Mom Update: Her Final Goodbye

My mother’s long goodbye came to an end on Saturday, July 6th at 12:26pm. Thank you for all your love and support. RUTH JOANNE NELSON September 11th, 1937 — July 6th, 2013 **********  A Celebration of Life Thursday July 11th at 11:00 am Living Spirit United Methodist Church 4501 Bloomington Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN  55407

Graduation Celebration Procrastination

Saturday Allowed to help in dorm room, make small dent. Attend graduation luncheon while Jake’s $900 mountain bike is stolen from his vacant suite. Jake looks for bike and makes unproductive police report. Take advantage of Jake’s unfortunate distraction, make BIG dent. Wonder where I went wrong as I’m engulfed in piles of dirty clothes […]

It Is What It Is: Pat Summitt – Accepting Reality, Finding Peace.

My brother-in-law shared this inspirational video of Pat Summitt, who recently retired as Head Coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, due to her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Now I’m not a basketball fan, and I don’t know much about Pat Summit other than what I’ve just learned, but I like her. As you’ll see […]

Calgary Couple Rises Above Early-Onset Dementia

I stumbled across this short video of a dear couple in Canada who are living with early-onset dementia.  The husband was diagnosed in 2008, and his wife is his caregiver.  The wife’s gentle spirit is so beautiful.  And the two of them together make me feel like I’m witnessing love of the highest order.

Gratitude: A Prayer Meditation

I’m going home for a week on Saturday, and I’m preparing for my trip by selecting two pair of shoes that will go with six different outfits and plow through slush and snow. I’m also mentally preparing for the changes in my mom that are sure to be evident, and for my ability to join […]

Racing Alzheimer’s: Mom’s New Year Resolutions

The funny thing is, it didn’t occur to me the Alzheimer’s I’d be racing, would be my mom’s. New Year Resolutions are like a Bucket List, only with a deadline.  I’ve been writing down resolutions for years now, with some previous goals being to participate in Alzheimer’s research, learn how to meditate, lose 5lbs. (of […]

Accepting the Flow and Letting Go

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”  ~ Anaïs Nin A website I found called “Aging Abundantly” spoke to me one day saying: Aging Abundantly is here for you ~ the woman who is in the midst of the greatest transformation of her life ~ you who are arising from the ashes of your […]

Ruth Update: Feeding The Birds

Mom’s new caregivers have started texting me photos of mom using their camera phone.   So while it’s not the best image, it’s still very much appreciated and I enjoy the updates immensely.  This picture of my mom feeding the birds was recently sent along with the caption “Ruth has become our resident bird feeder.  She […]