mimi ~ a sweet update

{my mom & me, christmas circa 1967}

thank you so much for your tenderness & compassion regarding my mom, our “mimi”. i want to share a sweet update with you.

several weeks ago i lifted the garage door to my parent’s home. as i did so, my mom opened the door that leads from the kitchen out to the garage. before i could see her face i heard her welcome me. i couldn’t believe it. her voice…it stopped me in my tracks, it was her voice from before…before she got sick. i hadn’t heard that voice in six months.

she slowly has started to improve. y’all. we have no idea really what’s happening. while she’s not 100%, she’s 100% improved from the last several months. the prognosis she was given does not “improve”. there’s no cure. but she’s back to my mom! we’re not sure if there was a a misdiagnosis. & if so,  because of a misdiagnosis, she was put on very strong medications thus causing severe side effects that mimicked the exact diagnosis she was given. to make a very long story short, she essentially ran out of the medications. again, it’s a long story but the bottom line is after she was off these meds she began to slowly recover. the diagnosis does not have a recovery. there are no improvements. its a slow steady horribly sad disease. but she’s well today!!

the other explanation we have is that the lord has restored her.

either way. she’s my mom again! i feel like we’ve been given a miraculous (whatever it is it’s a miracle!) second chance at life with her!

while we don’t know the future. we don’t know our tomorrow or what her tomorrow will be, we know who holds the future. we know who is with us, with her, every moment of every day!

we hosted my family for thanksgiving. trevor & savannah were home from california. my brother & sister in law came…and my mom and dad. we sat around the table, the girls were in rare form, & i heard my mom and dad laugh…and laugh…and laugh. it was honestly the most special, wonderful time.

i’ll share more later but wanted to give glory to the lord & thank you my friends!

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i received a very kind email this week. a reader of my blog from so many years ago reached out to let me know she was praying for my mom. she attached a link to a post i wrote 8 years ago! she told me she had written her parents a letter, i believe for christmas, after being inspired by that post so long ago. i wanted to share it with you as well~~

Dear Mom

I pray you have a very Happy Mother’s Day

that you feel loved & appreciated

that you know how much i respect and honor you

that i loved growing up in a happy home

that it warmed my heart and taught me greatly about the importance of spiritual things, to wake each day and find you down stairs praying and spending time with the Lord

that it made me feel secure knowing you loved dad and that i would never have to worry about having divorced parents

thank you for always being proud of me and Corey

thank you for making homecooked meals….all the time

& for taking me to the beach and sharing my love for collecting seashells

i watched you care for your parents in your own home, sacrificing much for them

thank you for helping me when gregg died and i felt all alone

thank you for all the special little things you do for my girls….you are a wonderful Mimi

for all the times when i didn’t say it enough, please know you were never taken for granted

for everything…i thank YOU

 

And to Lil….
this is our first mother’s day without you
oh how you are missed
especially by little Caroline
she talks about you all the time
she uses a laminated copy of your obituary as a book mark
& she’s taped a picture of you holding her on her night table
we’ve been watching after pop pop
he’s been so sick these last several months
i wonder sometimes, if that’s his soul’s way of longing for you
he kisses your picture each night before bed
can you see that from Heaven?
oh, i hope you can
i think you’d still be so proud of your son
you taught him well
he loves me and the girls more than i ever dreamed of being loved
he’s loyal, tender, and kind
but he’s strong and protective too
he’s officially an Assistant Principal now too
you obviously were a great mom to him and now
5 girls get to reap those blessings
thank you’s never seem enough do they?
we love you
god speed grammy

 

December 20, 2017 - 5:23 pm

Robin - So very happy for you and your family. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

December 20, 2017 - 6:04 pm

Lisa Mothersead - You’re a good girl, Paige. Have a sweet and merry Christmas!

December 21, 2017 - 3:13 pm

cynthia - Such a sweet surprise to see your post. What a wonderful surprise to hear that your Mother has improved. Embrace every moment….and enjoy your Holiday season with her love and your family. Oh, Wow, I have tears in my eyes and I am so happy for you.

December 22, 2017 - 9:33 pm

Pat - I don’t often comment, however, I am so thrilled about your Mom! God works in mysterious ways. I share your concerns about the medications. We experienced a similar situation with my mother. So many Dr’s write RX’S cause it’s so easy to do so. I’m praying that she will continue to improve and your family has a joyous celebration of our Lord’s birth. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful letters ~ they really touched my heart! ❤🎄🎅👼

December 30, 2017 - 9:35 am

Jalana Jennings - what a wonderful blessing! God is so good!!