Molly and Deacon Bill Callaghan
It all happened so quickly that we are still trying to catch our breath. In late September
“We hope to stay here as long as possible and will bring in all the help needed to enable us to do so…snow removal
By late October
Somehow living another year in our home seemed intolerable. Our ten children held a meeting. Eight of them lived in Greater Toronto. They were charged with scouting out retirement facilities in their area.
The Callaghans’ former home
The first week of November
Now the sleepless nights began.
Could we be packed and ready to move by early February? Our five bedroom two-storey family home was crammed full of forty-five years of accumulation of odds and ends we MIGHT need someday.
A real estate agent and family friend kindly offered advice as to how to prepare the house to go on the market. “This wallpaper has to go
One of our sons had agreed to host our family Christmas gathering
The moving truck was loaded the evening before and early the next morning
Then our helpers went back to the old house and worked very hard preparing it to go on the market. Our house was sold within two weeks
Our new home is more than comfortable. The staff is very caring and compassionate. The other residents are very congenial. There is a nurse on staff twenty-four hours a day. The doctor holds visiting hours one day a week. The local parish sends Extraordinary Ministers with Communion each Sunday and the pastor celebrates Mass once a month.
It was an exhausting six-month adventure
The weight of all that “stuff” has been lifted from our shoulders. The family was invaluable in helping to make it a reality, for which we are very grateful.
We wonder what God has planned for our lives now as we begin this next chapter.
(Deacon Bill and Molly Callaghan
Reprinted from: Catholic Missions In