Thursday, October 16, 2008

A time to remember....

As time passes, so do we. This curse of death once again rears its head and strikes. Sometimes it is someone unknown to us... and other times.. sadly, it strikes close to home. Well, This is the case here with the passing of my grandmother after a long drawn out battle with Alzheimer's. She passed peacefully last night (Wednesday) at Fairbanks Memorial hospital. Her will to live kept her fighting for the absolute last moment and died with dignity. It has been said by several members of hospital staff to my mom that loved ones often hang on to life as long as someone that they care for is by their side. This was indeed the case here. Mom had spent 7 hours by her side, watching over her... caring for her.... when finally from recommendations by hospital staff, reluctantly and tiredly worked her way home. Not 30 min after getting home... "the call" came in. Grandma had finally passed away peacefully and seemed to not have experienced any pain. Grandma had fought with all her might all her life.. never gave up.. and sure did not in her last hours.

The support mom has received has been so wonderful. From the hospital staff (food service, nursing, housekeeping etc.) , the church, friends, and family, I have not had to worry about people looking after mom in this hour. As of right now, we are beginning to work out the final details about the funeral which is to be held in Colorado Springs, CO. It is my intentions (and my wife's) to go to this funeral and say our final goodbye until we see her in heaven someday.

One way, the trip will take us about 13hours to drive from Missoula to just south of Denver. The drive will be a new trip for us and we wont get any sightseeing in. But at least we will know the route to my other grandparents come Christmas if all goes well. Please keep us all in prayers as we deal with these things.

I am sorry again that no photos have been posted... we have been busy and especially now... will have little time for the next week.. I will get some soon.
Until a happier note...


Monday, October 06, 2008

Busy busy busy!

Well the month of October is beginning quite well.. mainly with the beginning of my new job installing Dish Network TV dishes. Not only am I doing basic cable runs.. I am now learning about satellites and dish alignment. In my first 3 days, I racked up only 28 hours of work but learned a TON! On top of that... well I spent a lot of money just to meet the job requirements.. IE, Tools. Most of the tools are things I would normally use on house projects.. and there are only a couple of tools that I would only use in this line of work... but this line of work seems to keep surfacing in my work history over the past 2 years. At least I now get to travel around Montana and see more of the country. This week is training, and next week, I should be turned out on my own. The only gripe so far is they have me scheduled for Sundays even after I specifically mentioned every time I talked about my employment I did not want to work that day. I suppose I will see what the Lord has in store.

In family news, Grandma (the one with Alzheimer) has once again come down with pneumonia and the doctors are worried about her. So worried, they called mom and let her know. Needless to say, we are asking prayers for the Lord to help us through this time.

I leave you with this note:

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.
Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote 'The Hokie Pokey' died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in... And then the trouble started.