The Who Where What and Why of My Wee Abode 2.0

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Finally! I’m introducing My Wee Abode AGAIN! And today I’m sharing the who, where, what and why of My Wee Abode 2.0.


Introducing My Wee Abode AGAIN

If y’all have been following along via the My Wee Abode newsletters and/or perusing the weekly Tuesday Turn About posts, you know something has been brewing.

You also might know that I not only made a major life change this last month, but that My Wee Abode (the actual apartment) has a brand new ‘look’.

Here is just one ‘moving-day’ picture of the new place… I’ll share several throughout this post. They ain’t pretty, but they give you a glimpse into what is to come!

introducing my wee abode again entrance to living room with moving boxes and furniture
This is a shot from the entrance into the apartment. Kitchen is on the right and this is the living and dining area.

WHO Moved to My Wee Abode 2.0?

Well, it wasn’t just me that moved!

My 82-year-old mama moved from her memory care/assisted living community and now lives in the second bedroom that is now part of My Wee Abode.

family picture with grandma grandkids and great grandkids
This is a recent photo of my mom (Sherry) with my son, daughter-in-love and jellybeans #2 and #4.

Yep, big changes! Keep reading. 🙂

WHERE Did We Move To???

Actually, we moved about 10 minutes up the street (literally, up the street), from the MWA OG. (Look at me getting all cool!)

My Wee Abode is now a 914 sf apartment (still a tiny home, but MUCH larger than the OG) with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a rather large balcony area. AND, we have a washer/dry closet! God is good, y’all!

Here’s a peek at the floor plan!

introducing my wee abode again floor plan
This floor plan has a lot left to be desired! I saved it from the community’s website.

The new My Wee Abode is located in a large 55+ Active Senior Living community. We are still getting settled, so have yet to take advantage of the activities and amenities offered.

So, we are still living in Fountain Valley in Orange County, So Cal. Fountain Valley’s motto is “A Nice Place to Live”, and it really is! We love it here!

WHAT Moved to My Wee Abode 2.0?

I know that sounds kind of silly. “What” moved to My Wee Abode…

However, you might be surprised by the difference in WHAT you move from a 400 square foot loft apartment to a 900+ square foot apartment.

kitchen view with boxes and lots of moving mess
The kitchen isn’t much bigger than MWA #1, and I think the Lord just wants me to be content with ugly cabinets! 😉 Unfortunately, this time, they clash with the LVP flooring that I love!
introducing my wee abode again pantry wall at entryway
What makes up for the ugly cabinets? This pantry wall! More on that in a future post!

First , What Didn’t Go… the Purge

While I packed, I purged! What I didn’t take were two large boxes of farmhouse decor items. Some I made and others I purchased.

The two boxes were taken to church and offered to my church family, and then the rest of the items were ‘donated’.

Also, I didn’t take the new oval medicine cabinet or the new chrome faucet I installed in my Modern Coastal Bathroom Makeover. Unfortunately, there is no place for the medicine cabinet to go at the new MWA. And the faucet was just not worth uninstalling and reinstalling. 🙂 (But, my ‘new’ bathroom could sure use a pretty new faucet, just sayin’. LOL!)

introducing my wee abode again bathroom with moving mess
Everything is very ‘hotel-looking’, as my daughter says. And the bathrooms are the most hotel-ish. Lots of ideas!

And More “Donations”

The new light fixture DID get taken down from MWA 1.0… and given to my sister who will use it in her bathroom. (I’ll explain in another post why I didn’t take it to the new place.) I’m so pleased that my sister will be using the lovely light in her bathroom!

More of WHAT Moved…

What actually DID go to the new MWA is all the rest of the ‘innards’ from the original MWA.

Also, my mom’s full bedroom came from the memory care community… which totally fit in her new bedroom. It’s really nice for her to have her dresser, headboard and decor. Plus, she re-inherited a piece of furniture from MWA… Can you guess what it is? Here’s a hint…

bedroom in moving-in state with bed and furniture
My mom loves her MCM bedroom set… even the headboard, which no long fits her twin-size bed. I get it… I love her set, too!

WHY Did We Move into My Wee Abode 2.0?

Now, that’s kinda the real question, right?

Why would I opt to give up my lovely little loft apartment that I have put so much time (and money) into, like a recent bathroom update, or an accent wall, or the ‘marble’ counters using contact paper?

introducing my wee abode again dining area with moving mess
This is now the dining area… my bedroom is just past the dining area… to the right when you enter MWA.

