February 10, 2018

I’m making myself do this since I’ve taken so much time off. We are going to get together with some friends later, and so I’m kind of racing through the things I need to do so I can go and just enjoy some time just hanging out with friends. I’m not getting out much lately and so I’m looking forward to this evening.

Part of our gathering we are going to go to a nursing home.. My mom’s parents used to live in a retirement home. They lived in a small apartment and joined their fellow resident for dinner most evenings. Grandma was still driving, and I think they enjoyed their time in the home until Grandma needed more help with Grandpa. It was kind of fun to visit them there because it was kind of a cute place. My brother and I used to go to their activity room and play Wii and pool. Okay, I would just watch.

To me me, nursing homes feel sad. It seem like they’re in the hospital, and sometimes they aren’t even sick. I wonder if their family comes and visits them? Do they get to go on outings? Do they get to go to their church?

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Cyprus

February 3, 2018

January was kind of a crazy month. The beginning of the month was kind of busy with family. My family gathers after Christmas. I loved seeing everyone, especially my nieces and nephews. And then last week we had the opportunity to go to Cyprus again. And now that we’re home, I’m trying to get back into more normal work. I have some decisions I need to make. But I did want to get my Cyprus story written. So let’s get to that.

My church is big into missions. I forget how many missionaries we support. But there is one group that we know the people who run the missions group. They came out of our church. These are people I consider dear friends. I also love what this group does. And this is the group we are going to see when we go to Cyprus.

I’m not huge on flying. On the way over, our long flight was at night. And thankfully we did get some extra seas . I was able to sleep some on that flight, and that was nice. Our shorter flight was about five hours. Sadly I’m not in my wheelchair while flying, so I can’t use my communication device. And I can’t use the earphones they have, they just will not stay in. I get bored.

But getting to the hotel.. I guess we got there later in the evening, so I mostly ate and got to bed. The next day was kind of the day a lot of people got there, so we were busy welcoming everyone and getting caught up with old friends and meeting new ones. The first year I didn’t feel like I got to know other people at the conference. I was taken on a lot of walks by the hotel, and I’m not complaining, that was nice. But this year I was able to get a lot more people, and spend some good time with the people I know well…. Our hotel had most of our meals on buffet, and I must confess that I ate a lot of what was put out for the children. the place we were staying was a beach town, and we would take a lot of walks with different friends… Okay, that first day I also took a nap, which is almost unheard of for me.

Monday during the day was a lot like Sunday. Lots of eating, walking and visiting. Our meetings started that evening. We would gather for worship and then we would have a time of teaching. Often more than one person would speak.

Tuesday started our normal schedule. We would start meeting after breakfast. We would break to eat lunch and maybe have time for a walk. We’d meet in the afternoon. And we would usually have tme to visit and walk before dinner. Of course, part of that time I would have to be out of my wheelchair. After dinner, it was another meeting. I’d visit with everyone a little after that, but would usually need to get to bed pretty soon after the meeting.

That was Tuesday through Thursday. I do not remember a teaching I did not enjoy… Friday morning our meeting was kind of a wrap up session in the morning. And then sadly, people began leaving shortly after that. Friday afternoon\evening we were visiting with the people that were still there and saying our good-byes. Saturday evening we had the shorter flight. I got to lie down. But was still glad to have a hotel in London to sleep in. Sunday we were mostly at the airport and then had our long flight.

I loved my time there. I loved getting to spend time with old and new friends there.. Flying is not my favorite, but I think I’ll be ready to make the trek again next year.

My Christmas letter

December 23, 2017

Dear friends,

Let’s see, one big thing was going to Cyprus, with a surprise side trip to Israel this past February. This was my first time to leave our own country, and I was not disappointed. We went to be part of a conference for a missionary group that I’ve always loved. The an conference took place the first week we were over there, and we gotten to make a quick trip to Israel the second week. We’re actually about to go back for the conference in January this year.

Another highlight was getting to go to camp again this. That was in July. For me, camp is about helping families of people with disabilities see their loved one’s value. It’s also a great time to relax and enjoy some fun and laughter. I’m hoping this becomes an annual event for me.

With all my grandparents gone, I’m grateful to say that we’re still keeping in touch with our larger families. We spent my birthday weekend with Mom’s family. We’ve also gotten to see Dad’s brother this fall. We’ve gathered with different ones of my siblings throughout the year, and I always enjoy those times. We’ve also added two more nephews to the family this year. We are going to gather with most my siblings in January, and I’m looking forward to that.

I’m in kind of a complicated place with work. I need to make some decisions about work and where to go with all of that. One of the things I’m pretty sure I am going to be looking into more is writing articles and being paid for them. I will get more serious about working after January and all our celebrations.

I’m also looking for a newer friend group to be part of at church. I’ve had one of the friends I used to spend a lot of time with move away to help take care of her in laws. She does come back to town, and we get together whenever she’s around.

The other big thing in my life is my communication device broke about the time I was getting ready to go to to camp. Thankfully, I did get a loaner by the time camp started. But my device was older than we thought, and after a lot of discussion and back and forth, we’ve decided to get a new device.

 

I want to end by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Sarah

Random

December 16, 2017

I’m amazed. It’s a little after one, and I’ve finished everything I want important with work. now to take care of personal e-mail and Facebook. I also need to get some practice in on the new communication device I’m trying.

The new communication device.. Let me try to explain where I am on that. My communication device broke in July, and thankfully I’ve been able to get a loaner device. But as far as technology goes, my device is old, and the repair I need is expensive. I need to get a new device, it’s kind of the next thing. I have a lot to learn on this new device. First of all, this is a new kind of screen, and I’m trying to learn that. The new communication device also has a computer inside of it. The computer has been upgraded to Windows ten.. There is a whole lot to learn and figure out. It’s slow going for sure.

