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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Other than immediate family, Sheri does not really like taking pictures of people. You see Gods beauty in nature is real and pure. People on the other hand, can pose and smile even when there is a dismantled heart at the other end. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri took some time to refresh her mind and soul in the 7 degree temperature this "Spring" in Minnesota. She needs that internal focus of looking through the camera lens to know that God is still with her on this journey.
Sheri needs to pause, praise and pray.





Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri's anxiety, depression and ability to cope seems to change daily. She will be signing new care plan documents today, "the boys " will be fitted for a wheel chair. Sheri is feeling like she needs a care plan too.
 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

Monday, April 2, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri spent some time visiting with Bob and "Al" on Easter Sunday. March is always a rough month for Sheri. Their wedding anniversary, Bobs birthday, and now his only brother (whom he loved dearly) passed away in March as well. Sheri is trying to embrace that April is the time of rebirth and to live in the moment. Things have really changed in Bob's abilities, so remembering to capture, and be grateful for what moments she can, has become paramount.
Sheri is going to continue to pause, praise and pray.  


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri and the girls celebrated Bob and "Al's" 75th birthday together yesterday. The activities coordinator made "the boys" a chocolate cake! So very sweet of her :) All you have to say is chocolate to Bob to get "Al" to step out of the way for a very brief  moment. :)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri thanks all her friend for the many inquiries about how Sir Cooper is doing. He is doing very well! He is the sweetest little guy, and has been a great comfort to her. he even comes to work with her most days.  :)

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

There is a sharp contrast, from "the boys" a year ago, even since this past Christmas and now. Every once and a while Sheri can get him to sing a few words. This was the song he had a two line solo in , in the choir at the day center he attended for 5 years. A Pastor friend has been going with Sheri to pray over "the boys" and sing hymns with "them", my friend is holding Bob's hand keeping beat, "Al" is no longer capable.
Sheri's heart hurts.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Today March 18th is Sheri and Bob's 29th wedding anniversary. This year she did not hide from it. She found the cassette tape of their wedding vows and brought it with her to the facility where "the boys" live. She sat beside him wearing both of their wedding rings. She explained what the tape was. She played it through with no recognition from Bob, she did not expect any... she did it for herself. She is trying hard to reconcile her marriage, feelings of rejection, abandonment, and loneliness in the years before Bob was diagnosed. She paused. she praised, she prayed, she wept.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Dear friends, this life we have on this earth is so very short, and our Alzheimer burdens are many and very heavy.  Sheri wants to tell you though, if you wake up and hear the birds singing, God has blessed you greatly...cast your cares upon Him.
















1Peter 5:7
Cast all your cares upon Him, for he cares for you.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is working hard on centering her life around Christ instead of "self", because she knows she not still walking on this earth because of her own abilities.  It is only through the Grace of God she is able to share her journey, and she is nothing without Him.
Sheri will continue to Pause Praise and Pray.