Thursday, October 12, 2006


Today we finished moving my dad's furniture from Tennessee to Virginia. He has Alzheimer's disease and will be living with us, starting the day after tomorrow. My dad has lived in the same house since 1949. It's where he and my mother brought up both their boys and where I developed such a strong sense of belonging to a place on the earth. Seeing his furniture--some of it in the family for five generations--in another state, and knowing that for the first time in my life my dad will be living somewhere besides 619 Pennyslvania Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is like waking up to find the sun's turned blue. I'm too weary to write or even read much of anything right now. Let's try again tomorrow.


Blogger JD said...

Milton, no doubt these are some of the toughest times you can face. Prayers for you ... and your family.

11:27 PM, October 12, 2006  
Blogger Bill Williams said...

God bless you, Milton! May God strengthen you as you enter this new phase in your life.

12:27 AM, October 13, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, brothers.

5:15 AM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an honor to be able to care for your parents in times like these yet at the same time, what a trial and hardship.

I pray strength for you and yours during this time. I also pray for His clarity of hope and the manifested grace of God in and through all of this for and yours in Christ Jesus.

Blessings in Christ Jesus!

10:28 AM, October 13, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thank you, Phil.

1:01 PM, October 13, 2006  
Blogger Kim said...

That must be very hard, indeed.

I hope the transition is smooth. I have a friend whose father has been given the same diagnosis, but he is in a facility. It isn't easi either way.

God bless.

3:41 PM, October 13, 2006  
Blogger PamBG said...

Although I am a preacher, I think that some of the best prayers are silent.

I hold up to God in prayer you, your father and the rest of your family. May His blessing be upon you all.

4:30 PM, October 13, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thank you, Kim and Pam.

5:16 PM, October 13, 2006  
Blogger Bob Spencer said...

I'm praying for you, too, brother. I know this time is going to be difficult at times, but it's also going to be an incredible blessing.

6:15 AM, October 14, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

I know you're right, Bob. Thank you.

8:14 AM, October 14, 2006  
Blogger John said...

Milton, my prayers are with you and yours.

Be encouraged.

8:56 AM, October 14, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thank you, John.

9:37 AM, October 14, 2006  
Blogger John Schroeder said...

Be blessed - memories fade, but new ones come.

Gad will provide

11:28 AM, October 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been feeling the same weariness and will include you in my prayers. My mother has Alzheimer's and is in the end stages of it. My father is caring for her, but he just had a quadruple bypass. He refuses to put her in a home and things have gotten quite grim. He really can't take care of her and, yet, he insists on keeping her at home.

I know it must be a double loss for you with the loss of the home that blessed several generations of your family. God bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

6:34 PM, October 14, 2006  
Blogger dan said...

As so many others have said, you, your father, and your family will be in my prayers.
peace & blessings,

5:58 PM, October 15, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Dan and FF: Thank you so much. M

4:54 PM, October 16, 2006  

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