Tonight I have been reminded again that things don’t happen by chance. Two weeks ago due to several different circumstances we cancelled my daughter’s graduation party. Was I sad? Yes. Did I see a greater good come from those circumstances? YES!
This week I had two sessions scheduled for the first of this week. Due to unpredictable weather we moved both sessions to a later date. I really wanted to knock those sessions out and was so looking forward to each one. However, I am so thankful for the blessing I had tonight, that I wouldn’t have experienced if we’d kept the session as planned.
Tomorrow is my mom’s birthday. She won’t remember that it is her birthday. She probably won’t remember tonight. She, like many others, is walking the journey of Alzheimer’s.
I don’t often blog/journal about this part of my life, but my heart is overflowing tonight, and I thought I’d share part of it with you.
This is a picture of mom with all of her brothers and sisters (except one) taken 3 years ago. She’s the one with the bright laugh. I guess that is where we get ours from.
Emily’s graduation was not an easy day for her. Crowds have become a bit of a challenge and her response is often the same of a little infant when there is too much stimulation, she falls asleep or withdraws.
Remember that party that got cancelled? This is where you look for the beauty in disappointments. We had an amazing time together as a family at the lake. Mom was in a totally different mind frame the night after graduation. We laughed, talked, walked around the lake, and laughed some more. My sister who hasn’t been able to visit for a while was with us which made the evening even more special.
Here are a few snapshots of that beautiful day.
Tonight after we celebrated mom’s birthday with dinner at our home, we had “after-dinner” music on the front porch. Mariah played the cello, Hannah the violin, God provided soft rain and wind in the trees. We snuggled under blankets in the big double rockers and listened to the beauty of it all!
THEN, Mariah put the cello up and decided that while Hannah continued with her violin music, she and Grace would entertain us with dancing on the front lawn – in the rain! Oh my word!!! We laughed, mom laughed, it was such a precious time.
The sweetest time came when Hannah began to play old hymns. My mom doesn’t always remember our names these days, but she remembered the words to hymns she has known for years.
I listened to her sing. “All the way my Saviour leads me, what I have I to fear beside. Do I doubt His tender mercies, who through life has been my guide.” Then there was, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word, just to rest upon His promise, just to know thus says the Lord.”
I sat beside her and cried as she sang, “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrow like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, ‘It is well, it is well, with my soul’ “.
Yes, for everything there is a season. In the season of the dark days of Alzheimer’s Disease, there are times of joy, of peace, and though the mind may not remember much, it holds to the anchor that “It is well with my soul!”
Happy Birthday to my precious Mother.