Taking Care of Business
Hey sweet bloggy friends,

I'm going to be out of town for a few days caring for my parents and I won't have access to a computer.
For those of you who don't know my parents live about three hours away from Tom and me.
My dad suffered a massive stroke 3 1/2 years ago and has been left paralyzed, in diapers and feeding tubes.
He is quite lucid, can speak and has most of his memory.
My mom is a retired nurse and cares for him in their home because nursing homes costs are close to $7,000.00 a month and who has that?
My mom does have a little help 3-4 days a week but that cost is fast becoming difficult as well (one reason why I have 3 part-time jobs).

My mom is having a cataract removed Wednesday and I will be driving up to care for them.
I'll miss our "conversations" and hope you will continue to "talk" to one another while I'm away.

I would appreciate your prayers as this will be a long and tiring visit.

I should be back on-line late Thursday evening or early Friday morning.

Joyful Blessings Sweet Friends,
Zoe


20 Comments:

Blogger Joyful said...

Zoe, just wanted to let you know of my prayers. Praying the Lord will not only give you strength, but BE your strength. May He bless you with wonderful times - and patience- as you care for both your parents.

My Mom had a hip replacement a year ago and I spent a month, almost every day, 8am-8pm at my parents home. The struggle to minister with love some days became a challenge as both parents had different needs, but I was so glad I was available and able to care for them. I know the Lord will provide for you too.

Praying this will be a time of making many more wonderful, cherished memories.

Love & prayers,
Joy

Blogger Tammy said...

I will be praying for you Zoe. Pray that you have safe travel. Praying you will make memories you hold dear to your heart and and praying you will have strength to do what is needed.

We will miss you and see you when you come back

blessings

Blogger Lisa said...

Zoe, you're probably well on your way or already at your parents' house, but I wanted to let you know that our family's prayers are with you and your family in abundance.

In Christ's love,
Lisa

Blogger Digging for Pearls said...

Zoe,
I will be praying for you as you minister to your parents. May He give you strength for all that you face.

Blessings,
Pearls

Zoe,
It is an honor to care for those who once cared for us. But even still it makes for "trying" times. I pray that your visit be a great help to your parents and that the Lord grants you the strenght that you will need.
Kim

Blogger Digging for Pearls said...

Hi Zoe,
I realize you probably aren't home yet, but just wanted you to know that I am praying for you as you prepare for She Speaks next week. I pray that you will feel God's loving presence in a special way as you get things ready. May He anoint your words and all you do.

Blessings,
Pearls

Blogger Chatty Kelly said...

Just to letyou know i am praying for you & your family today, as well as the P31 team. I can't wait to meet you, Pretty Pretty Princess. I hope your visit to your parents leaves you with glimmers of joy, even in the pain of seeing their struggles.

See you next week.

Blogger Nicki said...

Just wanted you to know I'm praying for you as you prepare for She speaks! I can't wait to see what the Lord does through this time!! Praying!!

Blogger Sonya said...

Dear Zoe,

What a precious servant you are to go and take care of your parents, also willing to work 3 jobs to help out! Talk about honoring your Mom and Dad!! What a testimony you are!

I am praying for you and your family today. God will never leave you nor forsake you.

I hope to meet you at the upcoming She Speaks conference.

Blogger Joanie Butler said...

You have my prayers. Having helped in caring for my mom before she joined Jesus, I know a little about the drain that a caregiver faces. Do enjoy the time that you have to spend with your parents, and be blessed.

Blogger Joyful said...

Hi Zoe...I'm back!

Lysa encouraged her blog readers to let the P31 team know of our prayers, so, just in case you forgot :o), I'm praying and claiming Psalm 91 for you.
May you find your refuge, strength and hope in the Lord.

Trust your time with your family went well.
Love & hugs,
Joy

Blogger Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Zoe-I will be at She Speaks next week and becuase of God's prompting, I will be in one of your sessions. Know that I am praying for you daily until we meet-for the cnference and for your family needs!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Blogger Wanita said...

Zoe, I am praying for you and your parents. This is a difficult time for all of you.

Also praying for the Proverbs 31 team and She Speaks. Bless you.

Blogger Dena said...

This must be a difficult time but there was joy and love in your post. I am praying for you as I post!

Blogger Robin said...

Just a quick "Hello - it's nice to meet you"! I want you to know that as I leave your blog, I will say a prayer for you asking God to give you safe traveling mercies, a productive time taking care of your parents, and a FABULOUS weekend at the SheSpeaks conference.

Blogger Robin said...

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Hey Zoe,

I'm praying for you, your parents and the rest of the P31 team. It seems there are a lot of attacks on presenters and attendees!

Wow! $7,000 a month? I can't believe that! That's so much money. It's good that you can help your parents out but I know it's got to be hard being far away. I pray for safe travel for you while you're gone -- and that your mom's surgery goes well :)

Blogger Charlene Kidd said...

I look forward to seeing you next week. I am praying for you.

Blogger Laura said...

I'm praying for you during this time of preparation! Thank you for all the hard work you do in serving the Lord. You are a blessing!
Laura

Blogger Marilyn said...

My Dad passed away last August after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer almost a year and a half before. So I was with him a lot....especially the last six months of his life. God will bless you for "honoring" your father and mother as you are. And when they are gone, you will have no regrets!

I have been praying for you and for the other team members getting ready for the She Speaks conference next week. Although I do write and I do sometimes speak, I won't be able to attend this meeting. But I look forward to hearing all about it.
I pray that God will bless each of you individually and as a group.

God bless you,
Marilyn in MS

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