This blog is about life with my husband who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and Frontal Lobe Dementia in 2008. He was 64 at the time although now, knowing more about the disease, Alzheimer's was present many, many years ago, which is why early detection is so important. As you read the blog the character"Al" that I created in 2008 represents the way that Alzheimer's is invading our daily lives.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri removed all of the button up shirts from Bobs closet. at his new home. "Al" has removed most of the buttons from Bob's shirts, and some, did not go willingly. :(

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri lost her dear Meeko to a blood clot this morning. She was a beautifully "broken Kitty" as we endearingly called her. She was a abandon kitten. She could not meow, but we loved her anyway.

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri wonders if she will ever reach a place of peace. She knows this is a process. She is turning to the word of God daily for acceptance and understanding. In many ways the stress of caring for Bob and "Al" and the shear exhaustion of these past 10 years, has only just started to subside, 6 months after placement. She actually finds herself crying more now then early on. Emotions have been buried deep for very long time, survival mode is what Sheri always called it.
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri has only been getting out to see the boys on the weekends. Sometimes though, she gets this overwhelming feeling to see "them" right away. Almost as if she thinks she has Bob's arms to run to.
Sheri needs to invent a device that gives hugs.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is grateful that her journey with Bob and "Al" gave her the opportunity to develop a love of photography. She is sure she would not have pursued this otherwise.  God is good.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri was thinking back to the things that attracted her to Bob when they met. He was the strong silent type. Always confident that he knew what to do and how to do it. Yet under that strong exterior was a sweet gentle spirit who was shy and cared deeply about others. Sheri is realizing how much she longs to feel a piece of that gentle spirit.
1Peter 3:4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is uncovering layers of hurt, pain and fear as each day passes. It has been 6 months since she placed Bob and "Al" in their new home. She seems to have just scratched the surface of her grief. She is not looking for sympathy, everyone has a life journey. She is sharing to let others know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is shining through the love, grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is realizing that fear plays a much bigger role in her life than she believed it did.
(Work'in on that.)
Deuteronomy  31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is trying hard to discover a new definition of self. It definitely involves a deeper connection to her faith and spending more time with her camera in hand being thankful for God's beauty in nature. Sheri will continue to pause, praise and pray.
The lake at sunrise




Friday, August 11, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri thought maybe if she stopped posting, she could get a break from thinking about this wretched disease... nope.