Saturday, November 19, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!





We're embarking on a new journey in our household. Tomorrow I'm flying to Texas and on Tuesday my mom and I will be driving back here. I won't bore you with all the details; she's been suffering with some short term cognitive impairment for a few months now. My sister has been bearing the burden of caring for our mom and simply can't handle it anymore. As a family and with advice from her doctor we've decided that she should come stay with us for a few months through the holidays until Feb/Mar. Time will tell but we won't be surprised if it becomes a permanent move.



Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!






Life has been full of challenges for so many this year - illness, finances, loss of loved ones, etc. Please take a few minutes to be thankful for all the gifts you have in your life. There's so much 'stuffus' in our lives that simply doesn't matter (really it just doesn't) - we can't do anything about yesterday, we don't know what tomorrow holds, however today is NOW. Enjoy every minute of today - things can change very quickly. I've been trying to live my days this way for a couple of months and it's working for me.


In Friendship



(I'll be back to visit with you in a few days)

37 comments:

sewprimitive karen said...

Hi, that is good advice. Good holidays to you!

Kathie said...

Enjoy your Thanksgiving too....
It will be nice for you to have your mom with you during all the holidays...
Kathie

Vicky said...

Safe travels, sweetie.

I just read an interview with Maya Angelou in "Southern Living." When asked how she celebrates the season, she replied, "I try to see every day as a celebration ... So every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible." That stuck with me, and your comments are along the same lines. Sage advice from both of you!!

Carol said...

Very safe travels to you my friend! Sending you lots and lots of good thoughts...take good care!
((((((HUGS))))))

LibbiesHome said...

Safe travels to you and your mom. I hope the transition goes as smoothly as possible! Thanks for the important reminder to focus on what matters. :)

Janet said...

Have a safe trip and a happy thanksgiving. Thank you for the sentiments.

Cheryl said...

Safe travels and thanks for the excellent advice!

Melanie said...

Great post---I'm envious of you getting the time with your mom. She took care of you for a lotta years--- it's just your turn... Remember Mark Twain said, " it's not the things you do that you regret...it's the things you don't." Keep a sense of humor and it will all work out....
P.S. your kids are watching your example....

Me and My Stitches said...

Such great advice. I hope everything goes well with your mom. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Denise in PA said...

Good luck with your trip and with your Mom! I know there will be lots of love for and from her. Hugs!

Michele Bilyeu said...

As someone who has been dealing with my mother's Alzheimer's for the past 6 years..caring for her on an island in Alaska and returning to my home in Oregon for as many as 5 very expensive trips a year...moving mom in with you will be easier and trust me, a challenge but such a blessing in both of your lives. Safe journeys in all ways!!!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Great advice Darlene. Your mom is fortunate to have you. :-) Enjoy the holiday time!!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Happy Thanksgiving Darlene and safe travels!

Monica said...

I hope you have a safe trip there and back. And have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

*hugs*

Shelley said...

So true Darlene. We too learned this year how much "stuffus" we can get bogged down in. My best present for Christmas ever is that David is cancer free for now. I really don't want anything else..just him and my boys around the Christmas table, laughing and joking and makeing memories!

Wendy said...

You are a good daughter! We've had a year full of challenges, I like everything you put in this post. Enjoy every minute of today.
Take care,
Wendy

Lori said...

Be safe. Bless you for pitching in to help out your sister. I wish mine would do more...

Sally said...

Safe travels, Darlene. We've been trying to get my mom to move in with us for several years....she's getting close but still not ready to give up her independence. I envy you to chance to have your mom with you thru the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Have a safe trip and a wonderful Thanksgiving. I so agree with your sage advice.
{{hugs}}

PamKittyMorning said...

Have a safe trip!

Allie said...

((((((((((((Darlene))))))))))) I'm praying for a safe trip for you and mum, what a blessing you will be to her. You're so right about all the "stuffus"...it doesn't matter...it all comes down to those we love and who love us.

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving, dear one!

Quilter Going Bananas said...

safe travels my friend and Happy Thanksgiving!

Kaaren said...

Safe travels, my friend.

Keep your Mom close because you'll never fill the void once she's gone.

Diane said...

Yes this year has been a challenge for sure.
I try to ask these questions: What's the worst that can happen?
Am I doing the best that I can?
What am I doing to relax?
Just answering these questions, even if it's difficult sometimes, can put me back on the right path.
May your travelling be safe, your mind clear and your heart open to receive many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving

sunny said...

Have a safe trip. I understand what you're talking about. I've lost so much this year, and it's hard, but I do count my blessings each day. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh dear Darlene. I have been there and it's so stressful. I hope all goes well with the move and the adjustment period. Take good care of yourself too!

Terry said...

I hope all goes well with your mom! Have a safe trip! :0)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving Darlene! Your advice is wise.

AnnieO said...

Counting our blessings is really the best way to spend time--agreed! Hope your coming life's challenges bring you more smiles than stress! Have a safe trip and take care. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

A great thought - to take each day as it comes. We've had so much contact with drastic scary instant changes this year too - and it really makes one stop and think about what is really important. It also makes me think about how transient even the troubled times are.

I think it is wonderful that your mother has family that loves and cares for her in stressful times - our best to you and your family in this adventure.

Karen said...

We haven't walked a mile in those shoes yet, but you will be in my prayers. Hope the initial step goes well. Be safe.

Nanette Merrill said...

I hope it all goes well. Flying isn't my fav. but you'll do fine. Wishing you and your family a nice Thanksgiving. You've got a change in your routine now. It is going to be challenging. my best to you.

ytsmom said...

Hope you have a great trip! This should be a good time for your family to enjoy each other.

Sue-Anne said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Enjoy spending time with your mum.

Becky said...

We're at the same place different details as you. Your Mom is blessed to have you and Mr. Daze. At this stage, our parents just need us to love them.

Vivian said...

Warm wishes to you and yours, hoping for a successful move of your mother to a new environment. How quickly our lives can change. The little things fade into the background with important things like our parents' welfare and safety and contentment.

Bless you as we move from one holiday to the next.

sunny said...

Hi Darlene, I hope you had a safe trip, and things are going well as you settle in to a new lifestyle. Hugs....

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