Sundays for Grandma

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.

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Photography “Tips”

Taking pictures of my grandma is one of my favorite things to do. And now being a mom of three little ones, I should totally declare it a hobby.  Dishes are never ending, but a good picture makes me feel pretty accomplished.

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Magic in the Mundane

Despite having young children, I try and make it a habit to visit our local nursing home often (when they are not sick, of course).  It’s not the typical playground nor is it the most convenient place to bring young children.  But visits to see the elderly are exciting because that’s when my kids and I witness the magical effects of kindness.
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Maddie’s masterpiece hanging in one of the resident’s rooms

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100th day – Mama in the News!

My grandma made the news.  Last month I shared some thoughts on how we could reconsider how we celebrate 100th day in schools and mentioned how Mama was planning to make an appearance at my nephew’s school.  My nephew’s teacher was so excited, she submitted the story to MCPS Staff Bulletin.

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Reconsidering 100th Day – pretty please?

Today is 100th at my nephew’s school. Oddly, because of the weather, it’s been pushed until tomorrow.  So I have no huge qualms with teachers, students or parents who love 100th day. I personally think we should make more holidays to celebrate. Here’s my main issue.  No one seems to have an issue with it.  I have never heard any concerns over it in the general public, in the paper, which brings me not to make a plea to cancel the day.  Instead my call to you as parents, teachers, administrators, future parents!, etc. is to just THINK about the way we celebrate it.  And maybe how we can do it better.

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A grateful heart, Mama (100)

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How to Maximize the Meaningfulness with Your Grandparents

img_3750_16377690139_oYou may get the opportunity to see your grandparents this beautiful season.  When you go home for the holidays, be sure to make a point to visit your grandparents!  It need not be a “Merry Christmas, Grandpa!” visit. It could be so much more, for you and your grandparents.  Here’s some ideas to make sure your visit is super sweet: Continue reading

Visting Seniors with Your Little Ones

Even at an early age, children/babies can be such blessings to the old.  I know this and even wrote about it a few years back (How to Bless by Baby), but recently I was reminded of how I need to bring my children to visit the elderly more often. Yes, they see their great grandma all the time, but there are other people within a mile’s range of house that can be blessed through my children. Really, there’s no reason we should keep all their smiles and cuteness to ourselves. Continue reading