It is my honor to do a book review for my cousin Mary's book.
Her book is very well written on the subject of Dementia. It is written about her and her partners journey with dementia taking her partner Melody to the end of life at a early age. Reading through the book I could feel like I was there in the struggles and the Joys. I work in a nursing home so never see the beginning signs of Dementia so this was very eye opening to see the first signs of it through the words as they lifted off the pages into my heart. The views from Mary and some of her close friends as well really brings it to life.
Mary I have not seen you dear cousin for years. I applaud you in this book. Very well written and I will pass the word around.
If you would like to read her book It can be found on:
Yesterday while my husband and I were cleaning out the hummingbirds feeder and making new food. Something we have never done during the winter months before. This year we have 2 hummingbirds. A sweet little couple that graces our backyard this winter. So there I was trying to get the mold out of the feeder straws so I was blowing hot water out of my mouth throw the tubes to get the mold out. At that moment I said "today is a new year So out with the crud of last years and Hello 2016". Might have been one of those Had to be there moments butt OH well.
Last week I had an MRI scheduled for my wrist, after having a lot of pain in my wrist and had over the last 2 months. No idea why. So I am thinking MRI for my wrist a nice table top structure I would sit on a chair and place my hand in a machine and wha Laaa right. NOT I get there, they tell me to get completely undressed to my undies and put scrubs on. I was like... "Umm for my wrist?....I should have taken a valum... why did no one tell me it was going to be my whole body in the tube....." As they take me to the room I breath "I can do this...breath in... out. The techs were awesome. They got me weighed down as I said Cerebral Palsy comes with tremors Hence the VALUM... duh. so weights and pillows and a panic ball I held in my left hand as I laid on my stomach, arm straight above my head. Then the words, "It's only 25 minutes". Panic washed over me. They put the headphones on me with Christian contemporary music and in I went. Breathing in and out as this horrid loud thumping started pulsing around me I decided at that moment I was going to go to my happy place. I can do this God will get me through this. As the noise was sounding like a huge sewing machine and memories rushed my mind of my grandmother and mother sewing. That then took me to stitching the letters of my new grand baby's name Saieve Lucas James. After about ten times I did others names in my family. The techs stopped and checked on my a few times and turned up the music. When they said only 15 minutes left I hit a panic feeling and thought surely it has been longer than that. So back to deep breathing and I decided to color. Yep as I have been coloring a lot lately in an adult coloring book it was so fitting. So the image came to mind and I started coloring. As the loud tones got louder and heavier my markers got bigger bolder color and before I knew it, it was over. They slid me out of the tube unsecured my wrist and I explained what I did to get through it and they had never heard of that before. As I sat there getting over a dizzy spell which they said was a normal thing. I decided to share this experience on here. I am so not a fan of MRI tubes but am thankful for the technology of today. My reselts were a torn ligament and I am now looking at surgery ugh. Not a happy camper there but It is a better outcome than others the surgeon had mentioned.
the other day I was loading children books onto my Kindle for my soon to be grandchild and as I was reading one a light bulb went on in my head. I can write children books for my grandchild due any day now. I know I will probably never be a perfect writer and I know I am not the best at grammar but that is what editors are for and I have many of those in my life who have always been willing to help me proof stuff. So with in 5 minutes I thought of a series, settings, plots and the characters. My mind was going crazy with ideas and the memories flooded me of the magical world of reading books to my own children. Me, writing children's books!!! So that will be part of this next years adventure! Stay TUNED! More to come!
In March I started taking a blogging course that costs money every month and since that I have hardly blogged at all since I started the class. It was like I got this huge writers block and a few health issues did not help. I miss blogging and want to start again the question at hand is do I do it here, start a totally different blog on a different platform or just stop writing all together. UGH. At the moment my hand is in a brace which makes it a bit hard to type. So that is not helping the fact. My amazing husband is so supportive of me and always says do what makes you happy. I look back at the many blogs I have done and think I want that creative spark back. I really thought I would get back when I joined compel. The latest factors have not helped. April my back was toast for 7 days all I could do to get any relief was lay in bed. Thank goodness to Chiropractic care!! July I fell down some stairs and was messed up for 2 months with Costacondridis with horrible chest spasms as well as a tooth going through my face. Thought I broke a rib up by my heart..... NOT fun! 4 Dr, appointments and one ER visit to make sure I had not had a heart attack from a wierd dizzy spell at work. . Mid september I started having wrist & hand pain on my right side and now I am dealing with a chronic pain that is no fun and of course hurts like the dickens to type. From what I have researched it looks like Carpal Tunnel. I was very glad when a brake was ruled out as well as torn ligaments. Butt still no answers......
Through all this stuff there has been so many blessing. With daughter about to have her first child and dad turning 70 as well as a few trips and great friends that touch my heart through my artist groups.
