Wednesday

Words for Wednesday - 09-17-08

If you are regular to my blog, you know that I normally post a Wordless Wednesday picture. In fact, MOST of my blog is full of pictures, not words. Today is different….Today I wanted to document my Yesterday.

As I may have mentioned before on my blog, my Mom has Crohn’s disease. This is not a familiar disease to most. There is no cure, however, there have been a lot of new medicines available since she was diagnosed in 1992. She travels to The University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville every seven weeks for a Remicade Infusion.
My two sisters and brother divide these trips between us. Yesterday was my turn to take her to this appointment.

She came over on Monday evening and we had a very nice time. We got up EARLY yesterday (Tuesday) to travel the 3 hours to her appointment. The appointment lasts about 3 hours, and then we travel home. What a wonderful time we had….just talking in the car being together. We stopped for lunch after her appointment, and to break up the day a little, we visited the P.Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia. If you are not familiar with this artist – you can find more information here: http://www.pbuckleymoss.com/
I was so inspired by the story of Pat Buckley Moss and her talent. What awesome talent!
Mom really liked the museum, too.

During the trip home I asked my Mom what her favorite Hymn is. She said she LOVES a lot of hymns, but that her favorite may be “Standing on the Promises of God.” I told her that my favorite hymn was “How Great Thou Art”. She then started singing, first her favorite and then mine. And all the while, tears are streaming down my face. It was like I was three years old again, and my Mommy was singing songs to me. As I write this I have tears streaming. I guess words really can’t express the feelings I felt during this time. This will be a moment that I will cherish forever and the highlight of our time together.

Yesterday was such an AWESOME day that I just had to write about it.

23 comments:

Mary said...

Oh, Kerri....I'm crying now, too. I love both of the hymns and wish I was singing with you. Never give up hope! I know several people with Crohn's who do quite well. They have bad spells, but lots of good ones. Has she had any surgery? I will keep both you and your mom in my prayers. God blessed you with an awesome day, as you say.

June said...

You got me Kerri...my thoughts went right to my mom and me and how few of these times we shared...not from lack of love...but from lack of opportunity and/or from a life that dictated space. Glad for you!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a wonderful memory you know have! Music, at least for me, is an almost perfect vehicle for souls to touch each other.

Laurie said...

What a lovely sentimental story. Thank you for sharing that with us. By the way, my favorite Hymn is also "How Great Thou Art".

I am familiar with Crohn's. A few years ago I was being tested for all sorts of things including Crohn's. Thankfully for me my DX was not Crohn's it was something less difficult, but I do have a friend who suffers from it since they were a child and it is a very difficult disease to manage. My best to her and I am glad that she is getting treatment.

Irene said...

Thank you so much for sharing such a sweet story! I know your blog is more a photo blog than a personal blog, but I really like getting glimpses into your personal world as well!

CG said...

Me too, I'm crying. God bless you both! One of the last things I remember about my mum is how she brought a homemade cake to me at work on my birthday. I can still see her standing there with a big smile on her face, holding out the cake!
I am glad you treasure your times with your mum {{HUGS}}

happyone said...

What a wonderful story to share and what a great memory you have to cherish always.
It must be so nice to be close to your mom. It's also nice to hear that you and your siblings take turns bringing her to her appointments - I hear so many times about one kid doing everything. Sounds like you have a great family.
I have heard of Crohn's but don't really know what it is. I'm off now to learn about it.

NCmountainwoman said...

What a lovely story. Sometimes words ARE better. Thank you for sharing this moving experience with us.

SandyCarlson said...

That gave me the chills, Kerri. It's great to know the blessing of intimate, worthwhile conversation, especially when a love one needs you most.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

It's a beautiful story... memories are wonderful and something I cherish with my husband all the time... thanks so much for sharing you moment.

Anita Bower said...

Thanks for sharing the special day you spent with your mother.
My sister and I spelled each other taking care of my Mother the last 3months of her life. It was a very special time for all three of us.

dot said...

Oh Kerri, what a sweet story! I'm so glad ya'll had such a nice day together.

Gramma L said...

What a special time for you and your mom. Those are the memories you will cherish forever. I think its wonderful that you were singing together. God Bless you and your mom.

PERBS said...

Your post needs no picture -- the words presented my mind with a terrific picture of a wonderful memory for you and your Mom. Blessings come in the most unusual ways sometimes!

Rose said...

Oh Kerri, that was a wonderful story...you will always carry that in your heart.

Luiz Ramos said...

Kerri,
Enjoy yourself your Mother who is a big family love within your husband and son/daughter.
I´ve missed my Mother´s physic presence since 1996. Because of that I say: enjoy yourself your Mother´s love.
God bless your family.
Luiz Ramos

photowannabe said...

Kerri, thanks for sharing your heart and a very special time with us.
Treasure those times with your Mom. They are the stuff that memories are made of.
I cherish those close times I had with my Mom too.
I love those old hymns too. Haven't heard Standing on the promises for a long time.

Becky and Gary said...

Kerri. I am familiar with Crohn's. I have worked in the medical profession for so many years, and a co-worker's husband has Crohn's. He has had so much trouble and many surgeries and like your Mom has to travel great distances for treatment, but it is working. What a wonderful time for the two of you, and the memories will last a life time. God bless you both. Thanks so very much for sharing this time with us.

Carletta said...

What a time to treasure!
Those are two of my favorite hymns as well - the oldies - not heard so much today.

I know of Moss - a wonderful talent.
Blessings to you and your Mom.

Hilary said...

One of life's little gifts.. to you and to your Mom. That's such a lovely memory for you both.

MedaM said...

Oh, Kerri, this is really a touching story. I am very glad that you had an awesome day with your mother, a day for cherish it forever. But I am sure there will be more such wonderful days. Obviously your mother too enjoyed your time together.
I am sorry for her disease. I didn’t know anything about it but I visited Google and found out that it wasn’t easy at all. My best wishes to her and to you too!

Ms. Math said...

What a beautiful story! It gave me goosebumps! I'm so happy for you that you had such a nice day with your mother!

Dusty Lens said...

It is this special moment that is cherished! Happy for your wonderful day!

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