Happy new year everyone. I would like to start out by apologizing for my absence. Family duty as a caregiver consumed much of my time this past year as my mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She lost her battle with the disease just before Thanksgiving. A week after she passed I was holding my granddaughter (1 1/2 years old) and that softened the loss I felt. I realized god takes away ones we love AND gives us new ones to love.

The circle of life can be difficult at times and we need to appreciate our loved ones in the short time we’re here. I’m grateful that she was my mother and that I was able to help her in her time of need.