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A quick trip

Here is a picture of Rob's mom that was taken 5-6 years ago.


My husband's mother's health is failing and she is under hospice care now. We were able to make a quick trip up to Ohio to visit with her over the weekend. We were overwhelmed by all the details that the Lord worked out to make this trip possible in the first place and by many unexpected blessings that occurred along the way.

It's normally very difficult for Rob to get away during the school year--it's hard to find subs who can teach French and German. He was given permission to be away and his colleagues graciously covered his classes on Friday. I normally keep my grandchildren every other Friday and last Friday was Grandma Cindy's turn to keep them.

On our way up Rob called his Aunt Janet in St. Louis and told her about our trip. Later that day she called back to say that she and her daughter Jodie had decided to drive to Ohio too. They couldn't come until Saturday because Jodie had to work on Friday.

We visited Rob's mom briefly on Thursday night. We weren't sure that it had actually registered that we were there, but the next day she did remember us coming in. We spent that night with Rob's sister and brother-in-law and had a nice visit with them. The next morning Rob and Deb were able to spend some time making future plans for their mother.

Friday afternoon we visited Rob's mom again and she was much more responsive and stayed awake a long time and seemed to really be enjoying having her children with her. Late that afternoon Rob and I headed up to spend the night with Megan and Jim and the children. It was a quick visit and we enjoyed every moment of it.

Maddie now loves to look at books and to have someone read to her:


We had a special breakfast of Dutch Girl Doughnuts which Drew highly approved of:


Saturday we headed back to the nursing home and Rob was able to spend some time with his mom, perhaps for the last time here on Earth. They had a good visit together and Rob was very thankful for this time.

Saturday night Janet and Jodie arrrived and we went out to supper at a local restaurant that all of us remembered from our youth--Wilsons. We thoroughly enjoyed our hamburgers and malts. We spent the night at the same motel and had a great time reminiscing.

After breakfast the next morning Rob and I started the loooonnng drive home and Deb, Janet, and Jodie went to visit Norma at the nursing home. It was the first time in many years that the two sisters had seen each other.

Here are Deb and Janet at breakfast:


Here are Rob and Jodie:


We are thankful we could make the trip, that we had beautiful weather, very little heavy traffic, good gas prices, wonderful care for Buddy :), and blessed fellowship with loved ones we don't get to see very often.

We would appreciate your prayers for Rob's mom in her final days here on Earth.


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8 Comments on “A quick trip”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Nov 11th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Becka, we will certainly put Rob’s mom on our prayer list. Glad that you were able to make the trip. (Love your pumpkin header).

  2. #2 Deb
    on Nov 11th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Haha! After i posted I saw the header had changed to a cobbler! Love that, too! 🙂

  3. #3 Ann B.
    on Nov 12th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Becka – I always tell my students that they have the beauty of youth – and they are all beautiful because of that. But when people get older, any beauty they have will reflect how they lived their lives. It is very apparent from that picture that your mother in law lived a wonderful life!

  4. #4 Rhonda
    on Nov 12th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I just saw Rob before I had a chance to look at your blog and found out about your trip. I’m so grateful he had the chance to see his mom again! If this picture was taken on this trip, I’m amazed at how well she looks! What a blessed time you had together.

  5. #5 Becka
    on Nov 12th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Rhonda, we did have a blessed time. This picture was taken 5-6 years ago. I just didn’t have the heart to post a recent picture of Rob’s mom in her present condition. She is bedridden, on oxygen, and can barely talk.

  6. #6 Becka
    on Nov 12th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Deb, thank you for adding Rob’s mom to your prayer list. We are praying the Lord will sustain and help her through these last painful days.

  7. #7 Becka
    on Nov 12th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Actually, Ann, Rob’s mom has had a very difficult life. This picture was taken about 5-6 years ago. We are thankful that she found the Lord in her later years and now has the peace of knowing she will spend eternity with Him. Much of her life here on Earth has been full of despair and sorrow. Thank you for praying.

  8. #8 Barbara H.
    on Nov 13th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    So glad the trip worked out so wonderfully for you both to go and have a good visit with Rob’s mom. Those last good-byes can be hard but sweet. I was sad I didn’t get one with my mom as she died suddenly and unexpectedly. I should have realized that my last visit with my dad would be the last time I’d see him, but it didn’t register. He had had several close calls with severe health issues but had always come back from them. My husband did get to see his dad a few weeks before he died and knew as he left that that would be the last time, and we have his mom with us here now in a state of slow decline. It’s hard to face a parent’s passing whether it is sudden or slow. I will be praying for you all.

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