I have posted some pictures, but not all of them, that I took when I went to visit my dad in Texas. For those of you who don't know, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. A few months ago, my mother had to have him put into a home where he can be taken care of. He is almost 90 years old, so one thing that I am thankful for is that he didn't develop this disease at a really young age. Knowing that his memory is slipping away, my mom would ask me, when I called her, if I could come to see him while he would still know me. I really struggled with this, because I knew it would be hard to see the man that was my father, no longer the same.
God is so good though. Bob and I had prayed that God would provide a way for me to go and He did! I got a really good price on airline tickets and so, on March 3rd I flew into Dallas. My sister, Rayelynn picked me up at the airport and I spent the night at her home. That was so great, because I also got to see my brother-in-law, Glenn and nephew Tyler. And of course the famous, Hamish...their scotty dog! They took me to a fabulous Mexican food restaurant for dinner and we had a great visit.
On Wednesday we drove to Weatherford, Texas which is about an hour from Dallas, and we picked up my sister, Merlene on the way. We met Mom at Antonio's, another Mexican restaurant for lunch. Then we went to Veranda Place, which is the assisted living home that Dad is in.
Mom and my sisters went in to Dad's room first and told him that they had a surprise for him. They told him I was there from Colorado, and then I walked into the room. It was a wonderful time. He was a little groggy because one of the doctors had put him on some more meds. But our time was blessed. We were there for quite a while, and then I went to Decatur to stay with Mom. On Thursday, Mom and I got to play golf with her friend and I played with some of Dad's clubs. That was really fun. I wasn't sure if I could swing the clubs, but I actually played well. That evening, Mom and I attended a support group for Alzheimers. There were only six people there, but it was a really good thing for Mom and I both. I know that all of the people there can support and encourage each other as they go through this time of trial in their lives. And all spoke of their faith carrying them through. It was encouraging for Mom to hear that she is not alone in this. My prayers are with the group.
Then Friday, we went to visit Dad again and this time he was feeling really good. We went for a walk and when we came back into the home, I saw a piano sitting in an open area. I asked the nurses if I could play for Dad and they said sure. I started out with "Amazing Grace" and as I played, several of the patients there started coming into the room. One little lady standing behind me started singing. I was so glad my back was to Dad and Mom, because it brought tears to my eyes and even now as I am writing this, I get a little misty. I sat and played for more than 30 minutes and even the ladies that sat outside in the hallway were singing. It was a God glorifying time. And so precious to me to play for Dad.
On Saturday, Mom and I decided to relax and we did go and do a little antiquing. Tried to find some garage sales, but no luck there. On Sunday, we went to Cornerstone Baptist that Dad and two of my uncles had built. Mom is so glad to be able to attend the services again. Then, that afternoon, I went and visited with my brother, Craig, nephew, Chris and sis-in-law, Rose. My sis, Rayelynn, came and picked Mom and I up later and took us back to Dallas to spend the night. On Monday....we went to Sam Moon's to shop. Oh, my word....that was the neatest store. It is huge and all it has is jewelry, belts and purses. I could have spent a fortune there, (everything is priced really inexpensive), but I had no room in my luggage. Then that evening I stayed with Merlene, my sis, and Steve. That night they took me to eat...of all things...Mexican food. I only had Mexican food five times while I was there. I loved it!!!!!
Merlene showed me her studio where she teaches jewelry making and it is so awesome. I am so proud of her and her talents.
On Tuesday, March 10th I flew back home to a lonely husband who really missed me while I was away. I am so thankful that he was willing for me to go. It is a journey that gave me good memories.
I love you Dad and Mom. Thank you for all you have done for me.