You are such a good daughter. Your mom is lucky to have you. Your journaling brought tears to my eyes. It's sad that I don't expect my child to care for me when I'm old, and I honestly don't know if I can care for my mom like how you care for yours. There are so many selfish people in the world, including myself, and it warms my heart and soul seeing that there's someone like you out there.
Hope your mother keeps recovering. I wonder if she'll enjoy iPad?
This is really beautiful. Your journaling is so touching. What a gift to have documented this. Really beautiful!
Beautiful... thank you so much for sharing.
Just incredible. This is life. Your journaling and photos are beautiful!
Thanks for sharing your story :) Love it!
Amazing journaling! And stunning page. I am all teary-eyed, this is lovely!
Project - Unexpected Life
posted 02/08/12 at 07:45 PM
I figured it was time to get some nice pictures of my mom and so i brought my camera up last Sunday and just started clicking. She thought it was silly to take so many.
This isn’t the life you expected to have. I know that. You never expected that you would be dependent on anyone, certainly not me. You never expected to live in a nursing home, or need help bathing yourself. You never expected to need a wheelchair. You never expected to lose your short term memory. You never expected to be so lonely.
I never expected to be your caregiver. I never expected that you would need me to remember. I never expected that you would need me to do your hair, your nails, put on your shoes. I never expected to have to know your meds, your allergies. I never expected to be the one to make major decisions for you, financial decisions, too. I never expected that without me your health would suffer miserably.
No this is a very unexpected life for us, but it is one that I am so grateful for. I love being there for you, caring for you. I love putting your hair in rollers on Sunday mornings, so you feel pretty for the rest of the week. I love that I can still make you laugh and that you make me laugh all the time. I love that you are here. That’s it, just that you are here, for me to love. I know its selfish, and I would have felt very different about that had you not recovered as well as you have, I am well aware of your wishes, but thankfully, YOU are still here. I hate the days that you are bored or lonely, the days you long to get up out of that chair and go for a walk. It breaks my heart. I am the youngest of your seven children, why is it that it is only me that knows and cares for you? Maybe forgetting somethings aren’t so bad. I am so honored to be the one that matters. What an incredible gift I have been given. I will be here, always and forever. As long as you need me. I am your daughter.
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