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Monday, January 4, 2010

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

For the best, I had my daughters both home for Christmas; what a blessing.

Daughter Alida returned to California on New Year's Eve,
and on the following day she had a ringside seat for the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena.

She sent a couple of pictures, taken with her cell phone.

Daughter Anne is busily "building" costumes for a period play at her graduate school,
so she's back in her snug little apartment. Howard is back at work, and I . . .

Well, that brings us to the worst part.

My mother is nearing the end of her time with us. I am about to join my sister at Mom's bedside. I pray that God's will be done, and I pray for my father -- the very best example of a devoted husband -- and I pray that Mom's passage be peaceful and blessed.

So if you don't hear from me much in the next few days, you will know why.

Have a wonderful final few days of Christmas!
Let us all join the Wise Men in discovering again the Babe in the manger. -- Cass


  1. My prayers are with you, your family and your mom. May she experience peace and abundant love as she journeys.

  2. Cass, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time. May you all be given strength from above.

  3. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry. (((hugs)))

  4. Hi Cass,
    Your house is beautiful...
    I am happy your daughters made it home, and God bless you and your family in this difficult time!

  5. Oh Cass.. you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I'll be thinking of you. I went through that about 6 years ago. Blessing on your time left with your Mom.

  7. Oh Cass..
    my heart hurts for you..and with you..especially knowing the end is near..
    my thoughts and prayers are with you, the family,
    and your mom..
    cherish your memories..
    warm hugs..and peace..

  8. Cass -- my prayers are with you and your family. God will give you the strength to get through this tough time.

  9. Prayer going up for you and your family.

  10. Prayers for you and your family.

  11. Such a beautiful tribute to your mom and dad....and your love for your family shines through. I am hoping for you and dad and your sis that you can bind together to say your goodbyes and be even closer to each other.

  12. Big hugs to you my friend. It is never easy even when it is time.

  13. I was in your shoes in June of 2008. My father was so devoted to my mother and took such good care of her. My prayers are with you and her family.
    Hugs and blessings,
    Ladybug Creek

  14. My thoughts are with you -- this is one of life's most difficult passages. Be strong and know that many of us have also experienced this... and we are with you.


  15. Cass, You and your family will be in our prayers.

  16. My prayers are with you always. We miss you and will be glad when your back.

  17. Oh Cass...I am so very sorry. I will keep you and yours in my prayers.

  18. Blessed be God forever, blessed be His Holy Name. Through the power of the Name of Jesus Christ, I ask that this faithful, loving mother, wife, sister, friend, be blessed with an easy passing. Lord, look upon your faithful servant and grant her your Peace, that she may be seated at the Table of the Lord in Paradise with you. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen

  19. Cass, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Although I lived just next to Pasadena for years, for some reason I never made it to the Rose Bowl Parade. I've no idea why!

    My thoughts are with you, your mother and your family. Take care of yourselves.

  21. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know I'm praying for all of you.

  22. Oh, Cass, My thoughts and prayers will be there with you.
    My mama is 84. I hug her all I can now!

  23. Cass-- I pray that God's loving arms will enfold you and your family. I'm truly sorry to hear about your Mom. Believe me I know how tough this siuation can be. I lost my Mom two years ago this past December and her passing was peacful for which I have been truly thankful. Having your Father and your sister will give you support you need that's what I had in Ken.

    God bless and keep you.
    Love, Melinda

  24. Wishing you peace and strength in the following days, Cass. You are in my prayers..
    xo, misha

  25. Dear Cass, my prayers are with you at this time. I went throught it with my mother a few years ago, so my heart goes out to you. It has been over five years and I still miss her tremendously.
    Big hugs for you,

  26. Cass, praying for you and your family. May your mom have a peaceful journey.

  27. I'll think of you over the next day or two, Cass. What an example your dad has been to you and your girls - and it sounds as though you carry on that legacy of love in your family.
    Wishing you and your family a gentle time of farewll to your mother.

  28. Praying with you. My mom is slowly slipping away with Alztheimer's, but I know it will be so hard to let go. So glad I discovered your blog! Looking forward to a blessed new year. V.

  29. oh Cass, I will pray for you and your family. My mother died on Sunday morning and although it was expected it is a horrible thing to watch your mom close her eyes for the last time. God be with you as he is with me. Now, soon, your mom will be an angel, my mom is and has already sent me three marvelous gifts. :) Love to you!

  30. Blessings dear will all be in our prayers.
    My love and thoughts are with you Cass...
    Many hugs,

  31. With this note, a prayer for God's grace and mercy to surround your mother and strengthen you for all you will experience in the next hours.


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