Well as you know we farewelled my Father in Law at the beginning of July.
It’s with much sadness that we then had to farewell my beautiful mum just two weeks later.
Mum was a school teacher all her life and as such she was a intelligent confident woman and when she was diagnosed just last September with dementia her world was starting to fall apart and you could see how afraid she was of what was to come. She was invited to move into the local nursing home as it was becoming clear that dad could no longer give her the care she needed. Mum moved into Lovely Banks in November. Soon afterwards she was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease which we’d suspected for a while due to her shaking hands which she’d had for some time. I took the girls to visit just after Christmas and was rather shocked to see how much weight shed lost but was glad she still knew who we were – well most of the time. This was the last time my girls would see their grandma.
With the Stampin Up convention being held in Melbourne in May this year I decided to hire a car and drive over to see mum. I am now very glad I did as this was the last time I saw her. She slept most of the time when I was there so I’d sit and just talk to her and tell her we all loved her.
Then dad called to say mum had taken a turn for the worse and could no longer swallow. She’d been placed on morphine as she was in some pain. I knew from our experience with Pop (father in law) that her time here wouldn’t be long. Mum was called home into Jesus’ arms 6.30pm on the Tuesday. We made the sad 12 hour drive down on the Thursday and farewelled mum on the Friday – two weeks to the day we farewelled Pop. My brother Dave conducted the service and I cant imagine how hard that was for him and it was a beautiful service too. Apparently Mum had told Dave on one of his earlier trips that she’d written in the back of one of her many notebooks the Bible verse and the Songs she wanted sung at her Funeral.
Friday night we had a big family meal. I cooked Roast Lamb and my brother’s girls made dessert. We had a tribute to mum and shared stories about her and had a great time remembering and laughing together.
July was one of the hardest month’s I’ve had to endure and it also brought back tearful memories of Daniel – our baby who was born still in April 2005. I know though that Mum is no doubt keeping Daniel in line in Heaven!
I would like to thank all those who supported us on the day of Mums funeral and to all those who have prayed for us and send us cards and rang to show their support. I shed tears every time I get another card and am totally blessed to have so many wonderful friends and a lot of you have come into my life through stamping or Stampin Up! and for this I am thankful to God everyday.
28 Do you not know? Â Â Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,Â and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
Â Â Â they will run and not grow weary,
Â Â Â they will walk and not be faint.