My husband and I enjoy walking with our miniature Dachshund, Zoe.  We do a one and half mile trek several times a day.  While walking one morning, I noticed this magnolia bloom.  It was so small and beautiful, and it was just waiting to bloom and make the world smell wonderfully.

Later in the day, maybe eight hours later, we went for another walk.  What a wonderful way to release stress and tension from life and our caregiving journey.  That was when I noticed my little bloom had blossomed.  In just eight hours it was a beautiful flower.

I was surprised at how quickly this work of God’s hands became a fully bloomed flower.  It made me think how fast life can change.  As of this writing, we have made the not so easy decision to move my Momma, Vera, from her memory care community to skilled nursing.  This is a necessary change as Momma has stopped eating without a lot of persuasion and some actual “feeding” to tantalize her tastebuds.  This type of care is not allowed in memory care in South Carolina, so a move to skilled nursing is necessary to keep her healthy.

Life can change on a dime.  God knew this move was in our future.  He knew every detail.  He is working His plan for my Momma’s good.  Just like the beautiful fully bloomed magnolia blossom, the change is necessary and quite wonderful.  I am looking forward to seeing what the future looks like for Momma.  I am hopeful she will blossom in her own way.  Alzheimer’s tries to limit her, but she is a fighter.  Watch out, skilled nursing, here comes VERA!

Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.

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