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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