Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Returning to Rehab ~

How can I express to you, dear friends, my overflowing heart
of gratitude for your visits and most comforting messages?
There are no words to describe what I feel within my heart.
You may never know just how sweetly you have touched my life
during this difficult time that I am going through with the health of mom.
I keep thinking that I will soon be back to writing regular posts
and be finished with so many up-dates on mom, but I'm just not sure
when that is going happen.
Of course I will be posting and sharing with my dear Stephanie as we share in her
Tea Cup/Mug Exchange~Reveal Party next week ~ Woohoo!!
So many of you have shared encouraging messages
and for the life of me I just can't get around to replying back to you, I'm so sorry!
Please, except my heart felt gratitude as I thank you here on my blog.
Last week I spent pretty much of my week in the hospital with mom,
and the hospital is two hours away, so that meant staying over a few nights.
This particular hospital has a Hospitality House that God so graciously 
led me to through a Christian nurse looking after mom.
A lovely place where you can find rest for your weary soul.
During the week when mom was in the hospital recovering from her brain surgery
I found myself deep in the Scriptures bathing myself in
 verses that pertained to God as my Rock.
God has truly been my Rock, whom I have held tightly to each and every day.


"I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength."
~ Psalm 18:1~
Oh, how I love the Lord my God, Who is my strength!
"The Lord is my Rock,  and my fortress, and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation,
and my high tower."
~ Psalm 18:2 ~
My "buckler" meaning my shield.
What more could I ask for?
"In my distress I called upon the Lord,
and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple,
and my cry came before him, even unto his ears."
~ Psalm 18:6 ~
 I will call upon my Lord, who is worthy to be praised!
"It is God that girdeth me with strength,
and maketh my way perfect."
~ Psalm 18:32 ~
To gird, to equip ~ with God as my Rock, I know that I can have the confidence 
in preparing myself to meet each new day, knowing,
I must meet it with strength and endurance finding joy in everything.


Mom's surgery went well, the surgeon is pleased and mom is in the healing process.
Mom returned back to Rehab just five days after her fall!
I'm amazed at how quickly patient's are released from the hospital,
even brain surgery patients. It's crazy!!
Mom has a long road with therapy, with now new conditions to deal with.
She has been remarkable!
Our trust is in God, our Great Physician and Healer.
 With one day and one step at a time, mom will reach her goals and cross her finish line
with an amazing victory and story to share with others
as God receives all the glory and praise.
Once again, thank you so very much for your love, care and prayers.

"As for God, His way is perfect"

~ Debbie ~

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

From a Fall to Brain Surgery ~ Mom

The morning was cool and crisp with our gorgeous Colorado blue skies
as I headed down the road early Saturday morning making my way with Donatella
to see mom at the Rehab Center when I received the call
from the nurse stating that mom had fallen, or slipped, off the side of her bed
as she was getting up to brush her teeth.
Again, mom's legs became like jelly giving out on her,
down she went hitting the side of her face leaving her with quite a shinier.
An hour after the fall and after monitoring her, an ambulance was called 
with concern that she had a concussion, when in-fact, she had bleeding on the brain.
Once again, mom was taken "flight for life" to a hospital two hours away
where there was a Neuro surgeon on staff.
Mom had a very large bleed that was pressing on her brain
and there was concern that she would hemorrhage and die.
With mom's heart condition she is taking two blood thinners
and bleed out is always a concern, so it was important for the doctors 
in making sure her platelets were where they should be 
in order to perform brain surgery.
After a blood transfusion and some testing mom was given the green light
and brain surgery took place Sunday morning.
All went well and the surgeon accomplished all that he had hoped for.


Once again, God's abundant love, grace and mercy
was evident in this whole situation.
As I look back at this past weekend that came and went so very quickly
I stand amazed, once again, at the Greatness of our God.
A simple fall that turned into brain surgery.
It almost seems unreal to me.
It is very evident that God has His loving arms wrapped around mom.
Her face hurts me just to look at it, yet, she has not complained once of any pain.
How can that be? Only GOD!
Mom is alert, answers questions perfectly and is in good spirits,
though she is extremely tired.
I am a firm believer that rest is the best healer,
and God is making sure that she sleeps so her body can heal.
As a family, we have many decisions that must be made on mom's behalf,
we have little bridges to cross, one at a time, as God leads the way.


