Category Archives: Caring for Parents

Five Friday Favorites – Retired Life

Tom retired a year ago, after what I like to call three soft-landings. It was strange for him to switch from a “work to save for retirement” mentality to a “let’s live on what we’ve saved for retirement” mindset. I … Continue reading

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Our Emotional Roller Coaster

I hate roller coasters. They throw off your equilibrium and make you have to regain footing once you’re back on solid ground. Not to mention the unexpected twists, turns and drops along the way. I’d rather not take part, thank … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – Father’s Day

This Sunday is the day we set aside to honor Dads. It used to be that “Father Knows Best”, and he was respected and honored by his family as a result. Today it is much more common to belittle them, … Continue reading

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A Time For Everything…

Every marriage faces different seasons. Some you see coming and others take you by surprise with a phone call. Being aware of this helps us adjust when the winds change–rather than get blown away by the emotional roller coaster, we … Continue reading

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Decades of Marriage – The Fourth Ten Years

We’ve had some extensive posts about what to expect in each decade of marriage. Now we’ve caught up to where we are. Tom and I celebrated our 37th anniversary in February, so we’re almost through our fourth decade–crazy! This ย has … Continue reading

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Trials In Marriage–Caring For Elderly Parents

My Mom has been gone for nearly three years, and it seems I’m missing her more now than I have in a while. I’m not sure why that is, but I’m grateful I have no regrets that haunt me about … Continue reading

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Trials In Marriage – In-Law Relationships Part 2

Today we continue our series on the topic of In-Law relationships. It’s not an easy one when it gets started on the wrong foot, but there is help. Continue reading

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Rejoicing, Recovering, Relaxing, Remembering with Respect

The night before we came home from our mountain cabin makeover marathon, we found out a dear friend of ours passed away. He had battled cancer for a long time, and Monday the Lord decided it was time for his … Continue reading

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A Time To Mourn

I want to start off by thanking each of you who have prayed for us as we’ve cared for my Mom these past few weeks. What a huge support and help you’ve been to us. Thank you! It is with … Continue reading

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Taking Notes

I posted a couple of days ago on debigraywalter.com and thought you’d like an update as well. Thank you for your prayers for us during this time. What a difference God’s sustaining grace makes in such times! Here it is: … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye

Before we went to sleep last night Tom said to wake him if I needed to. I did, at 3:30a. You see on Monday my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a short time to live. Her response … Continue reading

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The Waiting Room

Yesterday I shared my reflections of growing up as the daughter of a neighborhood Pharmacist. Today I’ll share my reflections of letting go. This story was published in a book titled, Letters From The Waiting Room–by Lewis Seifert, in an … Continue reading

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My Dad

Our first post in our Reflection series is actually reflections from my childhood, years before I would become Mrs. Tom Walter. I wrote this the year after my Dad died, which you’ll hear more about tomorrow. From June 2004: Fatherโ€™s … Continue reading

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