Tuesday, March 22, 2016
My sixth grandbaby was born early this year. I have been honored to be at the hospital to welcome each new baby into our family. A couple of weeks ago, the 7th baby was about to arrive. I started to pack my things, preparing for a 2 hour drive into the city to stay with family and be there for the baby's arrival.
Just as I got my suitcase out, I was struck down with a terrible illness. I was devastated that I could not travel. I knew it was impossible in my condition. This would be the first time I was not there when a grandbaby was born.
I struggled to fight off this illness for a week, telling the family I would be there as soon as I was better, as soon as I was no longer contagious.
Things started to get worse. For the first time in more than 10 years, I had to go to the hospital. I needed help. I could not recover on my own. Mister was right by my side. He sat in the room with me while the medical staff took care of me. Despite his being disabled (from an accident in late spring of last year), he stayed with me, making sure I was okay.
I have been bedridden all this time, trying to get up a little each day to build up my strength. Some mornings I have managed to do the dishes, or fold laundry. One morning I went for a ride with Mister to the pharmacy to pick up his prescription, but it wore me out so much, I had to go back to bed for the rest of the day. Each day I try to do a little more, while still resting as much as possible.
I have been left feeling very weak, but am much better. Soon I will take that trip to the city and finally see my 7th grandbaby, a little girl. We now have three grandgirls and four grandboys. We are so thankful.
My oldest son cheered me up by bringing home a beautiful, vintage couch for our parlour. There was an Inn near his work that had closed down and he was given some lovely furniture. I was delighted he gave me the couch. It is a pretty blue and looks so homelike and comfortable.
I look forward to getting well enough to vacuum and dust and to clean and keep house. But I am grateful to have a family who has taken over all my housework so I can recover.
From the Archives -
Simple and Pleasant - An Ordinary Life at Home.
Wonderful Days at Home - Domestic Life.
Marriage - When Groceries are The Presents.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
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