Taking a Break

I made the transition from Oaxaca to California to join my family in care giving for our mother. My sister and I are taking alternating 24-hour periods. Our mom will be 100 on her next birthday, Valentine’s Day.

After writing this blog almost non-stop since November 2007, I’ve decided it’s time to take a break to concentrate of family, care giving and all that this requires.   Thank you for understanding and for continuing to stick with me in my absence. At this moment I don’t know when I will be back with you next.

Sunset at Las Cuevitas

Sunset at Las Cuevitas

53 responses to “Taking a Break

  1. Wishing you all the best for a difficult
    Job To love your Mom
    Thank you so much for the blog
    Looking forward to your return
    Saludos. John

  2. Norma dear, may you find peace and beauty, even in the mundane, even in the difficult. Our thoughts are with you – wonderful daughter – and your beloveds as you embark on this caring journey.

  3. Dear Norma,

    You have made the only decision there is to make about your mom.

    Take good care.

  4. We love you Norma 🙂
    you are a change agent and in making the world a better place, and you bring hope and joy to hundreds of people and communities. you rock.
    hope all goes well in California with you and your beautiful mum and family. big hugs, Giles

  5. I will miss your posts and glimpses into your life there – but know that you life encompasses many places and loved ones – and you need this time to be with them. Take good care of yourself and I look forward to your return to us.

  6. Dearest Norma,

    You’re a wonderful daughter and you and your family and their lovely matriarch will of course be in my thoughts. Breathe.

    Much love,


  7. You are ever a wise woman, Amiga. You are exactly where you need to be, doing exactly what you need to do. Know that I send you love and wishes for peace of mind and heart for you and your family. Un abrazo fuerte, MTV

    • Not wise in everything, dear friend, but this is the right thing to do. It’s an amazing life changing experience to be able to care for a mother who cared for me as an infant, much in the same way. Sending hugs.

  8. Norma

    We met only once and kept thinking that we needed to take one of your seminars…They look so interesting.. My husband Bob enjoyed talking to you at Michele’s. We wish you the best with your mother and with whatever plans you decide to make.. Your newsletter was so interesting.. We recommended it to everyone we knew…We hope you return soon….

  9. Beverly in Connecticut

    My Dad died Oct 13,2015 a proud 90 yr old WWII Veteran
    Our family promised him he would not spend his last days in a convalescent home. We all shared in his care. He died in his home with his family at his side.
    caring for him was difficult at times but the time spent with him was precious.
    you will not regret your decision to love your Mom in her final days
    Just remember to breathe and take care of yourself. It can be very stressful.
    This is a great gift you are giving your Mom
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your sister

    • Beverly, perhaps some of the most meaningful experiences in this journey are the messages I receive from friends I have never met, people like you, who give me words of encouragement, caring and support. Thank you. We have no way of knowing when life will take its course. My sister and I are here for the long haul. By our mother’s side, just as you were with you father. It is hard, as you say, but an important testimony to her (all our parents’) lives and the gift of life for us — to give back to them.

  10. Family first; may all go well.

  11. Sweet Norma … Bless your caring heart.
    Do consider yourself warmly hugged,
    Merry in Santa Fe enroute Teo soon

  12. What a wonderful and difficult way to be spending your time. I’ll be thinking of you and wishing the best for you, your sister and mother. Lots of love to you.

  13. Family is everything, as we are learning again, and as you have shown us with your day of the Dead posts. We are all drawn together because ot it. Please,wish your mother well.

  14. Norma,
    My email will be less colorful without your wonderful posts. For the time being. You will always be glad you took this time for your Mom–a wise decision made by a wise woman.
    Thoughts of you,

  15. Thanks for the beautiful blog. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and will look forward to your return. Prayers for your family as you care for your Mom.

  16. Dear Norma,

    We are so glad you arrived in time to spend timel with your Mother. We know how important that was to you. We will miss you and look forward to your return, but know you are where you need and want to be.

    Jo Ann and Tom

  17. Thinking of you, Norma, and wishing the best for you and your mother. Take care.

  18. This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
    To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

    Sonnet 73

    Blessings, Norma.

  19. Thinking of you, Norma, and sending energy and peace for this difficult time.

  20. Abrazos muy fuerte a tod@s, mi amiga. Oaxaca will be here with her comforting arms upon your return. –Shannon

  21. Take care of your mom, but take care of yourself as well, Norma. Thinking about you.

  22. Barbara Bruneau Cleaver

    Dear Norma,
    Your readers will wait for you, Norma, and appreciate you more than ever when you return.
    Right now your family needs you, and that is far more important.
    Que Dios bendiga…

  23. All the best to you and your family Norma. I will hold good thoughts for you.
    Un fuerte abrazo,

  24. Wishing you all the best

  25. I will miss you Norma but the care of your mother IS MOST IMPORTANT.

    Saludos, Susanne

  26. God speed Norma. Cuidate

  27. Dear Norma,
    We will miss you but your family is more important. The time we spend with our loved ones is precious.

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