Friday, May 24, 2013


Well, somehow we've made it to Friday.  What a LONG, hard week it has been.  In spite of the tears, sadness, and pain I can tell you with sooo much honesty, God is faithful.  I have felt His arms of comfort and I have had His Words drawn to my mind many times, bringing with them peace that can only be from Him.  It does soo help to KNOW with a deep certainty of course that my mom is very much alive in a perfect place, with a perfect body, and in the presence of Jesus.  I just miss her so though.  I long for just one more conversation.  How I understand now how my mom was always saying that she just wanted to talk to her Joe.  I love that she is talking to him now.  We have made some arrangements for her service which will be on the 7th of June.  Mom had already taken care of most of her decisions and truthfully that did help a lot.  My oldest son Joe (as her oldest grandson) will deliver the eulogy.  I have already written her biography.  My youngest son James will deliver another small service for mom which will include only family and the closest of friends. Our family is HUGE and most of us will be there.  All 3 of my sons will serve as pallbearers.  Poor Melody will have to miss the services as she is ready to deliver her baby pretty much any day now.  She has had a hard time not being able to be with family during this time, and you might include her in your prayers if you think about it.  Which brings me to some exciting news.  My hubby and I have decided to make a trip out to see her, and hopefully catch the birth while we are there!  We are leaving today and will stay through the third of June, so that does give her plenty of time, haha.  Technically, she will not be 40 weeks until the tenth of June, so I guess there is a chance she will not deliver.  However, as I have mentioned before, do to her unique physical situation it is a blessing she has made it even the 37 weeks that she needed to in order to reach term.  Her doc feels very certain she WILL deliver VERY soon so we decided to take a chance and go now.  How excited I would be to be there when she does deliver I can't even really express.  If not, we certainly can't hardly wait to see her and Mike and spend some MUCH needed time with little Sam.  He has grown and changed soo much since early January when we saw him last.  I do need a little break that is for sure.  My last several weeks with mom were hard on both of us as she had so many problems with her recent fall etc., and adding on these last couple as well, I am really pretty much done.  Spending some time away and with my girl sounds so good.  I kind of feel like I have been in another world.  I miss all of you and I have been reading here and there to kind of try and keep up.  Know that you have been in my thoughts, and that I sooo appreciate your kind words, prayers, emails, and cards.  I will have my lap top with me of course so I will visit when I get the chance.  Oh!  And I have not mentioned that I received a new i-phone for Mother's Day so I have that now too.  There is MUCH I haven't figured out on it yet though of course, but I have actually begun a little texting, much to the delight of ALL of my children.  I have MUCH to do today to get ready so I'd best get off and get cracking.  We are hoping to get as far as Tucson today as that would put us a little over half way.  God's richest blessings to you all, and may we all remember just how blessed we are by our faithful and loyal service people on their special day!  Debbie



  1. You have a lot going on in your head and rightly so. I am sorry about your mother. I know she is with God - but it is hard for the ones left here.
    Blessings to your daughter and her new baby. Love, sandie

  2. Happy Trails, Debbie! I'm glad that you are getting a change of scenery and going to be with your daughter. This is good. It will be a healing time for you all. Hope that the baby comes while you are there!

  3. Safe travels to you, and enjoy your daughter and her family! I do hope she delivers while you are there!!!!

  4. Oh my, reading that you are leaving to go spend some time with your Melody (and Sam) just makes my heart smile, dear one. Wishing you safe travels and may this trip be a balm for your spirit{{hug}}

  5. Have a wonderful and safe trip. I know it will do you such good to get out there and be with her.
    I will be praying and for Melody too.
    It has been such a hard year for you. You have been such an inspiration.
    Rest if you can and I do hope you get to hold the new baby too.
    Blessing to you my friend. I hope it is a very nice and healing trip.

  6. Taking this trip will be good for you both. I am glad you are going. I have thought of you often these last few days. I know just what you mean about wishing you could have just one more conversation with your mom. I felt that way, too.
    Melanie looks so cute pregnant. I can't wait to see baby pics. Praying labor and delivery go well for her.
    Love & Prayers,

  7. So glad you are getting away to spend some time with your daughter. I bet it will be a good dose of medicine during this very difficult time. Thinking of you and safe travels! Hugs to you!

  8. I'm so glad for you. There is just something about spending time with our daughter, especially if you only have one. I hope it works out that Melody delivers. that would be such a bonus.
    Your Mother's funeral sound like it will be memorable. It's wonderful to know she is happy and having such a good time with loved ones and our Lord.
    Safe travels Debbie

  9. Yes, God is faithful! I am so sorry for your loss. I know how close you and your mom were so I can only imagine what you are feeling right now. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family.

  10. You have been in my thoughts so much lately; so glad you are getting away to be with Mel and of course Sam. Mel looks adorable-all right out in front. She is due two days after Carrie; Carrie is looking tired and I think she may deliver early-which wouldn't be a surprise because we are living at elevation. I am so thankful that your mom is in Glory, whole and free and praising Him. My heart does hurt for all of you though.
    Sending love and hugs to you!

  11. Enjoy your time with your daughter and grandson...I think the timing is perfect. Hope Melody delivers while you are there...enjoy, you are in my thoughts and prayers

  12. You've been on my mind Debbie. I know this is a hard time for you as you go through your grieving process. But God is so faithful. I'm glad you will have some time now with Melody and ...Sam. Enjoy these moments and I hope she delivers while you are there.

    Blessings and love,

  13. Safe travels, Debbie. Praying for a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

  14. Since I'm late getting around, you might not even see this. I am so glad that you made the choice to visit Melody right now. It will be the perfect medicine for your heart. I hope she does deliver while you're there.

    I want to tell you again how sorry I am about your mom. I do know what it is like to love a mom and actually enjoy her presence the way you clearly did. My prayer is that God fills your days with happy stuff as you adjust to waiting to see her again. Bug hugs your way.


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