Remember and Celebrate

Category: Caregiving for Elderly Parents aka “Blessing Journey”

June 14, 2014

Making it easier for your kids!

Proverbs 20:7 (The Message) God-loyal people, living honest lives make it much easier for their children.   Today is the first Father’s day without my dad.  I knew this day would come and used to wonder how I'd every survive.  The grace in this loss is that I had him for a long time.  He...

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June 7, 2014

Today’s Experience

Losing an elderly parent "when it's time" . . . It’s a strange unpredictable mix of feelings It's hard to file these feelings into folders marked Grief Gladness Relief Sadness It's more like the "curious blend" I referenced here on this blog a couple of weeks ago the day after my dad died. Confusing at...

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May 24, 2014

One Generation to Another

Psalm 145:4 Generation after generationstands in awe of your work;each one tells storiesof your mighty acts. This we will do. It is up to us now to tell of God’s mighty acts. Papa Neckie, as he is affectionately known by his Great Granddaughters has now joined Great Grandma in heaven.They are no longer here to...

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May 17, 2014

Heritages, Endings and Beginnings

Psalm 61:5b Thou hast given us the heritage of those who fear the Lord. Today my dad is in heaven. After being ill just one day, he is gone. He loved his God and he loved preaching. In short - He Loved.The.Ministry. Several years ago he told me: “I have never quite gotten over it...

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April 24, 2014

The Year Easter Found me (When I Thought I Had Lost It)

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August 13, 2013

Come to me LORD

Written May 12, 2013 Dad has been home with us for two weeks after breaking his hip and going through rehab for 4 weeks. This will be his home now. It's a hard adjustment for us. Dad is happy to be here, but unable to understand the upheaval we are going though as we adjust...

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August 7, 2013

Trust: Peace when I cannot see.

  LORD: On this misty, rainy morning I sit here at the lake under the pavilion, pondering what it means to really trust You. It's been on my mind a lot lately. . So many changes Things happening I never expected, Things I couldn't control. Life feeling like it's upside down. Such a mystery -...

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September 11, 2012

Rest for the Mind and comfort

August 2009:  I am exhausted, in need of comfort, having spent the past two months intensely caring for mom and dad.  At last,  a chance to get away for a few quiet days at our favorite place.  Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin I’ll  catch up, process, plan, get organized.  As I share with Galen how exhausted I...

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October 4, 2011

Blessing Journey part 2b :) A Tribute to My Village

More villagers come to mind, as I reflect on that time in our lives.  It has been good for me to “Remember” and have this way of “Celebrating” my villagae. * Lorri who created a beautiful display out of all the things I gathered as a tribute to mom. * friends in Morton who cared...

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October 3, 2011

Blessing Journey Part 2 – A tribute to My “Village”

I will never forget: *  My husband, Galen  who loves my parents as his own and is my rock when I am falling apart. No one could have it better than I do when it comes to a spouse who honors his in-laws. *  Cousin Janet who kept me from flying apart by phone from Virginia  when...

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