I am a saved by grace believer in Jesus Christ, striving everyday to walk in obedience.
My daily roles include wife, stay-at-home mom to my five children (including all the sub-roles that go with them!), and family caregiver coach and consultant.
My Caregiving Journey
I became a caregiver in 2010 the day I got married. At that time I considered myself a supportive caregiver. My in-law’s had just retired to the family ranch following my mother-in-law’s stroke. While my mother-in-law had no physical side affects, her mind had been irrepairably damaged. It became my responsibility to see to most meals, doctor’s appointments, and scheduling aides.
Fast forward to 2014...My husband and I had a two-year-old son and I was seven months pregnant with our daughter when my father-in-law very suddenly passed away.
My husband and I knew immediately that I would assume the role of primary caregiver for my mother-in-law and quickly made plans to move into the family home.
Over the next six years we navigated the struggles familiar to many caregivers:
- Blending two unique households into one cohesive home and family unit
- Drama from extended family members
- Legal battles
- Budgeting and financial planning
- Advocating for medical testing and treatment
- Researching new diagnosis and symptoms
- Finding support and help
- Experimenting with strategies and routines
- Coping with personality changes
- Medical emergencies
All of this (and so much more) while also preparing for our future and growing our family to be a family of seven.
In February 2020, my mother-in-law unexpectedly passed away ending this particular caregiving journey.
There is no grief quite like that of a caregiver. While we would never wish them back to the suffering they felt at the end of their life, their absence leaves an indescribable void and the caregiver is left questioning their purpose and future.
My time as a caregiver left me with a great need to help other family caregivers. I became certified as a Caregiving Consultant, Educator, and Facilitator. Now it is my mission to provide insight, understanding, and support to family caregivers through individual coaching, webinars, trainings, presentations, and group support.