And the Things of Earth…

Things are so different today than they were a year ago, don’t you think? Who would’ve ever guessed what all would be happening now? If someone had told us what our future held, we would not have believed it….global pandemic, families confined to their homes, churches and schools closed as well as stores and restaurants, freeways deserted….and the elderly separated from family and friends…some confined to a single room. It sounds almost like science fiction.

And the things of earth…

My parents are no longer here, so I can only imagine what it must be like to only visit with your loved one through a window…not able to offer a hug or even a simple touch. Some of you may be confined to your home or theirs…weary with masks and gloves shielding all from an unwelcome virus. I know your burden is heavy.

Thinking on these things recently, these song lyrics came to mind…“and the things of earth will grow strangely dim…in the light of His glory and grace…” Right now, the things of earth are enormous, and the load we bear is heavy. One day, thankfully, these things will be so, so tiny, distant and insignificant, and we will understand that “not everything in this life has a happy ending, but this life is not the end of the story” (Rick Warren).

My own journey through Alzheimer’s taught me much about these things. I didn’t want to go down that road and fought it, tooth and nail, but I am so thankful now for many lessons learned along the way…mostly about spending precious time wisely. When my Alz Journey ended, my Cancer Journey began…continuing to teach me, and I find myself asking often…am I being a good steward of this precious time?

Be encouraged. Reach out to others who need support. Say “yes” to people who want to help you. And as the songs says, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”.

I will always have a heart for those doing battle with Alzheimer’s, but I know encouragement takes many forms and certainly isn’t only delivered via a blog. Years ago when I began my Alz Journey, I couldn’t find the resources I needed, but now, thankfully, there are many good blogs, books and support groups. So, I do believe this blog has served its purpose, and I hope my book “Dancing Around the Chaos” continues reaching more people.

I look forward to what comes next and pray that God will use me for His purpose, that He will show me how to be a good steward of my time and talents.

Blessings, Tracie

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

Try to find time to listen…

I wrote Dancing Around the Chaos for those who are on the ALZ journey with loved ones…struggling to figure it out and dreading what the next day will bring…but too exhausted and afraid to think beyond the present. It happens to also be a sweet and tender love story that really happened, whose characters are real people. Find it on Amazon:

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Boxing Up Alzheimer’s for the Attic

Our road trip to see Mom and Dad took about 8 hours, and we usually made the trip over a weekend, between work weeks. Sometimes, we stayed longer…Christmas, for instance. A longer visit, we learned, can shed a harsh and truthful light, exposing hidden things.

We realized that Mom and Dad could pull it together, put on a good front, cover for one another, and make things seem fairly normal for a day or two. If the visit was any longer, it was too hard to keep up the charade, and things started unraveling around the edges. This was hard work, and they must have been worn to a frazzle by the time we left. We were for sure.

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The Gift That Changed Everything

It was just two days before Christmas when Dad and I sat on the porch rockers, listening to Christmas music. His words had deserted him by that time, but we didn’t need them. We enjoyed the cool, crisp air of a Texas December, held hands and listened to the good news of a baby born in a manger. We didn’t know he would be gone just a few days later. It was a sweet and precious time, and I’ll never forget it.

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Apple Memories

The appearance of the apples was misleading. Their looks, in fact, could have caused them to be ignored as they fell to the hard, West Texas ground with a thud. Beneath the mottled skin though, they were still apples, sweet and delicious, like other apples who look just fine on the outside. If only apples could talk, they would be sure we knew there was still a treasure to be found inside.

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Bear Hugs

It’s been well over 2 years since Dad moved on to his heavenly home, but some days the grief is still fresh…as if it just happened.  Even after all this time, on occasion, I think of something I need to call him about…but oh yeah…I can’t pick up the phone and call him anymore.  On days like that, I spend a little time with a bear, remembering those bear hugs.

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Hold My Hand & Walk With Me

It was October…a little chilly with clear skies and lots of Texas sunshine.  Microphones were being checked; someone was singing on the stage.  We took turns pulling the children through the park in the wagon, searching for the perfect place for a family picture.  Chatter and quite laughter filled the air as we watched other families taking their pictures too.  We were there to take a long walk together, and memories of other walks scrolled across my mind.

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My Naomi

My Naomi was young at heart, and that youthfulness must have spilled over to her good looks. She loved to laugh….I wonder now…could this have been her secret remedy against wrinkles and frown lines? It’s possible, of course, since laughter is the best medicine after all! She was active, always busy, and took very good care of herself.

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