Occupy Mother's Day!

Grandparents' Day is September 7 this year. I had to Google it because I knew there was one, I just didn't know when....more

Dementia is Hard ... Especially Now

I invited my friend Joy DeKok to share her experiences with us and to speak about her mom who suffers from Dementia ... in honour of both caregivers and those affected by this terrible disease - especially on Mother's Day....more

An afghan as a symbol of regret...

My husband noticed something was wrong.At first I hesitated. Then I told him, "No, it's stupid.""I can tell something is wrong, what is it?""You're going to think this is stupid. Actually, it is  stupid. Ridiculous... [long pause]"... Last night, I dreamed of an afghan."Lest he think I meant an Afghan rather than the knitted blanket I envisioned, I hurriedly clarified:...more

5 Things I Learned About Myself Through Motherhood

This year marks my 6th year celebrating Mother’s Day as a mother. Reflecting back to my 1st Mother’s Day, Ellie was just a little over 2 months old at the time. Although sleep deprived, I was brimming with excitement over this new andcrazy amazing world I just entered. During these years, I’ve learned a great deal about being the chief caregiver, referee, and boo-boo fixer (just to name a few titles). Aside from learning tasks at hand, I’ve learned immensely about myself. Here are 5 notable things:1. I’m not that laid-back...more

Mother's Day: Somewhere in Between Us

Mother's Day is a bittersweet time for me and a difficult day for my grandmother.  We mourn the woman who connects us, the mother who made me want to be a mother, the daughter who made her a mother....more

Bright and Shiny

It seems that not only have I lost focus on fitness but I’ve lost focus on many other things as well. My life, my marriage, my relationship with God, my kids; I feel like I’ve put everything on the back burner lately. And while I think that everyone should have some me time that’s not really what it was. Losing the focus on the most important thing have left me lost, vulnerable, and negative. A lot of the posts that I have drafted have a slightly negative, sarcastic slant to them....more

Caring for horses helps Alzheimer's symptoms

Most people have heard of equine therapy - a program that has people with disabilities and disorders (autism, depression, cerebral palsy, etc.) riding, feeding, grooming and walking horses (or ponies) for emotional well-being. It's usually kids and teens, but new research suggestions that older people with Alzheimer's can benefit from similar programs....more

New Facebook app gives users the dementia experience

A new Facebook app created by Alzheimer's Research UK lets users experience what it's like to have dementia. It's called "FaceDementia" (www.facedementia.org) and essentially makes a sort of overlay of your info then slowly starts taking it away to simulate how memories disappear. The creators said they wanted to illustrate "how those thoughts and memories can become confused or fogotten" as they do with dementia....more

Did My Friend Just Tell Me She Has Cancer?

The other day I was going along happily checking my Facebook in between commercials when I read something that pissed me off. I mean flaming mad. One of my sorority sisters from my college days just asked (via status update) for some positive energy. She needed it, because she has cancer. And nothing makes me more angry than someone I care about getting cancer....more