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i don’t know where to begin…

July 27, 2013

so i’ll just tell you what really matters:

my dad is at home.

for five weeks i helped to care for him,

four weeks at the care center followed by a week at home.

it is not at all the summer that i had anticipated,

but it is without question the most meaningful five weeks i can remember spending.

five weeks of repaying a small portion of the lifetime of love that he has shown to me.

i promised not to leave until he came home.

i kept my promise.

every daughter and every grandchild made the trip to see him,

and i know that this outpouring of love is what brought him home.

that and the thoughts and prayers that you sent his way.

thank you.


there was an anniversary celebration at the care center

with fourteen of us able to attend.


there were many days of two steps forward and one step back,

but always there was hope.

and finally, finally that hope was rewarded:




and we’ve even been able to take him out for rides in the car!


there is a road of recovery ahead,

and i’ll be heading back in a few weeks to provide another set of hands for a while.

that is just fine with me.


i did manage to sneak some moments by the sea,

moments of beauty to keep soul and spirit afloat during some pretty hard times:


(if you click on this one you can see the seals sunning themselves on the rocks.)



i love my coastal roots.

the sea is therapeutic.


and now i am back at home.

my team did an awesome job of keeping the farm running.

the animals are happy, the alfalfa field is thick and lush,

and the garden is producing.

i spent some time with my girl rose this afternoon to get reoriented:





seeing her knee-deep in alfalfa??

well, that made us both happy.

happy and hopeful–

that’s the way to be.

thanks for being a part of my team.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2013 3:06 am

    you did good, dear friend. you did good.
    your actions make my heart so happy.

    and your posse [four-legged] was there for you once you came home to the farm.

    all is good.
    all is as it should be.

    and: life is good.

    * love *

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      July 27, 2013 3:25 am

      i thought of you often during my weeks at the care center– i saw the world that you serve each night and my heart ached for those who will not be going home. i came to know so many of them.

      thank you always for your kind words. that makes it possible to keep up a cheerful countenance when inside there is a cloud of despair. keeping up hope is so very important.

      yes, life is good.


  2. Mary Harte permalink
    July 27, 2013 10:25 am

    Thought about you and your dad often. Your love is eternal. So glad he was able to come home. 🙂
    With much love!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      July 28, 2013 3:29 am

      Thanks, Mary.
      And I’m so glad YOU are home, too.
      Sure hope you’re getting settled in and that your household goods have arrived.

  3. Brandi permalink
    July 27, 2013 12:22 pm

    So glad you’re back home, but so very glad that you could go and tend your family.
    Be well.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      July 28, 2013 3:36 am

      Thank you, Brandi. It was such an important time in so many ways. It was lovely to be welcomed home, too. I felt I had been missed.

  4. Janet A permalink
    August 4, 2013 10:50 pm

    I’ve been thinking of you as we move back to CO. And in those thoughts I felt something wasn’t right. Now I read of your Dad and hope he’s recovering. Amazing photos. Love the 40th Anniversary shot. I know you’re on County Line Road. Thought I’d drive there and probably find you…knowing the connection we share. I’m sure I’d recognize the driveway. Drove by the house on Gay last night very late. The lace curtains were still in the window and I think I remember one of your daughter’s still lives there. Would love to meet Rose in person. She takes my breath away. We’re in Firestone. Still have my condo in Longmont, but we’ve outgrown it…too many animals. Perhaps a farm is in our future as well…Janet A.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      August 6, 2013 3:20 am

      i am so glad you’re back! it will be good to get together again and have you come meet rose, although be forewarned– the rest of the herd will insist on having some of your attention as well. i hope i see you soon!

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