Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Neglect my blog? Shame on me.



Easter Sunday in Sheridan. We took my mom for the afternoon and she had a great time, and had no issues going back to the nursing home.
Brunch with the Grandle/Almefty families on Easter morning.
Celebrating another holiday with our favorite couple, Alison and Rami. We LOVE you guys!
Laila and her "Auntie Mare" at brunch. She will be five in May and I could literally weep for the years that have passed so quickly. 

Here she is just four years ago, only a few days before her first birthday. See why I want to cry?She went from a baby to a little girl overnight!!!
And last, but not least,  this is sweet Brayden March, born on April 9. His Mommy is one of my oldest and dearest friends. I just can't wait to meet him!!!!!!
 

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter Weekend

Well, Reid and I are in Little Rock this weekend with family. My dad and I came up to the nursing home today after a stop at Target for some Easter goodies.






Meet "Grandmother" as they call her. She is in her late nineties and is a riot. She repeatedly goes "shopping" in my mom's room and takes all her stuffed animals and baby doll. Today my dad brought her a doll. As you can tell she was very pleased with his selection!






I found my mom sitting on her bed. The nurse said they had been trying to get her to lay down and she wouldn't. When she saw me she got this huge grin on her face! I snapped a quick picture in the dark room.




We brought mom a smoothie and Easter candy. Here is dad helping her drink it.







She's thinking really hard about these M&Ms. We love chocolate in this family.

I have been thinking so much this week about Easter and the blessing of the Cross. I try to keep perspective, even though so much has changed and it would be so easy to allow myself to fall into a selfish state of mind.

The bottom line is that if the last three months have done anything, they have blessed me with a glimpse of the amount of pain God must have gone through to watch his Son suffer. It has made me realize how much God loves me, the sinner. That He was willing to send His only Son (perfect and blameless) to be die for my sin so that I wouldn't have to.

I never realized the depth of His love for me until I watched my mom live these last few months. Everytime I see her, a little more is gone. I tell myself that He has already taken that piece to be with Him.

So, tomorrow it is with a deeper gratitude I celebrate that He was risen, risen indeed.






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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Firsts

These are my firsts. If I tag you it means I want to know yours. 

Your Firsts

 

1. Who was your FIRST date? John Rainwater. I think he was the first date of EVERY girl at Walnut Valley.

 

2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love? Yes, I'm married to him. :)

 

3. What was your 1st alcoholic drink? Hmmmm I think that was wine. Yuck!

 

4. What was your FIRST job? I opened my own Snow Cone stand with three friends one summer in high school.

 

5. What was your FIRST car? My grandmother's old BMW. I had a love/hate relationship with that car.

 

6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today? Reid. What a good husband.

 

7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning? Reid. I'm such a good wife.

 

8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher? My mom - I was home schooled. Please don't judge me, we were very normal and were with other kids all the time!

 

9. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane? St. Louis to visit my Aunt Dorothy.

 

10. Who was your FIRST best friend & do you still talk? I remember playing with several friends because our moms were friends, but when I remember making a conscious decision to be best friends with someone it was in second grade when I met Jennie Sherman Jaksha.

 

11. Where was your FIRST sleep over? Michelle Baker Yount's birthday party in kindergarten. If I remember correctly, the birthday girl had an accident in her sleeping bag that night! Talk about memories!

 

12. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today? Drew March, Lindsey's husband, called at 7:00 am to let me know she was in labor! I was so excited!

 

13. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time? Let's make this the first time I was a bridesmaid. It was for my good friend Lindsey Lytle March who had her first baby boy today! Welcome baby Brayden March.

 

14. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning? Put my contacts in.

 

15. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to? Amy Grant and Gary Chapman at Barton in Little Rock. I was in fourth grade.

 

16. FIRST tattoo? I wish.

 

17. First piercing? One in each ear for my eighth birthday!

 

18. First foreign country you've been to? Trinidad.

 

19. FIRST movie you remember seeing? The Sound of Music. Ahhhh.

 

20. When was your FIRST detention? 8th grade. I was late for school too many times. 

 

21. What was the first state you lived in? AR

 

22. Who was your FIRST roommate? Michelle Baker Yount in Reid Hall at the University of Arkansas during our freshman. It was such a fun year.

