Friday, September 23, 2011

Emotional Week

This week has been physically and emotionally draining for all of us.  On Sunday mom made significant changes and we were all encouraged to come to the house so we could say our goodbyes.  Then Monday came... then Tuesday, etc, and here we are at Friday morning and we are still blessed with her presence.  Although much of her days are spent resting, she occasionally opens her eyes for a few moments and smiles or gives us little kisses.  Those moments are priceless to us.  We are very torn between wanting to have a few more of those special moments with mom, and wanting her to let go and be free from pain.

As a family we have experienced many different emotions this week.  We have also grown even stronger as a family when we sit down to deal with the tough stuff.  Friends and family members have been very supportive, as always.  Some of us haven't left the house since Sunday but we have special friends who have made sure we always have coffee in the mornings and food throughout the day.  Without them, I think it's likely we would forget to take care of ourselves the way we should.

During a good moment on Thursday she wanted to sit up for a few minutes. The sun was setting off of her bedroom balcony so we got her into her wheelchair and opened the blinds so she could sit with her dad and enjoy a special moment.  I have attached the photo above.  Moments like these are very special to everyone right now.

Thanks again for all of the prayers and well wishes for our family.  If you are sending prayers, please pray for strength, closure, and an abundance of love.



  1. Thanks for continuing to update all of us too far away...I continue to pray for peace, comfort and always LOVE!!! Continuing to keep all of you in our prayers and in our hearts.... :)

    ~ Kathy, Victor & Charlie in Oregon

  2. Love you all!!! Sending everything I have!

  3. Thinking of all of you. Family & Friends & the importance of love, smiles, special moments. So much to appreciate, share, and embrace. Love to you.

  4. Thank you for posting that picture of your mom and her dad. Those moments truly do become more precious. My heart goes to you all.

  5. Thats a beautiful picture just like the sunset they are looking at. I pray for strength for all of every morning and every evening. Love and hugs to you. Terri

  6. Wow. So moved. All of your prayer wishes coming your way. I get the "mixed emotions" part of wanting the cling to life with mom, yet want her to be free from pain. My dad died from cancer at age 61. He was here 4 days longer than Hospice anticipated. It was his gift to us, so we could have closure. Your mom is surely giving you, and her bazillion friends, the same. Still "giving" to others. Amazing.

    Love, love, love the sunset photo with Dad. What a treasure and with such deeper meaning. Tears.

    Love and Hugs to All,
    Julie Hepper

  7. All my prayers and love to your family. I have been following this blog since the beginning. May you all know peace. Your mom has been such an amazing inspiration to us all. May God grant her eternal peace and may we all rejoice and celebrate her strength and courage as she begins her journey to be reunited with her beloved Rick.

  8. What a precious photo taken this week. You all have constantly been on my mind, Keeping you in my prayers and hoping your Mom is able to let go so she can reunite with her sweetheart and other loved ones that have passed before her, She is one AMAZING lady that has brought up o e AMAZING family! Love to all!!

  9. parying for strength, closure and an abundance of love.....

    the sadness is truly overwhelming

  10. Not a day goes by that you and the family are not on all of our minds and in our hearts. Sending whatever strength and love you can glean from all of us to help you through this trying heartfelt thanks to all of you for allowing us to be an extension of your family in this trying time and you all more than words can express~~~

  11. I don't know you, have never met you, I found you from a friend of a friend of a friend. I was in your shoes just a few short months ago, and I lost my Mom to Lung Cancer in June. The last days were the most precious moments of our lives, soak up every single second, and hold her hand every moment you can. Hospice care are God's angels on earth.
    My prayers and wishes to you and your family.