But this blog is about counting my blessings during a season of my life that has been difficult because I've had to place my mom into nursing home care following 12 years of taking care of her in our home. Her Alzheimer's disease has been an oft-times grueling ordeal and yet, not. Not really. There have been times when it was just awful, as in the months following her diagnosis, and when she fell and broke her collarbone and then, while she was still in pain from this injury, caught a stomach virus and then pneumonia. But those times didn't last long. There have been long stretches of ordinary days, and oh how I've come to treasure the blessings of everyday joys and responsibilities. And so here are photos from our May family gatherings, and a few of the inevitable (for this time of year in Kansas) stormy skies, and a couple of flowers because I can't help it. Thank You Lord for the blessings of comfort and peace even in the midst of grief or pain.