Thursday, July 5, 2007

Little Old Angels

We are moving my parents out to my property here in a few weeks, and I must say they are so excited. My older brother, his wife, myself and my husband have been working on this for several months now. My husband and I purchased a modular home and then the four of us went and picked out colors for carpet walls and trim. I did so enjoy doing those things for Mom and Dad. I wish we had thought of this before now, but as they say “ better late than never.”

They will be out here on 10 acres with a huge deck, lots and lots of birds and deer and other creeping things. Mother and I have talked about planting her some roses and maybe even a small garden. The operative word there is small. Of course I know that I will be doing the planting and hoeing and taking care of any landscaping and other things that she wishes to put in the ground, but what a joy to be able to do this for them.

Mother does not do well with her medicine, so I can help with that and Dad is a worrier about so many things and we will be able to reassure him everyday that we will look out for him and Mother in all aspects of his life. Dad will be 90 this year and Mother will be 88. They are both ok health wise but very very fragile. Dad uses a walker to walk and even then someone has to be behind him as he has a tendency to fall backwards.Dad does most of the cooking now as Mother is just not able and I will be able to most of that for them. I hate watching them grow so frail and unable to do the normal things of life but I am so thankful that the Lord has put me in a position to do this for them.

After we get them moved in and settled we are putting in an in ground pool behind our house which will be about 50 foot from them. They make what is called a buddy seat in the pools now and it is toooooooooooooooo cute. It will be a cut out in one side of the pool on the shallow end and it looks like a small hot tub seat. Mother (and my sister in law Alpha) will be able to walk right across the shallow end and sit down in this buddy seat and just enjoy………. How fun will that be for Mother!!!!!!!!!! Of course Dad will not come near that pool, but he can sit and watch. I am excited about the summer projects around here but I am already tired of the thought of all there is to do, but I also and looking forward to improving their lives and being the care giver for as long as needed.

My older brother and I are putting into place conditions that will protect them and make sure that they are not ever taken advantage of again. It is a shame what some of our senior citizens have to endure.. sometimes at the hands of those that should be the protectors......we are finding out through our attorneys that there are a lot of laws to protect our little folks....... We will certainly take advantage of the steps that we can take...

I thank God every day for the gift of my husband Dennis almost 8 years now and the gift of my parents that are precious to me. I thank God that he has allowed me to have my own small business right here at the house ……….He knows the road before us and He saw that Mom and Dad would need watching over in these years of their lives. How great is our God………..

I will post some pictures when they are moved in………… Above are some pictures of my little Mom and Dad…………..


6 comments:

Christy said...

Here is my cyber PINCH for ma and pa. I miss them. They are so so cute.

Dee said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! It's been great to read your blog and hear your stories. How exciting to have your parents living so close by. It will be work for you, but it will be a blessing to help them. I'm doing some caregiving for my mom, who is only 73. We are awaiting a dementia/alzheimer's diagnosis, which really hurts.

Good for you for working on getting back into shape. Your new pool will be awesome for that! We had a pool at our last house and I used to treadwater for a long time -- we had little kids so I had to watch them.

God bless! D

Sandra said...

Those pictures are so cute! I'm really excited for grandma and grandpa and can't wait to see the new place when we visit. It's good that you'll be so close by.

Sandra said...

Thanks for the update on Grandpa. I thought she had already gone home or I would have called her today. I'll give her a call tomorrow if not while she's at the hospital then when she is home. The time difference has a tendancy to throw me off. I'm so glad she is okay!

Sandra said...

Is grandma home now? I understand they will be staying with you. Can you e-mail me your phone number so I can say hello. I tried calling the hospital yesterday, but I think I have the wrong number.

Mary said...

You are to be commended for moving your parents so close to you so you can care for them. So many people would just put them in a nursing home. I believe that parents should be cared for by their children in their old age. I have promised Mom that she will never have to go into a nursing home. It is her worst fear.

Love your blog. I will be back.

Blessings,
Mary