I’ve been absent from my blog because my mom is living out her last days. She went into a nursing home with my dad 2 1/2 years ago and he passed away 13 months ago. She has congestive heart failure, COPD and Parkinson’s. I enlisted Hospice’s help at Christmas and they have been instrumental in helping me get the assistance she needs. What we hoped was a respiratory illness has turned into a fairly rapid decline in the last 2 weeks. She can no longer stand and appears to be bedridden now. She’s not eating much and her Parkinson’s has gotten so severe that she has to be fed. Her appetite is waning and she says she is ready to go whenever God takes her home. It’s a bittersweet time for me, as today was my birthday. To watch the woman who gave birth to me 48 years ago not even remember much of yesterday is heartbreaking. I struggle with being there as much as possible, yet trying to juggle the kids and homeschooling and taking care of my family. I only pray that my children see me honoring her both in life and in death. There will be a time for grieving but today is the time for loving and cherishing. Hug those you love a little tighter tonight.