Matthew 6:1 Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
About the only time I can get a picture of Mike is when we go out to eat, and as you can see by the after photo, he doesn’t always appreciate my efforts! That being said, I am all about taking photos of him as much as I can, especially when things are seeming to be ‘normal’ for our lives.
Today, he was carrying a cup of coffee and struggling to get through the room without spilling it, I offered to take it for him and he sweetly said, “Honey, I have to do as much for myself as I can. I have to continue doing so I don’t lose what little I have left. I love how you take care of me, but I really have to insist you let me do what I can.” I started to cry, as he was acknowledging he knows he’s losing ground. He knows the dementia is taking over.
Tonight I suggested he begin to do sculpting again, as a way to keep himself more in line mentally with pursuing a project – I feel this would be a lot safer for him, than having him trying to do something with the power saw! He said he would contact a local artist we know, and see if there were any classes going on. I believe he’ll forget, so I plan to call said artist myself and get Mike started. I believe he really misses the creativity of sculpting, and I pray this will stimulate him. I’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
In the meantime, I am still working on the darned office, slowly, but surely, getting it organized. However, I am finding I spend most of my days being available for Mike, and available to run errands for him, and that doesn’t allow me the time that is necessary to make a bunch of progress in a given time frame. As the year is winding down ever so fast, I know I’ll have to step it up, especially on the paperwork side to be ready to file taxes in April. I know, it’s early to be thinking of that, but not really. I am finally going to have my office in order so I will be able to file daily instead of two or three times a year, with a cardboard box as the holder of all paperwork.
So tonight, as I climb into bed, I feel good about today. It’s been a great day. Have a good evening.