It Could Be Worse

It could be worse.It could be worse.It could be worse.I repeated those words in my own mind for months leading up to the heartbreaking news that I had just received. My baby, my first born, my son was in desperate need of another open heart surgery.  Except this time, his fragile, tiny heart needed a titanium valve to save his life. It could be worse....more

Parenthood is Like Being a Flight Attendant

Several weeks ago, while navigating and orchestrating a particularly hectic morning, I found myself saying the words, "Please turn off all electronic devices and remain seated in your room until I tell you it's okay to come out."  Now, these words were not spoken in anger or frustration, rather they were delivered in a calm, direct and to-the-point manner. They were words that needed to be spoken so that the arguing and bickering would cease at 7:20am and I could salvage what was left of my sanity.  ...more

Time away provides a vital boost for a caregiver

[This article first appeared on ksl.com on March 27, 2014.]When voices rise to an uncomfortable level at home, when demands on my time feel like walls closing in on me, when the dog seems more of a chore than a source of relaxation, when emotions get stuck on the lowest side of the spectrum for a prolonged time, I drive away....more

Zayne and his medicines

 THERE are good days and bad days with my five-year-old ward Zayne Mojica. Of course, you know him as the hero in My Nanny Stories.The rough days are when he's got a cold or fever because of an infection in his ears due to his love for swimming in either the family pool or in his swimming class....more

It Could Be Worse

It could be worse.It could be worse.It could be worse.I repeated those words in my own mind for months leading up to the heartbreaking news that I had just received. My baby, my first born, my son was in desperate need of another open heart surgery.  Except this time, his fragile, tiny heart needed a titanium valve to save his life. It could be worse....more

Was it Enough?

She asked if she could open her presents early.It was the night before Miss Moon's 6th birthday and she couldn't stand looking at those beautifully wrapped presents any longer.  They had been sitting in the living room for about three weeks, all wrapped in their birthday love.As I smiled and agreed to let her open them, I counted the gifts.  Six.  Three books and three new dresses.  Then that mommy guilt that hasn't been around for a while, poked it's head around the corner. Did I get her enough for her birthday?...more

Great Quotations from Abraham Lincoln

 President Lincoln was my all time favorite president.  His speech and quotations were pearls of wisdom that seem to have been forgotten or don’t deem important any more. Abraham Lincoln to me was an honorable man that had inherent wisdom. He did not go to school but was inspired by God to do great things.  Here are some of his famous quotes...more

Our life in Morocco ~ Where we live

We made it to our new locale. Now, let me show you around. First stop: our apartment. Walk the length of the pathway to our building. It is building 6. Look up to the right and see our apartment from below. It is the one with the shutters open on the last floor. It is apartment 9. ...more

Caring for both kids and Parents .There's never a dull moment around here.

Sometimes as a caregiver–especially to carees with dementia–you HAVE To, I say Have TO, get out and enjoy some time away even if it’s for an hour. Your caree can really drive you to the brink of insanity at times. I thought once I was away from my mom who has dementia the caregiving would stop until I got back home. That is not true....more

A List of Things My Parents Never Told Me About Being A Parent

1. You'll want to spoil them but not want them to be spoilt.   2. You'll always be in a constant state of nostalgia.   3. Patience is not a virtue like they say. It is an acquired skill.   4. You'll spend a lot of time losing and trying to match socks.   5. Unconditional love is real. Because your kids WILL grate on your nerves. Possibly a lot.   6. Things like eating and bathing in peace will be priceless luxuries.   ...more