Role Reversal

Back in March, I shared with you that the Pulmonary Fibrosis was winning with Daddy.  Obviously, it wasn’t his time as he bounced back and even sent us home.  He was once again living alone, on his own.  We are so thankful for the additional time the Lord has given us with Daddy.

Although he isn’t near death or anything like that, he is slowing down more every day and sometimes really struggles for breath, even with oxygen therapy on a full-time basis.  That being said, six weeks ago, he agreed to come and live with me.  I haven’t shared that until now because I didn’t think he’d stay.  His short stay at Heritage Elite didn’t give me much hope for this new solution.

But, he has stayed!!! 

No, it isn’t the same as staying in your own home of 50 years, but I have done everything in my power to make this transition as easy as possible.  It has been a huge adjustment for both of us.  As glad as I am to have him here with me, I definitely struggled through the first few weeks.  About 2 weeks in, I broke out in hives all over my body!!  And I’ve had 2 other instances where my mouth and face have swollen.  Sometimes my body reacts to stress in this way.

But, all is well.  It is an honor and a privilege to be here for Daddy.  He has been here for me all my life.  How could I not do the same for him?

When I look back on these past few years, I see God’s hand at work.  I still don’t like being widowed, but because I am and because I live where I do now, having him here with me works just perfectly.  It is something I know I will never regret.

Have you ever seen the picture of the older gentleman sitting at the table reading his Bible?  I’ve always loved that picture!!!  The man in it reminds me so much of my Granddaddy Stroud.  Well, now I have my own picture on my own dad sitting in his chair doing what he does every single day – reading his Bible.  It touches my heart to see him doing this.  He is not an educated man and much of what he reads, he doesn’t understand, but he still takes that time to get in God’s Word daily.  I couldn’t resist snapping this picture.  Now I have a physical picture as well as a mental picture of the man I love and admire humbling himself before the Creator of this universe.

That folks, is priceless!!!!

Lots of love, Sharon

4 thoughts on “Role Reversal

  1. You will treasure this time forever as you honor your earthly and Heavenly Father this way, Sharon. I can affirm that by my own personal experience with my mother. God bless you as you withstand the attacks of the enemy who always thwarts us in family matters.

    What a blessing you are to Papa Bernie and all those who love him. He is a sage of great wisdom and you are his shining diamond!

    Love and prayers to cover you!
    Jo Jackson

    1. Sharon, I was glad to learn that Burnie has moved in with you. Neither of you will ever forget the special bond that results from this arrangement. I have always loved your mama and Daddy and am glad that Burnie is still here. Would you give him a hug from me and tell him to keep hanging in there! Love y’all.

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