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One sure thing in life is that we will all one day have to leave this earth.  My father recently announced it for the first time to my daughter.  He believes that his time will come before this Christmas.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Mom said she hadn’t heard his doctor say that Dad is due to be pushing up daisies any time soon, but maybe being almost 90 has Dad thinking about things.  He’s outlived all of his siblings and most of their spouses, and has even outlived two of his children.

Today Mom just told me that she thinks she is really slipping, big-time — she has said this before, but this time she mentioned going through spells of severe depression.  She said she wanted to ask her doctor about it.  That would be Doctor Indifferent, as I call him.

Woodland path at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Many times I have tried to tell Mom that some forgetfulness at her age is to be expected, and not to be so hard on herself.  But when she started having spells of passing out for no reason, that was a different story.  It happened several times when she was driving — she felt it coming on and was able to pull over in time.

So, despite my begging Mom and Dad to get a doctor who will actually DO something for them, they continue to tell their ailments to Doctor Indifferent so he can nod, say nothing, and then tell them to make an appointment for three months from then.

Wilson’s Creek

Lately I’ve been praying and trying to stay positive about the direction things are going with my parents.  I have such a long history with them, and I always figured they’d live forever.

The pictures have been from when my son Joel and I visited the site of the battle of Wilson’s Creek.  This history goes a lot further back than Dad and Mom, but doesn’t effect me the same way.  It is the battle where Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon lost his life, and the park itself is total wilderness.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield  

There is quite a bit of hiking involved to see everything, and the site has been allowed to be much like it was when the battle took place.  They do keep some paths mowed, and it’s a good idea to stay on them.  We were rattled-at by several rattlesnakes along the way.

Most of the site, which is huge, is grown-over and very natural.  Back when the battle took place the land was sparsely populated with homesteaders.  When the soldiers marched in, the few houses were taken over by armies from both sides.

It’s an extremely interesting story for another post — I just wanted to show off a bit of the scenery we took in while touring this historical place.

We also met a little friend on one of the paths — he didn’t even run away when we walked up.  We were afraid he was going to crawl into our laps!

Joel tried to imagine being a soldier, marching through this wilderness with a gun, backpack, and wearing a heavy wool uniform in 95 degree heat.  It was easy to imagine, since it happened to be 95 degrees the day we hiked the place.

It’s beautiful country — it is very easy to see why the people who settled there loved it.

Wilson’s Creek

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Beautiful things are all around, all the time — sometimes they are hard to see unless we look.  Have a great start to your weekend full of blessings and beautiful things!