Monday’s Musings #176 & Caring For Pop

 Caring For Pop & Monday's Musings #176 | What Joy Is Mine

Well, Pop (my father-in-law) came home on Thursday and it’s been a whole new way of life for all of us. Pop is doing well and getting stronger each day but he still has a ways to go. He is readjusting to being at home as is Lady (my term of endearment for my mother-in-law). In keeping with Exodus 20:21–“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” all the immediate family is partaking in the care of Pop and Lady.

One way is family has decided to bring them dinner twice a week and signed them up for free delivered lunches from our local senior citizen center. They are light eaters so this arrangement will work for them. It also relieves Lady from cooking meals daily. Now she can pick and choose when she wants to do that.

Another way is our children and I will go over once a week to do some cleaning so that its not overwhelming for Lady as she still likes to tend to her home. We don’t want to “step on her toes” yet we still want to help her out. Plus, Pop and Lady are getting more comfortable with asking for help which has not been easy for them.

Thirdly, since we are a big immediate family, we have decided to pick days for each family to spend time visiting and filling any needs they may have. It can be overwhelming for lots of people to be present at once as Pop is still in the healing process. We want to be sensitive to this while we love on him.

Lastly, we have discussed grocery shopping, general home maintenance, car care and other concerns.

I share this with you not to boast but to show how we are taking care of Pop and Lady in this stage of life. Maybe you will find encouragement if you are in this season or coming up on it. It can be a trying and emotional time for families as their parents grow in age. However, it is about evaluating the situation and finding what works in the moment. The Word tells us, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.(1 Timothy 5:8)

Wonderfully, the Lord has blessed us with precious people to cover Pop and Lady in prayer as well as offer to help with any need. I, personally, want to thank those of you who held Pop in prayer. Lady was just telling me how much they have felt the prayers. So, thank you friends for praying for my father-in-law. It truly means so much to me. God bless you.

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  1. says

    Bless your dear hearts! I know how this feels. It is a very difficult season, but God will surely see you through. I am so thankful to hear that Pop is home and recuperating and doing so much better. It is so wonderful that he and Lady have so much support and help during this time. God bless all of you, my friend!
    Cheryl Smith recently posted…A Spoiled Church – Part Six

    • says

      Cheryl…We knew this season would come and I am grateful for family being so close. Three siblings, including my husband, live a stone’s throw away from their house. :-) Thank you for sweet words dear friend. Have a blessed week.

    • says

      Pamela…Thank you for those prayers. We have definitely felt all the prayers lifted during this time. So glad to have you stop by. Blessings friend. :-)

  2. says

    Naomi, Thank you for sharing this. My dad turned 90 this year. He is in excellent health and very active. But I do sometimes wonder how we’ll care for him when the need arises. He has a wonderful network of friends, but most of the year neither my brother nor I live close. I just loved reading how your family is working together to bless your in-laws. May your week be filled with blessings!
    Deb Wolf recently posted…3 Reasons You Need to Say, “I’m Beautiful!”

    • says

      Deb…90 years is a blessing! That’s awesome he is doing so well and has support where he resides. Praise the Lord for that. :-) Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

  3. says

    Naomi, we are just coming out of a five year season of caring for my Mum in our home. Challenging, but definitely the right thing to do. May God grant grace to you and your family as you serve Him by serving your family.
    Michele Morin recently posted…The Great Eight!

    • says

      Michele…I am encouraged by your story. With so many close able hands in our family, Pop and Lady will probably stay in their own home for while longer. They wouldn’t want it any other way. ;-) Grateful to have you visit.

  4. says

    God is going to reward you so richly for the care you give to ageing family members. I was the main one for my own mom after my dad died. It was really hard at times but God gave me grace. We are clear across the country from my husband’s parents who are in their 90’s, but thankfully he has brothers who live fairly close.
    Thanks for the party. Have a great week!
    Patricia Krank recently posted…Freedom Friday – On Forgiving Others

    • says

      Patricia…God bless you for caring for your mom. We just supported some sweet friends who had no other family to help them as they cared for their dad. It IS more trying when there is only one child able to tend to an aging parent. We were blessed to be able to help them not knowing we would be walking that same path just months later. I believe God was preparing us. :-) Have a fabulous weekend and thank you for stopping by.

  5. says

    What a wonderful blessing for Pop and Lady to have such devoted family. Thank you for giving us the encouragement and example on how to care for those in need. Thank you for hosting each week even when you are so busy. Have a great week. Blessings
    Terri Presser recently posted…ACCEPTING THAT FREE GIFT

    • says

      Terri…I once told Lady what a gift to her and Pop that the Lord gave them 5 children. They have all made themselves available to help where needed in the care for their parents. It is a blessing.

      As always, I’m glad to have you visit. Blessings.

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