How do you help your dad prepare for such a life changing event as moving from his home of 49 years, a home he built with his wife, into a retirement community?
This has been my monumental undertaking over the last year and a half.
Cleaning, organizing, purging and helping.
The big move happens on Saturday October 5th.
I will be driving to Grand Rapids on Friday to help with a few of the last minute details before the movers show up at 8:30 Saturday morning.
We bought our oldest daughter with us last weekend for a much needed distraction.
You can get a LOT more done when he is not all up in your business, LOL.
She brought her newest baby peacock, Gizmo.
Who is super adorable!
This picture is my favorite.
Grandpa and Gizmo checking each other out!
He was eating a doughnut and everything is that crazy bird's business!
As long as he had a bird on his shoulder he stayed put and out of the cleaning frenzy.
Eventually though, we had to have him go into his room and help decide what he is taking
and what he is getting rid of.
This is the room all cleaned out of stuff.
All the papers and photos from the tall dresser are in the top of the closet and in the boxes.
They can be gone though later.
All we are doing is packing what is moving with him for right now, for him to function.
I don't think he realized how many pairs of sox he actually had!
The funniest thing we heard from the other room was our daughter shouting at him
(he is pretty deaf and won't wear his hearing aids)
"How many heads do you have grandpa?"
There were some funny moments.
This is the house I grew up in.
My mom and dad planned it and built it.
We moved there when I was 5 years old.
It is sad, but it is time for the next phase of life.
He is no longer able to take care of that big house by himself and we are too far away to do it.
He is not safe there.
The cons have marked him and he is a target.
No one lives there but him and his cat and she can't call 911 if he falls, and he does fall.
I was cleaning in the bathroom and got the linen closet completely emptied.
There was so much stuff in there!
My mom's favorite color was purple and you can see the purple foil wall paper and the lavender tub (and sink) and used to be toilet, which is now white since I replaced it.
We had cleaned out my old room, which was my younger sister's room more recently
and used that as a staging/storage area as we worked.
My daughter had begun painting dragons on the walls for her.
We moved my sister out the beginning of August.
I knew this day was coming for dad and had to get her settled too.
She has Cerebral Palsy.
She needed to be in a place of her own before I could move him.
He needed to see her settled.
Now there is just the rest of the house to clear away and clean and pack what is moving.
There is a LOT of work ahead of us.
A dumpster is being delivered Oct 11th.
It's just me and my hubby to do the work.
The once cleaned table is now a packing hot spot.
Dad and Chris talk about what to take from his desk and pack up.
He has a huge amount of old 8mm movies to bring with him.
This is the face of one really good sport!
I could not get through this part of my life without the love and support of my amazing husband.
He has put up with more than one person should have to!
Thanks for your love and for listening to all dad's stories, again.
Do you still love that car?
I love my dad and I am very glad I have had him to myself for the last year and a half.
Even though it has been extremely challenging to run three households, manage 2 handicapped sisters and my dad all while working full time, and taking care of my own family,
I would not trade the time I have had with my dad for anything.
Please keep us in your prayers during the upcoming weekend as we
move him into his new home at Villa Maria.
It is a beautiful place and I think he is going to love it there.
A new adventure awaits him, beginning on Saturday.
With God's help it will be a wonderful time for him!