Friday, April 17, 2009

More Changes

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, change is happening again at my house! If you visit me very often you know that in September of last year, hurricane Ike hit our little island here in Texas. Mr. Precious, Mother, Chloe Dawn and I left for safety! You prayed for us and we have seen the results of your prayers! We were so blessed to not have had much damage to our homes. Mother lived in a little condo on the bay side of Galveston and wasn't allowed to go back to her home and had to leave for maintenance and moved in with us. She was blessed also, out of all the downstairs units, hers was one of five that received no major damage. She has been living with us all this time.

Our garage is full of her things, the guest bedroom is full of her things, my sunporch is full of her things and she's taken over two of the bathrooms - one upstairs and one downstairs.

Then at the end of December she fell in our den and broke her arm. Oh, my goodness! This was very hard for us all. She was in so much pain and I became her complete nurse, as best I could. We did get some home health care help and that was great! You prayed for us then and we felt God's presence.

We have really prayed and pondered what we should do when her condo was ready again for her to move into, after all, she's 85 and really don't think she's able to live by herself! The condo is ready now! Well, we've been checking all over trying to find out about assisted living homes and other places. We've found a place for her! It's not an assisted living place, but a retirement community about 5 minutes from our house! It's so nice and she'll be surrounded by other little oldies and she already knows five little ladies there! God has heard us and has answered our prayers again!

So, today we will be moving her things to her new little home. She cannot take absolutely everything because it's only a one bedroom.

Just wanted you to know I'm going to be so very busy for the next week and probably won't be able to post or visit you as much as I want to! I love blogging so much and it's very hard not to blog! Hopefully, the move won't be too difficult! We will have to do most of the work since she's still recovering from her breakage!
I want to say 'thank you' again to so many of you who have prayed for her recovery and now I would like to ask if you would pray one more time for her that the move will go smoothly and she won't regret too badly not being able to go back to her home. I know this is hard on her but she has taken all of this pretty well! God is in charge and I know he's helped us find the perfect place for her and I know he will get her and us through this.
I'll be back as soon as I can with reports!
You are my bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)
I'll spare you a little Note Song today


  1. Oh Shelia, bless you for taking such good care of your mom. She is lucky to have you and I hope she finds her new home nice and cozy, and that you enjoy having yours back!

  2. Oh Sweet can just feel the love you have for your precious mama...I know as we get older change is hard but I do believe she will love being on her own again and having friends around her...God is so good..He always works things out to our careful packing and moving sweetie...I bet her new little place will look like a little doll house when you get thru with you Pickle~♥

  3. I pray that your Mother will love her new home and the friends she has already made there. It sounds perfect. Nice that it is convenient for you to check in on her too. That will be a blessing to both of you to be close. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. I know these decisions are hard ones to make. Give her a big ol' hug from GA and tell her to send us a pic of her new place!

  4. Your Mom is blessed to have you for a daughter.I'm so glad you have found a nice place so close by.I pray your Mom will settle in nicely.
    Take care,

  5. It's so wonderful that you care so much. I know your mother appreciates it. Hopefully this move will go smoothly, and you will be able to reclaim your house soon. Don't forget to take care of yourself over the next week or so!! Sally

  6. Shelia:

    Praying the move goes well and becomes a blessing for all your family.

    Roberta Anne, the Raggedy Girl

  7. How blessed you are to still have your mother in your life. It will be so wonderful to have her close yet independent. Facilities now are so nice and residents find a real new sense of independence there. God bless.

  8. You and your mom will be added to my morning prayers each day Sheila. You are a wonderful daughter. I had no idea you had all gone through that last year! God is good...he saw you through that and will see you through anything in life. I have been struggling with my will versus God's will for me lately. It was nice to read what you wrote..."God is in charge"....because I often forget that. I am re-surrendering....again! Enjoy your time with your mom. Only 5 minutes away!! How perfect is that!

  9. What a blessing you are to your mom! Please be careful moving all those boxes and don't overdo yourself.

  10. Aw, how nice that she'll be so close to you!

    All the best,

  11. Dear Shelia, this is a wonderful new chapter in all of your lives. Your mom is blessed to have you ~ I know you also know that. (I have SO been in your shoes.)

