July 23, 2008


Mom felt good when she woke up. We  visited and had coffee... My sister and her daughter came over .. her daughter painted mom's finger nails a very pretty pink. Then  we made dinner... I made salmon with that we had  garlic potatoes and we picked up a Caesar salad at Costco and it was yummy.  Then we made strawberry shortcake... yum o... as Rachel Ray would say.  My sister Laurie came by for a  visit and we gave mom a shower and gave her a massage... and slathered her with lotion.. she was in heaven.

Sunday  was a good day for mom...  my brother and his wife came over for a visit... both sisters came by we had a full house... then we hear a knock at the door.. and there is mom doctor... he stayed for quite awhile and mom loved it... he is really quite funny... very dry and I mean dry sense of humor... he is from the east coast... I think that is why he really likes mom. I was so happy that he came over, it meant so much to her.. he told us he would check back before he leaves for vacation to see what meds she might need while he is gone.  I took a picture of him while he was here.DSC_0006 

Probably starting Thursday... it is going to be crazy here.. the Hydro races start and there are so many people here you cant go anywhere

columbia park races This website has a nice article on the races..Click here.

Monday my daughter Roxane and her two daughters came for a  visit while my grandson was in drivers training... I know what you all are thinking... I am not old enough to have a grandson that old... hehe... I am not.. I tell you I am not! .. really I am not!  It was a great visit.


after they left.. I took mom for a ride through Columbia Park along the Columbia River... lots of memories down there.. I use to take my son fishing down there.. we took the kids to the playground more times then I could count.  We saw many hydroplane races, and rode our jet ski's every summer on the Columbia River. 

We drove all over Kennewick an looked at all the different houses that Robert and I and the kids lived in.. and what people have done to change them.  Mother really enjoyed seeing them. We drove around new housing developments.  Housing is so inexpensive here. But it couldn't ever replace Seaside.

We then headed over to my sister Florence's to see what she was up to.. and told her that we wanted dinner.... *grin*... so she fixed us dinner and I fell asleep in her big chair for about 20 minutes. We had a nice dinner and visit... then we headed home to bed.

I had such awesome gifts waiting for me on the table when I got home... I had mail from many friends in Seaside... and a book from one of them.. I cant tell you how nice that was.  THANK YOU !

Please bare with me if you have not gotten a response to an email... I try to get to them as quickly as I can. I do love getting them so please... don't stop.

Tuesday  morning we were woke up with someone banging on the door... we all got home and ran to the door... another wonderful surprise..  My sweet adorable husband send a bouquet of flowers to my mother and one to me... we both were so excited.. what a great way to wake up.  I made some lasagne .. because this morning my brother told me he was tired of the girly stuff I was making... he wanted some BEEF...  *grin*

ok... so I really didn't make it.. I bought it from Costco... good.... my sister Laurie came over to visit and she brought some yummy garlic bread.

I really should get some sleep.. but when mom goes to sleep it is my time to unwind then I tend to stay up too late.  Good night..  : )



  1. Hi, Joy... We can wrap ourselves around the love that's evident in your latest blog post. What a great family you have! (your daughter and her kids are lovely)

    BTW, here's an easy lasagna recipe: buy one of those frozen spinach-and-cheese-ravioli bags at Costco and layer it with either pizza sauce or marinara, and sprinkles of shredded mozzarella, ending with a layer of sauce and cheese (use alfredo sauce instead of the marinara or half-and-half with the marinara if you're not counting calories....hahahaha!). Bake at 350-375 degrees for at least 45 min. Let set for 15 minutes to absorb any liquid. Yum!

  2. Joy, I concur w/ the previous comment, you and your family are a loving example of honoring one's parent. I am SO MOVED by your example. Thank you for sharing.

    Your husband is a JEWEL - what a sweet thing to do!

    Your mom's doc is a GEM too - who makes housecalls these days?

    Thanks for sharing in your travels and adventures. Miles and I have travelled the Columbia route, and its got a unique beauty. Its amazing how places can trigger so many memories!

    Lastly, I hope you had a good night and THANK YOU for letting me know you updated!

    hugs, and prayers keep a'comin!


  3. Your past two commenters are right. There is a wonderful peaceful sort of love pouring out of your latest post.

    Always thinking of you.


  4. Just checkin' in on ya, my friend. Hope all is well.


  5. Joy you were on my mind this week. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. It reminded me I wanted to come here and see how you were doing. Sounds like summer is a busy one. Glad you are getting to spend time with your family.

    You have safe travels on your way home dear!!!

  6. Joy, I came here from Barb's blog. My mother is elderly, and is getting increasingly frail and confused. She has always been the most important person in my life, and I am very conscious that she could go at any time, so do my utmost to make sure that we have quality time together every week. As the only single one among my siblings, it will fall to me to take care of her, if that became necessary. So I can relate to some extent to your situation, and I have prayed fervently for you and your mother today. Also for Barb.

    God bless you.

    Chris xx

  7. Bless you for all you do for your mom. I saw a message about your family on Mrs. Miles' blog and I just wanted to leave you some encouragement. God will reward you for your patience and perseverance for you are truly honoring the commandment to honor your father and mother. Your family will be in my prayers! God bless you!

  8. God be with you as you struggle with decisions about your Mom. I cared for Mom when she became ill as I am one of two nurses in the family and the other one was over 500 miles away. It was a struggle but when the time came it was good to be her daughter again and not just her caregiver. I called Hospice and they let me be the daughter that I'd felt unable to be for so long. I had managed her health care for so long with multiple system failure and her body was just worn out. I don't regret letting Hospice come in and my only regret was that I didn't do it sooner. You will look back and question if you did the right thing, whichever way you decide. But, know that months later you will be able to also say it was the best thing to do at that time for everyone. I can't and won't tell you what to do because I don't know the situation. One thing I can say is that when we can't walk, the Lord will carry us. I know this because He has carried me to many days to not know it. He is with you and your family as you go thru these difficult times. I lost Mom in 1999 but I am thankful God let me play a part in caring for her as she did for me so many years and that I could do it even when she didn't recognize who I was. But, when the time came that I needed to be her daughter more than her caregiver, I was glad He gave me the courage to take that leap of faith. Know you are in my prayers and so is your family. Feel God's arms around you no matter where you are because we are never far from Him.

  9. I hope you feel my BIG HUGS for you today, Joy, and are encouraged to know I'm thinking of you today. I've lifted you and your family in prayer. Contact me any way you can my dear friend. I'm here.

  10. Hi Joy,
    I just came from Mrs Miles blog and just wanted to send you some love and encouragement. And to say that my thoughts and prayes are with you.

  11. I am sorry about your mother. My Great Grandma raised me and when she passed it was very hard for many years. She will be at peace. I hope you can get to a point of peace as well. Our loved ones live on in our hearts and through the memories. ~God Bless~


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