Friday, January 10, 2020

Gratitude

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. (William Faulkner)

This week has been filled with moments of grace. I'm thankful for Friday Fave Five because it gives me a chance to share some of those moments.

1. A caring hospice staff ~ Hospice staff come to the house several days a week to tend to Aunt Ann. I'm so grateful to these compassionate and warmhearted people who are so devoted to this ministry. I've heard about how wonderful hospice people can be. It is an inspiration to witness firsthand.

2. George ~ I wrote about our granddog George in an earlier post. He's become a faithful companion to Aunt Ann. She enjoys his company and gentle, kind manner, and he in turn relishes her soft voice and rubs behind his hears.  He mostly sleeps on his enormous bed in the living room near her,  leaving only occasionally to go outside.

3. My three amazing nieces ~ Two live in the area, the third lives out of state. They've long been a source of support and encouragement for me. They are each pursuing their dreams and sharing their lives with me. Earlier this week, the three of them sent me a generous gift card to my favorite coffee shop with a note telling me, "take care of yourself!" I felt hugged:)

4. A helping hand -- Yesterday, Aunt Ann was determined to have her hair done. We went to my hairdresser and while walking in to the shop, she got a little off balance. A young man rushed to our aid. He tenderly took my aunt's arm with one hand and gently put his other arm around her, helping her up to the sidewalk. His lanky frame and tousled hair reminded me of my eldest son, and I teared up thanking him.

5. Dawn ~ My hairdresser is Dawn, and she took us for an appointment with just a day's notice. I love it when two people you've shared with one another just through conversation finally get to meet. They adored one another! and had so much to talk about. I left them for an hour to run some errands, and when I returned it was like they were old friends.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

11 comments:

Barbara Harper said...

My m-i-l was under hospice care in our home for three years--longer than usual, and Jim had to advocate for them not to remove her from care at one point. Most of the people were really good. We don't have a dog, but when my m-i-l was in assisted living, people brought therapy dogs around. My in-laws were always pet people, so she loved that. I wished I had thought to ask someone to bring their dog when she lived in our home. What a sweet thing your nieces did. And how lovely to have kind and gentle help in need. It's great your aunt and the hairdresser got on so well together.

Patti said...

You know what I see through every single one of your moments---the love of Jesus spilling forth into your life and that of Aunt Ann!

Faith said...

Hospice people are very special workers. YOu are blessed that your Aunt Ann can be with you and not in a nursing home.

how wonderfully thoughtful and what a huge blessing from the Lord that you had a special gift card from your nieces.

That was so sweet of the young man who helped your aunt.....a true blessing.

Have a good weekend!!

a spirit of simplicity said...

I feared up reading your post. Your Aunt Ann seems like she must be a wonderful woman to have so many tender people caring for her. I will keep you both in my prayers.

Jen said...

Oh how I love young polite people. The ones who have old souls and were raised right! I'm so glad you are getting this time with Aunt Ann. What a sweet treat to have her hair done. And your nieces...such a blessing to give you such a sweet gift. I hope you can have a nice weekend and use your nice gift. Enjoy your weekend my friend.

Wendy said...

I'm glad you've got some support with looking after your Aunt and such thoughtful nieces. You definitely need to take care of you too. I'm sure getting her hair done will have lifted Aunt Ann's spirit. Enjoy your weekend.

Melinda said...

Hope you Saturday was wonderful.
So many things to be thankful for.

The folks in Hospice are angels in disguise.

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

M : )

Melanie said...

These are definitely some beautiful things to be thankful for. I admit, even I teared up when reading about the young man that helped your aunt. It makes me think of my son and I would like to think that he would do something like that. (He is indeed a very kind, tender-hearted person, so I'm not saying this lightly.)

Hospice workers are indeed angels. Your aunt is surrounded by so much love.

xoxo
Melanie

Susanne said...

What a blessing the hospice workers are to your Aunt right now. It is special people who have a heart to minister in this way! So sweet that George is also providing some pleasure and joy to your aunt at this time. What a loving helping hand from the young man.

Anita said...

My stepfather has Alzheimer's. He's 86 and being taken care of by my 86 year old mother and a crew of friends and paid helpers. It's good to know that hospice is here for him when the time comes.
I love your weekly gratitude journal! I should pull out my journal and begin to use it again.
Happy New Year, Karen & Family!

Willow said...

That young man was such a blessing to you and Aunt Ann--and to me as I read about him.
Your aunt is so blessed to have you and the hospice people. You need to be a special kind of person to do hospice.
And what a blessing to have your nieces near and having them be so supportive.
Happy week to you!