While Thanksgiving is the time to talk about what we are thankful for, I have an especially important reason to be talking about it now, as Christmas nears.

You see, a month or so before Thanksgiving, on October 20th, to be exact, our 91 year old mother took a health turn for the worse. Her heart decided it didn’t want to work right anymore. And because of that, she’s had significant breathing issues (and looming kidney issues from the meds).

I am happy to say that, after 53 days of hospitalization and rehab center living, Mom has rebounded significantly. Her life has changed. She can no longer live independently as she was. And her time driving is now done, too. But that doesn’t stop Mom.

Last week, she reached the point in her strength recovery that she was able to move in with hubby and I. It’s been several days of adjustment (and a few sleep-deprived nights) but things are starting to settle into a pattern. She’s getting around well with her walker and home health is coming in to help us all adjust to this new normal.

I think it’s going to work. And I’m so grateful for this continued time with Mom. We all are.

What amazes me the most is how gracious she has been about all these changes. Not perfect. She gets down sometimes, and cranky others. But she has helped us make decisions that had to be made with a gentle strength and positiveness that I can only pray I mimic when my children have to deal with these issues where I am concerned.

We’ve also been trying to integrate two cats who have never had pet-mates in their home…our Dude and Mom’s Mia. They are co-existing, but not happy. They’ve claimed ends of the house and things get dicey when they meet in the middle. I’ve been leaning heavily on Lavada for cat advice and am grateful to her friend who runs a cat re-homing organization called Feline Friends for all the advice and help. (If you want to see some adorable cats…and their equally adorable descriptions, check them out.)


So from our entire family (both human and animal) to yours, we wish you a holiday surrounded by family and friends, filled with smiles and peace and that rare sense that all is right in the world.

Because all is right in ours at the moment and we would love to share that sentiment with you. 🙂


5 responses to “Thankful…

  1. You make me happy this morning. OTBF has become a habit with that first cup of coffee. So much better than the News now days. It wonderful to see, and through you, be a part of your exceptional family.

    Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and the blessings of family.

  2. So pleased your mum is settling in, Laurie. And it’s lovely she has Mia with her. Here’s hoping Dude and Mia can soon learn to meet in the middle!

    Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!

  3. A lovely transition for your mother which I hope I handle with dignity if my time comes too. Good wishes to you all this special Christmas Day.

  4. Hoping things are continuing to get better there with the kitties. So glad your mother is doing well. Hope she goes from strength to strength. Jillian

  5. Valerie J. Patterson

    I hope your mom’s recovery continues and she regains her health in spades. I hope the two cats have come closer to neutral ground. It’s a big adjustment for all, but it sounds like you have a solid grasp on things. Remember to take care of yourself as well.

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