May 11, 2012

To every thing there is a season....

...and a time to every purpose
under the heaven.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)
This is a letter I posted on  my other site, Simply CVS, and I wanted to share it here, too, as I am sure my dreams of posting often on Simply Shoe Boxes will be curtailed for the time being. 

Dear Readers,

This is the passage I happened upon Monday morning in my daily Bible reading.  It has helped me to make a decision that has been weighing on me for some time.  The decision to step back from Simply CVS and spend the time on my new "purpose" for this "season" in my life:  more hands on care of my elderly mother.

Many of you know that we have had the responsibility of caring for my mom and she had been living in a mobile home on our land. Last month we moved into a new home that has a "mother-in'law suite" on the main floor to prepare for the time when Mom could not be alone anymore.  It would give her time to transition while she still maintained some independence and she would be close at hand for when she needed more care.  This weekend proved it was perfect timing (with seven hours in the ER)--she needs much more daily care than even a month ago.

We had already been doing all of her paper work/bills, taking her to doctor appointments, doing her shopping & errands, preparing her meds, making all of her meals, and those sorts of things.  But she still kept her house & laundry done; the meals we would freeze and she would choose what to eat and reheat; and her meds were put into daily containers (morning, noon, night, etc.) so she could take them on her own without the responsibility of which to take when.  But now we see that much of that will fall on us, too, as her confusion increases.

And along with the increased physical needs is an added emotional need I can meet through spending more time with her on recalling fun memories and making new ones together.  After losing my sister last May she has progressively become more fragile--physically and emotionally. I hope to ease more of that pain and help her to become stronger.  To increase my current efforts, I need more time.  The hours I spend each week on Simply CVS (researching, posting, planning, answering emails/comments, etc.) can be easily transferred to time with my mom.

CVS shopping has changed since I began Simply CVS in April 2010 and this site is less necessary now, than then.  I will explain this in depth in my next post:  The History of Simply CVS [The Fate of Simply CVS: Part Two].  I will also explain what scaled down version of Simply CVS you can expect in:  The Future of Simply CVS: New Posting Schedule [The Fate of Simply CVS:  Part Three].

I want to thank all of you for joining me these past two years in my CVSing journey. Thanks to all of you for sharing how Simply CVS has helped you save more on your family's budget or helped you be able to donate more to others in need. It was those comments that kept me motivated to keep on posting here at Simply CVS. And I thank you for understanding my need to scale back the postings & interactions at this time.  Perhaps some day I'll pick back up those posts that I am now needing to cut out.

Your CVSing Partner,


I do hope to post periodically, and I think it may be therapeutic to share my joys of giving with others with you all thru posts--giving me more energy to devote to my mom.  So bear with me thru this seasonal change in my life and thank you for reading Simply Shoe Boxes.

Your Partner in Giving,



Anonymous said...

God bless you. Many mothers and fathers don't have children to care for them. Thanks for all the help I have recieved from your posts. I will continue to follow your site and will be praying for you.

Susan said...

I will still be checking in here and remembering you in prayer in the meantime, and each time I find a CVS deal or shoebox goodie.

Cheryl said...

Thank you both, very much. This week has been especially difficult as it started Sunday evening in the ER with Mom for 7 hours and she is recovering, but needs round the clock watching and care for a few more days.

Anonymous said...

God bless you, Cheryl, your dear mom,and your family. It is so wonderful of you to do this. What an amazing calling the Lord has put on you at this time in your life. Isn't it something how He has worked this all out, for His glory, and for the good of everyone involved.
I, too, will continue to check in. I sincerely thank you for all you have done. You are truly an inspiration. I will remember you and your mom and your family in my daily prayers, and in my thoughts. God bless!
Love, Pam

Cheryl said...

Thank you soooo much, Pam. Prayers of others mean the world when you are at times too overwhelmed to find the words to pray.

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