Sunshine for the Soul

Last week my boss caught a “Back to Nursery School” virus from his grandson.  He was very cautious  to prevent spreading it, but sure enough, I caught it!  It’s really beastly, too!

You know, when life gets difficult, I can usually handle things pretty well; but when I am ill, I find my emotions way too close to the surface.  This week has been like that, but the Lord always seems to send comfort in the most precious ways.  The comfort came this time by way of pictures from my precious daughter-in-law by phone and by blog, then a phone call from my sweet son yesterday afternoon.  Just in time, just when I needed a little cheer!

So, since many of you don’t see Emily’s blog, I thought I would share the pics she posted – mostly for me!! 
Arulai Jean – can you believe how big she’s gotten?!  The baby that left us in June is now a full fledged little girl!
My beautiful Minnesota girls!  I think Arulai, even more than Emily, has her Grandmommy Pam’s eyes.
It is so funny to see them in long sleeves while we are still having 90 degree days!

Aren’t they simply gorgeous?

As I said earlier, I also got to talk to Nathanael later yesterday.  His call came at a great time, because Mama was in an agitated mood and the phone distracted her.  Bo and I talked about the capture of the “Rooftop Burglar” who has been burglarizing J.C. Penneys (Bo is a Loss Prevention Supervisor for JCP) in several states by cutting through the roof.  He had not heard that the guy had been caught.  I felt kinda important passing along that bit of information!

Then, as he got home while we were still talking, Arulai came to greet him and I got to talk to her!  She chattered right along, although I still don’t know all she was talking about.  She knew she was talking to her Nonnie, though, and that made all the difference in the world in my day!  And Mama had forgotten her agitation by the time I got off the phone, too. 

Mama has had about 3 good evenings in a row.  We are learning how to deal with her bit by bit, and are finding out ways to help her and ourselves.  My sister sent me a website that has helped me so much.  It is “Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” and has practical tips and helps for those of us caring for folks with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.  He offers his book as a free download or even by mail, so I downloaded and read it this week.  I can’t tell you how helpful it has been.  Coach Broyes is not coming from a medical standpoint but more from a loving caregiving point of view.  He leads you through the 3 stages of AD, telling what to expect, and how to deal with each new stage.  Everything part of his book is written through love.  His wife died of AD, and this book is a culmination of all he learned during her illness.  And while seeing what definitely is or may be  coming in my Mama’s life is scary, it is also helpful to know these things ahead of time, and have some “plays” already in place for the future.  It has also been  astounding to learn that some of the issues we face are not unique to us, but are common in the progression of dementia.  The human brain is amazing in its health and in its illnesses!

Well, I hope I haven’t bored you with my ramblings.  Jeanne is taking care of me as well as Mama and Dad today, so I have had more time to write than usual.  Sorry about that!

God bless your day!!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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8 Responses to Sunshine for the Soul

  1. I love your posts Aunt Nina! Long or short! : ) Yes, they are gorgeous! I miss them SO much! Can’t wait ’til they come back down here to get their stuff! It will be so wonderful to see them! Hope you get to feeling better. As you probably already know Michael has it too and… I think I fill it coming on! I haven’t told Michael yet because I just hate for him to be worried about me while he’s still sick but my throat started hurting this morning! : (Praying for strength and wisdom for all of you as you care for Mammaw and Granddad!

  2. Rooftop burglar! Wow, that sounds rather scary!I’m glad you got some pictures of your girls. Long sleeves sound like a lot of fun to me most of the time. πŸ™‚ I hate being hot!Your granddaughter is getting so big! It’s insane to me how much time has passed since the months when she and Micah were born (a couple of months apart). It can be so exhausting then you look up and they’re talking in complete sentences carrying on conversation with you.

  3. Mommy2Drew says:

    I’m glad you got to be encouraged by your precious Arulai!! My mama lives 800 miles away and when my 3 yr old talks to her on the phone it makes her entire day!! πŸ™‚

  4. I knew you would love those pictures! She HAS gotten so big, even on a day-by-day basis. It’s crazy to watch her discover the world! Most recent: coloring between the lines. She’s obsessed with it! Makes me laugh a whole bunch.Can’t wait to see you! Two weeks! Did I tell you that Sara L. is going to be able to come down with us to help drive and pack? Lord willing, we’ll be MUCH more alert and happy. πŸ™‚ Love you!

  5. pettybunch says:

    @sunshinejoy717 – Oh, YAY for Sara L.!!!  I’ve been a little worried about y’alls drive.  I can’t wait to see you all – a short visit it may be, but we’ll make it the BEST visit!Love ya!

  6. Bettyeboop says:

    I hope you are feeling better today.  It sounds like everyone out there fell into the same petrie dish. ha  I hope by the time we get home, everyone’s bodies have adjusted and the germ is weaker.  The pictures of your baby are just precious.  As your girls would say, “She’s just so stinking adorable!”  I am so happy you will get to see her soon.  Happy days!  It also is very rewarding to me to know how much Coach Broyle’s book has helped you.  I think it is so good and informative and supportive.  As you said, it shows that these things are not unique to just you all.  It is the norm where this disease is concerned.  You know how my mind works; God had me watching The Doctors on TV that day so I would see Coach Broyles and God knew I would be curious enough to check it out on line.  ha  Get well, I love you!  Tell Gen I love her, too.  She is such a blessing to us all.

  7. pettybunch says:

    @ligsar – We are, too, Sara!!!

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