Awhile back my Mom sold her house after she nearly passed away two years ago. She now lives with my sister and her family who graciously provided a place for her to stay. During that process, she decided to have an auction for her remaining possessions. The auction was held for us siblings and all the grandchildren. The auction was this past Saturday and the weather was perfect. What an enjoyable day with my family, which is something I cherish more and more in this journey.
As I was sitting there watching all the things being auctioned off, I thought about the significance of each item and the story behind some of my Mom's treasures. Photo albums, scrapbooks, books, cards, recipes, dishes, pictures, wall hangings, hand crafted items, and all sorts of personal belongings. Each item represented a part of the legacy she has created in one way or another. Every piece was part her life's story. I was thinking about the kind of legacy that will be left when I'm gone. What will the things I leave behind say about me? I hope it will be like the one my Mom left for me. So what do you want to be remembered for? All the things, possessions you accumulated, or what those things and possessions have to say about you and the legacy you created?
My ALS is about the same as the last month or so. I experience some days that are better than others, but through it all, God is good, all the time!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Memorial day,a day set aside to honor those who gave their lives and served our country so we can enjoy the freedoms we have in this country. There is so much we take for granted. On this day many family and friends have back yard bar-b-ques and picnics. Sunday I spent time with my family to celebrate my sisters birthday and Monday we had a family picnic with my wife's family. These days, spending time with family and friends means so much more to me than ever before. The love and support they provide is something I cherish. We had a good time together watching all the little ones play, eating, and visiting until the thunderstorms rolled in. I enjoyed it even though I wasn't able to eat and speak. It is very hard to talk and most don't can no longer understand me. I have my eyegaze speaking device but I'm just not ready to give in to using it yet. It does have it's limitations which is another reason I'm not real excited about it. But in time I'll adapt to it just like I did with all the other devices I depend on.
Through it all, God is good!