We had a very nice relaxing Thanksgiving break! My family, descended upon our house for Thanksgiving Day. It was a fun, NORMAL day! 🙂
Normal, I am realizing lately how much I relish NORMAL!
Normal means a day free from being consumed with thoughts of Alzheimer’s and the pending destruction of this horrible disease on our family.
Normal means just that! Being a family, enjoying time together, being silly, serious, sarcastic, sporty, and doing things together that we have always done.
Normal this time of year means going to Tyler’s basketball games, taking the kids to youth group, eating dinner together, watching movies together on Friday nights, eating Pizza and popcorn on the weekends, having Madi’s annual Christmas cookie party, celebrating Tyler’s 16th birthday soon, putting the tree up, eating candy each night from our “countdown jar.” Normal things we do every December!
Many people have said to me, “Oh Sandy with so much going on you shouldn’t have everyone to your house for Thanksgiving.” “You shouldn’t have to cook that day!”
But I thought, Oh yes, please let me do those things! Cooking the turkey and fixings on Thanksgiving day has been something I have done for years. It makes our disrupted life seem NORMAL when we can do the things we have always done. I had a great day cooking and hanging out with my family.
I have also noticed my kids are less stressed by all of this when we strive to keep up our regular busy schedule.
So I am thankful for Thanksgiving Day this year! It was a memorable and fun day! That is why I have stuck random pics of our great NORMAL day through out this post! 🙂
So many of you have asked how you can pray for us………..please keep these things in mind as you pray.
Curt is now home, no longer at school. Pray for him that he will keep active and busy. Pray as he adjusts to his new routine.
Pray that somehow God can use our situation to bring glory to God during such a rough time.
There is SO much information to sort out for the future. We met with a lawyer on Monday afternoon, and he was VERY helpful. But there is so much to do to plan for our future financial and health care needs of our family. It’s a bit overwhelming at times…..ok, it’s overwhelming lots of times! 🙂
Pray for the kids, they seem to be doing ok. Madi has her moments where the stress of such a fearful diagnosis in her dad will suddenly captivate her and take over. She often has trouble falling asleep at night. Please pray she can get to sleep each night.
Pray as we all adjust to living with a new normal. Sometimes I get so sad seeing Curt struggle to do certain tasks. It just breaks my heart sometimes to see this. But this is our new normal, and pray as we learn to live with it in a positive way.
Thanks dear bloggy friends, thanks church friends, thanks school friends, thanks old friends, and thanks dear, sweet family. I can assure you we could have never come this far with out all your hugs, prayers and encouragement!