Suite Home in Alabama

First photo with Santa

First photo with Santa

It was late on New Years Eve when we finally made it back to the Suite Pea and Alabama. It was wonderful spending the past entire week with my mother, our daughters, and their families. I believe that Christmas is made all the more special when seen through the eyes of children. It was made even more so by it being our granddaughter Kendra’s first Christmas. So it was with a tinge of sadness we left our loved ones behind and made the long drive back again.

Our son-in-law Jason is a bacon addict. Our daughter Bobbi-Leigh the restaurant manager, surprised him with a 15 lb. slab. She scored big brownie points with that.

Our son-in-law Jason is a bacon addict. Daughter Bobbi-Leigh the restaurant manager, surprised him with a 15 lb. slab. She scored big brownie points with that.

Remember the book I mentioned in my previous post? My son-in-law surprised me with it.

Remember the book I mentioned in my previous post? My son-in-law surprised me with it.

Don decided to try a new route out of Indiana down to Nashville where we met up with I-65 for the rest of the way south. That along with  only stopping to eat once shaved three hours off our trip.  Hoorah!

Christmas Eve & already in their pj's.

Christmas Eve & already in their pj’s.

Santa Paws leaves a gift for Tucker too.

Santa Paws leaves a gift for Tucker too.

After unpacking we spent the next two days playing catch up. Catch up with the laundry, catch up with grocery shopping, catch up with getting the Suite Pea whipped back into shape after taking down all of the holiday decorations. Then yesterday morning the call came in.

A hospice nurse contacted Don to say that his mother was “actively dying” and it would be only a matter of one to three days. This caused us both to go into action preparing to make the drive up to northern Michigan. We were ready to roll in the morning. Then, Don’s niece called. She had just left the nursing home from visiting grandma and reported that grandma was no longer bedridden and “comatose” but instead was sitting up in a chair, taking fluids and talking. We decided to wait until we talked to the nursing home and hospice again in the morning before setting out.

Early this morning Don contacted both hospice and the nurse at the home that is in charge of his mother’s care, both were in agreement that his ma had rallied and they could not say that death was imminent at this time. We have decided to postpone our trip north for the time being but remain at the ready to leave at a moments notice.

We hope your New Year is off to a better start than ours. Here’s lookin’ at you kid…….

IMG_9524-002    Kendra’s  First Christmas       IMG_9525-002

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Suite Home in Alabama

  1. Kendra is a doll!
    We had the same thing happen when we were caring for Joe’s mom. Family arrived all the way from Maryland expecting it to be the end and she lived another year. It’s a hard time, trust me I know.

    • Thank you for the compliment on Kendra. We agree but then again we are a tad biased. HaHa. You’re right, the death of a loved one is never easy no matter what the family dynamics are. We know waiting until it’s dire can be iffy but we have no other choice as we’ll need to stay in a hotel indefinitely while Don tends to her estate, there just isn’t any campgrounds open nearby at this time of year. If she could just hold on until May that would change.

  2. Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all. Now that you have that camera book, you’ll need to get out and about and test a bunch of new settings. Thank goodness we don’t have to pay for film.
    Well wishes regarding Don’s mom. It’s never easy 😦

    • I am looking forward to testing out the ideas set forth in my new book. Just wish the weather was a little more cooperative. Thank you for the kind words regarding Don’s mother. You’re right, it never gets any easier.

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