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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Week(s) (02/10/11)

TITLE: Those Sandwich Generation Weeks
By Kaye Swain
02/10/11


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It was definitely one of "those" weeks for this Sandwich Generation family. A very pregnant daughter was on on the front couch all day, so her husband could go to work and I could babysit my two grandkids while we waited for their twin brothers to be born. At the same time my senior parents were living in the back of the house, in the master bedroom suite, as my senior dad's end stage Parkinsons Disease continued to worsen. Constantly busy juggling false labor pains, grief from my dad's worsening health, and working with the wonderful staff from hospice, life was definitely not easy! There were many sleepless hours in the middle of the night, doling out medications, reading comforting Bible verses reminding me that God is our strong tower, and praying for wisdom and strength.

Two weeks later, everything was totally upside down. My senior dad was safely in heaven with the Lord. The brand new grand-twins had arrived much too early and were in the NICU, surviving on tubes, wires, and machines. And our Sandwich Generation family continued to keep juggling grief and concern as we cared for the older children, arranged meals for the exhausted parents and comforted my sweet senior mom. Time spent in encouraging Bible verses and prayer was still difficult to come by yet much too precious to skip.

So much had changed in just a matter of weeks, but one thing remained. God's intimate and loving presence never varied. He was always there, continually comforting and encouraging us. As difficult as that time in our life was, I would never trade it away. God truly is our strong tower and those weeks cemented that fact in our hearts.


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Brenda Rice 02/17/11
I'm in a sandwich generation
family too. I understand your content well. You included many truths and feelings that I relate too.
Thanks for sharing and intersting read.
Mildred Sheldon02/18/11
Thank you for a very emotional and true story of this time. So many sanwich generations that it tears my heart out. Enjoyed this very much.
Norma-Anne Hough02/23/11
Beautiful and poignant.
Blessings. Well done.
Norms
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/24/11
Congratulations for placing 6th in level 2.