And, why would I opt to become my mom’s primary caretaker, when it is a HUGE responsibility and life change (besides the fact that I love her bunches)?

The Issues

As you read above, my mom (Sherry) has been living in an assisted living/memory care community for the last 1.5 years. Before that, she was living with my sister for about 2 years, and then before that, she was in another assisted living for about 2.5 years. (WAY too many moves for an 82-year-old woman. But in hindsight, it really would have been hard to avoid.)

bedroom with moving boxes mess and furniture
My bedroom is the bigger, mainly for blogging purposes. And, yes, I have an extra closet!

Mom has been living in memory care for the last several months, and there was just so much that we were not happy with:

  • We wanted more one-on-one care, and we have come to understand that you just can’t get that in any AL/MC community.
  • The food, no matter what community she was in, was palatable, at best. They ‘woo’ you at your tour with amazing food, and then don’t deliver to the residents. Really sad.
  • Mom’s meds were often given incorrectly. Each time she moved, it would take about 6 weeks to ‘train’ the med-techs how to administer her meds. They always wanted written doctor’s orders, but rarely followed them. My sister and I are convinced that AL/MC communities have more problems than need be because the residents are receiving their psych drugs improperly.

New Issues…

  • In recent weeks, my mom has had additional major issues that the caretakers were not in tune with. We often would find caretakers sitting in the dining room on their phones, when it would have been helpful for them to be checking the residents.
  • One huge issue was Mom was starting to resign herself to ‘whatever’. And my sister and I really don’t want her last years to be spent resigned (content, yes, but not resigned).
  • Another huge issue is Mom is starting to have sun-downers. And we really don’t want her to be ‘alone’ when often she was feeling scared during these times. (Super sad.)
  • My sister and I were spending WAY too much time advocating. While having Mom living with me offers another set of challenges, we believe advocating is even more EXHAUSTING.
  • Among other things, we were promised the world by the marketing people at these communities, and no one delivered. (Mind you, we were at two different communities, both having excellent reputations and charged $$$!) It would have been very helpful if they had been honest, and we would know what to expect from them, and what we needed to do.

The Solutions

My sister and I started talking AND praying about what it would look like for me to become my mom’s primary caregiver, and my sister to become her secondary caregiver.

bedroom with moving boxes mess and furniture and vaulted ceiling view
My bedroom view from the extra closet. Yep… we are on the 3rd floor and vaulted ceilings are a perk!

We talked and sought counsel with people we respected, and had meetings with our brothers, as well at the rest of the extended family.

This is the plan we have put in place:

  • As already shared, we are now living in a 2bd/2bath apartment that is costing way less than half of what we were paying at the memory care community. That’s a HUGE savings, y’all!
  • After talking with my boss, we decided I would start working part-time. I just can’t work full-time AND take care of my mom. So, I now am working a total of 16 hours/week: 3 days at home, and one day I go into the office. (I have an amazing boss, and these shortened hours come at a good time. His wife will take on anything I can’t accomplish. Thanks, Peg!)

The Schedule:

  • On Mondays, when I go into the office, my sister (DeeDee) comes to the apartment and spends the day and early evening with my mom, too. I work at the office for 4 hours, and then I have the rest of the time for errands, appointments, or even blogging (the community here has a computer room that is available or I can work at a local restaurant.)
  • On Wednesdays, DeeDee stays with Mom again, so I can spend the day with my daughter and grands. Wednesdays have always been “G-day”, and we all felt this was important for everyone to keep this day as priority. My sister stays into the evening on this day, and actually helps my mom get to bed, as well.
  • On Thursday evenings, my oldest brother and his fam come and spend the evening with my mom. Again, I can run errands, go to my church small group (every other week), or even meet a friend for coffee on this evening.
  • Two Saturdays a month, the siblings trade off taking care of Mom. This gives me two free Saturdays a month!
  • My youngest brother is ‘on-call’ to help when I need him, as he also works from home and can work from anywhere (including MWA).
  • AND, the adult grandkids are on-call for errand-running. They will be our “Uber-eats” or any other type of pick-up and delivery we may sporadically need.
introducing my wee abode again living area with moving mess
I’ll be using the dining area as my home office, since my mom will spend most of her time in the living area at this time, too!

It Couldn’t Be Much Better

This plan has been in place for about a week now. I took the first week or so to let Mom acclimate to the new place, and just have me here. Although, there were some surprises and my sister stepped-in and covered for me while I ran some errands that were needed, or I forgot about. DeeDee has been amazingly gracious and helpful!

balcony with garden view
Our balcony opens to a large greenbelt area (just like at MWA #1)! The gardens are kept up really well!

