best day

make today count

Today may be your only opportunity … make your actions count.

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We never take today for granted… today will not be the same as yesterday … that’s for sure.

Yesterday started on “uneven” ground.  A little out of sorts and not feeling at her best, we just couldn’t seem to get into the rhythm of  what would have been our “normal” routine….  Lesson:  don’t be afraid to “let it go”  for a day or two. Yesterday was definitely, a let it flow naturally kind of day and it was a good day after the bumpy start.

I think we’ll probably enjoy a few more days such as that one.  Her spirits were bright and we both chuckled as we reviewed the day as we got her ready for bed — and even that was done differently than we’d been doing.  Her choice, again.  And as we said our goodnight’s…. her eyes lit up and her smile was as big as ever and the “I love you” melted my heart.  Thanks, Mom.

 

ever changing

Make today your best day ever…
look for greatness at every turn.

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It’s never “safe to assume” that everything will go as planned anymore.   — while we do try to keep to a pretty established routine, there are days that just don’t stick with the “norm.”

We’re definitely becoming more spur of the moment… and reveling in the fact that this moment, “right now” is a good one, so let’s take advantage of it! Whether it’s noting the twinkle in her eye as she rediscovers something as if it’s brand new or the smile that lights up her face as we bring her lunch or dinner or listen to music or watch a movie for the hundredth time — Finding the greatness through the ever evolving change… and more importantly, reveling in the joy that Alzheimer’s hasn’t won yet.  The highlight this week: she called me by name.  My heart melted.

seek the beauty

There’s beauty everywhere —

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The evening skies the last few days have been filled with amazing colors!  There are nights I wish I had a clear view of the full sunset, and last night was one of them.  However, we live in an area that makes it nearly impossible to see unless we take the time to walk or get in the car and ride for a little bit to get a clearer view.

I have discovered that sharing these brief glimpses of the color-filled skies with Mom brings her joy and delight, even if we only get a partial glimpse at the beauty each evening holds for us.

We’re making it a daily habit to share a few images of the skies with her, knowing that she sees the amazing colors and possibilities each day holds.  Every sunrise is a miracle as our eyes open and behold just as each sunset holds promise that that tomorrow will bring more beauty our way.

inspiration

Cultivate the habit of finding the good… Lloyd K Newell
#nurturedheart #GrowinGreatness #bestday

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How often do we get stuck in the muck and forget to see all that is going right and be grateful for the moment, the nano-second, the hour, the day?

My challenge for today — find the good, see each as the miracles they are, explore more deeply and give thanks for the moments that inspire you to move forward, to keep plugging along with more opportunities to see and appreciate what is going right in your day.

What’s yours?

with heartfelt

Gratitude
It changes lives…

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We can let the little annoyances become big ones or choose to be grateful we have the opportunity to live through them and find some micro package of joy in those moments.  And there are some days when it’s more difficult than others to unwrap the gifts that are before us.

Take a few minutes to breathe in and out and look with fresh eyes at the gifts and blessings that are ours to treasure right now and be grateful.  As tomorrow, they may be gone.    Make today another #bestday

the path

See yourself in the light of greatness… it is a great gift.

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I’m really very grateful for this journey and sharing in the experiences we’re having with Mom and our extended family.  Rarely an hour goes by that we don’t have the opportunity to share a little more joy, laughter, love and more on this journey.  I’m forever thankful for family being open to change, to share the responsibility and to shine the love that Mom has in ever broadening ways.

There are ups and downs, the good days and bad… but never any regrets.

If you are on the pathway of care-giving.  I hope your light continues to shine and your pathway is cluttered with many amazing moments that will forever be remembered among the #bestdays of your life.