To say that this year has been a roller-coaster would not be accurate, more or less it has been a tidal wave! You know when a huge thing just rocks your world and you are left gasping for air and exhilarated all at the same time?
In February my mother who has dementia moved into our home. That in itself has been a gigantic adjustment. Then just when I felt as though I was getting a handle on caregiving, my emotions and schedule the tidal wave began approaching.
My dear friend Nancy and I were meeting at a day spa to use the birthday gift that my daughter had given me. Lissa wanted to treat me and a friend to a day at the spa. She told me that I deserved some me time and I was so excited to have it! On the way to the spa I called Lissa to tell her how excited and grateful I was for this day and to be meeting Nancy there! As I walked in the door of the spa, I scanned the room for Nancy but did not see her. I walked up to the counter to sign in when out of the corner of my eye I saw her! Lissa had set me up! She flew from California to Grand Rapids, stayed with Nancy and then hijacked me at the spa! You know I cried! It was as if a tidal wave of emotion flooded my senses! My momma heart was so full! We had massages, got our hair done, had manicures and then some sushi!!! It was wonderful!
The next day was even better. We sat outside on the deck in the sunshine and just talked. You know when the sunshine pales to the warmth in your heart? During this time of sharing the next wave hit me. “Mom, you know if Dad and you moved back to California we could help you with Grandma.” It was the sweetest and kindest conversation. My response was simply, thank you, but God has us here and we are happy. Unless God moves us we aren’t looking to go anywhere. That was that, or so we thought!
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9
The next waves kept coming, and coming! I’ll share them with you on the next post.