Sunday, August 30, 2009

Another update on my mom

I had the opportunity to go and visit my mom Friday night through Saturday evening. I would not have been able to afford the trip if not for the generosity of my Etsy friends (see previous post!) I am so thankful to everyone who gave from the heart and their pockets in the fundraiser that one Etsy friend started on my behalf!

Many times there are people visiting from out of state, and I have to share my mom. This trip, no one was there except me, my husband and two of our kids. My dad took the kids and my husband out a few times to give me time with my mom, all alone. It was so nice to visit with her and sleep next to her on the couch as she was in her "daybed" (we call her hospital bed a daybed, it sounds cuter! LOL)

The first night I was there we met at the beach, my mom and I sat on a bench to talk alone while the guys walked the beach. I gave her a gift, something my friend made for her, a heart-shaped Snippet (check out her shop for some) that says Jesus on it. She loves it SO much!

Yesterday while we were alone, I took care of some of her needs. We had a "spa day" and I cut and painted her toenails, styled her hair and applied her makeup. She was looking quite lovely and said she felt so much better. Guys don't think of doing these things, so my dad doesn't do them. She tries to do her hair and makeup herself but gets tired out. I was happy to do it for her and spend time close by her. She had to nap in between each session, and I would nap nearby her. This photo on the top of my post was taken after our spa time, and she looks quite refreshed. It's my favorite picture that I got this weekend.

God is good to give us more time together. We don't know how long it will be, a day, weeks, months? But I have her here now, and I will visit her as much as possible. I'll tell her all the things in my heart and show her my love every time I see her. I kiss her and hug her several times an hour. We should always be showing our love to people in the family, as if it could be OUR last day. No one knows how long they have. I could die before she does, one just never knows.

Every time I have to leave her and drive over 3 hours to come home, I cry like a baby. I never know if that was the last goodbye in person that I'll have. But I love her more than I could ever express in words. She is the best Mom a girl could have ever asked for. God gave her to me, and I'm thankful.


SUE said...

That is so beautiful, Anastasia. I pray that we all have the same opportunity to be with our moms or that our daughters would feel the same way that you do towards your mom.


mattscraftywife said...

Thank you Sue! ♥

Anonymous said...

Okay, I need a tissue! It's so true...we just never know...God bless you guys and thank you for the reminder to live each day to the fullest and say I love you at every opportunity! (((hugs)))

Luscious Lather said...

I need a tissue, too! This is so sweet and touching, Anastasia! I just love it and I am so happy that you two are enjoying your time together. How sweet of Jeanette to have made your mom a snippet! How thoughtful of your husband to let you have time alone with your mom! How thoughtful of you to pamper her! God is so good, isn't He? I am very happy that you have been able to make more trips to visit her. Thank you for reminding us all that we never really know when will be the last time we see one another and we should always treasure each moment. God bless you, dear Anastasia! Love, Diane

mattscraftywife said...

Now I need a tissue after reading your comments, Anita & Diane! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I decided to start doing these updates because of all the people out there praying for us... as a way to keep up with how things are going. *hugs*

Christie Cottage said...

What a wonderful post!

Hugs & love to you!

Kathleen said...

Did anyone think to buy stock in the tissue company???? Could someone call the delivery truck - I think we need a boat load of tissues, here!

God bless you, Anastasia - give my love to your Mom - even though she doesn't know me! (((hugs and prayers))) to you both =) Thanks for posting and keeping us updated =)

♥WORDZ OF LIFE♥ said...

What a beautiful testimony this blog is...with the updates on you and your mom....I love you.♥

HaloHatz said...

Tissues all around! I just can't tell you how happy I am that you get to spend more time with your mom. These moments are so precious. Thank you for sharing your mom and your family with us. We love you and continue to lift you all up in prayer:)


Charsbeads4u said...

Anastasia...just remember...we'll have Eternity to spend with our moms!!! Hey...I'll even get to see you then!!!! =) We'll have one big party!!!!
Love ya,

Grove Designs Co, aka Kriskropmemories said...

your post is an excellent reminder to all that every day is important and to show the love you have for all as if it were the last day.
My dad was ill for 2 1/2 years and honestly the time I had with him during that time was filled with such joy because we knew that we had such a short number of days to share our love, it was a blessing though because now I know so show that to everyone in my life even without illness.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mom, take care.

mattscraftywife said...

Thanks so much GroveDesigns, for the encouragement. :)