Carlin continues on, somewhat weaker every day. But he is thinking constantly about all the stuff he wants to have done here at the cottage.
He reaches down somewhere (or up There) for the extra oomph he needs for
certain things. Yesterday, Saturday, was another work day, as two
friends, JP and Gerry came to clean the chimney for our wood stove, and
so the in-living room part, is ready to take to the company where we
bought the stove 22 years ago. The company will then put together a new
chimney and install it someday in the near future. Phew.
The lawn was mowed and edged, and other projects around the yard were
tended to. Thank you, JP and Gerry!
Mind you, a dear neighbor had a wheelchair we could borrow so Carlin could be out there supervising the job. Cheri and Lyndi, our two oldest
daughters came from Abbotsford and Duncan yesterday, too, to be of help, doing things around the house, and doing some much needed weeding in the back garden. Oh, what a blessing it is just to have family here for a while every now and then.
Last weekend, the 5th and 6th, was when all our children (except Brenna, Cheri's youngest, who was in Washington, DC for a music festival --
where they won five top prizes) were here with us. It was a precious and special time. Carlin then shared the things he wished to pass on the children/grandchildren, and his story about how he chose Colossians as a life book to go to whenever he needed encouragement, wisdom, direction for life.
It is interesting how people have responded to that. JP shared yesterday that the day, the 12th of April, 2013, exactly a year ago to the day,
was when we had loaned the use of the cottage to him as a prayer retreat
regarding his future, and on that very day he had focused on Colossians
3:1-11 and it had been so meaningful to him. What a blessing to Carlin
to hear these stories of how God has used Colossians in other people's
lives as well.
There are all kinds of blessings, like having two binders with growing
numbers of photocopied email letters, just as a tangible thing to go
back to and reread whenever we desire. I read them to Carlin at times.
Every night, when it's time for bed, I give Carlin a foot, lower leg
rub, and then read a few pages from a book about Heaven, called In Light
of Eternity by Randy Alcorn. We're almost finished, and perhaps will go
on to Joni Erickson's Heaven.
He is now content that I pray over him, whereas up until three days ago
he also wanted to pray. Carlin's spirit is still strong. I think if he
voiced it, the hardest thing about what he's going through is the loss
of body strength, having to be tended to, having to have a morphine pump
and another med to quiet his stomach. He is so grateful, though, that he
can swallow a few sips of water as a result of that med.
Carlin is most grateful to friends who have come to offer help with the
yard, and his "projects." (He wants things to be easier for me, I know,
when he is gone. It does put extra stress on us, when sometimes it would
be nice to just have quiet rest.)
Praise the Lord for dear friends, helpers. Praise the Lord for His
sustaining grace. Praise the Lord He has gone to prepare a place for us.
Praise the Lord for our Glorious Hope!
Love to everyone,
Marcia and Carlin