May 19, 2012

Gone hiking

Months ago, my husband and I planned a May vacation that included five days hiking in the Southwest. Over the last few weeks, as his mother has grown more feeble, we've debated whether or not to cancel the vacation. But our friends have mostly encouraged us to go anyhow, to get some much-needed relaxation and rest, which will help us prepare for what comes next. I think they're right.

It helps to have all the kids home — and it helps hugely that they are responsible young adults. We've sent up a schedule so that my mother-in-law will get a visit from a grandchild every day that we're gone. My daughter and Boy-in-Black will send us text messages with updates.

And so, we're off. After spending so much time in a nursing home these last few weeks, it's going to feel great to be striding along trails in the bright sunshine of a rocky landscape. If you're the praying type, please keep my mother-in-law in your prayers this next week.

10 comments:

Anjali said...

Hope you get some rest and relaxation. Your mother-n-law is in great hands.

Tie-Dye Brother-in-law said...

I hope you both get a chance to relax and recharge.

Lilian said...

I will pray for your mother-in-law and I hope you have the rest that you need to recharge and continue being there for her. You're great children and parents, but you need time for yourselves too!

Martha Spong said...

Will do, jo(e). Have a great trip.

Mary Beth said...

Absolutely praying.

liz said...

Thinking of you and your husband and your mother-in-law.

readersguide said...

Have a great trip -- sounds like you need it!

Kyla said...

I hope you have a wonderful time. It is important to keep your own batteries charged when you are involved in caring for others! Glad you guys are still going.

Rana said...

*hugs* and good thoughts. Enjoy your trip.

jo(e) said...

Thanks, everyone! We did have a great trip. And my daughter and the rest of the kids did a good job taking care of their grandmother while we were gone.