Where, my dear, did October go?
My youngest, unfortunately, started the month off with a bad case of pneumonia. You might recall last October, we had a similar start to the month with the same daughter. Well, this time her fever didn't abate, instead it continued, rising higher and higher each day. After a week and a half of ping-ponging back and forth to the pediatricians office, she spiked a fever of 105.7. Our doctor directed us to head to the emergency room. Once we arrived, the E.R. doctor promptly dispatched us by ambulance to the nearest children's hospital.
Traveling by ambulance through terrible rush hour traffic with the city's sky-line rising dramatically overhead with a very sick little one, is not one trip I'd care to repeat anytime soon. She was seriously ill with complications, but we were definitely in the right hands. A week later, we were able to head home. My other daughters were in good shape, thanks to a lot of help from family and friends. Especially my Mom, I can't thank her enough.
And then, my Father-in-law unexpectedly passed away.
Calls were made to the immediate family, and a fitting farewell was quickly planned. An upsetting time for sure, but seeing the eighteen grandchildren come together from all parts of the country was very special and a powerful testimony to a wonderful grandfather. He was an incredible man successful, kind, patient, and loving. May he rest in well-deserved peace.
At the Funeral Mass, my oldest daughter gave a reading from a letter of Paul to the Phillippians:
whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.
Phillipians 4: 4-9.
A day or two following the funeral, we made arrangements to begin Hospice care for my Mother-in-law. We've moved her into our home and we're surrounding her with lots of love while providing much needed care and comfort. It's a privledge to be able to help her.