Over the past week or so, our kids came home for the weekend (which is a silver lining in itself), and each of Don's siblings have paid a visit -- some of them a couple of times. We got to enjoy an extended visit from Emily, his sister from Ohio whom we hadn't seen for over a year and a half, and with each visit from one of her out-of-town kids or grandkids, Mom has been given reason to smile. The photo above is of Don with his sisters (Emily on the left, Susie and Jeanie on the right). Pretty good looking bunch, huh? Don's brother Steve missed being in this shot by just one day.
Of course, we would rather Mom be healthy and there be no need for unplanned visits, but since that isn't the case, we can certainly try to enjoy the opportunity to spend some time together. Let's just say there have been more Barker stories told in the past 10 days or so than should be legal. In fact, if I have to hear one more time how the Snickers bar got cut into 6 pieces, I may lose it altogether :)
Seriously, I'm thankful for our silver lining. Thankful for family. Thankful for shared memories that can bring much needed laughter to a trying time. Thankful to our God who grants blessings that see us through.
"You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light." Psalm 18:28
p.s. Mom is still going through ups and downs. Looks like we're in for a bit of a roller coaster ride. Sure appreciate your prayers!