Not much time for us, since Mom has been so bad, but God truly keeps us close and deeply in love. We just finished our Church Cantata last Sunday and it was good. All the Christmas shopping is done. Tommy has been helping me cook goodies for different parties. I think he likes to cook. His Office Christmas party is this week and we are keeping Kevin and Alysia's kids Saturday so that they can go shopping. Life just seems so busy. I thought it would slow down when the kids all left home. What was I thinking?????????? Merry Christmas to everyone and may God truly bless you with the true spirit of Christmas. His Majesty and Glory that came in the flesh just to make a way for you and I to spend eternity with HIM. WHAT LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mom just got out of the hospital Monday, Dec. 15th. She went in on the 11th, Thursday night. I went to see her and she looked really bad. They checked her BP and it was 84/40. There were several things going on but they all have to do with her not eating. On Monday she looked so much better and talking and smiling and drinking ensure. I hope the medication they are giving her will kick in and work soon so she will start eating again. From the test they took on her, she has had a heart attack in the past year. She showed no signs of chest pain, but mom never complains.
Mom is really going through a hard time right now. Ever since Nov. 21st she has not been eating. She is drinking some, but not enough. The nurses and staff at the Nursing Home are really worried about her. They have tried everything they know to get her to eat, but she refuses and gets upset with them. She takes her medicines OK with no problem, just not food. Yesterday she was really tired and weak. Today they are starting her on an appetite stimulant, but it could take a week to a month to start working. Please keep her in your prayers. Thanks, Peggy
On Nov.23rd mama went into the hospital. She had a stomach bug and was dehydrated. That first night when I got there she was sound asleep and I stayed for a while and then went home. The next day when I got there I was surprised at how weak and withdrawn she was. It really scared me. By the next day she was a little better and each day since she is more herself again. She got out of the hospital on Friday after Thanksgiving. She is back at the Nursing Home and all seems normal again. She gets tired faster than she did before, but still acts like she is feeling good. Here is a picture of she and I that Becky took on Saturday, Nov. 29th.
We arrived back from Ethiopia on Sunday, 16th of November. Sorry that I haven't updated before now, but every time I get still I fall asleep. Traveling halfway around the world, across 9 time zones, sure gets your body out of whack. My days and nights are still reversed and so are Tommy's. We are falling asleep about 8 p.m. and waking up in the morning about 4 or 5 am. The trip was truly amazing. We stayed so busy that it flew by so fast. We loved on hundreds of children, got to fit lots of them with new shoes and made sure they knew that Jesus loved them. Addis Ababa is a city of about 5 million and they were all on the streets every day. Mostly walking, but many vans carrying passengers and some buses like we were on. The places we went were the very poor. Buckners does some wonderful things to help the orphans there. We went to 2 schools where they are training the older orphans in professions so they can have a trade to make it on their own. We really fell in love with a couple of girls from the girls home. Orphan girls from ages 14 to 20. They have their own dorm rooms, except not so big or nice, very simple. These girls would end up prostitutes if Buckner had not helped them. I know this happens all over the world, but we got a chance to see it first hand. We were truly humbled by the whole trip. God revealed to me that He has a plan for their lives just like He has a plan for our lives. Jer. 29:11 We are home and back to our daily routines, but I hope we will not forget the people and the poverty of Ethiopia. God was there!!!!! He went before us, lead us while we were there to see HIS people, and brought us home safely. God is faithful. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts as we were away.
