Hola from Mexico Ken...
glad to hear your uncle is doing better.. your attitude and spirit sounds great and it is a remarkable share for other caregivers.. I love the story about the white papered walls to design your own Christmas...such an incredible way to build to Christmas from the heart.
Living here in Mexico, the closeness of family is do different than in the US. I think the US is one of the only countries in the world where family closeness has dissipated so much. The customs are so different in countries once you are out of the states. Conversations run deep on the values of family in the US.. but it is people like yourself as well as the millions of caregivers who have opened their hearts to redefining what family is in the US... away from the greed and all the cah cah... this is truly a gifted blessing.. and the old adage" "to give is to receive" has truly come alive again.
and Glenda... it is so good to hear that your mom has shifted and opened and that you are truly enjoying your time with her... amazing after all you have been through with your family...what a wonderful gift... I am sorry I haven't called.. it's been very very busy but wonderful things are happening down here.
My wishes for all caregivers is to keep everything simplified... keep everything from the heart...during this holiday season... life is short.. I always think of how as we age, we seem to accomplish less during the day then we did twenty or thirty years ago... why is that so?
Richest blessings to you all and to your loved ones