I Love You, Mom

Crystal Inez Maxie

March 22, 1935 - April 28, 2014

'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the passing of his faithful servant.'
-Psalm 116 vs 15

As the sun rose early this morning  
my beloved Mother 
slipped quietly and peacefully into the presence of God.
We were greatly blessed to have had her.


Five Minute Friday: Friend

Joining with the  Five Minute Friday community sponsored by Lisa-Jo Baker. Each Friday, Lisa-Jo posts a one word prompt and for five minutes we join together in an international community to write what the prompt brings to mind. No rewrite, no editing just letting the words flow from our hearts.

  Today's Prompt: Friend

Out in the back yard, a new young neighbor of my parents has brought his father to help saw up the tree which fell during the brutal Michigan ice storm a few months ago. He had introduced himself as I was walking in my parents’ backyard after coming from the hospital a few days ago from visiting my mom. He said he had seen my dad at times during the winter and knew he was older so he wanted to help him out by clearing away the ice storm debris. I told him about how things had been with my mom and how it would be welcomed and thanked him. When he went to borrow his dad’s power saw and told him why, his dad came with him.

One of the definitions of a friend is ‘person who gives assistance, aid and support’. Today, these two wonderful men who a week ago didn’t know me from Adam fit the definition of being friends to our family. God bless them.

Lisa-Jo Baker
Five Minute Friday

Weekend Worship: As My Mother Did

Truly I am your servant, Lord; 
I serve you just as my mother did...
                                                                                                             - Psalm 116 vs 15 

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Since I last posted I've been tending to my Mom who as you know has been suffering from dementia. This last Thursday evening we moved Mom from the hospital where she has been for the last three weeks to the nearby hospice facility where she is in the process of passing. She is sleeping, mostly and is at peace. Although it is a hard thing to know she'll be gone soon, I am at peace as well.  I know I'll be putting it all down on paper in the future but for now, I am holding these precious moments in my heart as Mary did. I wanted you all to know so you wouldn't worry about my absence.  The Lord is good and He is close.
My family and I appreciate all of your love and prayers.