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Thankful Thursday--Praising God for 77 years with my Aunt Louise

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I am so very thankful for my Aunt Louise. Growing up she was just like my 2nd mother, having spent many nights at her house with my cousin.  In July of 2009, at the age of 76 she underwent a very difficult surgery to repair a problem with her heart.  Over the next 6 months she has suffered many complications and setbacks from many different causes.  She is currently in a rehabilitation facility working her way back.  She desperately misses her home and cooking meals for her family and friends.  We all miss having her around for the fun.

In December, she turned 77.  Her family met at the rehab center for a birthday celebration.  We shared food and laughs and well wishes for her return to her good health and her home.  Just feeling extra Thankful for her on this Thursday......

Louise's 77th BirthdayL

Aunt Lou Jean, William, Me, Ginger, Aunt Louise, Sarah, Greg & Uncle Don

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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Your aunt Louise is very lucky to have you by her side.  Thank you for a heartfelt post and a lovely family photo.  It's nice to find the human side of home stagers.

Feb 11, 2010 12:46 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Sally--We are all human, just really driven!!  Thanks for your comment.

Feb 11, 2010 11:26 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

So sad.  It's very difficult to see a loved one get older and go through health problems, especially when they end up in a facility.  We have had to endure this several times and it is not easy.  She is so lucky to have you and the rest of her family.

Feb 15, 2010 12:26 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Thanks Sharon.  She is actually getting to come home today.  They think that maybe her mind will be more stable and improve in a familiar environment.  Thanks for your comment.

Feb 15, 2010 01:49 AM
Kathy Clulow
Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Lori - build the memories while you can for yourself and your family ... we never know what tomorrow will bring.

Feb 15, 2010 08:46 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Kathy--You are so right!  Loving every minute.  Thanks for your comment.

Feb 15, 2010 01:23 PM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


So nice of you to share your heartfelt story of your Aunt.  Wishing her a successful recovery & return home! With the love & support of your family I'm sure she will home very soon!  What a nice family photo too!

Feb 16, 2010 02:07 PM
Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

One can tell from your heartfelt words that your aunt means the world to you! I'm sure HER life has been enriched by having YOU around her. Keep us posted on her progress.

Feb 18, 2010 10:05 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Michelle--Louise did get to come home this week, and seems to be adjusting well.  She was experiencing lots of confusion at the nursing home, so hopefully her familiar environment will help with that.  Thanks for your comment.

Debra--Thank you so much for your comment.  I have visited with her 2 times this week and she seems to be doing well.  Just need to keep my cousin--her care-giver--in my prayers.  She has really sacrificed since she has been sick.  

Feb 19, 2010 02:38 AM