|A picture perfect Tula.... capturing her personality perfectly!|
if you know me, know tula, or can tell anything from the picture above you can tell tula probably weighs the most on my mommy heart. you see, she is just so tula. very independent in what she wants to wear -this was a legit outfit that she fully intended to wear to the pool before nana's intervention. very independent with what she wants to eat- thus the weight gain problem. and very independent in her thoughts and voices those thoughts loud and clear- think far left, PETA spokesperson opinionated! so tula wears on my mommy heart. we have said for years that she loves harder than anyone but can hate just as hard. she has the attention span of about 2 minutes. she seems to be a little behind her peers academically. she has a memory like a steel trap for anything daddy and i have ever said but memorizing ABCs or counting past 10 is just not on tula's agenda. but this girl can talk, and her talks with people older than her are the most sincere, sweet, caring talks. and show that her heart is tender beyond her years for the elderly community.
|Today Tula did nail care on Great Pawpaw, learning from the best nurse, her Nana.|
God's gift to tula may have not been academics or social maturity (don't get me wrong those things
may come will hopefully come by the time she starts school). but for now He has instilled in her this beautiful heart for old people. she gets old people and is not afraid in the least. she asks to go visit her great pawpaw with her nana and pops because she genuinely loves it. she knows the people who live in his home (a place for people with memory loss) and knows the quirkiness behind each one. each day i learn something new about one of great pawpaw's friends that she has been storing in her little memory and waiting to tell a story about. she is saddened to hear when one of them passes yet seems to "get" that Jesus has healed their minds and bodies now.
|Tula a year ago, looking at mail with Great Pawpaw.|
we don't ever want to imagine our loved ones losing their mind and not being able to take care of themselves, but what if the reason behind it is to reveal the spiritual gift of my toddler. when pawpaw moved into arden courts, the girls and i would often go with my mom to visit, to keep her company and add joy to her otherwise hard visit. i can't imagine seeing my parents the way my mom sees her dad. and the craziest thing- it feels normal to my mom. she is thankful that her dad is in his 80's rather than the early ages that she has lost the rest of her family. she watched her own mom suffer from a disease that stole her mind in her 50's, her sister fought through a similar battle in her 40's, and last her brother died of muscular dystrophy in his 50's. my pawpaw is all my mom has but she is the best caretaker around. and tula has expressed such an interest in being with great pawpaw that she often gets to tag along, and learn from the best.
|4 generations of love|
i am thankful for my mom and her calling to be nurse but filling that role in a classroom where she teaches young people to be nurse aids. she teaches them to have compassion for their patients and does that through one of her clinicals at the nursing home. she exudes joy every day- regardless of the story of her family. she clings to her faith and knows that her family will be reunited in heaven. and i am thankful she has reminded me over and over again how special tula is for having this genuine heart and connection for the oldest of the old. tula works a room of elderly people much like her nana- with a contagious smile, genuine conversation, a heart of joy, and like God is showing her her calling at the ripe age of 4.
we are thankful for the life of my great pawpaw and thankful that tula has created some of my greatest memories of him.