A few days ago on August 24th it was my birthday. The days surrounding my birthday were not what my husband and I had planned, but it was still a good day. We had planned on the days surrounding my birthday to be involved in a trip to see the replica of the ark in Kentucky. We also had planned to see the Creation Museum and go on a river cruise one evening. This did not happen, because Bob contracted some kind of virus head cold which developed into a more bacterial infection. But antibiotics are finally slowly taking care of that, and he is doing at least some better again.
Yet, as I said, in spite of not being able to leave on our planned trip; my birthday was a quiet but good day. I received many wonderful greetings on my birthday through Facebook messages and cards. I also received some beautiful roses from my stepdaughters a couple days before my birthday. (A picture of them is at the bottom of this post.) I further received calls from all three of my sons and a birthday card from my husband the next day. I am thankful for my Lord being with me and being faithful to me these 74 years in the valleys, mountaintop experiences, and in the in between times in my life.I am reminded of another thing which happened seven years ago in August. On that day my local newspaper published a story about my years as a caregiver for my first husband, Wayne. That article talked about the struggles I experienced as a caregiver, but it also talked about how my faith helped me through that time in my life. Finally, the newspaper article talked about my book to encourage family caregivers. Here is the link to that newspaper article that was published seven years ago: http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2014/08/26/caregiver/14628253/
I probably posted a link to that newspaper story seven years ago when it was just published, but I thought it was worth giving you the link to it again. It gives a good rendering of my story (or rather the Lord's story) and portrays my passion to encourage family caregivers.
If you have not ordered my book, Dear Caregiver Reflections for Family Caregivers, yet, you might want to consider ordering it for yourself or for someone you love. It contains over 100 short chapters or meditations to encourage family caregivers. My story as a caregiver for my first husband, Wayne, is intertwined in the chapters as well. Here is the link to the Amazon order page for my book: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Caregiver-Sharon-Vander-Waal/dp/1629524263/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1470784479&sr=1-1
It is also available elsewhere online as well. Finally, you can get it directly from me by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org for specifics.
I know the challenges of family care-giving, dear caregiver, and I care about you. Thank you for all that you do for your loved one!