Thursday, July 24, 2008

Eureka!

First of all, Baby Matthew is still hanging in there even though the doctors told my neighbor and her hubby that he wouldn't last long at all and they should prepare for the worst. I am praying, praying, praying for this little baby. He is a fighter.

Second of all, I have been wandering around wondering what I could do to help my neighbor. Her and her hubby are staying at the hospital about 50 miles away. Because of the baby's medical situation, I would not be allowed to go back and visit him. And my going there to visit her would mean that she would have to come out and see me. She rarely leaves the baby's side, so expecting her to leave him to come out and see me just seems a tad inconsiderate on my part. So I've ruled out a visit. Her family is helping to care for their house while M & J are away at the hospital, so I really can't do that either. I was feeling like there wasn't much that I could do to let her know that I am thinking of them while they are gone.

Yesterday, I walked over to their house to pick up the local paper in their driveway and flyer on their door. I've been doing that because I don't want it to look like no one is home. When I went up on the front porch, I noticed that her flowers in her flower pots were dying. No one had been watering them. My neighbor M is a huge flower fan and vegetable gardener just like I am. Her flowers dying would be a bad thing. So I am going to water them for her and look over her pretty flower beds while she is away. Her Dad has been coming over to mow the lawn but he also wants to get back to the hospital to be with the family, so he hasn't been tending her flowers the way that M would. So I will be sneaking over to pull the weeds, water the flowers and such. No one ever needs to know that it was me, and this way she won't come home to a big mess. I think that I am also going to go back to her veggie garden and spruce it up a bit (a veggie garden left untended quickly goes bad), and maybe plant her fall crops for her. I'm going to stick with the easy ones for her to tend to and harvest: carrots, peas, beans, and such.

We both love our flowers and vegetables. I know that this probably seems like a silly little thing to most people, but I am hoping that this is something that I can do to help put a little bit of normal back into her life when she gets home. No big garden chores for her to catch up on, and flowers and vegetables waiting for her return. I know that it's not much, but I hope that it helps.

9 comments:

Ellen said...

Honey...those are the things that count. For me, it was having somebody give me pizza coupons (so I didn't have to be at home when somebody dropped dinner off) and hockey tickets (so that we could just get out).

The little things are going to be the ones that make the biggest difference. May God use you in His venture here on earth.

sara said...

great idea. Everyone should have a friend like you.

Lori... said...

What a great thing to do for her during her time of need!

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Perplexity said...

Ingenious. I knew the perfect thing would come to you.

Cajunchic said...

I will be praying for M and her baby. How sweet of you to water her plants for her. I am sure she will be very touched. One thing that I really enjoyed when Munchkin was in the PICU was someone sent us a box of goodies to snack on since the hospital food was so yucky.

Unashamed said...

What a sweet, thoughtful gesture. A little thing, but it demonstrates how much you care.

a soldiers wife said...

I think this is a wonderful idea. It'll show how much you care! Many many times, the smaller things mean so much more because they are truly from the hart! I'll continue to have the family and Baby Matthew in my prayers and you as well, as I know how much this is bothering you (((Hugs)))

ps. this is soldier's wife, my google is acting silly.

a soldiers wife said...

disregard my ps. It's showing me, it just doesn't go to my blog...it's early and I'm confused.

Saved Sinner said...

That sounds like a lovely thoughtful idea. I'm sure it will be appreciated and it sounds like you are the person in the ideal position to do just that thing.