Well today is the day hubs is telling the staff at school all that is going on with him medically. He will not be returning to teaching after Thanksgiving break. He has been a public school high school teacher for 25 years!
Back on Oct. 1st, Curt (Hubs real name) was diagnosed with Early Onset dementia, most likely Early Onset Alzheimer’s…….he is 46 years old! Not the age you usually have in mind when thinking of Alzheimer’s is it?
Does our family look like the type of family you think of when you think of Alzheimer’s?!?!?!
It is obviously an unexpected journey we are now on……and we are all adjusting to living with a new normal.
But this is Friday Fave Five and let me tell you I do have some favorites! I have noticed that the little things mean so much to me. When I am overwhelmed, discouraged, or just plain exhausted, God sends some encouragement my way.
After a long day this past week helping Curt after school to get his grades uploaded and turned in. I was drained…..BUT, a friend had made dinner for us that night! Can I tell you how overjoyed I was to NOT make dinner that night.
SportTman was in need of a graphing calculator for Algebra. They cost over $100, and I was not real keen on spending the money for one. Well………………about an hour after he told me he needed the calculator, I was cleaning out Curt’s desk at school and guess what I found!!!!! The exact calculator that he needed………….a student had left it behind several years ago.
The Inventor was in need of some winter clothes, we stopped at a local consignment shop after school on Wed. and $50 later she had 5 new name brand shirts,a zip up hoodie, and I got a lovely, and needed hip looking purse. Wow God really provided for her……and me!
The Inventor had a rough morning last Sat. Spending time talking with her dad, just made her sad and reflective about the future. She is the one who is really struggling with this. She had a hair appointment that morning. The women who cut her hair had NO idea what is going on…..but after the stylist finished drying her hair she asked if she would like it “styled and curled” Well you can imagine what any 13 year old girl would say!! And here is the result………….my girl was thrilled, and it brought some joy to a tough morning!
A renewed appreciation for the little things in life that I would often overlook in the past. I now cling to those little things, and see them as a glimpse of the way God is with us during our storm of life. It’s not always easy walking this unexpected journey, but knowing I am not walking it alone provides a peace amidst the storm!
We so appreciate all your prayers as we live with a new normal. Curt will not be working after Thanksgiving, it will be so weird to not have him at school with me each day. We have taught together at the same high school our son attends for years. It will be a big adjustment for all of us. Pray for us in the unknown future that lies ahead for us. THANKS!!!
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