Time with Mom

May 8, 2012

My mom is in the hospital now, and it looks like she'll be saying goodbye to us soon. Maybe. Only God knows for sure. What I know is that every day with her has been a gift and a blessing in ways I didn't expect. I've never loved her more than I have this week. She's a shining example of both God's grace and human grace facing the end of life. I'm amazed and want to remember every moment so that I can follow her example and leave this world with such grace.

God's grace is sufficient for all of our needs. I've started each day reminding myself of that, and He's showing it to be true in every way. As a writer, I wish I could take time out to write down everything – so much love and laughter and tears. Whenever I feel badly, God reminds me and I say to myself – I CHOOSE to feel grateful for this time, I CHOOSE to spend my emotional energy loving my Mom and my family and thanking every single medical person who walks into Mom's room.

Thank you, Father, that your grace and love and mercy is enough for everything we go through, whether a good or a difficult situation, every day, always.


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  1. You and your mom are in my thoughts and I send you lots and lots of hugs. I’m so glad you get to be with her and appreciate her right now. Family is always what’s most important.

  2. Thanks so much, Jamie! Our family is feeling more blessed today than perhaps any other day in our history. 🙂 It’s been an amazing time. Thanks so much for your love and friendship!

  3. My heart is with you, and your family. It does help to find the blessings in challenging times. I’m glad you’re back home and able to spend these days with your mom.

    We were living in Wyoming when we lost my father in law. We got to see him one time for a week before we lost him, but I treasure those memories. That was the event that brought us back home….we were too far away when we were needed.

    Hugs and prayers. Tari

  4. I’ve been praying for your family since Easter and I’ll continue to pray. This is one of those rough patches in life, but praise Jesus that God’s grace is sufficient. (His timing is fabulous too–it’s awe-inspiring how He moved you and your husband back to the U.S. before this happened so you could spend time with your mom.)

    Take care. *hugs*

    1. Thanks so much, E.R. I really appreciate your prayers for all of us. You’re right – God’s plans are amazing if you can wait long enough to see why some things happened. Who would’ve thought six months ago that I’d be so glad John’s job ended back then? Hugs back to you.


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