family

Lifting others

Allow your words to “lift” all you meet today.

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Regardless of our ages, it is truly a blessing to be able to share words that lift rather than beat down others.  It’s my belief, as well, that those with advancing dementia/Alzheimer’s deserve even more words that “lift” them up as they deal with uncertainty, loss of the familiar and more importantly feel more isolated as time moves on.

We are truly blessed that this comes so easy with Mom and her gentle spirit.  Her smile and the twinkle in her eye are still an every day gift she presents to us even on the worst of days.   Every night we are gifted in sharing an exchange of ‘Thank you’s”  and a sweet gentle reminder of how precious our relationship is.  Love, joy and good outweigh any negative the day has held and I’m ever grateful that we have more good days than bad every week, and that the bad are just specks in the whole of the day.

Sure, we do have bad days, but  who doesn’t?  Upon reflection, even during a day filled with transitions into another phase or stage of living, those are truly nano-seconds of time when we see that there was far more time spent enjoying each other’s company and experiencing new life lessons and how to navigate those waters in better ways positively.

I hope today will be a gift and blessing for you.  It already is for us.

goodness is everywhere

See the good — make it a #bestday

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It’s been an interesting week.  We’ve experienced some highs and lows.  We’ve watched as her eyes fill with joyful tears as she hears of family news and experiences the joy of the successes we’ve shared of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Every one a milestone.  Photos, videos, text messages and calls and impromptu visits. #bestday

I have watched her face light up, her smile grow broader and then dim as the memory fades all too quickly. However, a day never goes by that there isn’t a thank you or I love you exchanged with everyone she meets or sees as they visit our home.

I can only hope that Alzheimer’s won’t steal that away for a bit longer… I cherish hearing her voice.  Seeing her eyes light up and her beautiful smile.  These are the good moments… to be treasured forever.

 

 

focus

There are treasures to be found in the magic of choosing to re-focus.


There are days when it’s difficult to look beyond what is directly in your face and blurring out everything that is going right.  Make today your day to stop, reset the lens to clear out the blur and focus in on the blessings that are there to celebrate!