last minute, Troy decided
to grill out steaks for us that night!
Hadlee set the table...
Sweet little Mama trying to make
our day special:)
Everything is special to me
with these four.......
Our Thanksgiving Day ended
with us being so very grateful
for each other!
I hope my children will carry this
day and the message from it
all the days of their lives...
it was one I tried to teach them
all day long (and another key point
in that sermon I had heard on the
radio early that morning!!!):
Thanksgiving is NOT
a choice of circumstance!
Very, very early the next morning
there I was walking into Wesley Woods
again to be with my Dad...
THANKFULLY, the nurses
already had him out of bed
and had put him in his chair.
His night had been okay and he
was sleeping again....
one I learned much from and will
carry with me, but also one I'm
still going to write off!!!