Saturday, June 21, 2008

THANK GOD I'M NOT AN ONLY CHILD

Thank you to everyone who has checked on me, by blog, email, or phone. I appreciate all your concern. I did have a couple of rough days this week, and I was unable to continue as I was. I needed some time to myself, and after reading the blog of a friend and taking to heart her advice (even though it wasn't meant for me it really hit home), I fell back and regrouped. It was Claudia who wrote about putting on your own oxygen mask first before helping someone else, and those words jumped out at me. I needed some oxygen! Yesterday was a day of recovery, and after pampering myself with lunch with my daughter Kari and granddaughters Kjirsten and Katie, picking up a couple of necessities at Target, and then having coffee with my friend Charlie, I began to feel human again. And I slept good last night for the first time in many days, so when I woke up this morning I was refreshed and ready to face life again.

Yesterday at Target I actually bought more than a couple of necessities. I found some CD's were on sale, so I started looking through them. I bought myself three CD's! I have never in my life bought three CD's at one time before, but I thought finding Josh Groban for $9.99 was a good deal, so I bought all three!

Today my three sisters and my sister-in-law and I worked at the apartment that we moved mom and my sister into less than three short months ago. We went through cupboards and sorted and packed, getting things ready for my sister to move to a smaller one bedroom apartment now that mom is in the nursing home. We divided up some family heirloom glassware and other pretty glassware and mom's cup and saucer collection. It was a long day, but we got a lot accomplished.

The best part of the day was that our cousin from Wisconsin brought his mom, our mom's sister, down to see her today. It was so good that they got to see each other! Each of us girls also spent some time with mom, as did granddaughter Kjirsten and her boyfriend. So mom had a lot of visitors today.

After church tomorrow those of us in town will go down to visit mom again, and then maybe go out for brunch together. I love my siblings and am so glad we have each other during these tough days. I can't imagine being an only child and going through this alone.

5 comments:

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

Oh, how special for your mom to get to see her sister. And I'm glad too you have siblings. And that they are helping you. In so many families this sort of thing falls on one person, even if there are siblings. I'm so glad for you that is not the case. I hope for you a wonderful tomorrow. And I'm glad you took some time for yourself. But it didn't go un noticed that you checked on me nearly every day, and for that I am thankful to you. (I like Josh Groban too.) Sending lots of prayers of love to you.

Lisa J said...

I too am glad you took time out for yourself. It may have felt a little selfish knowing you and your big heart. But I assure you it was not selfish at all. You will/were so much more able to take care of the issues at hand because of it. I still admire you and your strength, and I am finding that Robbin with 2b's has had a lot on her plate as well. I admire strong women and would like to think I am one also, but when it comes to my family I don't know if that will be the case or not. So connecting with people through blogging has given me an insight and strength that I feeel I will draw from in the years to come. I just hope it will not be in the near future but we none never know. I wish like anything you would take a break and come to Oklahoma and see us here. Maybe with time you will be able to do that. In the meantime I will keep you up to date with pictures! How does that sound? (ps I like Josh Groban as well.) You were lucky to find three cd's on sale, good for you and maybe it wasn't luck after all......hugs to you my friend. Keep taking care.

Lisa J said...

Hope you are having some good days. No, I hope you are having some good minutes, hours then days. Take it one minute at a time huh? Take care and we will be here for an update when you can.

Lisa J said...

Just checking on you, know you are really busy, but just wanted to say hello to my friend. Hope you are getting things done that you need to, and getting a little rest that you NEED. Take care, and please know I am thinking of you.

Sage said...

Thanks for checking up on me, Lisa. We have been busy, but I'm going to try to take time to post tonight. Until then......Marge