    Now ... you must take photos of her new abode. We all want to see this one bedroom apartment. I am certain it is lovely and that she will blossom in the presence of old friends.

  12. I know this was a hard decision for you, but we've had to make the same one, and found that my MIL was thrilled to be independent again and happy to make new friends her own age. They probably have a lot of activities there and she will blend in really well. Take care with the move and I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

  13. Wow! Busy times for you. Wasn't Stella supposed to come and see you next after Darlene? I'm guessing Stella will be helping you with the move. At least I hope she will. That is if she is there. Sounds like your mother will be very happy there.

  14. I will be praying for a smooth transaction into her new home. It is quite exciting that she already knows some of the ladies that live there. That should make it MUCH easier. It is great for you because it is so close to your home. I think it is wonderful!♥

  15. It is blessed that your dear Mom will be close to your home.
    God bless your mom and her new place!
    God bless you Shelia and your family!

  16. Hey Shelia; I love to see the power of God working in our lives and in others. Praise the Lord for finding the prefect home for you sweet Mother. I will keep you all in my Prayers for a smooth move and for you Mother to have joyous heart about her new home... Just know some Ladies should comfort her some...

    Now don't you go and hurt your self while moving.....

  17. Shelia, I will pray that your Mom's transition is easy...but more than that I'll pray that you get through this easily...having gone some very similar situations during the past couple of aint easy and it will fall on your take care...and remember we all luv ya...

  18. Is your mom a dish addict too like us, Shelia? LOL! That is a lot of stuff! Your mom is so lucky to have you to take care of her when needed and how nice that you found an assisted living facility only 5 min. away. Good luck in her move and don't lift too heavy boxes...Christine

  19. Oh Pickle I know God have heard my prayers where your Mama is concern...I wish you all nothing but the very best of luck dear friend..I think your mama going to love having her own place again and with you only being 5 minutes away..its like God indeed knows your name..I can just feel the love you have for your mama dear friend...You take care we'll miss you and your great wit and kind words..May it be a safe and blessed journey...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  20. Hi Sheila! She'll love it! I had to move my parents into an independent facility in 2003. When Dad died in 2005 mom wanted to stay there and she loves it! She is confined to an electric chair but there she can go out to lunch and dinner and they have all kinds of games and activities for her. If she had moved in with us she would have been confined to the house pretty much and wouldn't have the social life she has there. I'll be saying a prayer that everything goes smoothly for you all! God Bless! Lauralu :)

  21. How wonderful that your mother had a loving daughter to take her in. I lost my home in a fire a number of years ago and was homeless for 2 months. But the love and help of friends, acquaintences and even strangers let me have a blessing come out of that circumstance.

  22. I'm sp glad you found a place so close to you. I am sure it will be an adjustment for all of you, but how wonderful that she already knows some people there! We will miss you while you are busy with the move, but know that your time is best spent making her feel at home. Will keep you in my prayers for a smooth transition!

  23. Oh, how wonderful to find such a nice place for her so close to you. You are such a sweet person and daughter and I know your momma loves you very much. So do all of us here in Blogland!
    I'll continue to pray for her..I feel like she is going to be just she will enjoy all the other little ladies.
    Don't work too hard...don't forget to take care of Sheila !
    xo bj

  24. That sounds like a perfect place - and she will enjoy the other ladies after she gets adjusted. It's good it's close to you too.
    Continued prayers.
    And Hugs to you.

  25. Oh Sheila...I went through it also...just in a different way. I am sure it will all go smoothly. You are being looked after. What comes to my mind is that I am not all that far away from just such a thing...and it scares me. I hope I am able to adjust when things in my life are no longer in my control. Being close to my children will be frightens me.
    Be sure and take care of YOU also.
    I have such a fear of falling. I tripped on the rug the other day and bonked my poor head on the entertainment center..hurt my knee and had one heck of a time getting into bed every night.. LOL
    She will is going to go well. I am sure she knows she is fortunate in having you and that you are doing your best!!
    Your little home will be back to normal soon!! You betcha!!!
    Hugs to you my friend!!

