While this trip to the USA was for me to bring Mystery Quilts Anonymous to North America, it allowed us some time to see family as well. We enjoyed time with our daughter and her family. We also got to see Shane’s mum. This was not the fun part of the trip. She had a stroke two weeks ago which has rendered her speechless and right side paralyzed. She is completely coherent and the lack of speech is VERY frustrating for her. We taught her to write with her left hand and got her a white board so she could see what she was doing. We had some sweet talks that way. Realizing this may be the last time we see her on this side of Heaven hurts deep.

We are sitting at the airport heading to Tennessee for a couple days of quilting fun. We will then drive to see Shane’s dad… long story again… followed by a three day workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then back home to book September next year. I will have dates shortly after the first of November to start booking. I will be back in Helena, Montana. I may do the “circle” in reverse next year, finishing in the southwest when it cools down!

Thanks for listening to me babble. Just needed to get that out of my heart for now so I can enjoy the next few days. ~Debi

Not a wonderful day…. Sitting at the airport now! ©Debi Montgomery


14 responses to “Family Time”

  1. Mary Allred Avatar
    Mary Allred

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love from East Tennessee.

    1. debiloves2quilt Avatar

      Thank you so very much.

  2. samacrina Avatar

    My heart goes out to you Debi! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily!!

    1. debiloves2quilt Avatar

      Thank you so much.

  3. Sharon Buckingham Avatar
    Sharon Buckingham

    So sorry to hear about your mother in law.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip and we will keep following you the rest of the way.
    Safe trip and enjoy the rest of your time in USA 🇺🇸

    1. debiloves2quilt Avatar

      Thank you so much

  4. It has always helped me to vocalize, or write, my feelings down. 1) direct voice to God, 2) helps me clarify my thoughts and feelings, 3) gets stuff out of the way to allow God to access/heal our heart feelings that we may not be able to verbalize because of all the “stuff” in our brains. I am so thankful that you can share some things with this group. I know better how to pray for you and Shane. I love you and hope to be able to meet you on next year’s trip❤️❤️🙏

    1. debiloves2quilt Avatar

      In tears as we leave. God knows our hearts. He sent me you to remind me He is good, all the time. Thank you. ♥️♥️

  5. So sorry to hear about your mom. These types of things come on so fast and are so overwhelming. My son became a C4 Quadraplegic last year. A thought to share….predictive text on phones or tablets is great. While slower than speaking it helped greatly. Your mom can use one hand which should be more than enough for pretty efficient predictive text. My son was intubated then had a trach for over 3 months. All we had was head shakes and eye signals, so while it worked way better than anything else, it would have worked way better with one functioning arm. My son has improved greatly and has his voice and lots of voice controlled abilities now…but no hands.

    I wish you all the best with your mom.

    1. debiloves2quilt Avatar

      Thank you so much for the very helpful suggestions. It is so hard to help when we don’t know what she needs. Prayers for your son and you as you care for him.

  6. So sorry about the stroke, physical and speech therapy ASAP is a must. My mother went through a stroke several hours after break ther hip in three places .
    Her frustration with herself is very hard and writing words that have nots to do with what she wants to communicate. Then her frustration is directed at loved ones.
    Mom made a recovery , hoping the same for her!

    1. debiloves2quilt Avatar

      She has pt, I will ask for speech as well. She tries so hard. She is determined. Thank you so much.

  7. So sorry to hear about your MIL. Prayers for all of you!

    1. debiloves2quilt Avatar

      Thank you so much!

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