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.

 

 

seek the beauty

Make something beautiful happen today…

011318 Despite the cold, the wet or the cloudy, the sun is shining somewhere.  Find the “shine” in your day and make the most of it.

I think we’ve stumbled on the right “formula” and we are “in sync” again.  It’s just taking some trial and error on the caregiver’s part (ME)  to find how things mesh with Mom again as she continues to move forward on her own journey. deeper  and deeper on the pathway of Alzheimer’s.   We are so grateful that the decline is gradual, but that slope is moving into realms of darker days than I think we’re ready to accept.

We are grateful for the beauty we’ve been able to be a part of thus far and hope the beauty of the journey will continue to be one scattered with bits of sunshine  every day.

 

connections

Connecting….

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This isn’t always the easiest thing… during the wee hours of the morning and you know the alarm is going to sound sooner than you’d like…

Last night’s wander ultimately ended back in the bedroom and to the edge of her bed.  I can only imagine her angst in not being able to figure out how to get back into bed.  I watched the monitor for a very short period of time hoping she’d figure out what she needed to do… but it didn’t happen.

She was grateful to see me as I opened her door a little bit wider — happy to hear that the problem she faced was fixable and soon she was tucked safely back in her bed again and within a very short time was sleeping peacefully again, even as I held her hand for a moment longer.  .

I love you Mom.

don’t be too quick

to ring out the old and ring in the new….
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There are days, as a caregiver, I fear what the future holds.  So for today, I’ll hold on to what we have and the highlights of this past year — not what has been lost.

Make the most of each moment and treasure the meals, the walks, the laughs, the tears, the naps, the awakenings, the gatherings….. because, tomorrow, next week or in a few months, one or more may have disappeared 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!