Thursday, February 26, 2009

Life Goes On...

After many precious weeks with my Mother, we'll be changing gears quickly this week and traveling to Augusta for My Firstborn's weekend competition in Georgia's 14 & Under State Swimming Championships. She has worked so hard and we are excited for her opportunity to compete against Georgia's best swimmers. She is pictured below with the other 6 swimmers from her team who have also qualified to compete this weekend. Tomorrow night is event #1... the 500 Freestyle with 5 events on Saturday and 5 events on Sunday (her birthday!!!) We'll bring you updates from the pool... we are proud parents!

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

***In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund (c/o Covenant Presbyterian Church 118 Church Street LaGrange, GA 30240) or Explorer’s Bible Study (c/o Joanna Flynn 3006 White Oak Ct. LaGrange, GA 30240.)

Many of you receiving this email already have heard that Mother is now with the Lord. She died Friday night, around 7:20 in her room at home with her pastor, Boyd Miller, reading her the following verses:

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:1-4

When Boyd finished that final, beautiful promise of a verse, he noticed no more breathing and called my sisters into the room. Her tears that she cried for her family have been wiped away. She cried many tears over the past few months... grieving in advance for us as she prepared to leave her husband, children and grandchildren behind. She fought the good fight and with God's grace conquered the last enemy and now, for her, there will be no more death, sorrow or crying. And now, her body which had suffered so greatly over the past 2 years and especially 2 months has been healed. Praise the Lord! Great is Your faithfulness.

Arrangements are scheduled as follows:

Visitation on Sunday, February 22nd (her birthday!) at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary (1010 Mooty Bridge Road Lagrange, GA (706) 884-8636) from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Funeral Service on Monday, February 23rd at First Baptist Church on the Square (100 Broad Streeet Lagrange, GA (706) 884-5631) at 2:00 p.m.
Graveside Service following the funeral at Meriwether Memory Gardens at 4:00 p.m.

Dear friends... I cannot tell you how much your prayers, love and encouragement have meant to us as we battled alongside Mother as she fought. You were God's hands that helped us, His arms that hugged us, His love that lifted us up. We are forever in your debt.

With much love on behalf of all the Niedrachs!

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Going Home
Inspired by that intense longing for another place.
~Sara Groves

I've been feeling kind of restless. I've been feeling out of place. I can hear a distant singing, a song that I can't write, but it echoes in what I'm always trying to say. .

There's a feeling I can't capture. It's always just a prayer away. I want to know the ending, things hoped for but not seen, but I guess that's the point in hoping anyway. .

Chorus: Going home, I'll meet you at the table. Going home, I'll meet you in the air. You are never too young to think about it. Oh, I cannot wait to be home.

I'm confined by my senses to really know what you are like. You are more than I can fathom, more than I can guess, and more than I can see with human sight. .

But I have felt you with my spirit. I have felt you fill this room. This is just an invitation, a sample of the whole, and I cannot wait to be going home. .

Face to face how can it be? Face to face how can it be? Face to face how can it be?

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Making a List...
I was going through the cabinets & cupboard today seeing what I needed to add to my grocery list.

Do you think I need more Ground Allspice?

Jiminy Christmas! Did I buy a new bottle for every Thanksgiving & Christmas pumpkin pie I made for the last 5 years? This is typical behavior from me.

Well, should I pick up a bag of Tostitos?

It must be against my religion to actually finish a bag of Tostitos before purchasing a new one. I have 7 OPENED bags of Tostitos and 1 UNopened bag waiting to be devoured. Somebody help me organize my life. Please!

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Update on Mother~
We finished up our first full week on Home Hospice on Friday. We are able to keep Mother's pain under control. She rests comfortably on her couch and does stay there most of the time. She is able to get up with assistance, she took a shower yesterday, she can eat at the table. We have had some dear, wonderful visitors this past week... she is alert some days more than others. She was able to attend church last Sunday... she said it was her favorite thing to do all week. I have posted a fun picture I found once while waiting to bring My Dreamgirl home. International adoption certainly was a wild ride on the "Emotional Rollercoaster." I am finding death to be another turn on the dreaded ride. You start some days out good and end up discouraged by a pain episode that brought on full panic and left Mother wiped out and drugged up. Some nights you say good-bye expecting to get a call in the middle of the night only to wake up to a better day of her having renewed strength and a quick wit. We truly take it "one day at a time." Thank you again & again for the cards, letters & pictures many of you send. She loves the flowers that come to the door... as petals on some begin to droop and fall, new bouquets appear to brighten her room & heart. You have sustained us with delicious food... I'm sure I'll weigh 500 pounds soon... toffee bars, chocolate chip pound cake, chocolate mousse, key lime cake, cakes from fancy Atlanta bakeries... I now officially eat dessert before AND after every meal... including breakfast! Thank you mostly for the prayers you lift up for our family. We experience new mercies each morning along with strength and grace for each day as we walk down this unfamiliar road. I feel silly just saying "thank you." It is inadequate indeed.

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