Wednesday, April 1, 2015

side by side, roots and wings- plus an invitation


"Side by side, heart to heart, we will always be connected in our traveling journey.  Remember your roots, and trust your wings."  Kelly Rae Roberts




The room streamed warmth and sunlight as soon as we entered it last Friday at noon.  Mom was quickly hugged by the Resident, Dr. Harmon, who helped get mom into the Palliative Care Unit.  They chatted in earnest as we went through the admission process.

Visitors showed up almost right away.  Mom chose sitting in the recliner, covered in her warm blue sherpa blanket we bought for her long ago.  

Mom's sense of humor is as quick and sharp as ever.  Her spirit remains strong, her outlook positive, her love pouring forth from every interaction.

The loving care she receives is exceptional.  Its been a long time since I've seen my mom so rested and peaceful.  The quiet and calm, everywhere, do much to foster the tranquil environment.

My brother, surprised mom, showing up in her room on Saturday.  The sheer delight and joy on her face was a moment we'll never forget.

Lee and I have been busy, spending time with mom, and making plans for one big wish she'd like to fulfill.  

She would turn 80 in October, and had dreams for a big celebration.  Dr. Harmon so astutely said, "So why wait?  Lets celebrate now!"


So if you are a friend of my mom's or a family member that would like to come celebrate- we would love to have you!  

The gift of your "presence" is most welcome.

(please no gifts) 

This Saturday, April 4th.

From 2-4 pm- open house style.

We will have coffee and Mom's favorite treats lovingly baked and furnished by Concordia.

Sanford Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, on University in Fargo.

Take elevator B to the 5th floor, and we'll be in the Family Room directly across from the Elevator, with Mom.

Will you come help us celebrate her life?


We're simply following His plans, day by day, leaning on Him, as our Dear Mom continues her journey to her Eternal Home.  













26 comments:

  1. You've painted a picture of serenity Vicky...and how completely grace-filled, to celebrate now! Why wait indeed! xo

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    1. Thank you, Robin, I pray the serenity continues to sustain us and see us through. Much love to you~

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    1. My dear sweet friend, Vicky,
      I read and read again this story saturated in love and peace and tranquility. I envision your Mom in the recliner with the blue sherpa blanket and wonderful Dr.Harmon suggesting to do her 80th birthday party now. I love your description of your Mom's face lighting up when your brother surprised her with a visit. Yes...heart to heart and roots and wings. You are all walking your Mama home. What an honor
      to be part of that.

      This Saturday, although far away in Spokane, we will raise a glass of sparkling cider to your Mom, and you...an amazing daughter. My grandkids are here and will love hearing her story.

      So prayers all around, dear friend, for peace and knowing His presence and love.
      Sending loves and hugs and prayers, always prayers.
      Linda

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    2. Kass- yes- I love that- in spirit with so many of you :)

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    3. LInda-will love knowing a toast is being made and that you also, will be with us in spirit. Thankful for your prayers and love~ sending them right back to you- and your daughter- haven't forgotten her, either.

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    4. Attending in spirit, too, with these dear women and I, too, will toast to your mom. Thank you, ladies!

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  3. I hope you have a wonderful day full of celebration and love.

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    1. Thank you, Karen- we are hopeful we can do just that :)

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  4. Have a wonderful, joyous celebration. I'll be thinking about y'all.

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    1. Thank you- we are giving it our best.

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  5. I love this! I love this invitation and even though I have never physically met you or your family, I have tears running down my face! :) I hope someday we can meet! Please give your Momma a hug for me and a blessing (sign of the cross) on her forehead from me too please. Xoxo take lots of pics and can't wait to see the post!!! ;)

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    1. I will do just that, Michelle- I also feel as though I know you and share a special bond with you and your sweet fan- one day Michelle- would love to meet you too!

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  6. What a great idea! Enjoy your celebration!

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    1. Thank you, Katie- we will do our best :)

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  7. How peaceful this post 'feels' along with so much love! How beautiful are the hearts of all involved. A celebration just for her! (In some ways this reminded me of the night I was holding my mom's hand, and started humming church hymns..then they went to Christmas carols...and as I started humming 'Silent night' I realized we were celebrating Christmas in July...but that night..just my mom and I...was priceless in its tranquility and beauty) I will be there in spirit as well..I am so happy your Brother is there as well! Much love to you and all your family...Much love to your beautiful Mom!

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    1. Just a quick reply- but thank you Peggy Sue. I know how much you relate to this having walked this journey with your mom, before I. Thinking of you and sending love~

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  8. What a way to live--and to celebrate! Oh, how I wish I could be there. Please, please take pics and "bring" us there. :)

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  9. So, so grateful to hear about her spirit and the loving care she is receiving, Vicky. And that your brother could be there is just the best news. Love that you are having her party this Saturday and if I were close by you KNOW I would be there! May you have many guests to celebrate and cheer your dear mother. Love you!

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  10. Prayers for you, your dear mom, and the family - I hope it's a wonderful day with much joy for all. Hugs from Munich.

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  11. That quote is awesome (as are the wooden birds). Celebrating is a wonderful idea. I hope this party brings much joy.

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  12. This is such a fabulous post. It sounds like your mom is very lucky, with great family and lots of loving friends. Warm thoughts go out to your mom.

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  13. Very happy for the peaceful place you wrote this from. Imagining your afternoon was full of moments that cradle your heart. Looking forward to your updates oN the celebration.

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  14. Very happy for the peaceful place you wrote this from. Imagining your afternoon was full of moments that cradle your heart. Looking forward to your updates oN the celebration.

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  15. I have been thinking about you all. Know that your surrounded by so many prayers and so much love! xoxoxox

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