I'm amazed by the number of folks who are subscribing to this blog. I don't get nearly the traffic as some blogs, but it is fun knowing someone is out there listening! And, tonight I'd need an ear. My mom is coming home tomorrow. She broke her hip on September 7th. Yesterday she was back in the ER with more fluid on her lungs and difficulty breathing. I know more crises are on the horizon and the anxiety wears me down. I am not a noble person. I am not one of those folks who can bear any burden with a smile. I do not believe that all things happen for a reason or that God only sends us as much as we can bear or all those other well meaning sayings. I freely admit that I am mostly overwhelmed. My skin hurts from sitting in a chair next to my mom's bed watching her heart monitor, wondering how many trips to the ER she can handle; how many I can handle. I think of the folks with sick children and I cannot imagine what they are going through, and I swear I try and count my blessings, of which I have many. Speaking of which, I take solace in my dear husband who is so kind and tries so hard to ease my worries. And I take solace in my great kid. In the midst of the craziness, Andy had no way to get to school -- his normal ride couldn't make it, and the back up was stuck in traffic. Did he go back inside the house and play video games? No, he walked an hour to school. I'm so proud of him. So, he forgot he had a French test today and probably didn't do well. At least he said "he was sick for 2 hours about it." That's showing that he cares (unless he's pulling his Eddie Haskell trick, for which he is the master!!). They're the greatest husband and son a girl could have. And, I take solace in my stamper friends -- most of whom I've never met. Today "redapron" -- Liz -- sent another set of cards to my mom and to me. I've never met this woman. I've never spoken with her. Yet, after an endless day in the hospital I came home to a beautiful card. I'll post it when I have more time. What is it about stampers? Most are so kind. My favorite stamper -- Debbie Olsen -- whose work I love (see Thinking Inking on my blog list) takes the time to read my blog and comment on my little cards. This means more than it probably should!! LOL All right. It is almost midnight and tomorrow is a big day. I'm not sure my mom is strong enough to be home and I'm not sure I'm strong enough to have her home. Deep breath. Good night! Stay safe.