Things have changed in my life. The friend I did things with most Sundays has moved.. I never work on Sunday, but sometimes I’ll get lazy on Saturdays and save personal e-mail and Facebook for Sunday.. I like getting out of the house as much as I can on Sundays, to do things with friends. But sometimes that just does not work out.

Christmas memories

December 9, 2017

Christmas has always been one of my favorite times of year. I love the decorations. I love the plays. I love the Hallmark Christmas movies. I love the parties.

When I was growing up, the parties and plays seemed to be kind of a prelude.. We used to go to my grandparents each Christmas. We lived farther away than my aunts and their families, so my family would get to my grandparents a few days earlier. Both sets of grandparents lived in the same small town. I loved being with my Mom’s parents. For me, it was a great time to read, enjoy watching movies and relaxing.

Dad’s parents used to have these big dinners. It was my parents and siblings, Dad’s brother and his family, and then whoever else. Granny loved to make these huge dinners. She made t wonderful country cooking meals

I think I am going to stop here and get back to this next week.

Thanksgiving

November 18, 2017

First I’m sorry for the long silence. My weeks seem full of work.. And my Saturdays have been filled with different things. We’ve been out of town some. We’ve done some different things with friends.. And I’m not sure what the coming weeks are going to be like with the holidays coming on. Let me do my grateful list while I do have sometime.

  • I’m grateful for this communication device which is also my computer. We’ve had some problems with these devices lately, and we’re working toward getting a new device. This communication device is the way I do everything from reading to all the I do. Even on days like today when I want to take a breather from everything for a while, I’m still glad to have something that works.
  • I’m very grateful for my family. They really take care of me. And I’m so glad to have had so many siblings. Visiting with them and their littles is one of my favorite things to do.
  • I’m grateful for my church family. I’ve been a part of a couple of bible studies the last few months, and I’m enjoyed both a lot. And still I love gathering on Sundays and having a day of rest.
  • And I’m grateful to be reconnecting with an old friend. We used to be really close, but have kind of gone our separate ways.. But we’re talking more again and I’m grateful.

Where I’ve been

October 14, 2017

The past two weekends we’ve been visiting with family. I’ve gotten to meet my newest nephew. He’s exactly one month old today, and he and his big brother are both real cuties.

I posted on Facebook over a week ago that I had a big decision to make about the communication device. Thankfully I do have some time, and some help, to figure this out. The thing is, I’m using a loaner communication device. Mine is in the shop. Do we ask my insurance to repair mine if we are going to need to ask for a new device in next year or so? That seems like a waste for everyone.

I’ve kind of tried the new device for a week or so.. I say kind of because I was only able to use the eye gaze system. My pointer, the thing I’ve communicated with since I was a tiny girl, doesn’t want to work on the new communication device. So I didn’t get any real time to figure out the new system.

The thing is, obviously we don’t know how much longer my communication device is going to work. I’m just not sure what to do about all this. I’m talking with my speech-language pathologist and the people at the company to try to figure something out

Trying a new device

September 16, 2017

It’s kind of been an exciting week. My newest nephew came on Thursday evening. Labor was quick and that was definitely an answer to prayer.

And then yesterday I was introduced to what could be my newest communication device.. Well, I guess it’s more a question of when not if.. [Unless the Lord heals me, which I’m totally opened to.]

I’ve always gone with Prentke Romich devices, and they’ve never let me down. Not only do the devices seem like the best products out there, their support people are awesome. And I mean everyone from sales to service.

When my device broke this past summer, the speech-language pathologist I’ve been with for several years suggested that we go on and start looking at another device.

I’ve known there was a way to use the communication device with only your eyes.. I wear a hat that has a stick on top of it. I can not remember a time when that was not how I’ve communicated. But we’re giving this Eye Gaze thing a try.. It’s an adjustment for sure. Trying to learn that and a new device is going to be a good bit of work. I’ve only had the device two days so far. I am going to be practicing some each day.. We will see

September 9, 2017

My weekends have been a little crazy lately. And honestly, I’m on the computer later than I’d like to be on a Saturday. But I am getting a lot done, and I know that I am going to be away from everything tomorrow, which sounds great because I’m ready for time with friends.

I’ve been around family for several weekends in a row, different combinations of family. I’ve enjoyed that quite thoroughly.

I’m not sure what to say. Have been in prayer for this nation a lot. I know we’re in a mess with these hcanes. I’m praying about that too. But hurricanes happen, natural disasters are part of life.. I’m more concerned about these riots. Should we keep our monuments? Do we respect life? Do we respect authority? Leaders mess up, they’re human. We are all human.. Sighs, I have a lot more questions than answers about all this stuff. And I do not understand everything going on, I know that.

I may have bitten off more than I can think through tonight. But I am thinking and praying through these things.

Trying to do this

August 12, 2017

As usual, by this time of the week I’m ready to put down any kind of work and just relax for a while.. I know I am going to be pretty busy the next two weekends, and I don’t know if I am going to get around to this or not. We’ll see how things go. Today I think I’ll share some about my personality, I guess.

  • I like order. I like getting things done and knowing that they’re done for the day. And I feel better if all my work is done before I start reading or doing fun stuff.
  • I like enjoying my dessert last. Kind of feel disappointed if I don’t have dessert waiting for me after dinner.
  • I’m disabled and can’t feed myself, so I never eat alone. But I don’t like eating in quiet. I like listening to other people. Don’t like it when aides come in and they have nothing to say.
  • I like quiet when I’m working. Sometimes I turn music on. Other times I don’t.
  • I’m reminding myself that these last few Sundays are not normal. The friends I usually do things with are gone.. Also reminding myself that something besides the church meeting has turned up for me to do. Hopefully something will happen tomorrow.