Six months of major changes

It has been six months of major changes in our lives. The children had a great summer. Liz started her second year at the community college; Mandy graduated and received her International Baccalaureate Program diploma. She also started at the community college.

Mom had several illnesses and major setbacks throughout this time. She passed away early in the morning on December 25, 2012. We had to deal with the military and its rules, but she was finally buried on January 18th with my dad at Arlington National Cemetery. The date was two years to the day that dad was buried.

Richard’s mother, Bea, has had her breast cancer return. She is currently on hospice and has not been given much more time. We are preparing ourselves to lose another grandparent soon.

We have also decided Maryland is NOT the place we want to live anymore. The house is on the market and we hope to be moving by this summer. We have been cleaning, purging and packing up the house. The children are both excited and anxious to leave the home they have known for the last 10 years. We are still finalizing where we want to settle. We have specific things we are wanting in the new location so we are taking our time finalizing the destination. We should finish up the pre-move cleaning this weekend. Then we can concentrate on keeping the house “showing ready.”

With everything going on in our lives we have been on an extended Christmas break. God willing, we will be starting back up next week.

Pax Christi!

 

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

What a month…

When I last posted, I was at my mom’s house and she was not doing well. We needed to come up with a plan for her to have care during the day.  However, she continued to decline over Sunday, December 23rd to the point where my brother and I decided to send her to the hospital.

At the hospital, we found out she had an infection starting, plus her congestive heart failure was flaring up again.  She would have to be intubated to have any hope to bring her through this crisis.  Mom was adamant she did not want to be put on a respirator.  My brother and I made the hard decision to follow her wishes and told the doctors to do what they could and to keep her comfortable.

She passed away on December 25th at 12:45 in the morning. 

It has been a hard month, getting the arrangements put together, especially with the holiday week.  The plans included her being buried at Arlington National Cemetery with my father.  Those arrangements took a awhile to arrange.  (That is post for another time).

She was finally laid to rest on January 18th.  Two years to the day my father was buried at Arlington.  All it all it was very neat how everything all ended up.

Now the fun begins with settling her estate. Many decisions need to be made and finalized between my brother and I. Right now, the main focus is cleaning out my parents’ house.  They were in the same house for 42 years, and Dad tended to be a pack rat so we have a lot of stuff to go through.

One awesome thing happened during this time!   My brother became engaged to a wonderful woman. and she has been a great help, since she doesn’t have the same emotional attachment to the things in the house.  We are making steady progress, but it will take some time.

I hope you are having a wonderful new year so far!