It has been a difficult month. We were addressing facility needs, including a failed dishwasher and washing machine. We got a call from my mom saying, “Dad is in the hospital and not doing well.” We packed up for a week stay in Pennsylvania. My dad (Doug) was in the ICU when we arrived. It was touch and go for a few days. One thing lead to another and my dad is now on hospice in a nursing home. No one knows how much time they have left in this world, but we know we are looking at the end. We were able to find someone to help sort out the finances for Medicaid. It is amazing how difficult it is to wade through these financial decisions, and my dad has situations that make it more challenging.
The day before we left I got a treat for us to share – peanut butter cream filled doughnuts, one of Dad’s favorites.

Faithful God…
In this time of family stress many are stepping up to help make it possible for me to help my parents in their time of need, in my time of need. I know we will go to Pennsylvania again soon. It is also good to have friends here at Mission’s Outpost to process life with. I just need to open up to them more.

Looking forward…
We are heading into spring and I must get the outdoor equipment tuned up, greased and running. We have a mower with a 12-foot cutting path that we tow behind one of the trucks. It is getting beyond repair because the wear parts are no longer available. We also need to cut down and trim shrubs and remove some trees and bushes. But looking outside this morning at 4″ of snow makes me wonder when a good time will be to get started on the outdoor stuff.

Prayer…
– My (Brian’s) dad has moved to a nursing home. It will take some effort to work out the details – wisdom and strength for myself, Stephanie and mom
Patience and Wisdom to make good decisions while running the facility.
Only $6,500 to go to pay off our truck!
My Mac laptop died and I need to get it operational again. I am not as good with computers as I once was.