Looking for a nursing home for your loved one can be an emotional and difficult process. Just in the past month, my grandma who has lived at home with our family for decades, fell and due to this fall needed more care than we could handle. The process of finding a new “home” for Mama was heart wrenching (it still makes my heart sink thinking back). We all knew that the move meant she was one step further in her decline. From the youngest littles in our family to the oldest, our family wanted so badly to keep her at home. Continue reading
The older one gets, the less one often needs. Have you ever considered that with each year, someone likely receives less gifts, less visits, less phone calls, etc.? Gifts (check out my post on Gifts for Grandma) are often a sign of love. While we shower people with gifts during the holidays, birthdays, graduations, weddings, baby showers and even retirement parties, how often do we shower the elderly with love through our gift giving?
Would it bring a smile to their face? It could.
Years ago before I even thought about being a mom, I overheard the best parenting advice.
Pray for your children.
Going to the bathroom and having bathroom etiquette may not change the world. But having good bathroom etiquette can make a bigger difference in someone’s life than you would think.
Hear me out. If you want to care for the older people in your life (and for the little ones too) you can start by doing one thing. Make good choices after you use the bathroom every time. It’s quite simple. Continue reading
I am in over my head. By the time my husband and I struggle to get all the kids in bed (and to get them to stay there), I plop myself on the couch exhausted and often, quite hopeless. Sleep is what I need, yet my feeling is that if I tuck myself into bed, tomorrow will come in a blink. Sigh…this season of my life is filled with cute faces and snuggles, YES. But many times it feels overshowered with lots of crying, temper tantrums, wiping long streams of stretchy boogers, singing songs in exhaustion, reading books(again and again), whining, little people chanting “Hoooooold me! Hoooooolld me!” and more. What do single ladies have to do with all this?
If you’re the type who loses your keys often, always leaves your car lights on, gets caught with your clothes inside out, goes to the store to buy dinner because you are desperate for a meal, only to drive home and realize you left the rotisserie chicken at the store, know that you are NOT alone.
Perhaps you’re a mom and secretly you admit that you may be clumsier than your little ones. Continue reading
The amazing thing about my grandma is that she is now 102 and still going strong. She has her memory, her mind, her opinions and is still able to go up and down the stairs and use the bathroom herself. I’ve worked in senior care for awhile and trust me. That’s AMAZING. She lives with my awesome sister and brother-in-law and their four kids. And if that’s not good enough to have children around you all the time, the rest of our family surround her often. We have birthday parties for the 9 great grandkids and Chinese New Year celebrations. When people find out how old Mama is and hear about her current situation, they call her blessed. She calls herself blessed.