But, don’t you think we have a pretty good plan in place? If all goes as we have mapped-out, this will be a situation that most people don’t have the blessing of with their parents. Again, we have a good and loving heavenly Father!

introducing my wee abode again balcony with door
Did I mention we have a washer/dryer closet? We are hoping to have our new stacked set delivered this week!

Well, this post has already been SUPER long. If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for staying with me! 😉

I have LOTS to do in the new My Wee Abode. I’ll be sharing projects and ideas in my next several posts!

view from living room in the new my wee abode
This is the view from my dining-room office! And it SOUNDS like Hawaii, too!

Please feel free to ask questions (I’m sure I missed something!), or leave a comment! It makes my day when you do, and I’m an open book! 😉

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  1. Thanks for your blog. You have given me much to think about, but reading about your generous, joyful spirit is just the way to start the day. God bless you in your holy work!

    1. Oh… you made MY day, Josee! Thank you for your lovely words, and I’m looking forward to sharing all the ‘new’ for many seasons to come!

  2. I’m happy for your mom that y’all were able to come together as siblings on such a good plan. I’ll enjoy seeing how you turn this apartment into MWA2.

  3. Julie, this is so wonderful! What a great place, and how great that you and your family members are all coordinating the care so well for your mom! I’m sure your mom will feel so much more comforted and cared for. You are doing such a wonderful thing! I can’t wait to see all of the fun things you are going to be doing with decorating!

    1. I’m looking forward to all the fun to be had here at MWA2, Pam! And, my mom and I have had some fun and giggles, too! 😉

  4. God bless you and your family with your new adventure 😀. It’s quite an undertaking but how wonderful to have everyone involved! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful projects you’ll do in your new abode!

    1. Thank you, Susan! I’m excited about getting the place put together, too. It’s looking pretty good so far, if I do say so myself! 😉

  5. Julie, Your solution to help your Mom is wonderful all around! I’m so happy for you and your whole family. Eldercare is hard! But with everyone pitching in to help you have figured out the best way to love and care for your mom. I know your struggles well and I know how hard it was for you when you did not think she was taken care of in the other retirement facilities. Certainly, this is of our good and gracious Father. He spoke and opened doors and you listened and walk through them to where you are now! What a testimony!!! I love you so much! Yvonne

    1. Aw… thank you, dear friend! Yes, you DO know the heartache I have gone through with this situation, and I’m thankful for a Father that has listened as we have prayed together about it! Thank you for being there for me!

  6. Family is important and it sounds like you have a great one. Mothers took care of us when we were growing up and it’s important that we take care of them when they need it. Having you mother at any age is a blessing.

    1. Our family has it’s share of dysfunctions, for sure, but we have a good God that is loving and gracious. Love my mom, and I’m thankful I’m with her during this time.

  7. You are a wonderful daughter! And a wonderful example to all. Family comes first! Thank you for sharing your story and hope it all goes well!

  8. This is exciting! Although I’m guessing will have its share of challenges too. Our folks will be 80 and 81 this summer. They still live independently, in the home we grew up in.
    Luckilly, my brother, sister and I all live locally (I actually live next door) so we are able to visit often and be there when they need a helping hand. Many of my friends have already lost one or both of their parents. We feel so very blessed to still have them in our life. Family is everything! Best of luck on this new journey in your new wee abode! I’m looking forward to following along as you make your space your own.

    1. Yes, Donna, there have been and will be lots of challenges. I’m asking the Lord to give me grace with my mom, and to help me handle the situations in a way that will glorify Him, and bless my mom. I’m so glad you all live close to your folks. And how wonderful that they are still living independently!

  9. Your plans for taking care of your mother are so well thought out. I wish I had daughters like you and your sister. Your mother is finally in good hands with your sister brothers and grandkids. You all must love your mother/grandmother very much. God bless your mother and your family.

  10. Congratulations, Julie, on so many life-changing decisions. Your hands are full – full of grace. Blessings to you and your family in your new home. I look forward to seeing you make it your home in your style.

    1. Thanks, Rita… Yep, lots to do. I’m looking forward to lots of projects and fun… and exhaustion!

  11. Julie you are amazing! What a lovely place, and how wonderful of you to step in at this critical time for your mom. There’s a lot of love in your family! ♥

    Can’t wait to see what you do with your new place. Best wishes and congrats on making the move. Even more love to you my friend!

