Finishing 2020

If I keep to my regular schedule, the next blog post I write will be on the day after Christmas. Here is the list of possible topics if I want to write about Christmas today:

  • What if this is my last Christmas?
  • What if this is hubby’s last Christmas?
  • What does Christmas mean to me?
  • What is my favorite Christmas memory?
  • What is an appropriate Christmas message at the end of a pandemic year?
  • How is Christmas different being a caregiver?

I could write a page about each topic, but since there are other things I want to say today, here is my one-sentence answer to each:

  • What if this is my last Christmas? That would mean next Christmas I would be in Heaven! Yay!
  • What if this is hubby’s last Christmas? He would be in Heaven – Yay for him, sadness for me.
  • What does Christmas mean to me?   God loved me enough to send His son – Amazing Love!
  • What is my favorite Christmas memory? I recited most of Luke 2 on television at Christmas with my 4th grade class – scary, but inspiring!
  • What is an appropriate Christmas message at the end of a pandemic year? God is in control – don’t lose hope!
  • How is Christmas different being a caregiver? I will enjoy Christmas and do everything to help my loved one enjoy it also, even if he doesn’t show how much he enjoys it, and it is a lot of work!

When I realized that this is my last post for 2020 since next Saturday will be January 1st, 2021, I thought of so many things to say about 2020. Here are a few.

As to the past, let’s finish this year knowing we did our best. Were we perfect caregivers? No! But we did our best. That’s all we can ask of ourselves.

As to the future, let’s look forward with hope, not with fear. We don’t know what tomorrow looks like, but as God was with us in the past, so He will be in the future.

As to putting off things that need to be done, let’s stop doing that. This week I put in motion two things I have been putting off. One is a medical procedure, and the other is a large purchase. Both are necessary, but I was waiting to do each of them. No more. Let’s do what needs to be done.

If you’ve been reading my blogs for more than a year, you know that each year I choose a topic on which to focus during the next calendar year. It’s kind of like a New Year’s resolution, but it’s just one word of focus for the following year. Providentially the word for this year was “Thankfulness.” I needed to be reminded of that more than once during 2020! In next week’s blog I’ll tell you my word for 2021 and how I chose it. What word would you choose as your focus for this coming year?

thank you ribbon sticker. thank you sign. thank you banner

In conclusion, I’d like to thank each of you for reading. You encourage me to write, and I look forward to chatting with you every Saturday morning. Life as a caregiver is not easy, and we don’t get much thanks, win monetary prizes, or get trophies for what we do. We often do things no one else would want to do, and we do it out of love. Our rewards are not always here on earth. But God is with us and God sees  what we do for our loved ones.

Be encouraged, my friends, and don’t give up. We are in this together, and we understand what you are going through. Have a great week and

Published by parkinsonscare

I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

21 thoughts on “Finishing 2020

  1. Very sweet post!! I love your answers to those questions you came up with!
    I think of myself as a caregiver to my children and no I’m not perfect but I’ve done my best just as your words say.
    Boy I would need time think on a word for next year BUT the word ‘contentment’ has been on my mind lately so maybe that’s why!❤️
    Take care!!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting. Your children are blessed to have a Mom who cares and who prays for them. “Contentment” is a great word. I’m praying for guidance for my new word, and I’ll be praying for you. Have a Blessed Christmas!

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  2. As Jupiter and Saturn align on December 21st, I will be looking southward to the sky just after sunset to see the “Christmas Star” and be filled with awe. Is this what they saw when the Star of Bethlehem shone so brightly? Merry Christmas to you, Cheryl, and all readers!

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  3. Truly inspiring! As one who brings care to any number of people, your example Cheryl helps me to keep each one precious in my heart. Betsy and I pray God’s never ending peace on you, your hubby and family in this season.

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    1. Thank you, dear friends. I’m sorry I missed you this morning. Perhaps we 3 will have a chance to chat this week. God is with us, and that is the reason for our peace – His peace. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  4. This is such an encouraging blog! If only we all (including myself) spent more time being thankful, maybe there wouldn’t be so much dissension in the world. I too pray about a word each year and have since 2015. My word for 2020 was healed and it took on such a deeper meaning for me and healed a broken place in my heart. I love our God! I’ve prayed about my word for 2021 and received it immediately. I wanted to make sure so I have held it close to my heart and continued to pray about it. This week in my quiet time the Lord confirmed my word for 2021 is steadfast. I researched the word in my Bible and this verse tweaked my soul: “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Proverbs‬ ‭4:26‬ ‭NIV I look forward to the new year and what the Lord has for me as I walk out this word. God bless and Merry Christmas!

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  5. God bless and Merry Christmas!
    I, too, have put things off hoping for my sweet hubby to be cognitive enough to have the conversation how to go about each task. In the past 2 weeks, I have had a 50+ foot tree removed from the neighbor’s yard that took out 60 feet of our fence. I found a fence company that could get it done within 2 weeks (it looks great), found a lawn guy to clean up all the leaves, another guy to blow off our roof, clean gutters, and spray the moss, another person to install 3 outside lights, etc. I have tried to include hubby, but he doesn’t remember any previous conversations. I have grieved in the past, that this might be his last Christmas. Now, I try to make everything filled with joy and full with peace from stress. I feel calmer too. God is good.

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    1. I’m so glad that God is using my words to help. We do understand “tough months”, so you’re in the right place. Isn’t it great to know that God is with us and has brought others into our lives to help us when we most need them? God bless you, my friend.

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