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  1. Thanks for sharing these thoughts. It is so hard to be the caregiver. But, it is a great thing to let/ask others to help for all the reasons you mentioned. It is a blessing and help for everyone!

    1. Thanks for writing, Debbie. Caregiving is not for the faint of heart but encouragement like yours is truly SO appreciated. My prayer is that people will learn from my experience and thus help themselves or help others. Blessings to you!

  2. Thank you for these words of wisdom and encouragement. Applicable not only to those on a similar caregiver’s journey…they are for me!

    1. Hi Sarah-so nice to hear from you. Thanks for writing and thanks for your encouragement. Hope you are doing well – remembering our days at Grace. Many blessings to, and much gratitude for, you.

  3. These are such powerful points Cynthia! I pray that God would continue to lead you and guide you in your situation. Thank you for sharing your heart today. I will use these practical lessons in my own life!

    1. Thanks for writing Alisa, So glad my experience will help someone else. It takes a village…! Appreciate your comments and your encouragement

  4. Wow Cynthia what a testimony! I feel like I am reading a post by my mother! I am going to send her a link to your post. We don’t know why God changes our plans but He is not surprised by anything. You are right where He wants you. It has been beyond difficult for my mother in dealing with my father’s Alzheimer’s disease. I pray for them daily asking for special grace and strength for my mother especially. I know her heart is breaking inside as they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 1st. Thank you for sharing your heart. May God continue to richly bless you and yours.

    1. Horace, thanks so much for your tender and heartfelt response. May God continue to bless you as you seek to please Him in your life.

  5. Cynthia,Thank you for sharing your precious heart.
    Eight years ago, My husband and I moved from Colorado where our 4 grown children, 3 grandchildren live to take care of my 92 year old father who lives here. My dad has dementia.
    I am here for you! Jamie
    Rachel has my number.
    My face book page is “Joyfully Fit”

    1. Hi Jamie-so nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. I drive by your house often on my way to Wilson Farms and remember our visit together at Nancy and Tom’s house back in the fall. We will connect!!

  6. Cynthia, thank you for caring enough to share your heart. These bold lessons can help us all in our various ‘hard’ journeys. I’ll be praying for you for continued strength and trust in this difficult season. May God continually lift you up.

    1. Your message is very encouraging, Carlie. Thanks for your prayers. We need to all stand together as we receive and give care. The seasons of life are so unpredictable but our Heavenly Father is so faithful.

  7. What a powerful post and testimony of God’s grace and provision in this season so unlike you had hoped and dreamed. Thanks for sharing it. I think it is a good reminder to all of us that in this life there are not a lot of guarantees. At any age, our health can suddenly take a turn, but especially when we finally reach that retirement season we have been so much anticipating. I retired not quite two years ago after several busy careers, the last of which was a staff pastor and counselor for 13 years. I am grateful that at this point my husband and I are doing well, but we have a two close couples who have entered hard seasons. In one, the husband has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and in the other the wife had a stroke about 2 months ago. Your story and these two closer ones remind my husband and me to savor each day as the gift it is and to make the most of it, not out of fear of the future but from the truth that we cannot know what lays ahead. Many blessings be yours! I discovered you as the neighbor of Rachel on the Linkup of Coffee for Your Heart.

    1. Thanks so much for your reply, Pam. It is so true-life is unpredictable. So glad you are savoring each day you have – may you and your husband enjoy many many more. And blessings to you as you minister to your friends – whether giving or receiving care, it is a gift from our faithful Father.

  8. Rachel,
    Thank you for sharing Cynthia with us…Cynthia, thank you for your wisdom learned in your journey. I took care of my aunt who had a long battle with Alzheimers…it’s an insidious illness, but God can bring beauty even from these ashes. Praying for you and lifting you up right now. May you be richly blessed.
    Blessings,
    Bev
    ps. Rachel, thanks for stopping by our website and your compassion!

    1. Wow, Bev-blessings to you for caring for your aunt. I so agree – this disease is insidious and so cruel. May God continue to bless your life in many wonderful ways. So appreciate your encouragement – like oxygen to my soul!!

  9. I “climb” into his world and his story. I don’t have to be right all the time, don’t have to correct every little thing, and sometimes his tales are far more exciting that the original. – I felt like God wanted me to realize this same truth even though I am not in a care giving capacity. Thank you so much for sharing, Cynthia! I pray that our Lord continues to support and encourage your beautiful heart.

  10. Cynthia,
    Revisiting your story and update (and reading my previous comment) brings tears because I am reminded how the Lord was preparing me for my own journey by reading yours. In the fall of 2016, he moved me from Colorado to California and guided me from single to married caregiver to widow over the span of a few months. Your words ring true to my story! What a blessing to read this again with the hindsight I now have. Thank you. — Sarah

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      Sarah, I am so glad Cynthia’s story could ring true to your own journey and situation. Stay strong and bold.

  11. What a story God is writing for you. I am sorry for all you have gone through, but I thank you for letting your wisdom and experience touch others’ lives.

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