Today was Christmas with my siblings.
Normally we gather
in my Mom and Dad's big farm house
with all our kids and grand kids.
But life is different this year.
The folks have moved to assisted living.
Dad is in and out of a fog.
Stupid dementia is stealing our dad.
We are blessed though.
He is 92 and Mom is 87.
They have been wed for over 70 years.
They have had an amazing life.
We took turns crying today
because in truth,
these changes suck.
We wouldn't have picked this path.
But, I am thankful
we have each other.
We hold each other up.
We hang onto Mom
and we love on Dad.
There is no one I would rather
walk this walk with.
They make me cackle and
make me forget the sorrows
I wish I had more pictures with my sisters
but I was too busy talking to take pictures.
It was good to see our little brother, John and his wife.
It was good for Mom.
Life sometimes isn't exactly the way we want
but with faith and family
we can do anything.
We truly, truly are blessed.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.