As her mind becomes more confused, one of our challenges has been to find ways to connect with her, ways to engage her in the life around her. Many of the things that she used to enjoy and that filled her days she is no longer able to do. Her husband, many of her family members, and friends have gone before her leaving her lonely and sometimes sad.
In an effort to help her stay connected and engaged, we've created little bits of beauty - flowers, growing things, and doo-dads that she can see from her bedroom window or the chair where she often sits.
|Next to her chair in the living room - a miniature rose bush and African Violets.|
|The view from her bedroom window.|
|Viewing newly planted flowers.|
|Hanging basket from my brother.|
|Mini porch garden created by my sister.|
Each time Mom exclaims over the beauty of the blossoms or counts the spinning flowers or engages in what we are doing to care for our little growing things, I am blessed. I am blessed by her smile, by the joy in her voice, and to see a little bit of the woman I've always known shining through again.
What about you? Do you have bits of beauty around you that bless you and bring you joy?