Thursday, November 17, 2011

God Bless Double D

It's 4AM and I can't sleep.

Isn't that a song lyric?

I had started a post a couple of days ago but that has been scrapped. What a difference a day makes.

My mom's doctor advised that she needs more assistance than Independent Living will provide. The next level of care is too costly for her comfort zone, eating up all of her monthly income.

Double D graciously suggested I move to Baton Rouge to be with her. He will stay behind until we can sell the house. My mom is thrilled. And relieved.

I resigned from the tennis association as web site director and tendered my resignation to my company today. My bosses were super supportive, caring, and understanding. The best part is that I can still do some work remotely for my main boss, and for that I feel incredibly blessed and grateful.

Hopefully I'll get some awesome bayou photos to add to my portfolio along with a variety of birds native to the area. Another positive is visiting more often with my crazy dad, his lovely wife, and the rest of my immediate family. Daddy and I have talked about going fishing once I get settled. Doesn't that sound nice?

Yes, I think this is exactly what was supposed to happen, at the exact time that it was supposed to happen. I feel such an immense sense of relief.

Double D is an amazing man. I adore him with all my heart. He has taught me so much about patience and kindness and unconditional love. Christ's love truly emanates from the center of his being. Love is patient, love is kind...it is not self-seeking....(1 Cor 13).

May God bless Double D for this enormous sacrifice!

34 comments:

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So much change......you have a great attitude to it all Gail.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Amen to that & I'm so happy for you that it's all working out the way it should... You go, girl! =) LoL! heheheee

Kathy said...

Gail, I did that exact same thing almost a year ago. Last December I sold my home, my car, and all my earthly belongings in Arizona and moved via airplane with two suitcases back to East Texas to care for my mother, who was 90 this past August. I felt she deserved to spend her last days in her own home. It has been quite a challenge moving from a three-bedroom home to one room in Mom's house. We have our good days and bad days, but I too believe this was what was meant to be. I wish you all the best!

TexWisGirl said...

wow. huge change, but hopefully a good one for you, your mom, and even Double D eventually! God bless all of you!

Kittie Howard said...

There is an African saying: The child suckles from the mother; the mother suckles from the child. When the day comes, as it will one day for all of us, your children will tend to you and Double D. Hugs!

Barbara Shallue said...

Ah, Gail. Double D truly is wonderful. I know his offer must have provided immense relief for you. And even though I know you talked of moving back to Louisiana, this has to be a bittersweet change. God's peace and many blessings upon you!!

Shug said...

These are such sweet blessings for you. Not only to have the support that double D is giving to you, but to know that a burden will be lifted from you by knowing that your mom is being taken care of...Thinking of you dear sweet Gail...
Hope all goes well as I know it will, because the spirit of the Lord is directing your steps...
Hugs dear friend...

ladyfi said...

What a huge change - you have a generous and loving man by your side.

Evelyn S. said...

Oh Gail! What a huge decision for you and your Double D! I hope for the very best for all of you.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I do hope this works out well for you and your family, Gail. That's alot of adjusting and changing. Good luck to you!

hootnonny said...

Your mom is surely blessed that you are able to give up life as you know it to care for her. You too will surely be blessed by spending time with her and other family, as well as being doubly blessed by Double D's selflessness and support. Prayers for everyone!

The bayou at sunset (or sunrise?) is gorgeous. I look forward to your Baton Rouge pics!

Hilary said...

Wow.. that's a lot of change. I'm happy that you found the right way to help your Mom out. Your Double D is a gem.

That photo is spectacular.

lisa said...

Indeed Gail, give this man a hug!!!
You are a very, very lucky lady.
You sound excited and relieved, and I am excited and relieved for you!

Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend!

Linda R. said...

He sounds like a wonderful man! You have such a great attitude. I wish you the best of luck my friend.

Hugs, Linda

Tricia said...

