Every Day New

The trip here was an adventure filled with  flight delays, missed connections, stand-by tickets (which delightfully morphed into a first class seat), a smooth connection with my sister (though 4 hours later than we had expected), sun and clouds, rain and hail, and multiple rainbows.  Oh, and beautiful pink mountains as we entered Vermont.

We arrived late, but still had time for a quick Elna hug before we settled in at Chris’s apartment, our home for the next foreseeable future. And so began this time of helping with the care of my precious sister. I stress the ‘helping’ aspect of this because her beautiful daughters, Heather and Bethany, are the ‘A’ team – handling all of the heavy lifting, in both a literal and figurative sense. Husband Henry has disabilities of his own, so he works on the med schedule and other less physical components of her care. Joie and I are the auxiliary squad, filling in where we can physically and always ready with hugs and words of love and support. And back rubs when needed!

She has been moved officially to hospice care and we are thankful for their support and resources. Her hospital bed (what a blessing!) is in the corner of the living room with privacy curtains when needed. Some days she is quite conversational and chatty, and then the next day she’s sleepy and withdrawn. So each day is different and we are treasuring them as they come.

The house has been filled with people who love her and I know she is feeling the love and prayers of so many.

Each evening before we head back to our nest, we gather ’round her bed to sing hymns. Sometimes she sings along in her sweet alto voice, sometimes she just mouths the words (to ALL the verses!) and sometimes her eyes just close in contented rest.

What better way to end the day but with words of praise and adoration to our LORD who holds her fast!

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
in a believer’s ear!
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds,
and drives away our fear.

Every day new. Every day a precious treasure.


14 thoughts on “Every Day New”

  1. Stephanie, what precious time you are spending with your sister. Not only with taking care of her but To have other family there too! I love what you said about singing him’s at the end of the day. You are a real blessing to her and to the example that you’re setting to everyone else around you. We will keep you, And your family in our prayers. Thanks for the update God bless all of you

  2. Lifting you all up in prayer. God knows his perfect timing to call each of us home and we rest in his beautiful promise that he holds us in the palm of his hand and not a hair will fall from our heads without his knowing. Comfort and peace to all!

  3. Prayers for all of you. How blessed Elna is to have a wonderful family. God is good and ever present.

  4. Dear sweet sisters, sending love hugs and prayers from afar as you spend the last days with your dear sister Elna. May God’s presence abound as you give glory and praise to Him. 💕

  5. Oh Stephanie thank you for sharing. I know from working with you just how close you are with your sister and what a gift God has given to each of you to have each other through the good and bad. To cry and laugh. And best of all to share the Love you have for our Lord and Savior. Oh how I wish I could sent you a hug but know he with all of you and so are so many prayers. You are a very sweet person and I’m glad to call you my friend. My prayers are with you. Again thank you for sharing this beautiful moment. We know where she is going. Prayer always with you.

  6. Steph, You are a blessing everywhere you go. I’m so glad you are able to spend this precious time with your family. I dearly love your attitude. His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. I love you, Sweet Friend.

  7. Praying for all, knowing this is not easy., having been there myself. You all are so blessed to know and love the Lord. A common thread. Thinking of you, praying for this to be a special time for all even though sad. ❤️❤️

  8. What a precious, precious time of family love and Christian love you are all giving your sister. I can’t think of a more loving way for her to enter heaven when our all loving Father is ready to take her. Oh how I wish so many more people could have this kind of family love. The world would be a better place.
    Love and hugs to you and yours❤️🙏🏼😘
    Chris Fullmer

  9. Praying for you at this difficult time, but so happy that you can be with Elna to share in her care. What a blessing that you were able to have that last sister time before her health declined even more. God’s blessings on you!

  10. My dear heart sister – love on sweet Elna and treasure each moment. God has this and only He knows when He will call us home. I agree with the other person who said that to hurt deeply is because of the privilege to love deeply.
    Love you and praying for you all. ❤️

  11. What a gift from the Lord. holding hands and voices in unity. May God bless Elna and make his peace ever known.

  12. Prayer and blessing for this gift of time together holding Elna up before the Lord.

  13. Know Elna feels the support of her loving family surrounding her. What a blessing. Not an easy chapter in life, but the Lord is with her all the way.

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