Tuesday, July 17, 2012


lately we're spending lots of weekends traveling to see my Dad, who is very sick in the hospital. this is the view from the waiting room. the pictures are taken with my sad little flip phone, but i actually love the grainy, unfocused quality of them. 

because life feels rather fuzzy some days right now. we spent lots of time waiting. a little bit of time visiting. a lot of time hoping and praying. i'm not worried about clarity, about perfect meals, or about how often i'm getting a work out in. it will happen. 

within the halls of this big hospital are these little quilts from patients who have gotten better. in this particular area, the quilts are all from cardiac patients... it's comforting to see them.

visiting hours end at 10pm. when we get there i try to see Dad at least 3 times a day, in the morning, in the evening and once before bed to wish him good night. saturday evening he mouthed "i love you" and squeezed my hand. i decided it was a good night to visit my old friend the roanoke star. it was hot and humid and you could see a cloud hanging over the valley above all the lights... 

but the star, my star, was bright and beautiful... as always. 

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  1. So sorry to hear about your dad's health! I'll be sure to say a prayer for him - and you. Hang in there.

  2. You are going through so much right now, Carrie. I pray you have all of everything you need each day to hold you together. I look forward to hearing your reports each day of your dad's progress. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

  3. You ARE a bright and beautiful star.

    So glad you got to 'hear' your dad say 'I love you'

    Big hugs!

  4. Carrie,

    How beautiful and brave of you to post this update. The part about your dad saying I love you, brought me to tears.

    I spent last week helping my parents make some adjustments as they move into the next phase of their lives. I know that too soon, I will be where you are, staring out a hospital window praying that they know how much I love them and for their health to hold out just a little bit longer.

    Shine on!