Monday, 11 July 2011

Celebrating Margie

If you are not able to attend our mother's Memorial Service but still want to celebrate Margie's life, we will be having a wake at the Bellaire Public Library on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 from 5-8PM.

Mom was never one to want people crying over her when she passed so that is the atmosphere we are trying to create. We encourage you to share your favorite memories of our mother, chat with us, and have a nice time. No black and no tears allowed. This is to celebrate the wonderful life my mother had!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Altmeyer Funeral Homes: Obituaries - Good

Margie's obituary with memorial service information. A wake is also being planned but details are still being worked out.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Margie is Now at Peace

Earlier this week the doctors told us that we needed to make some decisions regarding next steps in her care. She had been on a ventilator for over a week and we needed to decide if we wanted the doctors to add a trach or to review her living will. Her living will stated that no heroic measures and artificial sustainment of life. The doctors were very clear that the ventilator was sustaining her life and she would not be able to live without it.

Tonight we gathered the family to say our last goodbyes after we took away support. We could definitely tell that she was ready to go and she went peacefully and quickly around 7:40.

Arrangements are still being made and updates will be listed here and on facebook.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Laugh When You Feel Like Crying

I was challenged to provide a spiritual thought the other night for a meeting I had to attend at church. I chose the following from the book Small and Simple Things by Marjorie Pay Hinckley:

Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said, "We are here in mortality, and the only way to go is through; there isn't any any around!" (Ensign, May 1998, 9). I would add, the only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, "Solitude," st. 1

Hinckley, M.P. (2003). Small and simple things (p. 126). Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book

I am trying to remember this as I face the reality that my mother's days on earth are few and only God in Heaven knows how long she has here with us. Trying to remember the happy times and the realization that life on earth is but a moment in the scope of eternity. Love you mom!

Monday, 4 July 2011

Keep on Praying

Hello again,

Margie is improving slightly according to her nurses, but not that we can really see. She is still on a ventilator and is asleep most of the time. She is very swollen because she isn't producing enough urine and her body is retaining the water. Margie is still in ICU. Thanks for all of your prayers and keep them going to heaven for her.