A few of you who've been around PPP for awhile have prayed with me through this one, and I'm so thankful for each of your thoughts and prayers!
Two and a half years ago, my father-in-law became ill with West Nile Encephalitis. He was a completely healthy man; in fact, in August of 2009 at the age of 70 he road 17 miles on a bike trail with my son. But in September he became ill (much of the reason I started PPP), and for the last two years he's lost movement in much of his body and is confined to a wheelchair. He has a trach to assist with breathing, and needless to say it's been a rough . . . sad. . . . frustrating-difficult-overwhelming . . . few years for our family.
Four weeks ago though, after numerous hospitalizations, rehab visits, and nursing home stays, Don returned home with the help of some amazing nurses and one incredibly supportive wife. (WOOHOO!) And for the first time in almost three years, he and my mother-in-law along with a nurse are coming to Alabama today to watch my Reagan's preschool graduation. (She's the baby of all the grandbabies, so I'm just thrilled that he'll be here to see it!)
I had planned on keeping up PPP while they were here, but last night as I was scrubbing our home and planning our menu, it occurred to me that this is the first time in almost three years that Don and Jennie have traveled anywhere other than to a new rehab facility, hospital or nursing home. I decided that (while I soooooo love you guys!) you'd be just fine without me typing away all day while they're here. So I'll be slowing down a bit to enjoy this a long-awaited visit, while getting our house wheelchair ready, baking his favorite cookies, and of course fighting back a few tears as I watch my last baby on her preschool “graduation” day. 🙂
All the regular store ads here on PPP will go up on their normal schedule, and I'm planning to take a little time to keep up with just the very best deals that I see. (Plus my fantastic friend Shannon will also share a few deals as well!) I'm also hoping to try out a new recipe to post, but other than that I feel like I need to take a little break to do something more important that sharing a shout out for a freebie or hot deal alert over the next few days.
Thank you so very much for your thoughts, prayers, and understanding. (As a blogger I live in daily fear that you all won't come back if I slow down, so hopefully when things are back to normal this Thursday you'll be ready for a new deal or two . . . I feel so fortunate that you take the time to read this each day!)
- Print all the great coupons at Coupons.com, Smart Source, Coupon Network & Red Plum.
- Order your free customized Tote Bag from Ink Garden
- Check out all the great Amazon Steals.
- Catch up on a few freebies.
- Try a new recipe (this Cherry Cheese Cobbler has been calling my name lately!)
- Or, take a day off from penny pinching and enjoy your family too.