21 March 2014

Bump...

Ha, ha! Not sure if Blogger will delete a blog if it is inactive for too long. So this is just a precautionary post. This blog contains a lot of family history, so I want to keep it here, but my main blogging activity is taking place at Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint.

See you there!

26 December 2013

If you don't find new posts here...

please check out my "Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint" blog. It's getting a little difficult to post in both places, so I think I'll begin mixing art and family blogging on that blog. Hopefully, this one won't go anywhere! Thanks!

01 December 2013

A Pause in Advent #1

I see the link for my Pause in Advent posts has directed you here. May I redirect you to my Pen and Ink blog, which is where I actually am posting for this. Thanks! *smile*

25 November 2013

So long since I've posted!

These have been a long 5 months spent at the bedside of my sweet husband and best friend of 33 years. On November 19 Jesus held out his hand and beckoned, and Bob followed Him into a wonderful eternity we can only try to imagine. I'm so happy for him, that his suffering is past and is now forgotten in the joy of being in the presence of his Lord and all of those loved ones who went before him. Thank you, Jesus!

This holiday season will certainly be different than any before for those of us still here on planet Earth. We will try to create new traditions centered even more closely around the real meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Our little 2 year old granddaughter, Audrey, still doesn't know where Grandpa is. Up until now we've been able to tell her he's at the doctor. We're working on how to explain that he is with Jesus. She has kind of stopped asking, but I'm sure she'll remember eventually and I hope God will give us the right words. She and Grandpa were best buddies. Give us wisdom, Lord, please.

I am thankful for my wonderful family. All seven of our children and their families have been such a lifeline through all of this. Thank you, Lord, for taking us on through to that great reunion of believers that you've promised in Your Word! :)

20 October 2013

We continue on our way...

Since the last post on this blog we've moved around a bit. We didn't actually leave the next day as hoped, but stayed a while because Bob's platelet counts were low. When we did get transferred to Golden Living Center in Walker Bob only stayed overnight and had to go to a hospital about 40 miles away because of low blood pressure and dehydration. We think they discharged him from Fargo too soon. After a week in Bemidji, he was transferred back to Walker where he is now.

Bob has been pretty stable and seems to be comfortable and fairly good natured about being in the nursing home. He likes the staff and they are all very sweet to him. One of the CNA's told him that it was generally agreed that they wish all of the residents were like Bob! His memory is very short, so if someone visits he promptly forgets they were there, but we remind him often of how many have cared enough to drop by. He's eating well, which is a good thing. I try to keep the TV tuned into something positive like Trinity Broadcasting or HGTV so I know there won't be any questionable programs on overnight. Bob has never been good with silence and solitude, so the TV is always on. I notice a lot of other residents do likewise.

Bob is finding it challenging and frustrating to form his thoughts and verbalize them, so I'm kept on my toes trying to figure out what he's needing. I can usually suggest a change of position or give him a drink or a snack and all is well. I try to use humor to let him know I'm not frustrated with his communication problems. I'm spending about 6 hours a day with him and I'm trying to be there to feed him his lunch and supper.

Most of Bob's sentences are non-sensical, but occasionally he says something meaninful. Yesterday he asked me if I had enough money in my pocket which I found very touching. It sounded like the old Bob concerned that I had lunch money for work. Today while watching a football game he said, "Good catch!" He asked me today, "Who's changing the baby?" I asked, "What baby?" He answered, "Sophie." He's mentioned a baby named Sophie on several occasions. This fascinates me because I don't know any babies named Sophie. Is it possible that he's seeing a baby who awaits us in Heaven? One never knows!

I'll be staying with Bob as described as long as needed. I'm glad to have this time to show him how much he's loved and to make sure he is comfortable.

Thanks for checking in and shalom! :)

22 September 2013

A change of scenery tomorrow?

