Summer Reading

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

I so wanted to get this book loaded for last Wednesday, but I did not. I had to keep putting it down. Not because it was a bad book. No way. It was because I had to use another kleenex and get myself together. Folks, this book…oh my, this book. If you have parents (don’t we all?), or are close to your grandparents or aunts and uncles, then you have probably seen or are seeing them age. If you have unfortunately lost a parent, you will be able to identify with most, if not all, of this book. The title is As My Parents Age Reflections on Life, Love and Change by Cynthia Ruchti. 

Oh. My. Word!

I have been the caregiver or helped my husband be the caregiver for our four parents and my grandmother on my mom’s side. I can tell you that I found myself shaking my head throughout this book. The author has done a great job of sharing all about this season of life from not only her perspective, but the words and thoughts from many other people she spoke to about this subject. The book is very well put together. There is so much information in this 285 page book. So much encouragement, too.

Although I lost my mom the day after Thanksgiving in 2016, (the last of our parents), I found comfort in the words that Cynthia wrote. Where I was feeling guilt, I feel the burden lifting. Where I was angry at myself for things I should have said or done, I’m feeling grace. And peace. Though the book is written primarily for those going through this season of caregiving, I was still able to come away with many nuggets of wisdom from it. I think anyone going through their parents aging or who have gone through it will be blessed and encouraged by this book.

Take a look…I think I marked a lot of spots I want to remember or share with someone!

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many great points in the book, I know I won’t be giving too much away by sharing some of the comments that resonated with me, such as:

“Take a few moments now – the elusive ‘later’ grows more elusive as time passes – to consider how you and your parents would answer the question, ‘At this season of life, what matters most to us as individuals and as a family?'”

I can tell you from experience, when you wait “until the time is right” to have the discussion of what your parents’ wishes are, it could be too late. My dad died 16 days after turning 58 years old. We never had a chance to discuss what he wanted for his burial or memorial service. Because of that, I did persist with my mom and her mom until they conceded and made their funeral arrangements. However, we did not discuss what her wishes were if she would have a stroke at 71 years old and never went back to her condo. She lived almost eight years in a nursing home because she needed total care. I physically could not care for her, but that didn’t help keep the guilt away.

“Don’t cast me off in old age. Don’t abandon me when my strength is used up!” Psalm 71:9 (CEB) I made sure my grandma and then my mom knew they weren’t cast off though they were in the nursing home. Can you imagine the feeling of full life, then left alone in a facility? I witnessed many people in the home our parents were in that never had visitors. I had friends of my mom say they just couldn’t visit her anymore it made them so sad to see her like that. Yet, when two of our neighbors from where I grew up came to visit (which they did several times a year) it made my mom’s weeks…weeks! I would hear her tell me over and over about all the things they talked about. It’s not about us – it’s about them.

I so highly recommend this book to any of you who are breathing and have an aging parent or two, a grandparent, or even an aunt or uncle that is still around. This book is for you. It is such a helpful book on guiding you along this often long and difficult road of caregiving. Whether you are a full-time caregiver or your loved one is being cared for in a facility, this book encourages you in this heartbreaking but unavoidable season of our lives. Get one for yourself and maybe a sibling or friend going through this. I promise, this book delivers.

But you might want to include a box of tissues with the book.

Jus’ sayin!

Blessings,

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesday!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Can you believe today is the last day of May already? This year seems to be flying by! I’ve been working through the pile on my reading corner stack only to find I’m adding more! I picked up a few last week at The Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference. I’ll be digging into a couple of those real quick!

I’ve decided I’m going to add more to my reading corner stack and it’s some reading I have been wanting to do. Then I thought about it on my couple hour drive home last week and thought I’d offer it out to you as well. Beginning in August, I’m going to read through the classics. At my age, I don’t remember too much of what I read back in High School (if any of them) and I thought it would be a great challenge. Each month I will pick a classic to read for the month. Then on the last Whatcha Readin’ Wednesday, I’ll write about my thoughts on it. I’d love for some of you to read along, or chime in if you read it before, and have some fun! I’ll even take suggestions of which of the classics to read the next month. I picked up a list a while back at the library of the top 100 classics. I’ve set my goal to read ’em! Will you be joining me?

Back to the current book I have for today, or should I say books?!

I re-read the first book in this series recently and it brought back the good memory from when I first read it. The book is Sisterchicks on the Loose by Robin Jones Gunn. I read this book back when it first came out in 2003. Robin Jones Gunn is the author of several of the popular teen (and up) series: The Christy Miller Series, The Sierra Jensen Series, Christy & Todd: The College Years, The Katie Weldon Series and the new Christy and Todd: the Married Years. Our daughter loved all of them while she was growing up, so when Author Gunn started one for adult ladies, I thought I would give them a try. I remember back then getting the new book in the series as soon as my bookstore had it! I couldn’t wait to dig into the adventures the ladies would be into next.

What I like about the series is the fact that you can read them as a stand alone book should you not be able to get the next one. Although you will find a name of a character here and there from another book, you need not read the other book first.

The titles are: Sisterchicks on the Loose, Sisterchicks do the Hula, Sisterchicks in Sombreros, Sisterchicks Down Under, Sisterchicks Say Ooh La La!, Sisterchicks in Gondolas and Sisterchicks Go Brit!

I would tell you if you are looking for some light summer reading, this series is a must! It will keep you laughing and wondering what zany things will happen next. What I found most amazing is that some of the situations in the books were similar to escapades in my own life with my own personal sisterchicks!

I hope you’ll give them a read while sitting pool or beachside this summer!

Let me know in the comments if you would like to join me in the Classics Challenge. I’ll be announcing which book I will start with soon. Confession: I need to raid my daughter’s stash and see what she has compared to mine and make my choice!

Find a sunny spot, grab a glass of Iced Sweet Tea and open up a book!

Enjoy!

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