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Month: November 2014

Transitional Friday: Home is where Heart is

Transitional Friday: Home is where Heart is

For years I was unhappy with where I was living.  I did not want to be there.  I was fighting a spiritual battle, between what I wanted and what God wanted for my life. There were times when the situation weighted so heavily on my heart that it gnawed away at me and I became angry. Then a few months ago, God opened amazing doors for a new job in a new city an hour away. I realized during this…

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Caregiving Monday: 7 Struggles of Decline

Caregiving Monday: 7 Struggles of Decline

Do you struggle with the slow decline of your senior adult? Watching a parent age is very difficult.  Gradually the parent loses his/her ability to do many things.  This can include: Loss of strength—maybe you have to open medicine bottles now, drink tops, etc. Loss of mobility–is it more difficult to get around than it used to be?, does your loved one need assistance walking? Loss of Senses–has the hearing gone?, is it more difficult to see?, are the taste…

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Transitional Friday: 9 Lessons I learned from Life Transitions

Transitional Friday: 9 Lessons I learned from Life Transitions

    For over three years I searched for a new job.  I also prayed about a place to live. God finally answered both of these prayers at the same time. When circumstances changed and life began to turn around, I was surprised by the mixture of feelings I experienced. I was excited for the changes and opportunities ahead of me, but scared to death to be taking such a huge step into the unknown. I was moving from what…

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Caregiving Monday: 4 Solutions to Short Term Breaks from Caregiving

Caregiving Monday: 4 Solutions to Short Term Breaks from Caregiving

Caregiver burnout effects everyone at some point.  We all need a break and there are options.  Some of these are: Adult day cares—many community centers offer these.  Visit to find out what they offer and a schedule that might suit you and your loved one Day hospitals—provide medical care during the day and the loved one returns home in the evening In-home respite—there are many agencies you can research that provide these services Short Term Respite—many nursing homes, assisted living…

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Transitional Friday: When God Answers Prayers

Transitional Friday: When God Answers Prayers

        I’ve discussed discouragement and waiting for God, but eventually He will answer? However, what happens once you finally have prayers answered? I’ve had prayers answered that showed me this was not God’s will for my life and took me down a dark path.  I’ve also had prayers answered that only God could orchestrate and proved this was God’s will for my life. Thank God for answered prayers Ask God if this is His will for my…

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Caregiving Monday: Connecting with Senior Adults

Caregiving Monday: Connecting with Senior Adults

Do you struggle to connect with your senior adult? Put yourself in his/her shoes—try to understand the limitations and what the loved one is feeling Celebrate their achievements—acknowledge and celebrate the small day to day abilities and challenges that are accomplished Understand—understand what your loved one is going through; don’t push them to do things beyond their capabilities Find nonverbal ways to communicate—let the person know you care through a hand on the shoulder, alternatives for communication, looking into their…

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Transitional Friday: 9 Lessons from Living with Parents

Transitional Friday: 9 Lessons from Living with Parents

      After leaving an abusive marriage, I moved home with my mom.  I’m not alone, more and more children are moving back in with their parents.  The reasons for this is as vast as the ocean. This gave us the opportunity to heal both old and new wounds. However, living with a parent is not easy, when you move back in as an adult. Some lessons to remember: This is an opportunity to get to know one another…

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