 
We got moved to a private room a few days ago. This is part of the view out of our window. This is the roof of the Catholic church. Looks like a fun place to sit and birdwatch!
I'm hoping that tomorrow will bring a change of scenery for Bob and myself. I think I'm happier about it than he is. He won't get to go home, but will be much closer than we are here. Bob's being transferred to the Golden Living Center in Walker, MN where I hope he gets good physical therapy. I'll be 18 miles away at home and hope to spend the first couple of weeks being with him a lot before thinking about going back to work.

Right now, work is 12 miles west of home and the nursing home is 18 miles east, so that will be a lot of driving. If Bob needs long term care I may go job hunting in Walker. That would certainly simplify things...I think. I'm finding there are no guarantees or fail safe plans, so we take it day by day.

It will be nice to be home. I'll try to make sure they are taking good care of Bob. It's all I can do right now.

I want to babysit for Micah on Thursdays and Fridays, so I'm looking for a four day work week with Mondays off as well. That will mean working every weekend, but with Bob not at home that doesn't really matter. That way I can visit him on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings and then work out some other days to visit along with Micah and Josh doing a little visiting. If I actually work in Walker it will be much easier to visit him every day for a bit.

So, that's what's happening right now. Bob is pretty quiet and not very perky. Thanks for prayers! :)

Shalom on your day.

15 September 2013

Awesome church architecture...

There are three magnificent churches right next to the hospital where we are staying. I've walked by them and wished I'd brought my camera, then I finally remembered and took some snaps. Wish we had churches like this where I live. They don't make them like this anymore!

The Congregational Church of Christ is the most modest of the three churches, but still fascinating to study. (Click on the images to make them bigger.)



 
St. Mary's is just to the southwest of the hospital.

 

 


 
First Lutheran is just across the street to the south of us. I loved the brick details and stained glass. I took a lot of shots of this beautiful church!
 

 



I loved this cool little brickwork above a side door.




 I thought these pointy brick pyramids on top of the tower were a great bit of workmanship.
 






 
Just to the south of the Lutheran church is this very ordinary looking part of the old downtown of Fargo. I was happy to find a store called Art Materials a couple of blocks away.

 
That's where I bought my first Moleskine sketchbooks! I opted for the set of 3 Plain Journals and also bought a Sakura Microperm pen. Ready to sketch! I almost sprang for some cheap watercolors, but decided not to since I have some across town at my daughter's apartment. I just didn't want to drive that far! But some sketching will be fun and I do have some colored pencils in my purse.

 
Did a little walking around the neighborhood. The house up ahead planted sunflowers on both sides of the sidewalk so you walk through a tunnel of flowers.

 
We are here. I'm actually standing in front of the Congregational Church while taking this photo.


 Part of the healing garden in front of the hospital.
 
 
 The helipad is right outside of our window!
 
 
This is part of our panoramic view of the treetops.We're surrounded by older neighborhoods with many beautiful mature trees. A lot of them are cottonwoods and are very majestic.

 

We're hoping Bob will be discharged and sent to a rehab closer to home tomorrow or, at least, very soon. I'm kind of concerned about whether he'll get a good enough level of care at a nursing home, but we'll do the best we can and trust God to make it good! I look forward to sleeping at my own home and it looks like Josh and family are returning to the area again!! (Yes, they seem to enjoy making the trek back and forth from Kentucky!) Josh wants to be closer while Bob is going through these health issues and he's already got a job at the same store where I work. He will stay at our house while house hunting and then bring the family. I'll be glad for the company and to have more family here.

Son Bob, who lives in Longmont and has his business in Lyons, has been sending photos of flood damage at his shop. The whole thing was sitting in the river, but the garage door held up so he's hoping the mud didn't get inside. His construction trailer was still sitting where he left it outside the shop. Looks like he may not have as much damage as he could have had. Praise God! (At the time that I spoke to him he hadn't been able to actually get to the shop because of downed powerlines and a gas main that had to be shut off.)

Y'all have a great day!
Shalom!