Monday, July 3, 2017

Leaving on a Jet Plane - Summer 2017

We leave to visit my mom on Wednesday—another girls trip with just me and my daughters, so excited!

This trip was actually all DD1’s doing.  Since the holidays, she kept asking if we were going to see Grandma, and I kept saying, I wasn’t sure, we’d just gone last year, it’s really expensive to buy the plane tickets, etc.

And then one day, DD1 came to me, looked me straight in the eye and said:  Mom, you know Grandma isn’t doing very well.  She’s sick.  We really should go visit her.

Me: …

So, within a month, I’d figured out the budget and how we were going to do it.  Did I dip into my savings a little bit?  Yes.  Is it worth it?  Definitely, yes.

My mom is full time in a wheelchair these days due to her condition, but she’s raring to get out and go, so I rented a modified minivan that has an electric ramp for her to drive her wheelchair right up into it, plus we hired the same nurse assistant who traveled with us last year to help me manage the medication and assist my mom at the hotel.  We’re going to take a mini road trip to see my cousins and a brand new baby (okay she’s 24 months, so not that brand new, lol, but brand new to us!) and my mom is super excited to spend some time all together.

Last week, my brother called, the place where my mom is living says that mom needs more nursing care than they can provide, so they are recommending that she moves to a sister facility—likely closer to my brother.  This will turn out better in the end, and is also reinforcement that now, this summer, is the time to visit and take my mom around with us.  Could this be her last hurrah?  It might be.  Only time will tell.

In the meantime, looking forward to a trip where love rules!


  1. I hope you have a lovely trip and make lots of memories!!

  2. Hope you're having a lovely time, Jane! DD1 is wise ;)

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! Just returned and back to the grind today. It was such a wonderful trip. <3 <3 <3 Once I've recovered from the jetlag I'll be writing about it! Love and hugs to you!