Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all our sweet readers, family and friends! We truly hope you had a wonderful day and are having a nice holiday weekend. I planned on having this post published yesterday. But, we had a difficult morning and unfortunately this Thanksgiving is a little different. Our family had an empty chair at Thanksgiving. It was a very special person, my sweet Mom. Unfortunately she’s confined to a hospital bed due to Glioblastoma and her 4th seizure this past Sunday. It’s a long story and every time she has a seizure it sets her back both physically and emotionally. Which is extremely difficult on her and those of us taking care of her. We were able to get her discharged from the hospital Wednesday night. But, because she’s confined to a hospital bed we decided to have a Publix Thanksgiving dinner.
I was at the hospital every day this week with my Dad. So, my incredible husband, John step up our whole Thanksgiving dinner, from the turkey to the table setting. And, he setup my Mom’s hospital bed too. He’s so sweet. He kept things simple by using paper plates and plastic silverware. It may not have been my Mom’s fine China and silverware, like the image below, but it was still very nice.
Everyone knows my Mom loves the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. I think it’s special to her because most of our family could be there when we lived in Michigan.
You might have had an empty chair at Thanksgiving too. Maybe someone special is in the hospital, they moved away, or, are no longer with your family. We feel your pain and can sympathize with you. You see our kids live in 2 different states and they couldn’t be here for Thanksgiving either. But, we see Chelsea and Kenny quite often and our son, Andy and his wife, Jessica will be here this weekend.
My Mom had a rough time Thanksgiving morning. We gave her some pain medication and she slept through Thanksgiving dinner. We didn’t want to wake her, but we enjoyed our dinner as best as we could. It was just John and I, my Dad and my sister, Darlene’s family. A total of 7 people. As we get older, everyone’s families are growing and many have moved out of state, like we did. We love living in Florida, but our Thanksgiving dinners will never be the same.
This man loves my Mom to pieces! They are close friends through and through. The past 6 months John has done so much for my parents; their finances, grocery shopping, yard work and many other things. I love this man and he loves my parents, especially my Mom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, John. I love and appreciate you!
The person hit the hardest by this devastating disease would probably be my Dad. His faith is strong and he will pray and believe for a complete miracle until the very end. They are truly best friends and have been loving and kind to each other for over 64 years. Their marriage has inspired many couples throughout the years, especially ours!
Even though John and I have been down this road before, cancer is hard. Not only for the person suffering, but for the whole family and their friends. My 1st post about my Mom’s cancer was so positive and hopeful. And, our family is still praying and believing for a complete miracle. But, it’s really difficult when you’re at the hospital all week, you have meetings with hospice and you bring someone you love home to a hospital bed.
Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and thankfulness. And, we are thankful to God for many, many things. For our loving family, our dear friends and every one of our amazing readers, to name a few. Times like these make it very hard to be thankful. When you’re right in the storm, it’s dark, scary and sometimes extremely painful too. But, God is there and He brings us joy and comfort when we need it the most.
Next to John, my Mom is my best friend. I can tell her anything and she always gives me great advice. She’s also our biggest contributor and cheerleader, when it comes to our blog. We recently released our 1st cookbook. And, because most of the delicious recipes are from my Mother, we dedicated it to her. She was so proud and also the first person to buy it. What a sweetheart. I honestly can’t imagine living life without this loving, kind, amazing and Godly woman.
Then there’s my amazing sister, Darlene, her husband, Dom and their son, Chase. To bring my Mom comfort, Darlene has slept countless nights at the hospital for the past 6 months. Dom and Chase have been very supportive and helpful in many ways too. Chase plays the guitar beautifully for my Mom. She really enjoys it and it brings her much comfort.
We’re thankful we have 2 other sisters and a brother and sister-in-law that have come to help a few times these past 6 months as well. They gave John, myself and Darlene the much needed break we so desperately needed. I’m grateful God has blessed us with a loving family.
Here are a few songs that have ministered to my Mom through this difficult time. The first 2 songs are from our daughter, Chelsea and her husband, Kenny. We hope they bring you comfort and you enjoy them too.
I’ve told my kids many times that bad things sometimes happen to good people, because we live in a fallen and sinful world. Do I understand why my Mom got this horrific disease? No, I don’t. Will we still love and trust God through this time? Yes, we will.
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