Today is Tuesday, 11-4-08. We leave for Ethiopia on Thursday, 11-6-08. Tommy and I are both so excited. The group from our church has such unity that only God could have built. Our weekly prayer meetings have been so wonderfully encouraging and faith building. There is no doubt that God has put this team together and has provided for the financial needs as well as preparing the way before us. Each one of us gave our testimony this past Sunday at Church. If you would like to hear them go to www.fbcspur.blogspot.com and you can listen to them. This is our Church web site. After we leave, the pastor is going to post a website that anyone can go to to get updates on us in Ethiopia. I don't know how often we will be at computers, but our team leader will be updating info as possible. Each day we will be going to another Orphanage in the outlying towns around Addis Abba, which is the capital city. At the Orphanages we will be doing VBS and fitting the children with shoes. This trip is called "Shoes for Orphan Souls". The shoes have already been shipped there and are awaiting our arrival to fit them to the children. They have us really busy from sun up till sun down. The only real break we will get is on the day we begin our flights home. Please pray for us. Especially that we are bold in telling them about our Lord and Savior. Secondly, that we show compassion and love to these people as Jesus would have. Thirdly, that in all we do the Lord be glorified. Fourthly, that we be very discerning in listening to the lead of the Lord. Lastly, for our safety. There will be no updates on Mom till I get home and have a chance to see her. She was doing great last Friday when I went. They had asked me if I thought she would wear a cow suit for Halloween. I said no. As in the past she didn't talk much, just grabbed my hand to hold. I told her that Jr. would be checking in on her while I was gone. Her comment was, "Does he listen to you when you tell him to come see me?". I told her No! So we will see what happens. He does go see her, but she never remembers it. When he asks her about me coming, she doesn't remember that either. She hates the fact that she can't remember anything anymore. There will be lots to post when I get home on the 16th so check the blog after that date. Love, Peggy
I went to see mama today and she was asleep as usual. Her first comment when I woke her was that I sure came early. I told her it was 3 in the afternoon. Last week she was toting her purse everywhere she went because she had found it in her things and decided she needed to be carring it with her. After a few days I took it and hid it in her room. She said, "You left here with my purse, and you didn't bring it back. Where is it?" All I said was that it was in her room. It had her wallet in it and very little else. The wallet only had pictures in it. She has forgotten about it now. Last week Uncle Warren & Aunt Juanita sent mama a card and letter. In the card was an article from the Baptist Standard that had a picture of Uncle Warren and 2 other men. He had been a deacon in that church for over 50 years. I asked mama if she knew who that man was and she told me no. I told her who it was and she commented that if that was Warren, he looked old. The card and letter were very sweet and it let her know that they hadn't forgotten her, even if she only remembers it for a little while. She is so very sweet but, sometimes like today, she had to comment on a lady in a wheelchair that had large(she called them fat)legs and how she couldn't keep her dress pulled down. It's almost like she's the child and I'm the mother. She does make me laugh though.
Since this is breast cancer awareness month I thought I would post a picture of me about a year ago when my hair was beginning to grow back from my battle with breast cancer. It has been 2 years since they found and removed the cancer and the process of prevention for the future began. First with 6 Chemo treatments every third week. When that was finally over I went 6 1/2 weeks of radiation to Lubbock. It was all finished on July 11, 2007. My hair began coming in that very week. I still am not as strong physically as I was when that all began, but spiritually I am so much stronger. God showed me so much about myself and HIM through my weakness. 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." I praise God for what He brought me through and is continually molding me into the person He wants me to be. Today, 1 year past the bad ill effects of Chemo and radiaion, I am thankful for the cancer. It has drawn me closer to God and given me a new perspective on how big God is. I would not change one single thing in the past 2 years. Thank you God!
I only got to visit Mama 2 times this week. She was good! She only had a few little scratches on her face from the fall. She does not remember it at all, which is good. They told me this week that she took a baby doll from one of the patients that carries one around all the time. I don't know if she was just curious if it was real or what. I would get her a babydoll but I don't think that would solve the problem. Thursday when I went, she had just come from the beauty shop. They had fixed her hair. All the staff, when passing her, coments on how pretty she looks and it really makes her smile. She didn't talk much that day, so we just held hands. On Monday when I went I asked her if she had a roommate yet and she told me "no, and I hadn't wanted one either." I went into her room later and there was a roommate asleep in the bed. So if mama doesn't realize that she has a roommate, I'm not telling her. So far, I'm really impressed with the Nursing Home. I didn't tell her about missing the Attaway Reunion. I knew it would make her sad. Mom's new address is Crosbyton Nursing & Rehab Center, 222 N. Farmer, Crosbyton, TX 79322.
Leo Jr. & I moved mama to the Crosbyton Nursing Home yesterday evening. She was pretty confused about why we were taking her somewhere and leaving her there. We explained several times. By the time we left, she said she would be OK. I said I'd come back tomorrow and she said that I better. Today, Friday 10-3-08, when I went to see mama she could not remember anything about last night, so she guessed it was good. The nurse on duty said she was up 3 or 4 times in the night wandering around. She seemed happy to see me and wanted to know how I knew where she was. I explained to her that I had brought her the day before. I stayed and visited for about an hour and a half and said my goodbyes. She followed me out front to sit in the rocking chair. That is where one of the pictures was taken. About an hour later I got a phone call from the nurse saying that mom was OK, but, she had left and was not to be found for about 20 minutes. They finally found her about a block from the Home with a bruise on her temple and a few scratches. Nothing seems to be wrong with her except the bruise, so maybe she had fallen but was OK. All vitals were good and she couldn't remember anything except that she was going home. They immediately put a wander guard on her so that will not happen again. The door locks down when she gets close to it. We had one on at the Spur Nursing Home, so this never happened there. The Crosbyton Home is bigger than Spur and nicer. There are a lot more patients and things going on all the time. I feel better about mama after today, even though she escaped and fell. there is a back patio that has an awning with tables and chairs and she really likes going out there. We swatted flies out there this afternoon. The picture of the 2 dogs are frequent visitors to the Home. Mama liked them but kept wanting to let them out the front door. She just doesn't think dogs should be inside.