Flying Home Tomorrow

I know some people have wondered why I’m not posting and where I am these days. I have been in Bethlehem, PA since late February, first caring for my dad as he was dying and more recently, supporting my mom and getting her moved out of their old house and into the 55+ community where my dad had purchased a home for them just before he passed. It has been a mammoth task, since my parents lived in that house for 30 years. It was quite the sorting and downsize project!

I’m happy to report that my mom’s new home now looks more settled than homes of many people who have lived places for six months (or even years). I wanted her to feel comfortable and at home since everything else in her life has changed so much these last few months. I also wanted her home to include as many little details that she loves as possible. I sent photos of my interior design work in progress to some friends and relatives, and one friend summed it up with, “Very classy! Though I sense a touch of ‘Hogwarts’ness –lovely!”

The “Hogwarts”ness would be from my mom’s pared down but still very substantial collection of owls, combined with my parents’ now 48-year old colonial furniture from Ethan Allen and the colonial architecture and colors of her new house. In any case, my mom and everyone who visits or sees photos feel very pleased with the results, and all my mom’s plants love the huge windows and a great deal of Eastern exposure.

After a six-week whirlwind of caregiving, hospital visits, managing hospice and long term caregivers, funeral preparations, updating and managing the influx of relatives, financial and legal meetings out the wazoo, and this move, I’m finally returning to Goshen tomorrow. I’ve managed to fit in a much smaller load of sessions during this time, usually in marathon blasts in the early morning or on Sunday’s, but after Monday, April 12, I will be returning to a more normal flow of sessions, classes, finally finishing my permaculture course, and beginning my own writing in the unused new writing office.

I’m so glad I could be here for my family during this time. Thanks to everyone for your love, support and patience with scheduling limitations and reschedules as events moved at their own speed and timing. Although with very few exceptions I’ve spent all day, everyday with my mom since coming here, we’ve had no arguments, no irritation with each other, and no “I need space” moments. That’s not surprising since she and I normally get along well, but given the circumstances, it’s still quite amazing and blessed! David and I look forward to visiting her again at a much more leisurely pace.

And now … after a week of unpacking, I need to pack again and fly, fly away.

Love and blessings,

Laura

 

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature on April 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Wow, whew! All those details take a lot of energy. A parent dying, alone is huge in so many ways, and then moving and downsizing 30 years worth of collecting. Bill and I are packrats, and I know his children are not looking forward to sorting our stuff. Of course, we want to make it easier for them, but we just haven’t done it. I have had to do that a few times. All that sorting. It’s hard. So glad you and your mom were surrounded with beautiful Grace to help you work through it together in love. I honor your process, Laura.
    Peace and Love,
    Mary

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  2. Posted by Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature on April 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    PS And I really hope you will be gentle with yourself in your re-entry into Goshen and work, etc. I hope you will let your heart and your energy level be your guide. Oh, and I love the Hogwarts theme.

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  3. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  4. fly my sweet faery sis and safe travels…you’ve done good, love filled work and although it’s been hectic i know the change of energy has been meaningful for your own personal work to come. ❤

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  5. Huge hugs full of big love for you all! ❤

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  6. Namaste Laura,

    Michi and I were thinking of you tonight and had the candle and reiki chime waves beaming towards you, your mom, your sister and her family.

    I’ve also been thinking of your garden and the nature spirits and fairies that await your homecoming. Enjoy dear one!

    In Om and Prem,
    Sri Devi, Ashtar Ron and Michi

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  7. Posted by Barbara on April 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Welcome home, beautifully done, and thank you for the update. Love, B.

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  8. Posted by PeaceNowFlower on April 11, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Reading this I sensed what a big heart you have. You are an amazing person. Never forget to not only open your heart for your Mother, but also to make sure you receive just as much care. You are in healing now. Take time to fill every moment with even more passion, jump from excitement to excitement like a frog jumps to lily pad from lily pad.

    Know that the spirits of those you love have and always will be with you. The more you live your life with passion, the more they smile in pride. For you are a unique individual, who has no fear following new paths in the wood.

    Lightworker, always remember to smile, even as tears fill your eyes. For you have a connection to the Magickal spiritual world. You are a connection through which more magick flows. Do not fear, brave one.

    I am not sure if this will be of any help, but this is how I support. Blessings to you.

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  9. Thank you, Mary! Sorry for the very delayed response. Just settling in here after so long away. Going through all the old stuff is a task, for sure. David says we “ripped the bandaid off quickly” with my parents, but however you do it, it’s a huge endeavor. Much love!

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  10. <3<3<3<3<3 Thanks, Dawn!

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  11. Thank you, T! Yes, big shifts happening already, although they feel more like incubating after a huge relocation. All in good time. ❤

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  12. Thank you, Nalla! ❤ Huge hugs and big love to all of you!

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  13. Namaste Sri Devi, and thanks to you and your crew! Much love … Laura

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  14. Thank you, Barbara! ❤

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  15. Thank you, PeaceNowFlower! Beautiful message … many blessings to you, too!

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