Sunday, December 14, 2014
I don't want to see my activity tracker report tomorrow. Most days this week, I know I got close to getting in my 10,000 steps...but no cigar. And I was getting to the point where I would hit at least 12,000 a couple days.
With my daughters and granddaughter in town, taking care of my mom, and my mother-in-law battling and losing her fight with life, it just didn't happen this week. Too many emotional coals on the fire and just not enough time.
I don't like when I am really busy during Advent. I like to be prepared. That way, I can kick back, enjoy the season, and reflect on the past year.
My Sarah will be going back to Alabama tomorrow morning. She has been such a blessing to her grandma. She stayed all night in the hospital with her for five nights. She was called upon to give the eulogy and did so with flying colors despite the tears that came with it.
My Sherry and Helena will still be with me until the 22nd. I love when they wake up in the morning. I'll say "Good morning, Sunshine!" and get two beautiful smiles that light my whole day. Sherry is a great mom and Helena is a happy baby.
I am so blessed to have such great children. It's not just me that thinks so...I hear it from others as well. I must have done something right....it just wasn't in the movement department last week.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
My first mother-in-law, Helen Ridlon, is my girls' grandma and one of the two Helens that my Helena was named for. (The other is my Mom.) She's been in declining health for about 4 years. The last two weeks showed a rapid decline in her health. She ended up in ICU. My girls rushed in without even thinking twice or being asked to come. They were such a comfort to her in her time of need. She quietly went to the Lord yesterday about 6:15 pm. My girls were with her. Their father wasn't; but their uncle was. I was home with Helena.
Besides my girls, I can think of only two people who would be there for me no matter what. My Dad is the first; she is the second. I know she will be around my girls, forever watching over them. God bless her sould.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Such a busy, busy week last week! It was so busy that I confused some times and didn't help others as I should have, but I made it through.
My Sarah came in Friday night. She went right to the hospital to see her paternal grandma who is in ICU. She's 90 years old, has dementia and was admitted because of pneumonia. She can't fight it off; she's just not strong enough.
I picked up Sherry and Helena Saturday afternoon. It is good to have all my miracles with me, but it's hard to see my girls having to say goodbye to their Grandma. She's been so good to us and we all love her dearly. She's still "mom" even though her son and I have been divorced for 25 years. We lost the relationship with had with the ex; we refused to give that relationship up.
We all went to the hospital in shifts yesterday. I had to be there to support my girls. I know that Mom is fighting; I also know that it's time for her to continue her journey. I am so glad that my girls and I have a strong belief in God. We see the continuance of life after the body gives up. My girls are so supportive of those around them to help them through this time. I am so proud of them.
Helena: what can I say? She gets up in the morning and I tell her "Goodmorning, sunshine" and get the biggest, sweetest smile on earth. She sits up pretty good on her own. She's still a weeble that wobbles, but she's doing great considering she's only been doing this for a couple weeks. My dog adores her and watches over her. My cat is the typical cat: "I was the first baby here! I'm the queen of the house."
I could tell I ran like a chicken with my head cut off last week.
Steps 87724/83732 Minutes 1092/956
Calories 3855/3764 Miles: 23.81/18.26
I still want to plot my miles to see where my travels take me. Just haven't had the time.
My house is clean (but cluttered). I still am working on decorating, wrapping, and cards. It's a bit hard with a house full and also having to take care of cleaning and decorating Mom's house. One step at a time.
Friday, December 05, 2014
As I read a few blogs this morning, I realized quickly that there was a common basic theme. Many people are a bit frazzled right now, including me. I went on to look up my day's motivational quote and came up with this:
Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself. -Jessye Norman
That hit my nail right on the head. I definitely am concentrating on the needs of others again and forgetting about myself. Wake up, Patty. I know I'm in there somewhere.
When writing in my journal, a picture came to mind. Lucy holds the football for Charlie Brown to kick. He comes running up, poised to kick it. She pulls it away at the last instant AGAIN and he falls flat on his back. I can just hear his "AAARRRRGGGHHH!. Maybe if we all count to three and say it together, we will feel a little bit better.
P.S. - Just read a quote from Elvis that fits: "When things go wrong, don't go with them."
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