  26. How wonderful that your mama already has friends at the place she will be living. I hope my girls are as sweet to me when I'm 85 as you are to yours! Take care of yourself.

  27. The love for your mother shines through...I'm in tears! Honest. I am.

    I lived in Galveston in 3rd grade. My father pastored a small church on S Street right across from Burnett Elementary School. I've never forgotten the beauty of the city... A few years ago my hubbs and I stayed at the Hotel Galvez...beautiful. I'm so hoping the city will be restored.

    In the meantime...we will wait. Wait for restoration and healing!

    May your dear Momma find peace and happiness in her new home. How blessed she must be to call you daughter...


  28. Our prayers are with your sweet mother Shelia and you too. All the very best to you all during this move. It's wonderful news, your mother has friends there.

    My mother moved to assisted care apartments, when she was in her 80's. Mother new several folks there, including her former next door neighbor and also a former pastor. This made the transition so much easier for her. And lessened some of the worries for my sister and me.

  29. I don't know why, but I am always amazed how well things work out in the end! So happy your mom will be close by and have friends!

  30. Oh, Shelia, I'm so glad you found a lovely place where your mother knows someone. This will be a good thing - for her and for you. As you move her I'm praying that all will go well and that she will quickly settle into life in her new home. You will be at peace that she is near others there and that she is nearby for visits and times together with you. Bless your heart as you move her and help her get situated. ~Adrienne~

  31. Oh this sounds perfect - nice and close to you and a place with friends already there to welcome her into her new "neighborhood". I hope all goes well with the move for all of you!

  32. Dear Shelia,
    What a blessing to find a good place for your mother to live; she regains her independence, and you regain your house! Everyone wins. :-)

    It will be a great weight off your mind to have her in a retirement community; we all worry so much about our aging parents, as they used to worry about us!

    Good luck to you all. You definitely ARE a sweetie!
    best wishes... Cass

  33. Bless your heart, I'm sure it hasn't been easy. I will keep you in my prayers. I hope your Mother will adjust well to her new surroundings. I will see you when you get back. Don't forget to take some time for you.

  34. How wonderful that your mom will not only be close to you, but also that she'll have friends there! Bless your heart, Shelia, I can only imagine how hard this has been on you.

    Take care of what you need to do and we'll be here :)


  35. The last few months have sure been a wild ride for you! I'm sure you're having a lot of mixed feelings with having your mother move from your house. Sounds like she has found the perfect place though. It's wonderful that she will be so close too!

    When my father was 78, he had to move from the home he had lived in for almost all of his life (his parents had built the home when he was 5, then he bought it from them when he married my mom) because he lost his leg and could no longer manage living in the home. It was completely inaccessible for someone in a wheelchair. We found him a little two bedroom apartment, and much to our amazement, he absolutely LOVED it! He said it really did feel like home once we moved his things in and his pictures. Hopefully your mother will enjoy her new place too, especially since she has friends there.


  36. Oh sweet girl your mom is so blessed to have you and all of you are blessed to have come through that storm . I'm praying for all of you that all will go easy through this move and the days ahead ,

  37. You aretruly a blessing Sheila...your Mama is so loved. I am betting she will be so, so happy in her new home and will make lots of new friends. We never get too old for that now do we?
    Blessings to you all, love to you and to your Mother. May she be happy and content in her new special spot.


  38. I was just thinking about your mom last night for some reason and was wondering how she was doing. Teel her she is thought of fondly in blog land. Hope all goes well and smoothly.

  39. Oh Shelia I know this is difficult as I just had to do the same for a dear friend of mine but in the long run I know it was the best decision and he actually is enjoying not being alone! Hugs and take care;) French

  40. Oh Shelia, I'm SO happy for your mom! I'm sure she's very happy about gaining her own independence once again. It must have been hard on her having you take care of her all these months. And let's be honest, i'm sure it was hard on both you and Mr. Precious too. Now you'll be able to get romantic in the dining room again! Woooooooo hoooooo!

    Justiney :o )

  41. Hope the move all went well, Shelia. What a blessing to have your mom so close! I know that is a relief for you guys.

