Small Town Living

The nice part about living in a small town: When you don't know what you're doing, someone else always does.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Update on Mom

If I had another title to this post, it would be, " To God be the glory." That's exactly how I feel today. Mom is getting antsy. This is day 6 in the hospital. The place on her arm that is infected is looking better. She is hoping that maybe today is the day. Yesterday wouldn't have been soon enough for her.

As I was reading my devotion this morning, as usual, it was very timely. John 11:4, NKJV says, "That the Son of God may be glorified through it." We may not understand the whys of this world, but I do know that "God's time" is always "on time." He waits for two reasons: 1) that He may be glorified, and 2) that our faith may be strengthened.

I can praise Him this morning for allowing Mom to have lived through the heart attack and for the knowledge He has given man to perform heart transplants. I can praise Him for the length of time she had the previous pic line in...15 months...a record for her doctors. There is so much that speaks, "God", when I look back over the past 2 1/2 years .

So today I want to stand in the gap for Mom and encourage her. I want her to feel His presence so strong today. His grace is sufficient.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Update on Mom

After talking with Mom this morning, I wanted to give an update on her. After a couple of moves in the hospital, she is now on the Cardiac Floor. They removed the pic line.....aaaah relief. I can just hear her saying that. It's been 15 months y'all. They gave her the longevity award yesterday for the record of having a pic line in. Give it up for Mom!!! Those meds are now going through a regular IV, along with the antibiotics. They cannot put another pic line in until all infection is gone. She had an allergic reaction to some meds last night and her blood pressure was really low this morning.

Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, kind comments and all the love you give to me and my family!

Love to all,

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Prayer Request

Popping in for a quick prayer request.

Mom has been admitted to the hospital. A post or so ago, I asked you to remember her. The pic line has become infected and they are going to keep her for a few days to try and get rid of the infection. Once the infection is gone, they will remove the pic line and try and put it in another vein, hopefully, in her arm. They think they have gotten to it before it got in her bloodstream. I hope so.

Please remember her in your prayers. She is NOT critical and would want me to stress that to you all. Remember she is always fine:) I love her sense of humor. I love her for being so stubborn. I love her for not wanting attention. But, I would feel better knowing that you all are praying for her. Y'all are some prayer warriors. And I thank God for each one of you. We just could not make it without you.

I'll update as often as I can on her condition.

Love to all,

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Favorite Quote

"Stop complaining, move forward in faith, problem (s) solved."

That was a summary of yesterday's Sunday School lesson. And boy was it timely! Thank you Jesus for bringing to remembrance your promise. I needed the scolding.

As you can tell, blogging has been a little lax lately:) I won't go into all the reasons why. But today I had a notion to share with you the aaaahaaa moment I had yesterday with the above quote. It may or may not be of any help to you, but it was exactly the lesson I needed to hear. Work has been stressful. Enough said:) Please pray. Also, I would covet your prayers for Mom. The site where her pic line is, has become infected over the weekend. As you know, this is her life-line and they attempted to try and move it to her chest area, back several months ago, to no avail. She needs this pic line to stay put and be healthy all at the same time. Thank you so much for the prayers!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

War Eagle!

Not:) lol!! I just can't bring myself to know. ;-) Sorry son:)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cutting the Apron Strings

A little at a time we have to cut those apron strings. It hurts. But it's part of life. As I left son #1 at football camp, the unraveling began....165.8 miles, 3 hrs 24 minutes of unraveling...yikes! Thank goodness when something is unraveling, it's still hanging on, maybe just by a thread, but it's still connected. God willing, the string will hang on for a few more years.


Son #2 is also away from the nest....552.9 miles, 11 hr 54 minutes to be exact...double yikes! He's having the time of his life. Vacationing with grandparents is every kids dream. All the fun and ice cream you want!

Thus my somber mood today.

Empty nest syndrome.

But when I see the excitement on their faces when they are experiencing something new, I can't hold them back. It's time to spread their wings and do a little test flight.

Man it's hard.

Praying for their safe return!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sad News

My dear Mawmaw passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 @ 1:00 am, cdt. We were by her side and watched as drew her last breath. She was very peaceful and just went to sleep. We felt God's presence so strongly and rejoiced as He held her hand as she crossed death's river.

We were blessed to have spent the last 5-6 days with her. It was such a time of reflecting and family togetherness that makes one weep and laugh all at the same time. Reminiscing with loved ones about how Mawmaw has always been the heartbeat of our family. She was a care-taker in every way. Very loving and generous with all she had to give. You didn't leave Mawmaw's house without some homemade cat head biscuits and gravy and most time her famous salmon patties to finish it off with. I'll never forget those times of sitting around and listening to her singing the funniest old folk songs you've ever heard, and also the good 'ole gospel sacred harp hymns. We sang those as we sat and watched her spirit leave this world. A true Christian lady would sum her up the best.

I pray that I will remember all that she was and try to be half the woman she was. I will miss her. Would I wish her back? Never. Her dementia is gone. She is reunited with Pawpaw,Uncle Ronnie and all her family and friends that have gone on before her. Most of all she is with Jesus. She has finished her course and kept the faith. For that I'm blessed. Praising God for allowing her to part of my life and the lives of my children.

Love you Mawmaw and look forward to seeing you again someday. Until then....

Monday, June 1, 2009

Please Pray

I've been behind in blogland due to the current crisis our family is in. My Mawmaw had a fall on Thursday afternoon and ended up with 7 staples in the back of her head. From there is has went downhill. She is now under Hospice care and in the hospital. I ask the you please pray for God's will to be done. Our prayer is for Mawmaw to go peacefully and quickly. It's been a long weekend and I'm completely and utterly exhausted. As are the rest of the family. But I'm so honored to sit and hold Mawmaw's hand for as long as she has breathe. She is our rock. I love her more than I can say.

I'll try and update as often as I can. Thank you so much for your love and prayers!