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The somber service of Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A very reflective and thoughtful service at church tonight.
DH and I decided to hold off with dinner until later as
church started at 6:30. As soon as communion and the
prayers were said, it was time to strip the altar of all
candles and altar clothes. It was done in complete
silence and pastor lead us out of church to the
fellowship hall where all will remain until Saturday
night when I put them all back. Tomorrow we will work
at church to polish all the brass and handle it all with
gloved hands to preserve the shine we restore. I
wear gloves each time I move anything on the altar
but some people are not so aware of how the oils
on our hands tarnishes the surfaces.
DS just stopped by but will be back for Easter dinner
on Saturday night. He and his GF have plans for most
of the weekend. He will not be here on Easter as I
had thought.
We will go to MIL's for a visit Sunday afternoon. DH
is already planning meals that I can make and take
over when his sister leaves but I refuse to lock myself
in with plans until she tells me if those dishes even
appeal to her. The last time I made meals for her she
said she didn't care for a certain one. She gave the
food away and that was her choice. So I want to be
very sure to make things she likes. I would imagine
I will make enough for a week or so and put it in
containers so she can freeze them until ready. I do
know her friends would gladly take something over
for her but I think she may refuse them. Hard to say.
I did talk to SIL and expressed concerns about DH
taking his mom to the doctor on Monday. He does
not have the stamina to drive there, pick her up,
drive 1 1/2 hours for an appointment, then drive her
home. At least it sounds as if his brother and wife
will cover this one for him. He was tempted to just
do it but he also has a meeting on Tuesday and 2
days in a row would be too much.
It is pushing bedtime so I will wish you sweet dreams
and thanks for stopping by. HUGS!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FROSTY99 4/18/2014 9:57PM

    Glad you spoke up and getting some help. When I had dad living here, all his care was left to me. My brothers weren't offering anything and when they came to visit him they didn't volunteer to do anything so I could get a break except for one of them who would help if I asked.
Have a wonderful weekend.

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PATTYKLAVER 4/18/2014 8:11PM

    I still don't know how you do it. I've been trying to take care of my sick mom and pregnant daughter since September and it's been a long winter.

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/18/2014 5:53PM

    you are doing an awesome balancing act hard to make everyone happy. glad husband is getting a rest if I don't stop bye again have an awesome easter

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DAISY443 4/18/2014 11:32AM

    I have a dil who is a really picky eater and I have given up on trying to fix things she will like when she visits! It has to even be a certain brand to be acceptable, definitely not store brand which is my usual choice! She knows to bring whatever she wants herself after I let her know what I plan. Totally different when you are taking food for mil to consume at home, though! Good luck!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/18/2014 11:05AM

    Good that you talked w/your SIL and have things coordinated. You are wise to have gotten their help to give DH a break.

As for meals and your MIL . . . I am in total agreement with you! I think you're right to get an idea of what she would/wouldn't eat before spending time cooking! It's not something you feel is an imposition, but you don't want the efforts wasted!

HUGS and Happy Easter to you.

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MILLEDGE2 4/18/2014 8:03AM

    I can only imagine how many steps are going onto your tracker each day, with all the irons you have in the fire. But I remember from last year how much doing the things for your church means to you and I salute your service! I hope this is a great weekend, that MIL is in good spirits, and that you can prevail on DH to be prudent about how much he takes on. You have a lot on your shoulders! emoticon

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GABY1948 4/18/2014 7:31AM

    Glad dh agreed...he sure does not want to push it until he has time to totally be better!

Have a wonderful Friday, Marsha!


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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/18/2014 7:27AM

    You are working hard! God bless you for your consideration with the gloves! HAPPY EASTER to you and your family Lizzy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/18/2014 7:15AM

    Sounds as though you're working hard at maintaining that vital balance. May your weekend and week ahead be blessed.

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    It is always best to check with another when preparing food for them. Everyone has their preferences. Well done.

Hope your DH recovers fully and I know it takes time.

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KATHYJO56 4/18/2014 12:32AM

    Your husband has just had a hard time and you are right, it would be too hard to take him mother to the doctor and especially when there are other family members. I hope she appreciates the things that you do for her. It is good that you know how to take care of the silver at church. You are right, not everybody does.

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