Top 10 Reasons to Step Up to the Plate and Care for Your Loved Ones

My mom looking out the back door. I have alway...

10.You will become a more rounded person

9. Hope someone provides you the same courtesy

8. You can get more from them then you will ever give them

7. You are putting someone else’s needs before yours

6. You can make their life more dignified

5. You have the time

4. You have the ability

3.  It is emotionally rewarding

2.  You would not exist without them

1. You love them


Aging Well

Live Life in Crescendo

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“Oh, I’m too old for that “.

Spoken by someone 80?

Spoken by a young man. He was too old to learn to snowboard.

So often aging fosters an ageism attitude against living life in crescendo.

It creates the perspective that there is a ‘proper’ age for pursuing a life pleasure.

Even a simple life pleasure.

Like pierced ears.

Unlike babies today who get theirs pierced at six months, I had gotten mine done at the age of twelve. As so often happens (apparently), the holes kept closing up, as I stopped wearing them while caring for my young sons. Glittering gold in a mother’s ears tempts babies to touch and to pull.

When I occasionally attempted to wear pierced earrings, each time I painfully re-pierced them. Finally, I gave up…

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”



Childrens Innocence Quotes

Take the time to soak up a child’s innocence. As I sit with my Grandmother and enjoy the free entertainment, she reminisces. We watch the kids ranging from 2 to 12  years creating the most beautiful and simple chalk drawings. Then we watch them dance without music. Ahhh those were the days, she says. She tells me to keep them young as long as I can. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep them in this bubble forever. I will definitely try to keep them in this happy place as long as I am able.

A Word for the Young

If there is a piece of advice I would give to my children it is this…

You can be anything you desire. Do everything and anything you are capable of.

Do not listen to anyone who tells you, you can not do “it”, whatever it is.

You are phenomenal.

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Time and Pressure

How does one have  a good perspective on time constraints? We seem to have a lack of time to get an immense amount of things done.  On top of that is the added pressure to get it done right.

Stress, stress, stress…what would life be like without this interesting little addition?


Enduring through tragedy

Today we lost a beautiful newborn. As I sit with my Grandmother and explain the information needed to digest this heavy load, I realize I have entered a deep, very personal place for her.

Years ago she lost two beautiful children. Jimmy Joe and Mary  Beth to a disease we still do not have a cure for. As her eyes well up I realize that no matter how long or short of a duration of time one may have with there loved ones, that bond will never be broken.

She explains to me that God has his reasons. I wonder how this wonderful woman could endure such pain and still be this bright shining beacon. When she is gone there will be the deepest pit in my soul that will never be filled.

“These are my footprints,
so perfect and so small.
These tiny footprints
never touched the ground at all.
Not one tiny footprint,
for now I have wings.
These tiny footprints were meant
for other things.
You will hear my tiny footprints,
in the patter of the rain.
Gentle drops like angel’s tears,
of joy and not from pain.
You will see my tiny footprints,
in each butterflies’ lazy dance.
I’ll let you know I’m with you,
if you just give me the chance.
You will see my tiny footprints,
in the rustle of the leaves.
I will whisper names into the wind,
and call each one that grieves.
Most of all, these tiny footprints,
are found on Mommy and Daddy’s hearts.
‘Cause even though I’m gone now,
We’ll never truly part.”

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Aging Well.


From the moment I wake up my mind is on the activities of the day. I am being pulled in every direction. I have my responsibilities as a mother, wife and full time student, but an additional unexpected responsibility hovers above those. I must care for my grandmother, who is now 90 years young.

I want her to see herself as I do. She has always been a lively person, full of energy. She is one of the oldest young people I know. But, in the past year she has decided to become elderly. It is as if someone posted a stop sign. It happened almost overnight.

Everyday I try to come up with new ways to keep her active. Getting her out of bed and into the shower has become less stressful, but the 4 stairs she needs to conquer to get to the patio to soak up some rays are sometimes an obstacle she can not handle. How do I get her to see that these little treks outside are building her stamina for the next step..a walk around the exterior of her home?

I know this is an uphill battle, but I want her here….is she willing and wanting to fight?

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LandscapeI will be commenting on an issue of great concern to myself and many others in the same scenario. I am the personal caretaker for my grandmother. I have made it my priority to choose what will be the most healthy life for her, both physically and mentally. I hope to share useful information and also gain information from others.