My ninety year old dad is having a tough time right now. He's been in the hospital three times in the last month and just last week overcame double pneumonia.
A strong dude.
He sure is.
He has had a lot of changes this past year. He valiantly stood by his wife as she battled Alzheimers and very painful arthritis. She passed last spring. Then he (on his own) decided not to drive anymore so gave up his car. Now he is making the decision to move to assisted living. He is still independent and as sharp as a tack mentally, but he was in the healthcare rehab after his last hospital visit and realized he liked all that reassuring attention.
I am so proud of him and amazed at all he has gone through with such grace, humor and determination. What a role model and example he has set for his children.
A true hero.
And because he is my only living parent left, I am spending my time with him and helping him downsize his treasures and pack. Truthfully I'm not getting any writing done.
My characters are not talking in my head. Very strange, but other demands are insisting on being heard.
I am thanking God right now that I don't have a deadline. I have two requests from editors, but to be honest, those pale in comparison to my time with Dad. I am sure those editors understand my priorities and since I am not contracted, it doesn't really impact them.
I know there are many of you out there including my Seeker sisters who have managed to write through tough situations. God gave you the strength. He promises not to give us more than we can handle and in my case, this is it. And I have had many signs and reassurances that this is okay. For me.
I was going to ask the Teenster to pull up an archive for me today, but time slipped by and maybe that is for the best. Because it is important to know that sometimes circumstances put a roadblock in front of our goals. Sometimes these are self imposed and excuses, but when the circumstance stands up to scripture (honor thy parents) I'm sure I'm doing what is right for me.
Since I'm staying overnight with him and he doesn't have Internet, my responses might be spotty today. But please feel free to share how you've plowed through these kinds of circumstances and what helped you. I know from past comments on our blogs that some of you are dealing with tough situations now. It is comforting to know that friends are out there praying. Glynna Kaye is a sweetheart because she keeps me posted on what's happening in our writing world when I'm out of commission.
And speaking of Glynna Kaye, her new book is out. I will be drawing a winner from comments today for a copy of
I'll also toss in a copy of my latest children's book God's Spirit Calls Me .
Helen, I'm betting you put the coffee on already.
And Ruthy will hopefully show up with some delightful goodies to feast on.
Thanks for understanding. I look forward to your comments because I'm sure we will all glean some helpful hints on how to cope and press on.