Mom had expressed many times that she wanted to move to Aberdeen to be closer to her family.
And, I had promised her that when she needed to move from 'assisted living care' to 'nursing home care', she would move to Aberdeen. However, it wasn't looking good here. Mom's name was on a waiting list at all four facilities in town, but she wasn't at the top. Plus, one of the facilities would not even consider taking her, because there was a mention of MRSA in her file.
An alternative was to move her back to Devils Lake...
to the Heartland Care Center.
She had live there for three months in 2010
as a rehab patient after a surgery.
And over the years, she had spent countless hours there volunteering
and visiting the elderly.
Consider, the ride in the ambulence would be only 90 minutes, instead of the six hours to move here.
And, we had to think about that mom had made financial arrangements with a funeral home in Devils Lake.
So, despite my promise to mom, we decided she would move to
I made the four hour trip to meet her there. One of the caring nurses had called to let me know that her breathing had slowed and the end was near. When I arrived, I went straight to her room and sat by her side. When the nurses came in to tend to her personal needs, I took a little break. The receptionist asked if I would like to see their new chapel.
When I stepped into the room,
I stopped in my tracks...my heart skipped a beat...
It looked like our home church...
the alter furniture was.. from.. our.. home.. church!
Many of you know that our home community has been wiped out because of the rising flood waters of Devils Lake. Emily, Mom and I attended the closing worship services of Zion Lutheran Church in 2011.
When our church building was moved, I wondered what had happened to the stained glass windows.
After all, they were the original windows from our first church, and then incorporated into the design of our new building.
And our beautiful alter furniture was here, too.
Clearly, I had made the right decision.
This was no better place for my mom to
spend her last days here on earth.