Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Brave Pills (we all need them)


My dad ... is ridiculously sweet, funny, charming and godly.

Last December, he fell and broke his hip. (just days before he was coming to spend Christmas with us, see our new home and meet his new great grandson)

Dad has led a full and very interesting life, facing many challenges. He has walked with God a long time.

Still, this was hard. Having lost two wives to cancer (he and my mom were married 55 years and he and Dot were married 8 years), he was facing this recovery alone. And, he knew the moment he fell, that his driving days were over.

He had surgery to place a pin in his hip and was sent to rehab, for what was supposed to be 3 weeks, but ended up being 3 months. 

I talked to him his first morning at the new rehabilitation site. In his tired and groggy post surgery voice he said, "You know what I really need, Glenny, I need brave pills. I need to grow up and be brave." (adorable, right?) 
  
Later that day, I was repeating this conversation to my brother, Tom. He cut right to the chase. "Well, that is no problem, dad knows how to get brave pills." 

And that is when I came up with my idea...

Dad has always relied on his relationship with Jesus, his many years of reading the Bible and his countless hours in prayer. But he was tired, in pain and afraid. He really did need someone to come along side of him and give him some brave pills.

So, I made some. I googled "top 30 encouraging verses in the Bible," grabbed my art supplies and voila ... brave pills. 






Dad loved them and read them every day. My brothers and sisters and dad's many friends did so much to help him. But brave pills was one way I could encourage him from afar. 

Who do you know that could use some brave pills? I made some for my friend who was facing her first Christmas without her dad, and another friend having knee replacement surgery.

Get out some paper and art supplies. Then, pop some brave pills in the mail and you will be a wonderful encouragement.

Dad is doing great, by the way.

 
He is in a beautiful assisted living place, surrounded by his favorite things, close to family and gets tons of visitors. He is one blessed guy and we are one grateful family.

ps. The great picture of dad was taken by my young nephew, George. 


 

13 comments:

  1. You have the most beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your Dad with us and I'm filling my prescription of "Brave Pills" right away. Love you Glenda.

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  2. Thanks, dear Kelli. We all need brave pills, don't we.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  3. I'm so glad you wrote about this today and feel it is a wonderful idea. Wish I had thought of that. Do you think that Brave Pills are transferable from one person to the next because I'm needing a huge prescription of them.

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  4. Message me your address, Lynnet and I will mail you some.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  5. Oh Glenda, what a lovely, encouraging post. Your family is incredible! We all need a regular dose of Brave Pills, from time to time! Blessings to you! Thank you for being you! Hugs!

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  6. I'm very happy for you and your family, Glenda, that your father is doing better. Your interpretation of Brave Pills is simply beautiful. Thanks you...I know I'lll think of this when I need the inspiration.

    Jane

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  7. First, I love that your dad calls you 'Glenny.'
    Second, brave pills are a brilliant idea!

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  8. First, I love that your dad calls you 'Glenny.'
    Second, brave pills are a brilliant idea!

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  9. So glad to read this uplifting family story! Good for you with your "brave pills" :)

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  10. This is a wonderful story. I am so happy that he is surviving and enjoying his life.

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  11. What a great way to help your dad out, Glenda, to be there for him from afar. Brave pills have to be the best! Glad he is doing well and sounds like he has a wonderful family and lots of friends for support also.

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  12. That was a great idea! I love the way you met your dad's need. I think we should all have brave pills to take out on days when we need them!
    ~Adrienne~

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