Do We Need a DNR?

Disclaimer – I am not a medical professional, nor do I pretend to know the answers to all of life’s questions. I am, however, someone who has faced these decisions while caring for my husband who had Parkinson’s Disease for 20+ years. The topic today is especially medical, so I want to be clear thatContinue reading “Do We Need a DNR?”

The Fine Line

As caregivers, we know that we walk a fine line most of the time. We are constantly making decisions between 2 things, some of which are consequential, and others that are trivial. And at times it is exhausting! We must decide:           How much to assist our loved one. Should we let them dress themselves,Continue reading “The Fine Line”

HOPE after Darkness

Today is Saturday before Easter. If we place ourselves back in time, we realize that Jesus is dead, and the disciples are devastated. What should they do now? Jesus was their hope, their Savior. Yet, He was dead. Some call this day, “Silent Saturday” because God in Heaven was silent. However, we know from historyContinue reading “HOPE after Darkness”

RAISE YOUR GAZE

Since tomorrow is Palm Sunday with the beauty of Spring everywhere we look, it is a perfect time to raise our gaze from the common to the sublime. From the bleakness of winter to the hope of Spring, let us gaze at God’s creation coming to life. We drink in this newness of life asContinue reading “RAISE YOUR GAZE”

I AM ENOUGH

Sometimes while caring for someone with a degenerative disease, we have occasion to doubt ourselves. To think we are the wrong person for the job. To think God must have made a mistake – surely someone else could do better. After all, we are so imperfect. Our loved one is not getting better. (We knewContinue reading “I AM ENOUGH”

Happy Birthday Thankfulness

On this day, March 5, 2022, we have so much for which to be thankful, and that’s a great way to begin our day. Here is a snippet from my personal list. First, I am thankful for my parents who gave birth to me 71 years ago today! Yes, you read that correctly. Today isContinue reading “Happy Birthday Thankfulness”

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a book I discovered, “The Boy, the mole, the fox, and the Horse”, by Charlie Mackesy. I showed you an image from the book, and I told you I had ordered it. It finally arrived, and I wanted to tell you more about it. Several of you mentioned toContinue reading “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse”

The Fifth Season

In Kindergarten we learn about the 4 seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. And those 4 become the norm for life for us. As children, we come to anticipate Summer and the change from school days to fun days. We even learn to associate the weather patterns of the seasons, depending on where we live.Continue reading “The Fifth Season”

A Checklist for the New Year

Happy New Year to everyone on this January 1, 2022! As always, my goal is to encourage and support those who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or any other chronic or degenerative disease. I feel your burden after caring for my husband until he passed into Heaven just last year. On thisContinue reading “A Checklist for the New Year”

On the First Day after Christmas

Many years ago, my husband was choral director at a local high school, and one of the songs he chose for the Christmas concert that year was titled “The Twelve Days AFTER Christmas.” It was a cute song that the kids loved to sing. The first line went like this: “On the first day afterContinue reading “On the First Day after Christmas”