It is with a temporarily heavy heart and an abiding gratitude that I write this year’s Christmas letter. As some of you know and others suspect, Mom is suffering from dementia. While we have known since at least September 2016, we have respected Mom’s wishes and not spoken of it. We are now beyond that point, except to not mention it to her.
To say that God is good is to grossly understate His care of Mom and her daughters during this journey. From the beginning we have seen God’s Hand guiding us through treacherous waters. From the initial incident last September that brought us together to ‘make a plan’ to Mom’s fall in February that proved our plan was God’s plan to the smallest and craziest details being under His control, it has been an amazing journey. And throughout all of it, Mom has continued to be a godly example to me.
Several years back God walked Mom through a journey of forgiveness that laid the foundation for her peace now. Even though she feels I am constantly taking her things, etc., she forgives me and moves on. This has allowed her to have much joy in this troubled journey. Also, she has gone to prayer even more quickly than before, and it has blessed so many people. She is truly sweeter now than I have ever known her to be (and she has always been sweet).
So as her dementia is more pronounced and she moves between not knowing how to eat to playing spider solitaire on her computer - how does the brain yo-yo between confusion and clarity like that - we are privileged to walk this journey with her, knowing we are all held in the loving hands of God.
I would like to say how much we have appreciated all of the family and friends who were able to spend time with us this year. We are so grateful for the love you have given us. And we treasure all our friendships and long to see you all again someday soon (so please keep visiting).