Monday, December 17, 2012

Scattered Thoughts

My mind seems to be going in so many different directions this morning that I decided instead of focusing only on one single topic I'll share a handful of different things I have been pondering.
A subject that has been weighing heavily on me, same as on millions of others is the senseless tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook.  I won't even pretend to know or give answers why it happened or how it could have been prevented.

I will though hug my children a little closer and cherish everyday we have together.


Last night our children joined the rest of the children from our church to go to a nursing home to sing. When they got home Rosebud shared her experience in great detail. She felt sorry for everyone there and assured LV and I we would never have to live at a place like that.

Caring for the elderly is something I really admire that the Amish do. Older people are cherished, loved, and still very important part of the family. Once they can't care for themselves they can rest in the knowledge that they will be well taken care of by their children or grandchildren. For those that weren't blessed with children, nieces and nephews are more than willing to make those last years as pleasant as possible.


Our oven stopped working yesterday. I had been hoping to bake and decorate some Christmas cookies this week and I had also signed up to bring dessert to the Christmas pageant at church. My initial reaction after discovering that the stove doesn't work was deep frustration, but now I realize without the means to do all of the baking I had planned to do it will free up some more time to relax and enjoy the season.

I'm trying to view this as a blessing in disguise.


  1. My family struggled before sending my grandmother to a nursing home for Alzheimers patients. At first, my mom tried to take her in, but then she nearly burned the house down while everyone was sleeping (she put a potholder between the kettle and the stove, then lit the stove--and while it may be easier to light a gas stove than a woodburning one, this one had had its knobs removed specifically to prevent her using it--she was determined). Waving a knife around when her sister came over to care for her was also a problem (mom feared coming home to find our grandma having killed our aunt).

    How do the Amish handle less-graceful-than-usual aging?

  2. I too admire that about the Amish,as well as some other things. Enjoy your extra time with family :) Blessings

  3. must be the season for ovens to be quitting...I have found however, that it is possible to bake a few cookies or even a cake in a turkey roaster. You just have to watch it carefully, and make sure your sheet or pan is up no a couple of cooking racks inside the roaster.

    I hugged mine closer since the shooting. Of course, they act like I am weird for doing so, since they are teens, but each did give me a small hug back.

  4. I also admire that the Amish. take care of their elderly. I do know that there iare instances where they have to be watched 24-7 and are a danger to others which can be very difficult.

    I am praying for the loved ones left behind in Connecticut. There is no way we can understand what goes on in the mind of a mentally ill person. I just wish the killing would stop.

    Sorry about your oven. I know what a disappointment that can be but you are right about having a little more time to enjoy Christmas and hug your children.
    I pray that you and your family will have a blessed Christmas.

  5. I echo the comments of the others who say they admire the Amish for taking such good care of their older relatives. I visit a local nursing facility at least twice a week. So many have no one visiting and I fear with the way our society seems to be heading it will only become worse for our elderly. Enjoy your Christmas and hug your children every chance you get.


  6. Caring for the elderly is a given in Mexico where my husband is from too. I guess it was once that way here in the USA but sadly, it isn't accepted as part of the circle of life as it once was. Enjoy your Christmas.

  7. Like you I am at a loss also for what happened last week...I have been praying for all those families and for those children...and knowing that they are with the Lord is a comfort.

    I also admire the way that Amish also care for their elders. It has to give everyone peace of mind knowing that is something they don't have to worry about when they get older.

    Well I hope you get an oven soon, but at least you're looking on the bright side :) Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas Mary Ann and Family :)


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