Thank You Caregiver Challenge #1







Dear Caregiving Soul,

November is National Caregivers Month and, in honor of that, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge you for all you do and for all that you are.

Behind your tears, your despair, and your heart full of love, please know that you are an angel of light – chosen for the very path you are on today.heart-105730_1280

While this journey may not be easy, please know that you don’t go it alone.

With love and gratitude for all you do and for all that you are,


Someone who knows, someone who cares


Long Island Family Caregiver Coalition Challenge

thank-you-620513_1280CHALLENGE #2:  wants to invite you to join in on another challenge

Long Island Family Caregiver Coalition Challenge

 From: Edward Gibbons
At this morning’s quarterly meeting of the Long Island Family Caregiver Coalition I am going to give the Chairman’s Address. During this address I am going to challenge everyone affiliated with LIFCC to reach out to a family caregiver during the month of November which is National Family Caregiver Month. I am also going to challenge everyone to challenge 5 people to also reach out to a family caregiver. There are approximately 65 million family caregivers in the U.S. with about one million residing on Long Island. Let’s see how many family caregivers we can reach out to and say “THANK YOU”!! That is all – just say “THANK YOU” for caring – for sharing love and being the cornerstone of our health care system. If you would like to do more – great! Take a family caregiver to lunch, spend some time talking – let them share their burden with you – give a hug – but, most importantly, say THANK YOU!! Share this post and let’s get this movement started. On behalf of all family caregivers throughout the World – thank you. Let’s see how many family caregivers we can reach out to during the month of November. With gratitude – Ed

A “Girl” and a Dream


Mom was 89 when I took this picture and 90 when I interviewed her in 2014.


Do you want to chat with me?


I’ll chat with you sure.


Would that be nice?


That would be wonderful.

What is one of your favorite memories in life that stands out the most to you?

The birth of my children and the day I got married.

Tell me about the birth of your children; was it different each time? Why was it different? Read More

Joy Journaling Exercise Practice One

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 The Tools of the Trade – While this may sound simplistic, it is and it’s not. The first thing, and the most important in my humble opinion, is to bless yourself with the right tools for journaling. Take a trip to your favorite bookstore and buy yourself a special notebook, diary or journal, and buy yourself a pen that has some meaning or feeling behind it, as well. Maybe something with an inspirational saying.

It could be your favorite color or have a design with your favorite affirmation on it. Whatever it is that makes you happy and feel joyful – that is the right tool for the job. Take your time in picking out your journal and pen. The way you feel when you hold your pen and take out your journal is an important connection. Read More

Living in the Moment: What the Heck Does That Mean?

Living in the Moment: What the Heck Does that Really Mean???

I always crinkled my nose and furrowed my brow when I heard that you have to “Live in the Moment.” What does that mean? Like, now, in this moment I am stressed! Who wants to live in that? My mom (who, of course lives with me and I am her caregiver) is in the hospital. She had a small seizure and some other issues. She will be coming home – good news, for sure. However, I don’t know what I’m up against. I have questions. Read More

Joy Journaling Exercise: Practice Two



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 A Smile in the Morning and a Prayer at Night – No matter what time of day or night you choose to journal, make certain that it starts with a short, simple prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude for the experience you are about to have – for letting go of what is in your head – allowing you to live from your heart.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Phillipians 4:6, NKJV)

 It could be a prayer of praise to God for giving you the tools and the resources to release some of the stress that comes with being a caregiver – this stress, by the way, is something we are all familiar with and you are not alone in this.

Try this: If you cannot think of a prayer, try something like this: “Dear God, thank you for the gift of grace you are offering me in this moment as I release the toxins from my body and from my mind by putting down my cares onto this paper. I honor and glorify you for giving me the gift of  release.”

 “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2, NKJV)