The suitcase was packed away last night.
It has been a crazy summer of traveling for me..my favorite continuing education event in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, taking youth to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit MI, and topping it all off with a sister's trip to Nashville.
And in the midst of all of my travel, life has continued on as usual. As many of you know, our mom lives daily with a mental illness and has lived in a nursing home for the last ten plus years. In June, my sister called me to let me know that Mom was once again hospitalized. And since that hospitalization, life has been chaotic and hectic.....a few times this summer in and out of the hospital. Mom just hasn't been herself. She has been asking to move which isn't like her at all.
Then last week, we got a phone call saying she just wasn't budging about the moving. We stuck to our guns because we just didn't think it would be a good idea for her to move. Yet she still kept asking to move. We finally gave in...and she moved to a new place that specializes in pysch care. Instead of 45 minutes from me, she is now like four hours away from me. My sister and I are trusting this all to God...hoping that she can come back once she gets back on track, but for now she is in the best place for her. Just not so easy to navigate or trust in. Yet I know that this is all in God's hands! (Not the first time, we have placed Mom in God's loving care!)
My sister and I had an amazing time last week. But in the backs of both of our minds, Mom was not far away. I am pretty sure we were both thinking about it just a little all throughout the week. And then I got to meet a few FMF ladies! None of them knew what was going on...BUT each one of them (And each one of YOU!) is "grace personified." They reminded me that we are connected beyond computer screens and rather are connected at the heart...heart connections made by God.
In those heart connections, God reminds me; reminds us that I am/we are never alone. I loved these words from my friend Tammy's post this week: "Always listening, always hearing; Peace He gives us, love endearing; Storms may come, but then are clearing; He is here."
Trusting in those promises.....
Today and every day.