Beautiful Fall Greetings to All,
It is such a pleasure to be able to sit a minute with my coffee and my little view of Fulton County, and put a few thoughts down for our NAWBO members and friends! I am pleased that we have so many things coming up and going on, that we felt a true need to get a newsletter out to everyone. So, most importantly, flag this, grab your cup of coffee and your calendars, and get these dates down on everything that follows. You will not want to miss the activities we have coming up.
As I sit for a minute to gather my thoughts, I am overwhelmed by my blessings. And I guess, going into fall, and Thanksgiving coming before we know it, this is a great time to count them.
My little view (that I snapped a picture of this morning) is one of my favorites. I could never imagine that I would get the opportunity to enjoy it quite as much as I have. Since September 3, to be exact, but who is counting?! LOL
I have had this time to stay with my dad and be his caregiver. This is a view I know well, since I was 10 years old to be exact. Staying with him has been an eye opening experience. Most of you know I am in the caregiver business, so, you may be thinking, this is right up my alley. Yes, it is, BUT . . . God really has a sense of humor and teaches us valuable lessons. I "thought" I knew ALL about caregiving, after all, I have ran a home health for twenty five years. But, I do not. Being a caregiver is a completely different thing. Juggling work, husbands, kids, commitments to organizations and caregiving is a totally different animal. One I am finding where there is not a lot of support. I am not referring to friends, but more formalized "support", Websites, publications, Facebook pages, when I wonder at times or in the middle of the night, if I am doing the right thing. Friends have been my biggest blessing and I don't know what I would do without their emotional support.
So, I don't know what this means, or why God has put other caregivers in my path to meet, with the same stressors, frustrations and insecurities as myself, but I will be patient and see. Hmmmm, patience is no fun. "Immense patience" part of the message from a phenomenal event I was lucky enough to be invited to attend with NAWBO friends last night, LOVE Peoria. If you haven't heard of that, you will . . .
My take away from all of these messages and thoughts is, I think it is ok to not have an exact plan. I think it's ok to reflect, be thankful for all these blessings and friends that are helping me. "Immense patience", is what I am working on. So, I am so happy to have my NAWBO friends and to spend time with them at not only our monthly meetings, 3rd Wednesday of the month at Mt Hawley, but ALL of these fun events we have coming up. I am also grateful for this time with my dad, in the place I grew up. Hope to see all of you soon!
Spoon River Home Health
Central Illinois NAWBO