Help has arrived! Thank you everyone. . .

The sight of my dad's face as he saw Jeff and Rachel and Fia walking into his house, was worth a million dollars -He knew they were there to help him and even made him look like he was at Peace. It's just great to have another pair of eyes that can observe and see what we may be missing -
they have had more experience since they have dealt with Sheila's parents and others in this process as well. Mom is happy to have new visitors in her home and of course who wouldn't love the happy little feet and hands on your glass that a brand new 1 year old brings! Fia is happy to explore and entertain herself while everyone is busy scurrying around her - She is obviously oblivious to the seriousness of the situation, she just knows that everyone loves her! Smiles are contagious and everyone is catching them from her! THANKS for everyone's sincere desire to see the improvement in this situation. I know Heavenly Father is very aware of all that we are going thru and He is providing the way for us to carry on -

Appreciate the sacrifices all are making to support our parents and grandparents daily as they have supported us for a lifetime! Everything else seems to be in place and moving in the right direction - so I guess we couldn't ask for anything more. . .WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE - everyday!

Another fall, a bit of a scare, testing, testing, testing. . .

Tuesday, Jan 19, Dad got out of bed and fell - causing a cut to his head, now his eyes are black and blue, Back to the ER only to have them tell us his levels of seizure medicine are low and he could be having mini seizures -
So back to the drawing board as we continue to change and monitor his meds and vitals -
Dealing with two patients in a way as I struggle to understand the situation with Mom, she is having some real stress and we both feel like we are struggling to keep things in balance for all.

But as before, my kids have come to my aid, organizing all of the family to help encourage Gpa by coming to visit and give care - Jeff and Rachel will be here on Wed 1/27 and Nikki an d kids will follow in early February. Then Stacie and Zach will come mid February for a 4 day weekend - No one could ask for more than to have love and encouragement around to help Grandma and Grandpa. The ward people are great and many friends and family are offering to help in any way they can.
Our hope is to have some time to enjoy them during the visits as well as get a break and keep everyone fresh. . .

KEEP Elder Kyle in your prayers as he is loving his time in Peru, and preparing people to be eternal families - he feels a little lost while not being able to assist with Grandpa - we are all helped by extra prayer for each other! He would really like to hear from you and know what is going on with your families! His emails are a little short - not sure if he is sad that he is not hearing a lot from us - or if he is just so busy he has no time to write. But we know he is working ever so hard to do the Lord's work and keep things running smoothly in that part of the vineyard!

Love you - January is almost history. . .maybe I am getting confused - it is all a blurr - & burr.

Thankfully. . .January 2010 will be a new experience. . .

January 19, 2010
Papa Bob has returned to his home - 4 days ago
he was happy and felt concerned at the same time -
his realization that he was leaving
was cause for concern -
He knew what he knew in his daily routine at Rehab -
meals/therapy/rest/helpers that were there to take care of his daily living.
Now, he feels concerned for the unknown
and what is going is happening to him.
Understanding is there, but his short term memory is not,
so it is like telling him something and feeling that you got thru -
then 5 minutes later,
he is doing exactly what he agreed that he shouldn't do -
GETTING UP alone, trying to walk
So, my mom and I have realized
that his perceived understanding is only momentary
HE CANNOT BE LEFT ALONE for a moment....
Thank you to those who came to the hospital to visit,
help with his therapy routines and
just to check on Dad and Mom and myself -
it means alot to know that people are keeping us in their prayers!
The many emails and calls
sharing the experiences that they have lived thru
do help us to understand that
we are not alone in this journey,
many have walked this way before and
many more will follow-in our footsteps.
Now, more than ever,
I tell people that nothing that I do,
do I do, ALONE -
The Lord is with me constantly and
gives me the strength and understanding I lack.
The church friends and family provide
physical and emotional support
as they helped get their home ready for Dad's return
We had floors put in that would let him get around easier
and mom is paying the price daily with sore feet and legs.
My children are there for me by coming to my aid always
& assisting their grandparents they love.
My husband supports me and loves me
for my concerns for my parents.
Heavenly Father has a plan and we understand that.
So, the circle of life
marches on . . . . .

January 14th 2010 - Our last day of freedom!

well....I don't quite know what to say, but the experience has been enlightening
my understanding of things that I didn't need to know about before
has become my reality
I am learning to have patience with the process
I am learning to have Faith in the process
I am learning to have patience with the processors
I am learning to have Faith in the processors
I am learning to listen to those that have dealt with the process
I am learning to deal with the process
I am learning to exercise more patience and Faith as I listen & deal
I am a better person for this experience and I thank the Lord for His patience with me each day
as well as our Heavenly Father, who knows each of us individually
and knows are abilities and limits.