Sunday, January 1, 2017
Sweet Memories Revisted
Caring for a loved one during a serious illness is a significant and sometimes overwhelming endeavor. Sometimes that loved one is healed and made whole again after a long and difficult struggle. Sometimes that loved one is healed by being taken to heaven. Thank you, dear current caregivers, for being willing to care for your loved one in spite of obstacles and sometimes heartaches. Thank you to family caregivers who fought the battle but have lost loved ones.
Today on January first it would have been my husband's 71rst birthday. Yes, he was a New Year's Day baby. On January 2, 2011 six years ago my husband graduated to Heaven, his eternal home. I still miss him even after six years. Even though the Lord has once again given purpose and a measure of joy to my life, I still struggle more this time of year. One does not just forget about over 39 years of marriage.
Our marriage was a good marriage, and he was the love of my life. Yet those care-giving years were very difficult years, as I saw my husband's body become more and more disabled. They were years that were difficult emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Yet they were also years where I grew in my dependence on the Lord and in my love for the Lord. The Lord is with you each step of the way as well, dear caregiver, and He is molding you more and more into His image through all you are experiencing as a family caregiver. He is doing the same for you, if you are a former caregiver who has lost a loved one.
I look back now on the sweet memories of the days before my husband was diagnosed with his neurological disease. I hope you will indulge me today in this anniversary week of his graduation to heaven by allowing me to post a couple pictures of my husband. The first picture is of my husband, Wayne, quite a few years back when he was still healthy. It is one of my favorite pictures that I have of him. The second picture is only a couple months or so before his death. It was a good day among many difficult days. I hope you too have and are building sweet memories, dear caregiver.