As my hubby says, "Be careful what you ask for" As his story is his own but in a nut shell. He asked for the Lord to give him a tool to be able to witness to the rough neck group of guys he was working with and that week almost died from I grinder blade bouncing off a metal structure and missing his jugular vain by a milla meter and lived to tell the story.
The other day a friend asked me to find a song for her... in the midst of that I found this one. Not the one she was looking for but such a good deep meaningful song. I have had a friend on my heart for the past week. Ever since my husband and I were driving over an overpass and passed a gal sitting there. Homeless looking just sitting there with her backpack on the sidewalk and a warm jacket over her solders watching the cars go by underneath her. She has lived such a rough life. A life of drug addiction and loosing 4 of her children as a result of that addiction, At that very moment I started praying for her and every day since I find myself praying for her. I do not know where she is. Last we talked she was talking about treatment.
As I am writing this month about music and how ministering it can be to our soul. Can you imagine how stagnant our lives would be with no music?....... eeek i tell ya. Now with Pandora, Itunes and all these apps at our finger tips we can be mood changers in seconds. What
do I mean by mood changers? I mean this. Say you are headed to a
meeting and you feel kinda eh from the preparing and stress of getting
yourself and reports all ready.you are getting in your car and you pull
out of your driveway and turn on the radio. In ten minutes you can be
totally lifted up by the music you listen to. It then puts a cheer and a
smile on your face your mood and your soul ALIVEl. You then walk into
that meeting with a joyful heart and attitude that can then be
contagious. Try it sometime.
I just blasted this song by kari Jobe and this blog happened!
this is no Joke and I do this every day. As I live with Cerebral Palsy one could be a down in the dumps kind of day every day I choose before my head even leaves my pillow to see myself as Jesus sees me. The of course my bladder kicks in and I hit the floor running, well walking quickly is more like it. I walk with canes and have a funky gate but I walk with my head held high!
2nd Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. ~~~~~~~~~~~ I am so often asked where does my joy come from and why am I always smiling and happy?
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
That is a choice that I choose every day. Don't get me wrong I do have a downer day here and there usually a migraine or back pain related. Keeping myself in check and starting the day out with the Lord is so important.
Today in my devotion it even says, Be on the lookout for what I am doing in your life. Worship me by living close to me. Thanking me in all circumstances. Sarah Young Jesus calling May 13th
As I look in my phone for a quick reference from today's devotion is is even Highlighted and is this: 1st Peter 5: 6 &7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
And.. Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; Foe this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,
One of the things that truly ministers to me is music I love worship music. At times I can not get enough. The lord blesses me with visions when I am in worship, he talks to me when I am in total worship. LOUD WORSHIP! I know some people ask how that works. Only God knows how to speak to his children and that is one way where i am in total commune with him. An example of this is years ago we were in a new church and I was loving worship and I felt the lord wanted me to pray with someone. So as I opened my eyes there was a greenish aura around a gal on the other side of the room and after church was over I went over to her and she began to tell me that she had cancer and then shared her story and of course we prayed!
Where have I been? This year has led me down many paths. I have not been blogging much and probably have lost most of my followers but I have still been doing art and Photography. That has not stopped. The empty nest has been nice even though I miss my kids dearly. Still a part of a women's ministry at our little church in Sumas where BIG things are happening. Been doing some soul learning, yes I said Learning! Had a bout of depression butt the Lord in his merciful love brought me out of it. Spoke loud and clear to me and Woke me up in one day. I am now a Hospice volunteer and have loved that. I took the training back in May and have been working at the Hospice House and in the county I did some one on one mentoring during the summer and that was awesome I have 45 books on my Kindle that I read parts of 3 or 4 every day. Have been working on a book that I started a few years ago. Music is a HUGE part of my life even though I can not carry a tune in a bucket I live to Worship and as I write this this song is blasting all around me. We all have a story to tell. more to come.....
As I have been spending a lot of time sitting after what was supposed to be a simple toenail removal procedure.... NOT! I went back into some of my blogs. I shut a few down and updated some. This was part of a sermon at church one day and is on the sidebar of my Photography blog.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how
things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make
it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It
seemed as when one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water
and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the
first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last
she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without
saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the
carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and
placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She
did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter
to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed
the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the
coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
The daughter then asked, "What does this mean, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity… boiling water. Each had reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after
being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its
liquid interior, but after sitting in the boiling water, its insides
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After being in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on
your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee
bean?" ~author unknown
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but
not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not
destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
As the last year I have dealt with more depression than I have my whole life. The Empty nest season in my life was not suppose to be so lonely and unsettling. I literally had friends that dropped me after daughter got married
and still to this day can not wrap my self around that and figure it
out. I did everything right I sent thank yous and got stuff back to
people very quickly. But as I have been mentoring ladies through out the years that seasonal friends come and go and here is a new season. Some of these friends need to go. The Lord has since then blessed me with some amazing friends. I looked over at my husband a few weeks ago and said, "You prayed again didn't you" He said yes. At that moment I know that my new friend was from husband and God. I really am blessed and this season will be good. One day at a time.