Friday, October 15, 2010

A Great Heart

Sweetie's dear Mother is leaving us.  It has been a long slow process.  She has such a great heart that doesn't want to quit.  She is completely bedfast now.  She is mostly unable to respond to us.  For days now she has struggled for breath, but still she chugs on.  We've taken turns at her side around the clock for a couple of weeks now.  Each day we marvel that she continues to persist in living.

We've all said our goodbyes and are hopeful that she doesn't need to suffer much longer.  Two of our daughters spent the night with her last night.  I was just there, where she is surrounded by two sons, a daughter, two daughters-in-law and three grand children.  When Sweetie awakens from her exhaustion, we'll return to carry on.  Everyone gets a break but Mom.  Seems as though that's how it has always been.

In our prayers we wonder why she must suffer so, but last night Katie sang her a lullaby and her grandmother roused briefly in an expression of gratitude.  Numerous little incidents of closure like that have taken place during the long ordeal.  All we can do is trust Heavenly Father's wisdom in the matter.  For days we thought, "this is the day."  We think so today as well.  But who can really tell the strength of a great heart.


Kate Weber said...

She was such an amazing woman. I am going to miss her so much.

Utah Mom said...

My heart and prayers are with your family. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a fabulous woman.

Jane said...

Gordon and I are thinking of you and your family! I saw the picture on facebook and wanted to see it bigger! Rae has been such a stalwart for all of us and so full energy & go get-it-ness. We will miss her. See you Sunday/Monday sometime.

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