Sunday, January 1, 2012


I have been waiting to write this post.
Waiting to know for sure
because it's so new.
It's just day's new.
But, I have some friends that
deserve not to have to wait
a minute longer to hear 
what God has orchestrated.
Friends that have been praying for us, supporting us,
loving us, caring for us.
Through all of my tears, 
uncontrollable sobbing,
fear and hard prayer,
God was always there.
And I knew that in my heart.
I have always known that God was there
supporting me even more 
than even my dearest friends.
That didn't mean that I couldn't be sad.
He doesn't expect us to go through life
smiling all of the time.
Just believing all of the time.

He was also working in
other's lives. 
(He's the ultimate multi-tasker).
He has been working in
the people's lives who were
working with my mom.
Doctors, nurses, caregivers,
my brothers and sisters.

He has blessed my mom with
the best care and the most wonderful
caregivers and children.
All working for what's best for mom.

Mom was settled in a most wonderful
memory care facility for dementia patients.
She has had doctors that changed her meds
for the better, and
children that have given up time
and money to protect mom and do what's
best for her.
I can't press that point enough.
Because, you see, a miracle has happened.
Remember that this all started with mom falling
asleep at the wheel because she hadn't slept
for seven days? 
That inability to sleep continued for two months.
She would sleep for a couple of hours
now and then, but never fully slept.
Her doctor was changed,
her meds were changed 
several times.
There's so much information that
I'm just going to leave it at that.

When mom was settled in the memory care
facility, her life took a dramatic turn.
She started sleeping.
Her sleep meds were changed by
a new doctor and the meds
They worked.
They worked.
They worked.
Mom has slept every night since
December 6th.

Sleep deprivation postures 
She has grown stronger
and more like my mom by the day.

She still has moments of confusion
(If you know me, 
you're thinking that it's genetic),


It is her desire to live at the ranch 
with Frank, me and our "doggies".

So, I'm on my way to Kalamazoo 
to see my mom and
to bring her home.
Annette is flying up to drive
back with me.
When we made those plans
little did we know that we'd
be bringing my mom and her Sophie
back with us.

Thank you for your prayers, support, cards to mom 
and for your love,
"here i come, Sister"


vicki said...

Dearest Jan - I DO believe in miracles - I see them every day I go to work and this is surely the hand of God and his blessings upon your family.

I am so very happy that your Mother has made a change for the better. Living with you at the ranch will bless you both beyond anything that you could ever imagine.

You never dreamed that this would be the way that things would turn out - a true blessed miracle. Your prayers are answered -

This New Year is going to be a year of immeasurable blessings for you and your Mother. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story~~

Love, Vicki

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Jan .. Our God is a God of miracles ..Praising God with you tonight !

So glad you and your family pursued new Dr.s Sometimes the trail we are on is long ..but if we listen to our intuitions it's really the path God has laid before us so that his will can be done.

A Bright and Happy New Year to you and yours !

Blessings ..Sara

Bettyann said...

oh my I am ever so happy for you and your family....what a Happy New Year gift for your Mom...yipeeee!!!!

just me said...

Oh this made me cry, so so happy for you! Safe travels for you all and continued prayers.

alteredstatesstudio said...

Jan- soooo glad to see your post! amen to the power of prayer!! i am so happy to hear of the change of doctors, meds....and that your "mom" is back! there will be more good, entertaining stories to come! God bless you and your family!


Jamie said...

Jan this is such WONDERFUL news!!! What a blessing finding the right angels to help you and your Mom sort things out!! Your New Year is going to be wonderful:) Love, Jamie

Julie Ann said...

That's awesome, Jan!! Have a safe trip up and back! I know your mom is going to love her new home at the ranch!!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

So sorry to hear what your mom's been going through, but what an answer to prayer to bring her home.

James's dad is confined to a memory care/Alzheimer's facility up in Oregon, so I understand the challenges you face.

I'm just down the road if ya need me.


Kathy said...

Thru tears in my eyes..I say thank God.
I wish you much, much luck Jan, with all of it, and I hope your mom continues to do well.
Safe travels and Blessing to you all..

Robin said...

Oh Jan, that is the best news in the world!!! I'm so glad that your Mom is better and that she plans to come down and stay at the ranch with you and Frank. I know that you are right about believing in miracles.


deb musick said...

This is the best blog I have read in forever! I am so happy for you! Yes I do believe in miracles!

Enjoy every moment with your mom. You will never regret these times. And bless your Frank! He must be a wonderful guy!

In the Light of the Moon said...

That is so wonderful Sweet Jan.I am so happy for you and for your Mom.and yes yes I believe,I do.

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that really is great news. i do believe in miracles. i hope she continues to be stronger=)

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Canace said...

So happy.. so very happy to hear that you have your Mom back. Everyone should see this as an example of 'second opinion', the fact that we should question treatment and medication. Even doctors are human.

Happy Mother's Day Jan! ;o)

Jessica said...

I kept meaning to reply to your comment on my blog, but somehow..I never got around to it. Thank you for your kind words, and I hope to cherish time with my mom always. I pray things are well with you and God gives you strength in whatever new challenges you face.

PS-To answer you question about our location...we are in Tennessee. :)


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