Quick Friday hi

July 24, 2009 Uncategorized 8

I’ve been visiting my family in TX all week. I’ve checked my email and facebook, but while my kids watch a DVD and my parents nap……..I thought I’d sneak into the office and update and say hi.

This has been a wonderful vacation with small trips to sights to see in the Dallas area and much time with my parents. It’s hard in many ways too. They are 84 and 81 and changing so much. Neither gets around as well as they used to. Cognitively things are changing and as their child, I just have to be patient and understanding. I’ve felt like crying many times, but I want to keep up a strong presence for my children.

With the sad times have come many laughs and many great meals,most of them out but my mom did greet us Sunday with homemade chicken and dumplings……..oh my stars, the best southern homecooked meal you can imagine!!! I’ve probably gained 10 pounds…..ugh, but ahhh the pleasure. I can diet at home!

I’ve missed writing and reading your blogs, and I’m going to try to read some now.

Sending blessings and greetings my friends, I’ll be home Sunday night! Have a wonderful weekend, and if you have your parents with you still, call or run over there and give them a hug!

8 Responses to “Quick Friday hi”

  1. Pam

    So glad you were able to check in. Happy to hear you are enjoying your visit. It must be hard to see the changes in your parents. Enjoy every minute.

  2. Tammy Howard

    MMMM – homemade chicken and dumplings!

    It is indeed hard to watch the parents age. It’s hard to watch them AND it’s a reminder of our own mortality, as well.

    Off to call them now, on your advice.

    Have a safe trip home!

  3. Casey

    I am glad you are enjoying your trip! I am sure it is nice to just take a break from everyday life! I miss your blog posts but am glad you are getting a break! I hope you guys have a safe trip home. Take care

  4. Miss Healthypants

    Isn’t it hard to see your parents growing old? My Dad is in his 80’s and my Mom in her 70’s. My Mom gets around in a wheelchair sometimes, and that’s so odd (sad) to see.

    You gotta love them while you got ’em, I guess.

    My Dad has started writing letters occasionally to me, and I treasure them all and am keeping them in a safe place. πŸ™‚

  5. My name is PJ.

    I’ve been checking your blog every morning, like clockwork – only to come up empty. I miss you! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! It was a pleasant surprise to log on and see you’d left a comment. I truly understand how it is to go through this phase with your folks. At least they are still in their home for now and you’ve gotten the opportunity to visit and hug on them! If you want to vent or share about this transitional stuff, or anything – email me, girl! xo

  6. Denise K.

    Hi Anita!

    I too have missed you and have missed checking in regularly…I think of you so often though and was praying that you were having a wonderful trip. I know first hand how challenging it is to see our once vibrant parents aging before our eyes…but it is also such a blessing to know they are living full lives for 80 plus years now!

    It’s OK too to see them slow down…to do less and sleep more…it will just make your quality moments all the more special and I am so glad you are enjoying every one!

    Sending lots of love your way friend, Denise πŸ™‚

  7. Lisa

    I’ve missed you. I did enjoy following your doings on FB, though. The aging parent issue is so tough. I’m not ready for it and the shock of seeing my folks after three years was, in a word, shocking.

    Big hugs to you. Welcome home.

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