Hospice House

December 31, 2009

This is a short post to let all of you know of Mom’s progress. We enjoyed a nice quiet Christmas morning together. She was able to sit and enjoy everyone opening gifts.

Things have steadily declined since then. Today her nurse was here and evaluated her and we decided together that it was time to move her to Hospice House. They will be moving her today sometime. This will greatly give us the help we need with 24 hour nursing staff and Dr’s. It is not a nursing home but we hear it has a beautiful atmosphere, very peaceful and quiet. It’s set up more like a house with a family room and kitchen for us. We can stay with her 24 hours a day there.

This is but another step in our journey. This is not hopeless or a dead end for her. She is but a few hours or days away from her real Home in heaven and to be free of a body that is keeping her soul from freedom. I am so thankful for the hope that we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful that His blood paved the way for our salvation for our eternal home and hope when we die.

These are some verses that I have read recently that I thought I would share…

II Corinthians 5

We know that the earthly tent we live in will be destroyed. But we have a building made by God. It is a house in heaven that lasts forever. Human hands did not build it.

During our time on earth we groan. We long to put on our house in heaven as if it were clothing. Then we will not be naked.

While we live in this tent of ours, we groan under our heavy load. We don’t want to be naked. We want to be dressed with our house in heaven. What must die will be swallowed up by life.

God has made us for that very purpose. He has given us the Holy Spirit as a down payment. The Spirit makes us sure of what is still to come.

So here is what we can always be certain about. As long as we are at home in our bodies, we are away from the Lord. We live by believing, not by seeing. We are certain about that. We would rather be away from our bodies and at home with the Lord. So we try our best to please him. We want to please him whether we are at home in our bodies or away from them.

Our Love to all of you…




5 responses to Hospice House

  1. Karen;
    So sorry about your Mom, I have to say you put your words so beautifully and in the only direction (upward) that makes sense of everything and the only place to put hope for the future. I pray for Peace for you, your Mom & Dad as well as the rest of your Loved ones at this difficult time.

  2. JoEllen Livingston December 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Beautiful words – and everlasting hope – for an extremely difficult time. Praying for you all!

  3. We are praying for all of you. Give Judy a hug and kiss from us.

  4. Karen-
    We are thinking and praying for you and your family. May God continue to give you His peace…the peace that passes all understanding.

    Love to you and yours!

  5. God Bless your mom and God be with you and your family through Jesus Christ we pray.