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Sunday, December 09, 2012

The day started well with sleeping in. Then an advent church sermon, which is a comforting thing for me. "Getting my Cratchet on" was how I phrased it earlier, but it does have that spirit of expectation, that needs to be nurtured, and that's what advent is all about.

The spirit manifested in pre-Thanksgiving cleaning (i.e. the cleaning I USUALLY do before Thanksgiving). I'm still behind, but a little LESS behind than I was. Saturday afternoon I went to a little senior center's craft fair and bought the tiniest of ceramic Christmas trees, which is my concession to decorating.

Late this afternoon, I went to visit my sister in law. Her condition has deteriorated even since my last visit in November. She can no longer write legibly, and it is obvious she has things she wants to say. She has not been able to speak for some time. ALS is a tragic condition, especially for someone with a rich mind. On Wednesday, she will observe her 60th birthday, one I just passed myself last month.

If anybody out there is the Spark universe is of a praying mind, prayers for this wonderful woman, teacher, friend, mother are welcome. If I could make an impossible wish for Christmas it would be for a miracle for her. For her to be released from her prison, and free.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/10/2012 11:33PM

    That has to be so hard, Barb, to see her going downhill. I know your caring has to be important to her, but I know it must take a lot out of you, too. I will remember her in my prayers. Take care.

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KARIDIAN1 12/10/2012 11:06PM

    Will pray for a miracle for your sister. My best to the both of you.

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MSLZZY 12/10/2012 9:36PM

    Adding her to my prayer list. May God grant your wish,
if it be his will.

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LJCANNON 12/10/2012 9:35PM

    emoticon Definitely adding your SIL to my Prayer List!

emoticon I think I remember Mom having a Little Tree like yours, but it had Multi Colored lights, as I remember.

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MIRAGE727 12/10/2012 7:47AM

    Just said a prayer and added her to my list! Also said one for your safe Marathon training, Barb!

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LEANJEAN6 12/10/2012 7:13AM

    Oh --I'm so sorry for yer sistert-in law--Prayers here for her-----hard to watch eh?----Lynda emoticon

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DEBRA0818 12/10/2012 4:29AM

    Barb, I am so sorry to hear about the progression of your SIL's condition and pray that she may be given peace.

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AMSPARKER 12/10/2012 3:38AM

    God bless you sister in law. I will say prayers for her.

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_LINDA 12/9/2012 10:45PM

    That is so heartbreaking about your sister-in-law :(( Such a horrible, horrible disease :(( I wonder why they have found nothing to help or cure it as its been around for so very long :(( Could she type into a computer with just one finger? Or a touch pad kind of thing? I remember seeing shows about computers for the severely disabled that just eye movement operated it. Its hard to think how much she is suffering. I hope that there is a miracle for her.
You did good with your decorating, that tree is a nice find..

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/9/2012 10:45PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.

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DLDMIL 12/9/2012 10:41PM

    Prayers for your sister in law and your entire family emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 12/9/2012 10:08PM

    Adding my prayers

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ROXYZMOM 12/9/2012 9:53PM

    I will pray for her and you and your family.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2012 9:08PM

    Awwww, so sad. Sorry your SIL is deterioriating. ALS is a very mean disease. Prayers definitely being said.

I think the tree is adoreable! HUGS

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DALID414 12/9/2012 8:45PM

    Prayers your way

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HEALTHY4ME 12/9/2012 8:43PM

    I have taken care of 2 people with ALS one deteriorated very quickly, the other lives on, he is probably about 65 now I don't know how he is, as I have not worked there for few years, but it is a rotten disease.
HUGS to your sister in law and oh how I wish she could get it all out!

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