Peace for Lifetime: The Self-Help Book I Didn’t Know I Needed

Peace for a Lifetime Review This book is the first in a trifecta of books that I really needed to read (but didn’t realize how much I needed to read them). Reading Peace for a Lifetime is like sitting down with a friendly counselor in the comfort of my own… Read more“Peace for Lifetime: The Self-Help Book I Didn’t Know I Needed”

Why That Proverbs 31 Woman Really Chaps My Hide

The Proverbs 31 woman irritates me. I think of her in my head as Mrs. Perfecta Esposa (in a snarky sort of way). Ok, maybe it’s the ideal of Perfecta that really rubs me the wrong way. Well, in all honesty, the fact that people think that anyone should live… Read more“Why That Proverbs 31 Woman Really Chaps My Hide”

Do You Have a Life Plan?

 out-of-control focus? A Life Plan Can help: Part II (CLICK FOR PART I) Have you ever had a focus problem? Mine started when I became a parent (parenting is HARD work and seems to require all of our focus!), and intensified during my caregiving journey. About three years after Pedro’s miraculous… Read more“Do You Have a Life Plan?”

Out-of-focus Caregiving Can Harm Your Health

I learned the hard way what happens when I lose my focus. I opened the box and quickly tore the wrapper from around its contents. Ah. Pure bliss—a thick layer of dark chocolate covered an incredible sweet bar of chocolate ice cream. “How do you spell relief?” I asked myself…. Read more“Out-of-focus Caregiving Can Harm Your Health”

Community Caregiving – the best medicine

“Mommy, I want to go to Cradle Roll class”.  The girls headed out the door with daddy on the way to their classes and then church, but Andrew and I stayed behind. I rubbed his bald head and said as brightly as I could, “We’ll go read some stories and… Read more“Community Caregiving – the best medicine”

Caregiving Sorrow Turned Into Joy

Today I join Kate Motaung and the writers at Five Minute Friday and the prompt is:  Joy. The first few moments after the doctor said the word “Leukemia” I was frozen, until I bolted for the bathroom and lost my stomach into the sink and stared at myself in the… Read more“Caregiving Sorrow Turned Into Joy”

The Kindness of Strangers

It was really hard to see Andrew’s hair fall out.  It was incredibly difficult as Andrew’s skin went from pale to pasty and straight on to completely colorless.  It was annoying that he had to wear a face mask to go anywhere at all.  It was lonely to be isolated. … Read more“The Kindness of Strangers”

CNA or a Fairy Godmother to a Caregiver and Patient?

Laura entered Andrew’s room, carefully sanitizing her hands and greeting Andrew with her big friendly smile.  She was a favorite, because each time she entered, she always carried on a cheerful conversation, whether Andrew was well enough to respond or not.  She bustled around wiping sinks and counters, picking up… Read more“CNA or a Fairy Godmother to a Caregiver and Patient?”

Dirty Drawers and Caring Colleagues

I sank down in the midst of the piles of neatly folded and partially sorted laundry that was spread around the living room floor and began to cry. Who knew it would come to this?  Me, who’d always been the caregiver, the rescuer, the one to jump in and help. … Read more“Dirty Drawers and Caring Colleagues”

Giving to a Tired Caregiver – Inspire Me Monday

I awoke with a start, staring wildly at the profusion of trees to my left.  My gaze swung right.  More trees.  I sat partway upright and saw trees in front, but then my gaze hit the rearview mirror.  My four-year-old’s head glowed in the sunlight shining through the back window. … Read more“Giving to a Tired Caregiver – Inspire Me Monday”