Catholic Family Vignettes

A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family


June 16, 2008

The answer

It’s been a hard day…a day of worry and anxiety.  My dear daughter, Elizabeth, pregnant with our first grandson has been diagnosed with toxemia.  She’s more than 3 1/2 hours away.  My grandmother, who requires constant care and supervision, is staying with us for the next three weeks, so my ability to travel is greatly limited.

Today has been a tough day for Grandma, as well.  She is struggling constantly with the loss of her mobility.  Feelings of helplessness occasionally overwhelm her.  Some days are better than others.  Today, observing my distress over the health of my own child so very far away, Grandma became very sad, feeling that her presence was burdensome.  I tried very hard to convince her that we never consider her a burden, but she still struggles.

And then the sweetest thing happened.  Little Emily, age 5, kissed her great-grandmother goodnight.  She tiptoed over to the mantle, to the rosary-draped statue of our Lady and found her own, very small rosary.  She walked over to her great-grandmother and said:  “I’m going to pray for you, Grandma…because I love you…”

She went up the stairs, to the prie dieu in our classroom, and knelt in prayer.

I feel a bit better myself, now.  I’m reminded once again, that the answer to my anxiety and true comfort will only be found while on my knees…thank you, sweet Emily!

“…a little child shall lead them…”

Isaiah 11:1-10

**please keep Elizabeth in your prayers…tomorrow we should have more information regarding her condition…thankfully, HELLP has now been ruled out.  Her blood pressure remains dangerously high…

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

From the Simple Woman’s Daybook:

FOR TODAY – June 16th, 2008

Outside my Window…green grass glistening from this morning’s shower, birds chirping and a chilly breeze stirring the bedroom curtains…

I am thinking…about my husband, wondering how his first day at the new job is going…

I am thankful for…getting a little more sleep last night. Solving the mystery of Grandma’s insomnia is quite a challenge…

From the kitchen…comes the aroma of strong, hot coffee and toasted fruit and nut bread. Homemade chicken salad stuffed in whole wheat pita pockets for this afternoon and pork roast for supper…

I am creating…memories with my Grandmother. Asking many questions about her past, trying to video as much as possible…

I am going…to try to pray more. I’ve been a bit too caught up in the busy-ness of daily life. Incorporating Grandma’s needs with the family’s has been a bit of a challenge…

I am wearing…cotton-knit teal dress with a pink sweater, socks and no shoes (it’s chilly!) Hair up in a twist, with the bangs that are much too long partially obscuring my vision!

I am reading…(rereading) A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle

I am hoping…to accomplish today’s chores early and finish up the laundry.

I am hearing…the clicking of the bedroom ceiling fan, the morning’s conversation between the boys and the ding of the microwave…

Around the house…the corn is nearly three feet tall. Soon we’ll be obscured by a wall of green. I love it! The gardens are growing nicely and it’s time to clip the herbs (again!)

One of my favorite things…is raspberry jam. Delicious spread thickly on fruit and nut toast served with a cup of hot coffee…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…taking it day by day! Adjusting the schedule to fit Grandma’s needs, resting when possible…

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you

My Grandma…isn’t she adorable? This is one of my favorite pictures of this week:

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