Mom has Alzheimer’s. Dad is legally blind with almost no vision. I live right by them and help out, along with other family members and some paid caregivers. My 93 year old mother-in-law, with dementia, lives with us in our home.
I’ve learned to cry when I need to, laugh whenever I can, and hold tight onto God and the grace He gives for the journey. He is faithful!
I’m also a mom myself to six grown kids (four adopted as a sibling group), a new grandma, and I’m married to my best friend, who is a pastor. I love Jesus and couldn’t get through this all without Him.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
My mom hasn’t remembered the names of her own children, for years now. But, until more recently, if I started her on the Bible verse John 3:16, she could still recite it perfectly. Even more importantly, when her mind was healthy she believed in Jesus and will spend eternity with Him. I hope you know the truth of this verse also… “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)
Update: Mama passed Home to Jesus on December 12th, 2016. We were able to keep her in her own home through everything. She was in her own bed, my daughter and I by her side, when she slipped away in her sleep. She looked so incredibly peaceful and beautiful and had a gentle smile on her face.
Now we are learning God’s grace in this time of grieving. And we rejoice for Mama, through our own tears, that she is with Jesus now and healthy and whole again.