It sounds like you have an amazingly supporting man there, Gail. What a wonderful blessing. That must be such a relief for you knowing that you can help your mom like that. Hope you have a great weekend :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

A new chapter and a new adventure, I am happy for you Gail, to be able to spend some time with your parents. You will understand why when you read my reply to your latest comment on News From Italy. Good Luck.xx

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Gail I forgot to say, my Dad had Parkinson's so I do empathise with you.

Matthew Best Memorial said...

This is a wonderful thing Gail ~ being able to care for your mother will bring you both so much peace and comfort; bless Double D for his amazing, loving support.

Since my strokes(s) and health issues, my daughter moved me in with her so that she didn't have to worry about me falling or something and being alone, she's a nurse so she makes sure I take all my meds and eat healthy :) It's nice to be here with her and my granddaughters ~ this move you're making will give your mom so much comfort!!

My health issues aren't so bad that I can't still get out and about, go places when I'm feeling good.. and I"m in fact planning a trip down that way next May - to photograph all those beautiful birds, the swamps, bayou's, and plantations. I think it'd be absolutely wonderful to be able to hook up with you when I'm there and meet you in person!! :)

All my best to you, Double D and your mom Gail!! :)
Hugs!
Sandy

Ivy and Elephants said...

God has blessed you with an incredible man with a real sense of family. Your mom's life will be better, richer by far with the warmth of love and family around her.
God bless you and yours,
Patti

Andy said...

May God's grace be with you.

missing moments said...

What a selfless act by you and Double D ... I wish nothing but the best for you ... love your positive attitude!

Henrietta said...

Wow your life is really going to change, you are so brave. Double D really really loves you, hold on that. I hope you all the best and hopefully something really amazing comes with this:)

Rosie said...

Wow, what news, Gail! You sound very happy and relieved, so I'm glad for you about your decision! What a man! And also what an amazing woman you are! All the best for you and your family, Gail!

beth said...

what a gift you are to your mother. i wish you the best of luck with your move and all the changes in your life.

and i know what it's like to be married to a fabulous man....we're lucky aren't we ??

xo

Ghost Writer said...

It has been such a blessing in my life to know you. I know the distance will change but the window into your life will still be open to those of us that really care for you. I am glad that you have someone as wonderful as you do.

Be blessed my friend.

GW

Butterbean Row said...

Hi Gail,

How blessed you are to have such an unselfish, kind and understanding husband. It just makes you love them so much more!
This is definitely a new chapter in your life. I hope your house sells fast so that you can all be together again.

♥charlotte

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Wow, Gail. I'm so far behind in catching up with my blogging buddies--peddling fast to keep my head above water. When last I checked you had made a visit and your mother went into the hospital. Now you're moving back home. It sounds like Double D is wonderful. I truly understand. I know God never places more on us than we can stand. What a wonderful opportunity to spend more time with your Mom. I hope she recovers more fully. Take care. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

lisa said...

Gail, just wanting to stop by to wish you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving.
xo.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This must have been a very difficult discision for you and to have the support of Double D is wonderful. I hope that it all works out well...I know first hand how hard this all is. Blessings.

Ruth said...

wow, good luck Gail, I'm sending you lots of positive prayers and thoughts for your transition. I'm sure things happen at the right time, so this is right for all of you :) I love the sunset, so beautiful :)

Georgianna said...

I'm truly so pleased that this is all working out for you and your family, Gail. Wishing you all the very best. – g

Rosemary Aubut said...

Bless you Gail! how wonderful for your mom! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your family! Missing You! Will be back!

justine said...

sounds like a great man, good luck with your decisions.

Kerri said...

WOW Gail - there seems to be a lot of caregiving going on in blogland ....isn't it wonderful that we can do these things for our parents who have done so very much for us? We recently(May) moved my Dad and Mom into a home nearer to me (only 6 houses away) in my neighborhood. They were over an hour and a half away before. It has been an adjustment for all of us but also a true blessing.

Praying all goes well!!