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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Will Be Different

Many of you have probably noticed a lack of blogging over the last couple of weeks on my part. I have not had time to blog. My mother entered the hospital on December 3 and was there for 2 weeks. I finished my responsibilities for the semester and after grades were submitted, I left a week earlier than I intended because I was needed. Even before I left, I was busy taking care of many things by phone at a distance. Mom is home now, but Christmas will be different this year. She's still very weak, and she's not quite herself. I'm doing all the cooking for Christmas dinner. I suspect that all of us will experience a wide range of emotions when it comes to how different Christmas is at the family level. However, there is one thing that will remain the same. We would not be celebrating Christmas had it not been for Jesus! I think we've all had a reminder of how dependent we are on Him this year as there has been nothing we can do except pray as we've been dealing with Mom's state of health. I don't know how much time I'll have for blogging over the next week or two, but I'll try to post as I have something to say and have time.



  • LORI,

    I'm so glad youall are home. Please give your parents my regards --- and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Merry Christmas.

    Terry Thornton

    By Blogger Terry Thornton, at 7:41 PM  

  • Hi Lori... My life echos yours a bit this year. I'm headed to NC a day earlier than planned. Mom has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Both my sister and I are making the trek from different directions.

    Praying for both of us these days. Yep, all we can do is pray. But therein lies comfort, peace and wisdom.

    By Blogger Lindsay, at 8:07 PM  

  • Lori, I'm sorry to hear about your mother and hope that she is now on the road to recovery. Wishing you and your family all the best for the holidays and the new year. Try not to get too stressed out (easier said than done, I know) and enjoy it as much as possible.

    By Blogger Becky, at 10:19 PM  

  • Lori - have had to deal (long distance) with many of same as you. I was fortunate that my sister decided to go visit our mom before T-giving & I went along for the ride. Prayers & good thoughts for all of us as we struggle with a loved one's illness or health concerns. Take care.

    By Blogger wendy, at 10:56 PM  

  • Lori, your mother is blessed to have you helping her out in this time of need. Having been in surgery recovery these past 5 weeks, I can tell you how grateful I am for my family and all my friends who have come to my aid. I'll be keeping you and your mother in my thoughts and prayers.

    Merry Christmas!

    By Blogger Miriam, at 11:14 PM  

  • Your Christmas may be difficult this year, but I'm sure that with your faith and your family it will still be joyous.

    By OpenID Moultrie Creek, at 8:28 AM  

  • Lori, stay strong. Don't forget to take some time out for yourself. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    By Blogger ____Maggie, at 9:15 PM  

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