Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Need a Bit of Respite?

Caregivers need to take time away from the unrelenting demands of caregiving.  For the Christian caregiver, daily time with the Lord is a must.  We are to find our rest in Him. 

Sometimes though, I know it is o.k. to read a good book, watch a wholesome movie or take a nap. We caregivers don't get many opportunities to take a true vacation, and so small periods of respite within the course of each day become important. 

I have a collection of books that provide me this kind of respite.  Jan Karon's Mitford series, James Herriot's tales of veterinary work in the Yorkshire Hills, and Laura Ingalls Wilders' Little House books are some of my favorites. 

I also love to write funny or entertaining stories and share them with others.  If you are a caregiver in need of a little bit of light reading, you might enjoy my farm blog.  When my teaching job was discontinued by the school district, I chose to take early retirement and spend more time helping my husband on the farm.  To say I'm out of practice with such pursuits is an understatement. My friends are enjoying the blog's description of my mishaps!  You might too. If you need a little respite today, please accept my gift to you of a funny story or two at Back Home on the Farm.

If the link doesn't work, cut and paste this into your browser:  http://heopensanother.blogspot.com 


  1. Thank you for this great reminder and some great ideas. That is something I struggle with, seeing friends and families going on vacation while I sit at home. But you're right, little bits of respite can make a nice difference. I look forward to going over to your farm blog to read some of your stories! :) Thanks for sharing and being a blessing!

  2. I shared this exact thing with someone not less than an hour ago. I am learning that it helps my frame of mind to find 'mini breaks' in my day. Yesterday I worked like crazy most of the day and then laid down to read a book in the afternoon for a short period of time. I found myself looking forward to it all day. It was a blessing I thanked God for!