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A New Year & new goals...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 1 January 2018 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio. is the first day of the rest of my life!

As many of you know, I am busy caring for my husband, who is suffering with dementia.
Hmm, is he suffering? Not really, but I certainly am. I ache knowing what he has forgotten
or has no feelings for any longer. Without thinking, I catch myself saying, “Honey, remember
when we were in Austria?” or “Alaska” or “Hawaii” ………. and oh so many other places.
His blank stare is painful. His hobbies have gone by the wayside and it is a full-time job
keeping him interested in much of anything.
I have a permanent ‘shadow’ no matter what room I enter ... read between the lines.

Thankfully after being married for 58.5 years, I don’t mind his company, but…
Today I say farewell to my regular posts here in Am3 … though I hope to visit,
and who knows, maybe even comment.

Image #2740

January 1st is around the corner, along with an end to my daily posts, at least for now.
Dementia is so debilitating and Hubby needs more of my time.


* Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ... <)))><
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omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, lights & graphics!
ℋappy ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • New ♫ ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • Year ⊰❷☺❶❽⊱ ♫ ♪¸ ¸ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ *

1 Jan 2018 9:40am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

I think to you Judy and from time to time you'll see small lights of thoughts of virtual friends of the whole world.

1 Jan 2018 9:50am

@Mhelene: Thank you, Mhelene! ♥

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Receive all the courage I am able to send you. A big hug, my friend.

1 Jan 2018 11:16am

@Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia): Thank you, Graciel-la. ♥

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

Superb, happy new year

1 Jan 2018 11:34am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

passe une agréable année riche pour tous les yeux

1 Jan 2018 11:50am

MAU from Els Poblets, Spain

Ditto Graciel-la.

1 Jan 2018 6:05pm

@MAU: ♥

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

You will be missed here. Good luck as you start this new year, and new phase of your life. Wishing you the best for the new year.

1 Jan 2018 7:38pm

franz from Baden, Austria

So sorry to hear of your decision, understandable though it is! You will indeed be missed!
I wish you the very best for 2018 and beyond, and may the shadow go away ...

1 Jan 2018 8:10pm

@franz: Thank you, Franz ............. I will miss seeing your posts of your grandchildren.

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Happy New Year Judy! Best wishes for a wonderful 2018. Take care of yourself.

1 Jan 2018 9:07pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

May the Lord give you strength and comfort. After darkness, there will be light
Best wishes to 2018!

2 Jan 2018 6:33am

@Mirjam: Thank you, Mirjam, for your blessings ............. I am well, taking it one day at a time, walking with our Lord.

Devi from Chennai, India

You are in my everyday prayers and I I wish...God sends a miracle in tour life and this dementia gets dementia and he becomes normal..we don't know...we hope a miracle happens..we all live on hopes Judy :)

2 Jan 2018 3:33pm

@Devi: I love your thoughts .............. that 'Dementia gets dementia'......... Thank you! ♥

Carol from United States

Judy, This photo is beautiful but the reason for posting it is so very sad. While I know you labored over this decision, I hope you still can find a little "me" time in your day to take care of yourself. May God continue to give you strength as your travel this journey of helping your hubby through the difficult days ahead. Hugs from "up north."

14 Jan 2018 1:33pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

My prayers are coming your way. Make sure to care for the care-giver.

17 Jan 2018 12:22am

@beach: Thank you, Beach.............. I appreciate your comment.

rem_la from Villiers, France

une bien belle image pour une triste nouvelle
une pensée affectueuse va vers vous deux

31 Jan 2018 10:59am

@rem_la: Merci.

Andre from South Africa

Stunning image. As for your post - my heart is with you, and your husband - if it means anything. Thank you for the website and all the beauty you share.

2 Jul 2018 5:31pm

@Andre: Thank you very much. All thoughts and prayers are most welcome.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States


2 Jul 2018 6:03pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wishing you and yours a Miraculous 2019..May th4e Lord bring in a Miracle in uour Good Old days come back... With prayers

26 Dec 2018 10:36am

@Devi: Thank you, Devi. I wrote to you on your Elephant & Mouse image. ♥

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

One year later I hink to you and yours and hope the little light is lighting you every day for the new year !

1 Jan 2019 10:36am

@Mhelene: Mhelene, I thank you for your thoughts and your comment. I've just now seen your note. Happy New Year to you also, though belatedly.