We may not care for our situation we’re currently in, but it can always be worse!

When we were at Siteman Cancer Institute the first part of April, we stayed at a hotel nearby. I met up with one of the ladies who cleaned our room and got to talking with her before I headed back to the hospital to see Teresa.

I told her why we were there, and her heart truly went out to our daughter and her family. I appreciated her compassion.

I began asking her about her life. She had moved to St. Louis, was in housekeeping in another hotel, and was told in one day with all the other employees no longer had a job.  She had to quickly find a job since she’s on her own. She took the first thing that opened up and is now earning $8.50 an hour, paying for her parking space, insurance, taxes, etc. She lives on her own. She is also looking for extra work to help her situation.

I told her what our local housekeepers make where we live, which is more than what she makes, so I asked her if she’d considered working on her own. She hadn’t. She asked how she would start something like that. I gave her some ideas how to get off the ground. We ended the discussion with her having some hope that maybe, just maybe she could start her own cleaning business since that’s what she likes to do. I told her I’d pray God would open some doors for her if she decided to go that route.

I grabbed what little cash I had and gave her some money, not because she made me feel she was desperate (I didn’t get that feeling at all). I just wanted to because she literally works hard for her money! She kept repeating, “you don’t have to do that, you don’t have to do that, but thank you so much.” I told her I know I didn’t have to do that, but wanted to, and to go do something just for her. I have a feeling she didn’t do that.

2We gave each other a hug, and I headed over to the hospital. When I got back to the hotel, there was a vase of flowers on our desk with a note to, “Mom … these flower are for Teresa … ”

If my sweet little housekeeper ever stumbles on this blog, thank you for the flowers!! Teresa really appreciated them, and so did we! And, I’m still praying God will open more doors of income for you!

We may not like what is going on in our lives, or  we may not like it we don’t have more money in our pockets, but it can always be worse!

We don’t like what Teresa is going through, but it can always be worse.

I met a sweet little family from Missouri while sleeping in the waiting room at Siteman Cancer Institute the first time we were there in March. We shared with each other what was going on with our family members going through cancer.

Their father had worked up through two weeks prior to admitting himself to the hospital. Sadly, when he got bad, things went bad fast. The family had been there two nights, then the final moments began. During those last hours of his life, I asked the family if anyone had been into pray with them. No one had, so I was honored to pray with them and their father. I gave some of them a hug as I left so they could spend their final moments with their loved one.

Whether a death is expected or not, I’ve never seen a loss that was an easy one. I’m thankful my circle of life contains those who know how to love and forgive. I’m thankful this family believed in God, and they knew that someday they would see their father again by faith.

I had fallen asleep in the waiting room, and roused up when I heard some of them come in. Their father had passed, and naturally, there were tears. I told them I was so sorry. Some of them left to go home and I fell back to sleep. When I awoke the next morning, the family members I had hit it off with left me a thank you note, a promise to take me to Lambert’s Home of the Throwed Rolls if I came their direction. They also left me their partial box of chocolate mint Girl Scout cookies 🙂 !

They were definitely sad to see their father and grandfather go, but they knew he had God in his life, they knew where he was going, and they knew by faith they would see him again someday!

Yes, it can always be worse!