While I sat in mom's hospital room Saturday night I could hear helicopters 
coming and going and one of the nurses said that the ER was full with trauma patients.
On Sunday during mom's surgery two of my sister's and I sat 
in the ICU waiting room with two other groups who
were waiting for a loved one who was also undergoing surgery.
It was evident that their loved one was in critical condition.
Thoughts ran through my mind wondering if they had the Hope and Promise
of an Eternal home in heaven through Jesus Christ?
When we have that Hope, we have a peace that passes all understanding 
and difficult times don't seem so difficult.
During these times we can be of good courage knowing God will strengthen our heart.
"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
all he that hope in the Lord."
~ PSALM 31:24 ~   
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord,
and whose hope the Lord is."
~ Jeremiah 17:7 ~

Prayers matter ~ thank you, once again, for yours!

Glory to God!
~ Debbie ~

Friday, October 13, 2017

YIKES! Winter is a comin'

~The road leading to our home ~

Autumn is still showing forth her beauty
but we have already had two incredible snow storms
here in the Rocky Mountains.
Our first storm started with rain and thunder
and then through out the night it turned into a heavy and wet snow fall
bringing down a number of the aspen trees around our yard.
What a shock when I looked out of our bedroom window
that over looks our back yard! 
I could hear in the night some noises 
that I thought may have been thunder in the distance
and then rustling on the back deck that I figured was just the bear. 
All those noises were trees snapping and falling to the ground.
What a sad sight...
We are still cleaning up the mess, all the while hoping that those trees that are leaning
will pop back up with time.
Just like that, our grounds were changed without warning.
Nothing stays the same, does it?


God has His ways of keeping us from getting too comfortable with life.
One of my daily prayers is that I never become complacent in life
 or in my walk with the Lord.
I pray that God, through the Holy Spirit, will help me to learn 
what His Word says, what it means, and what it means for my own life.
James compared the Bible to a mirror (James 1:22).
As we gaze into the Word of God, we see ourselves reflected in it.
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves."
I pray that I will never walk away from God's mirror without making
the needed changes through the help of the Holy Spirit.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in His deed."
(James 1:25)
Is God's Word written on your heart in such a way
that you have fallen in love with Scripture?


Well my dear friends, life has certainly had its changes here with mom.
Mom was working diligently with her physical therapy
and pressing forward towards the day when her and I would leave for Arizona,
only to find herself  at "ground zero" and back in rehab.
Mom was given the flu shot and 12 hours later thought she was experiencing 
flu symptoms only to find out that she had urosepsis, an infection
that spreads from the urinary tract to the blood stream, causing a systemic
infection that circulates through the body through the bloodstream.
Her blood pressure dropped and is still low, and I believe she was in septic shock
when her legs became like jelly giving out on her, 
as well as her confused mind.
How grateful I am that help arrives quickly through calling 911.
Over the past four weeks with mom's illness she has become very weak and frail.
Arizona, mom's winter home, still awaits her.
"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry" By Robert Burns
No matter what our expected plans may be, something can still go wrong.
Once again I had to fall back my own words,
"Trust in the Lord, and rest in that trust."
God is in complete control of our lives no matter what our expected plans may be,
and life is all the sweeter when we give Him control.
You have been so faithful in holding mom and our family up in prayer
over these past three months and with a grateful heart
I want to express to you how very thankful I am.
God in His grace and mercy touches the hearts of His people
and moves them to their knees on behalf of others.
I may never meet you face to face this side of Eternity,
but our spirits are joined together through the power of God 
and the working of the Holy Spirit.
Because of Christ ~ life is beautiful!
Sending you all my love and {{hugs}} 

~ Debbie ~

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