Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all happy, healthy and blessed as fall slowly rolls into town.

I’ve been away from my favorite hobby in the world (blogging) because life has taken a turn. My mom (a/k/a Gam, Gramma, Nana, Diane, Aunt Diane) went to the ER last Sunday (9/19) for a serious infection in her right thumb. On Monday she had surgery (nail removed, plus two stitches along the side.)

Currently she is home with me and I am taking care of her needs. If you’ve ever been in a similar position you know how overwhelming yet gratifying elder care can be. It puts patience and patients to the test. Caring for an elderly person makes us better people! Doing so truly is an honor...and who knows, maybe one day the care will be returned my (your) way. God willing, a lot of us are headed toward our ‘90s.

A few days ago I may not have said all of that. Caring for elders requires more hands on deck than just one person. I was on my own for the first three days. But, over the weekend, Savanna and Jeff pitched in and the gratifying part wafted through the house. I’m not saying it’s all wine and roses, it’s not. But time is [obviously] of the essence and being able to help out with care at this stage of mom’s life is a gift.

Diane is VERY tough. It’s been less than a week since her thumb was operated on. After her check up appointment four days ago, she fell outside the office while walking just behind me. At 91-years-old she got right back up, sore but no broken anything.

A brand new road is stretching out in front of us and we’re taking it one day at a time. I thought that everyone who knows and loves Diane would appreciate knowing what she is going through and what we are praying over her.

God is good, we are blessed beyond measure and we live in awe of the pleasure of worshipping him.

Mom loves her friends and family very much. Please don’t hesitate to call, text or email.

Thank you for reading!

Love, Shelley

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever ~ Psalm 73:26