    I know you're busy, but when you have a chance, please visit my Pink Sat. post. :)

    Take care---and rest, too! Dana

  42. God bless Mom and have fun setting up her new little nest.

  43. God Bless your mom as she enters this new chapeter in her life. It sounds like she will enjoy it once she gets settled in.

  44. oh Sheila.i can't help it.i am excited for all of you.i think your Mom will love this.she'll have a life again.friends and people to play with.
    and you and your hubby will have your lives and you all can be together when you WANT TO.
    if i were your mom and i'm, not that far behind her,i would be so excited.she will LOVE THIS./...ann

  45. I bet your mother is so happy to have such a sweet caring daughter like you. I think she will enjoy her new home, especially since she has several friends around her. And, with it only being a five minute drive from your home, you can visit her all the time.

  46. i wish the best to u and ur mom.. im happy u were able to find a nice place for her, and shes lucky to have such a great daughter!

  47. WOW! That was so lucky.. to have found a place for her just 5 minutes away.. that must make her feel alot safer about the move!...
    Good luck!


  48. Shelia, dear are just the sweetest thing ever and God will bless you for taking care of your dear mother.

    I am keeping this entire situation in my prayers. Take good care of yourself.

    Hugs, Barb

  49. Shelia *hugs*
    Another transition but it sounds like in the end it will be so good for you all. It sounds like the perfect place for your mom to move to with friends close at hand...and she'll be close enough to you also.
    It does sound like you are going to be very very busy.
    Remember to take some time out for you and get your you can get through it yourself.
    have a good week...and see you when you are back.

  50. Shelia, hopefully it has been good that she's been gone from her former place for a good while, and she will just settle right in to the retirement home. How wonderful that it is so close to your home, but she can still be independent. I am praying that all goes well. I think you're right--it sounds like God's plan is already being implemented. laurie

  51. Shelia, your mom is lucky to have you and your family! We will pray for all of you!

    We'll be here when you're ready to come back... Have a great move!

    My mom just turned 71, so she really shouldn't be living alone but she won't decide on who to live with as she is comfortable with her place and the doctor she goes to for the last 25 years. I will pray for that, too!

  52. You were in my thoughts today son and daughter in-law were home from Seattle for a visit.
    It was short but sweet.

    We've (hubs and I) have been in your footsteps with his parents. I know how overwhelming it can be at times. It looks like your mom will have a very nice place to call home. She'll enjoy making new friends as my mother in-law did.

    I missed your tablescape so I'm headin there next.

    Sweet wishes,

  53. Morning sweet Shelia~

    I just wanted you to know I'm keeping you & your dear mother in my thoughts and prayers~

    Big hugs~ J

  54. Hello my sweet friend... Thanks for coming by and checking on me... I am on the road to recovery but it will still be a while. It is hard for me to sit for long periods of time still... I am so pleased that you found a place so close to you for your mom... And that she is doing so much better. I am sure once she is settled in all will be wonderful. How great that she already knows so many people there already. Sounds perfect! See you when you get back on my friend. Love Ya


  55. I'm SO glad your Mom is going somewhere close by and nice. It sounds like she will be very happy there.

    I just heard through the group I went on the Mission Trip to Honduras last year that we are going to be focusing "in our own back yard" this year. We are going to be doing something in the Galveston area this summer...I'm so excited and happy to be able to participate again.

    We'll see you in Blogland hopefully SOON!

  56. Shelia you are so good to your mom. She is so lucky to have you. I am sure she will make many friends and be happy there. Hopefully it will be a bit easier for you too. I am thinking of you!

  57. God is so good! How wonderful she will be 5 minutes from you and that she has friends there already.
    Take care with all the moving. I will be away taking care of our daughter. I will miss everyone, too.

  58. Dear Sheila, another hurdle to face with your sweet mom. I believe she will fit in and be fine. I pray that all goes well and that you don't exhaust yourself in the process. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.


  59. So glad your mom is better and I bet she will do just fine when she gets settled in her new nest.Don't you work too hard now !

  60. How blessed to have a sweet mother and how blessed she is to have you as her darling daughter! Thinking of you!



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