Coming Home

This past Wednesday, J finally was able to return from Colorado. Waiting until his dad was moved from the hospital to the rehab after hip surgery, J started his 15 hour drive home all alone. I was worried, but luckily, he took his time and spent a night at a hotel outside of Childress, Texas, at about the halfway mark.

Safely home after 10 days. Whew. I know he’s been on a rollercoaster. His parents used to live only about 30 minutes from us until 2 years ago, and yes, in the midst of COVID, they moved up to Colorado. They had been talking about it off and on for several years, and honestly, I didn’t really believe they would do it being in their early 70s.

But, the housing market was great, and they were able to sell the house my FIL built in under 3 months the fall of 2020. I hated to see them go. With them close, we could see them whenever we liked and we, including my mom who lives next door, spent many holidays together as a family. J is also an only child, and very close to his parents.

But they were determined and very excited to make this change. I’m not really sure how much they thought it all the way through, but we definitely supported their decision 100%. They were tired of the weather here, especially. The heat and humidity are pretty relentless. If we could pick up and move (along with my mom, of course) we’d doing it in a New York minute.

And my in-laws have really enjoyed their new home. They can be outside much of the year. It gets cold for sure, but being in southern Colorado, while it does snow, it’s usually gone within a day or so. Probably January and February are the worst as far as their winter goes.

But, they’re gone. And while my husband travels at breaks to see them, I only am able to make it during the summer. Juggling chronic fatigue and working full time, I just can’t manage traveling, resting, then heading back to work, even if it’s a 2 week break, which only happens in December. I’m not complaining; I just wish I could see them more.

My FIL is doing well in rehab, getting PT daily. J, E, and her BF will be heading back up to Colorado for a holiday visit right after Christmas. Hopefully by then, my FIL will be back at his home.

I’ll be here, holding down the fort. 🙂 I hope everyone is having a great weekend. -b

33 Comments on “Coming Home

  1. Glad to hear your FIL is on the mend! And glad J got home safely. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas ahead and that J has safe travels visiting his dad after the holidays!

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  2. I’m so glad J’s home, and that his dad’s doing well. I still laugh when I remember something my mom’s orthopedist told me after she broke her ankle in two places: “When she starts to complain, you’ll know she’s getting better.” It’s never a good time for things like this to happen, and it certainly is going to make for a different sort of Christmas. Still, there may be some unexpected gifts that come along — like a quicker than expected return to home and health. We can hope!

    Is that your kitty in the photo? Such a sweetie. Is she (or he) a lap kitty? There’s nothing like a snuggly cat to make a person feel better!

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    • Good morning! Thank you. Each day of recovery seems to be an up and down for my FIL. He did pretty well Saturday, but then yesterday, he was having a lot of pain so PT was not going well at all. We’re still hopeful that he can be home by Christmas, but if not, it will all be alright. I love the story about your mom; hopefully FIL will be complaining soon, too! 🙂

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    • Oh, yes, this kitty is Beto, and he definitely likes lap snuggles! We have 3 indoor outdoor cats, all strays originally, but now are very spoiled felines. And, there are 2 strays that come around for food. There’s one I’m just now able to pet, but the other won’t have anything to do with me. I want to get them fixed and shots ASAP. Have a good day my friend!

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  3. Hi Belle. Glad your husband made it back safely. My wife and I were in Colorado for Thanksgiving as we met our future daughter-in-law’s family. They were great! It was cold with a fair amount of snow near our Airbnb near Colorado Springs.

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    • Hi Pete, oh I hope you had a great trip! My in-laws live just 45 minutes from Colorado Springs. It’s one of my favorite places to go. It sounds like the meeting went well. And congratulations on the upcoming wedding! Will they have the wedding in Colorado Springs? Thanks for the good wishes for my FIL. Take care, Pete!

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      • Nope, we decided to rendezvous in between so no one had too far to travel. We’re in California, our son, and future daughter-in-law are in Montana, and her family is from South Dakota. One of my brothers lives in Aurora, Colorado, so we were able to see him one day too.

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  4. I love the title “Coming Home” – there’s so much promise to that. Glad J got home and hope your FIL gets home soon. Sending all my best for a great week ahead!

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  5. Glad to hear FIL is stabilized now and even working on getting his strength back via rehab. Also, glad your husband is back home safely. It sounds like the fort is being held down as well as can be expected by you, the trusty fort-holder! Have a great week!

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    • Hi! We just found out FIL will get to go home this Saturday. He’s making progress and I think someone will be coming out to do some home PT visits. I appreciate the shout out about being a decent fort-holder! I keep all the animals fed and the house relatively clean so …lol I hope your week is going well and that the weather is decent. It was 89 here today! Ugh!

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  6. I am happy that your in laws are happy in their new location but understand how sad you feel. Most of my relatives live thousands of miles from me so it was isolating during the last two years or so.

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    • Hi Kerry! I hope your week is going well. Yes, they really love it there. But ….ughs. My mom is now considering moving up to Arkansas near my brother. While that really would be a great opportunity for her and one I support, I’m not sure what it will be like after 20 years of her living right next door. But, I guess things are always changing!

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      • I have a friend, who is almost 90, who moved from California to Texas to be close to her son. Then he moved to New Orleans and she followed. So far, she loves it and enjoys her assisted living apartment. Wishing them well, whatever they choose. My week is okay – not wonderful but not terrible. Good enough. K x

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  7. Thank you for sharing!!.. sorry the hear about your FIL’s misfortune, hope he is on the mend and glad he is getting better… he has the support of many… Thanksgiving, like any day, is about being together as a family even if it is in spirit, made easier with today’s technology and you and your family are showing the strength and love that will get you through the stormy days and well as the sunny days… you are a role model for many… 🙂
    Even though everyone may be far apart, you will always be together in your heart.. 🙂
    When tomorrow starts without me
    And I’m not here to see,
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes
    Filled with tears for me.

    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
    The way you did today,
    While thinking of the many things
    We didn’t get to say.

    I know how much you love me
    As much as I love you,
    And each time you think of me
    I know you’ll miss me too.

    When tomorrow starts without me
    Don’t think we’re far apart,
    For every time you think of me
    I’m right there in your heart.
    (Alena Hakala Meadows)

    Hope your path is filled with love and happiness and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  8. Having made that trip last Thanksgiving, I know full well how long and exhausting it is. Kudos to your husband for making it. Hope your inlaws enjoy living in Southern Colorado. It’s beautiful in special ways.

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