Friday, November 11, 2011

Closely knitted to my heart

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.
For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
Won’t you join us?



I keep touching on the subject in conversations and on my keyboard. I didn't expect to feel such sadness at those words. I mean we have been expecting it for quite some time. Preparing and stealing ourselves for such a time as this.

He is ready, has been for a couple of years now. Ready to meet his precious Creator that he has diligently talked and taught about for years.

"Yes Mame", he says to my sweet Betty, "I do believe Ruben has 6 months or less to live"

I'm a nurse, I've watched his slow and steady decline since they moved in with us. Twenty pounds evaporated in just the last few months. I knew going into this appointment what words would be spoken, but...

Just last Thanksgiving I was giving thanks at how well he was doing and how he seemed to be thriving in our midst.
In fact as I swirl through past posts I see several dedicated to just my heart bursting at the seams for them and their love story.

Six months left to live.... I've sat with patients who've just received such news but never one so closely knitted to my heart.
I watched my sweet Betty's face, noting every blink, every tremble of the lip, and every attempt to sit strong and brave. Their frail fingers intertwined so very tight.

From the very beginning I believed with all my heart that we were doing the best we could for my husbands parents. Bringing them home with us, tending to and loving them. But...

I was wrong!

As I look back it is WE who have been tended to. It is WE who have been blessed! Just when we think we are doing unto others, it is HE doing unto us!



  1. what a lovely tribute..
    a valuable lesson.
    thank you for sharing.

  2. Such a beautiful tribute, bless you.

  3. Wow Robin, great perspective. We think we are doing someone a favour, but its God who is doing a favour.
    God bless