• Kimberly Ibarra

Feeling Thankful

This #throwback photo was taken a year ago today when I had traveled to NC to see my Mom for Mother's Day.

I had taken her and Wade to the beach so she could see the ocean... and I remember being so touched when she said "Kimberly, go stick your feet in the water for me."

As I walked towards the shore, I started to cry. I felt so helpless for her, but I was also feeling scared and confused myself. How was I going to take care of her as this disease progressed?

Stepping into the waves, I turned to look back up at her and she was smiling. It made me smile.

I remember taking this selfie wanting to capture this moment and all of the emotions I was feeling at the time..... It worked. I am feeling them again now as I post this.

I am THANKFUL today for all that I have been able to do for my Mom since the time this photo was taken. She is literally melting away both mentally and physically (as of yesterday she weighs only 93 lbs). But I have comfort in knowing that she is in a beautiful home - with her man (I promised not to separate them), she has 24 hour care (which gives me peace) and a lovely sunroom to sit in where she can watch the birds and see the flowers.

She has a beautiful quality of life at this stage and I feel overwhelmed with gratitude that I was able to give that to her. (when this photo was taken I hadn't quite figured it all out yet)

Whats the message here? Take a moment today (and every day) to reflect on something you are thankful for.


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