Since We've Been Home
I feel as if I disappeared after Wednesday's post. I'm sorry about that. We arrived back home last Monday morning from a quick trip to Florida for a family reunion.
Tuesday evening we'd had a call from Tim's sister to say that Tim's mom had had another mini stroke, and her mobility was hindered, and seemed to be struggling cognitively.
In the days since then she has continued to improve, and other than needing help to get from place to place, and she was not able to feed herself, she was quite stable. Tim spoke with her on Saturday, and she was doing well, had a good appetite, but still couldn't feed herself. We had a text last night saying that she fed herself dinner!
She always amazes us!
Friday morning Tim informed me that Lindsay's horse Sandy, was having some kind of issue. Lindsay was on her way, and she had called the vet. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you already know that Sandy had a colic issue, and it wouldn't resolve, so we had to put her down.
It was heartbreaking. We knew that at 29 she probably didn't have many more years left, but it was sudden and surprising. She's always been really healthy, and only in the last year did she start to show some 'age.'
Lindsay, Tim, and I were with here when our vet administered the shot, and it was over quickly. When we knew she had to be put down, the vet assured us it was the right decision. We knew that, for Sandy's sake, and we are really pragmatic about our animals.
But oh, it hurts. Sandy's been a part of our lives since before Kyle was born, and though we didn't own her until he was two, Lindsay loved her all that time.
We covered her with a tarp, and then the discussion was about whether Tim would get a backhoe and bury her on our property, or call someone to come remove her. Joseph and Lindsay chose to call someone, and they came Saturday afternoon.
Kamryn was totally heartbroken, too. Lindsay and I talked yesterday about all the kids who've learned to ride on Sandy, or that Sandy had given rides to, over the years. So many.
Yesterday we threw a surprise party for my dad, who turned 80 years old! It was fun.
It was quite an emotional week, with ups and downs, but we're grateful for God's goodness and faithfulness to us in the midst of it all.