I was grateful that she not only survived
that many, but also flourished in spite of
hardship and illness. A visiting nurse
told us a few days ago that Mother is
healthier than she is! Imagine that!
special day quietly, but she had many
surprises, flowers, gifts, and lots of
laughter and was surrounded by love.
on the 18th. Neighbors dropped by with
flowers, candy and cards on other days,
so Mother’s birthday was really
a weeklong celebration.
Betty and Kathleen
family visited with another cake and
more gifts, played Bingo with her,
and put together puzzles.
birthday money in it, along with a small
monkey holding a dollar bill, in honor of
the one in the attic at the Dell house.
to push her mower around the lawn, but that
probably was good. Two days later, she
came down with a serious case of pneumonia.
Her fever spiked, she lost her appetite
and was very, very tired, barely able
to keep awake. The coughing was
incessant and painful.
gave her the doctor’s antibiotic (which made
her sick!) and did breathing exercises with
her to break the congestion. We kept her
laughing in spite of it all because it
seemed an especially effective way to clear
her lungs. Thankfully we avoided the hospital.
middle of one of her sickest nights, that
I had the ingredients for my grandfather’s
cough medicines and poultices that brought
her through influenza when she was a child.
Although she survived, that illness,
according to her doctor, probably weakened
her lungs for life. So here we were,
listening to her troubled breathing and
praying she would survive this time too.
Seeing the concern on my face one night
during her fever, she told me not to worry.
Didn't I know that “God was taking care of her?”
to Mother’s count. The picture above of Elisabeth
(with extra ‘glistening’ eyes) and her beloved
Grammy, taken just last week, shows how
we all treasure this wonderful woman.
We thank God every day for restoring her health
and allowing us to have more time with her!
Thank you very much, my dear friend Kathleen Mae Schneider, for showing us the smiling faces present at your mother Margaret's birthday celebration and for sharing with us the touching story of how you, your sister and your mother fought back against this latest threat to her health.
have become pupils enrolled in an inspiring course
taught by you and your mother, one that could
appropriately be named Longevity 101.