 

23. If you had one wish, what would it be? A cure for Alzheimer's

 

24. What is something you would learn if you had the chance? Neurology

 

25. Who do you think will be the next person to post this? I don't know.


I'm too lazy to tag people. If you read my blog consider yourself tagged!

 

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dad's Visit

Last October, Reid received an alert from Ticket Master. There would be a Bill Gaither concert in Fort Worth in April and he called to see if I thought that would be a good present to give my mom and dad for Christmas. I immediately agreed. It would be fun to have them come visit and to see a concert that they love. 

Two months passed. It was the middle of December when my dad realized something had changed. She hadn't slept in a few days, wouldn't drink or eat, she was combative and it took a lot to control her. The plan was to have her taken to the hospital to get fluids. When she left in the ambulance that afternoon we never imagined that she wouldn't come back home.

As many of you know, she spent nearly three weeks in a geriatric psych ward (through Christmas and New Years). After being released, she has lived in a nursing home where she receives full time care.

So, how does any of this relate to my dad's visit?

Well, I did still give my dad the concert tickets, and told him I was excited to go to my first Gaither concert with him. This past weekend I did indeed attend the concert and it was a lot of fun. More than that, it gave my dad and me the chance to reflect over the past three months. 

This past weekend was his first weekend in six years to leave my mom in Little Rock. He hasn't gone anywhere without her since she was diagnose with Alzheimer's. I've never asked if that was intentional on his part, but I know this weekend was hard for him. It seems the "firsts" of everything are always so hard. The first holidays, birthdays, babies, trips, etc. The confusing thing for us is that she is still physically here. There is an immense guilt we carry as we continue living (as she would want), but at the same time praying for her to be taken to her Heavenly Home. 

There were so many emotions we both felt this weekend and I am really glad that we feel comfortable sharing them with each other. 

On a happy note, my mom was able to go on her first outing away from the nursing home. She went to Sheridan, AR where a lot of our family lives to eat lunch and spend the day outside. She had a great time, and so did my Auntie Joye and Mimi. We are also very thankful that she didn't have any problems going back to the nursing home. We are looking forward to trying to take her down there for Easter this coming weekend.


The Week in Review


Well, its time for an update. Reid finished his case in Hawaii and spent last week working out of the Dallas office (Yay!). It was a blast having him here, and even better that he was making his own schedule for the week. We were able to take advantage and do some fun things that we don't normally get to do together!

We met in Houston during his first weekend off (I drove down, he flew in from Hawaii) for a wedding. He went to Penn with David, and we both love his new wife Emily! Congrats to both of you guys - the wedding was a blast!

During his week at home we had a dinner date with the Smiths, watched Lost with the Pardues, went on a LUNCH date, and hosted my dad this past weekend. It was a great time.

Reid left Monday morning to start a project in St. George, Utah. I'm excited he will only be gone Monday through Thursday with this case...


David and Emily's Ceremony

Celebrating at the reception.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gaither Concert

Here is a picture we took when the concert was over. My dad saw this picture and said he looked like an old man. I told him he was at a Bill Gaither concert at one in the afternoon and that "old man" was right! It was a good show, even though I made some jokes about it in my last post. 

1 pm

I'm at my first Bill Gaither concert with my dad. I am here with all of the other "Jolly Geriatrics" in the DFW area for a concert at 1 pm. Yes, my friends, one o'clock in the afternoon. Shockingly, I've never heard so much shouting from a crowd of 50 plus. Granted most of the shouts are words of "Amen" and "hallelujah" but either way I'm impressed.

They just did a shout out to Nazarenes, Catholics, Methodists, but when they got to the Penecostals I thought the roof was gonna come down! Some religions sure don't mess around. I was just hoping this concert would mean I wouldn't have to go to church this weekend. (that was supposed to be a joke).

More on the concert later...they are singing a song I happen to like!
It's called "Thank You"


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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

We're Pregnant!

The baby is due in... April Fools! Sorry, I couldn't think of anything better this year. Wouldn't it be slightly funny if we found out I was pregnant soon after posting this joke? I guess that would make us the "fools" wouldn't it?

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