One Granny Nanny Dealing With Extreme Weather and The Sandwich Generation Issues

by Kaye Swain

It's definitely been one of THOSE Sandwich Generation weeks for our family! On Wednesday, I posted about the upcoming storm with a photo of the brine trails and how much I appreciated God's sending the personnel to provide that on our various streets. I am triply grateful now. I was woken early the next morning by the sound of a phone call full of concern for a sick loved one, coupled with streets covered with snow.

Extreme weather can cause major problems for all of us in the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren - I rely on encouraging Bible verses to keep me trusting God for His help

"Are you able to get out to help so I can take him to the doctor's? He's quite sick!" 

"The Lord willing," I replied 

Grabbing a quick shower, and gathering up all my necessities, along with some emergency supplies, just in case, I was on the road within 45 minutes. In my car were blankets, ice cleats for boots or shoes, chocolate, one of the newest books by Kay Arthur (about pain and suffering), and a fully charged micro mini pc netbook. If I had gotten stuck, I would have had sustenance and work to keep me busy for a while. But God was so GOOD!

The snow was higher at my front door and the streets looked dreadful - but thanks to the hard work of the salt truck drivers and snow plows - this Sandwich Generation granny nanny did just fine - God is GOOD

Thanks to all those salt trucks, I crept along at 10 mph on the still partially-snow-covered one mile to the semi-main road….Then three miles at 30 mph on a semi-slushy road with the snow falling….Finally I reached the main highway, where I was able to safely drive 45 mph (10 below the speed limit :) ) the rest of the way.

As I did, I was praising God and thinking of all the encouraging Bible verses in Psalm 25 – especially verse 15:

My eyes are continually toward the LORD, For He will pluck my feet out of the net.

AND He will keep my tires out of the snow drifts and icy slides!

In fact, I had to make the same trip the next day, after more snow and was encouraged by the same blessings. Now the snow is melting, the sick one is showing good progress, and I'm facing the next set of storms with my eyes fixed on our precious Savior, the rock of our salvation, and truly, our refuge and our strength! 

Life is never easy – in or out of the Sandwich Generation. But our God is always with us, protecting us, guarding us, and leading us! For that, I am so grateful! 

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship hymn songs and music

 

 

 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cathy

Thank God for His guidance and protection. Glad you could make it to help. Blessings ~

2 michelle

very nicely said!

3 Star Traci

Thank you for sharing this story. It is so inspiring. While I am not covered in snow, I have a lot on plate and this has reminded me from where I receive my strength.

I wish you a wonderful week and a happy new year!

:-)
Traci

4 Janis

Praise God for keeping you safe and giving you peace by reminding you of His word in Psalm 25.
So grateful for His protection and guidance for you and for us as we follow the path He has set for us.

Blessings for a safe week,
Janis

5 Cindy Adkins

Dear Kaye,
What a remarkable woman you are–going out in the snow to help someone in need!!!! The world is a better place because you are in it.
XO

6 a collection of days

I’m glad that everything worked out and that your loved one is feeling better.

7 Jane

What an awesome post! God is so good, and when we serve others, He gives us the strength to plow through anything!

Jane
frugalfineliving.com

8 Kaye Swain

Hi Hip Chick, Thank you! :) And praying for you and your family!!! :)

9 Kaye Swain

Hi Cindy! CONGRATS on your new e-magazine! :) Looks quite interesting!

10 Kaye Swain

Amen! Janis! And thank you :) :) :)

11 Charlotte

Thank you for sharing these inspiring experiences. It does make me appreciate living in Arizona by the way.
Blessings,
Charlotte

12 Kaye Swain

I bet it does, Charlotte – hehehehe. I’m actually enjoying it, most of the time, but wouldn’t mind the warmer weather in the LEAST! :) :) :)

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