🎡 Back On the Road Again πŸŽ΅

It has been quite a while since I published a new post. In fact, it has been a little over three months.

As many of you know, my mom passed away August 23rd, (see previous post). We hurried back to the STL area for the services and to be with family. We stayed there a little over two months to help my dad get through all the things that needed to be done after a spouse passes. It was a difficult time for all of us, but I was glad we were able to spend that amount of time with him.

When we left STL, we went to Springfield, MO, to spend time with Jack’s mom, Lill. Any time you visit with her, you KNOW there will be a lot of Skip Bo playing. There was. I even won a few games (it’s VERY rare that I ever win!). We also celebrated Lill’s 92nd birthday. Most all of the family was able to attend. Here are some pictures of the whole crew:

Lill and her three children (L-R: Jack, Lill, Carol, Carl)

Silly granddaughters!

Next, we went to Edmond, OK, to visit with our youngest son and his family for the month of November. Mike and Jennifer had to work and the grandkids had to keep up with their homeschooling work, however, we still got to spend a lot of time with them.

Each grandchild (Jade, Kylee, and Jackson) got to spend two nights with us in the RV. They enjoyed that immensely, and we did, too. Plus it gave us some special “one-on-one” time with each of them.

We taught them how to play a card game called Three Thirteen and a dice game called Dice 10,000. They taught us how to play a card game called Trash. We had a lot of fun playing games the whole time we were there.

We were there for Thanksgiving, and Jennifer prepared her usual feast. Believe me … it was delicious! We stuffed ourselves, watched football, played games, and some of us took naps. In the evening we watched Christmas movies which is traditional for Mike’s family. We are SO thankful for the many ways the good Lord has blessed us and our families.

We left Edmond today and are heading south for the winter. I’ll give you a clue:

We are staying northeast of Dallas until after the Christmas holidays. Then we will head further south in Texas for the rest of the winter.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!” 😊

Betty

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I share this picture of a beautiful rainbow that I took a couple of months ago for several reasons. First of all and most important: It is a symbol of God’s and His promises to all of us. He is forever faithful, gracious, and full of mercy for each one of us!

Second: I see special meaning in the dark clouds on the left and the beautiful blue sky that is creeping in on the right that will eventually overtake all the dark clouds. You might be wondering why these things have become meaningful to me.

The dark clouds represent the last six years. My mom was diagnosed with subcortical dementia in June 2013. That August she contracted the West Nile virus and, as a result, she experienced very severe complications. The virus attacked her muscles, gave her severe encephalitis, and caused the dementia to become much worse much faster (I posted about this on this blog at that time).

We kept mom at home for as long as we could. When we saw this affecting our dad’s health, we decided to move her into a long term care facility. She has been there ever since. As time passed, we saw mom literally “disappear” into her own mind. She was no longer able to communicate with us, she became anxious and frustrated, and she eventually needed everything done for her. Watching this happen was very difficult on all of us. If you knew my mom, you know that she hated this! My mom always took care of everyone else. To have to have someone care for her went against every thread of her being. Finally, she lost the ability to drink from a straw or take any food.

The last week or so, we knew the end was close. All the signs were there. She peacefully and painlessly passed away yesterday morning.

The blue skies in this photo represent mom crossing over into her heavenly home. I am sure she was greeted by our merciful God and all her loved ones and friends. The blue, clear skies also represent to me that mom’s body has been healed of the terrible disease, dementia and all her other ailments. She is once again able to walk around freely, talk to everyone, and even skip or run if she so desires. Her beautiful soul is truly rejoicing in her “healing!” That blue, clear sky fills her sky completely and is all she will be seeing for eternity.

The rainbow that is present through the cloudy, dark sky and the blue, clear sky represents God’s presence in mom’s life, as well as His presence in all of our lives. His presence was with mom the whole time as she endured this horrible disease. His presence will remain with of all on this earth as we go through the grieving process and carry on with our lives without her.

We were in Montana when mom passed, and I am flying home today to be with my family. My husband is driving the RV back by himself with our dog, Zoey, as his co-pilot. It will take him at least four days to get home. Please pray for his safety as he makes this long driving journey alone and that the RV will not have any problems. Also, please pray for my dad and our family. I know God will give us the peace and comfort that we will need.

We will be in St. Louis for a couple of months, so I wanted to let you know I will not be posting much for quite a while. Please be patient with me, as Jack and I will continue our RV adventures eventually.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again,” ….. except it is with a heavy heart.

Betty

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