  12. I’m so happy for you, Julie. I can’t wait to see what special touches you add to your new place and I hope the transition to your new living and life arrangements goes as smoothly as possible.


    1. Thanks, Jen! It’s been good thus far. I’m looking forward to the changes coming, and to be able to share them! Hugs!

    1. Thank you, dear friend! I know you understand the situation, and I’m always encouraged when we’re able to catch-up! Love you!

  13. Julie, my hat is off to you and your family for putting your mom’s needs first. Especially you. The floor plan of this new apartment seems well suited to your needs. Love that eh bedrooms are on opposite sides of the apartment for more privacy and quiet. Your balcony and the views look so nice. I can’t wait to see how you decorate the new space. Moving is always an adjustment, no matter the circumstances. I wish you, your mom and family a smooth transition and that you are happy there.

    1. Yes, it HAS been an adjustment. And it’s always expensive, too! We have had LOTS of little purchases, and larger ones, too. We had our stacked washer/dryer delivered today. What an amazing luxury for me! And the dishwasher!!! Thank you for the encouragement and kinds words, sweet friend!

  14. May God bless you and your whole family in your willingness to care for your Mom! I look forward to seeing what you accomplish in your WA2! Be sure to take time for yourself.

    1. Thank you, Ann! Blogging is definitely part of taking time for myself, but spending the day with my daughter and grands on Wednesday is a treat! I’m hoping to take some of my Saturdays off and visit my son and his fam more!

  15. Hi Julie
    I read every sentence. I have a large family too and I love how y’all came together to share the care! That balcony photo looks amazing! And to double your square footage!

    Thank you for sharing !

    1. Yeah… over double of the square footage! Woot! I’m excited about getting the balcony to looking it’s best! We get very little sun, so my flower/plant choices will have to change since MWA1 had full sun on the patio. First world problems!

  16. I am truly happy for you and can’t wait to see the place after all those boxes are unpacked & furniture arranged. Other than needing someone with Mom all the time does she have any special needs. I am sure getting in & out for Dr. appointments you will need help. Hope you can find what you need in the community. Take your time getting settled in and I am sure that you will love this place. I think it looks cool.

    1. Hi, Fernie! The boxes are almost all gone now! My mom’s room is totally set-up, and the living room only has two boxes left. (We don’t talk about my bedrooo-ooo-oom!) Mom has a walker, and is considered a “faller”. However, she has only fallen a couple times in the last few months. BUT, she DID fall on Sunday because she felt a box needed to be straightened (no, it wasn’t in her way), and she used her foot to try to move it. Down she went! She didn’t hurt herself, but she did bust our new trash can! LOL! (You gotta laugh, or you cry!) Anyways, I was able to pick her up, and my chiro said it didn’t look like it affected my progress at all (seeing him for another issue). Doctor appointments are shared by my sister and I and we have the dynamics ‘down-to-an-art’. 😉

    1. Aw, thanks, Holly! LOTS to do! I’m hoping my free time in the evenings will afford me more blogging time. So far, I’m just tired! 😉

  17. I’m so excited for you1 And it sounds like the schedule and ALL of the family support and help you have is quite generous. Love how the Lord works and gives us more than we deserve. Looking forward to all the pretty changes you’re going to make there. And if anyone can make those cabinets look good, it’s you! Praying for y’all! Big hugs.

    1. Thank you, dear friend! Appreciate your prayers, and we definitely see the Lord using them for our good and His glory!

  18. Wow Julie! Best of luck to you and your family, especially Mom. I’m a caregiver and I know what it takes to take care of Mom. It’s really hard on everyone involved, so please take breaks often. I would also put bells on the balcony doors ,in case she gets confused at night while you are sleeping.
    I love the unit and Im excited about what you will do with it. Endless possibilities for you. You are very creative and I’m sure it will be charming and cozy. I’m looking forward to your future posts. I will pray for you .

    Good luck

    1. The bells are a great idea, Brenda. I need to put them BEFORE I need them! I’m thankful that I’m getting plenty of breaks. My family understand the importance. Do you work in an AL/MC community, or are you a private caregiver?

  19. What a great thing you are doing for your Mom. She will be so much better off in your care. Nice that your siblings are part of the team. Your new abode is lovely especially that huge window and balcony! Looks like a cheerful place to call home.

    1. We are very grateful all the siblings and adult grands live so close, Heidi. And I’m VERY thankful for the view from my home desk. It’s a lovely community!

  20. Hi – Definite life changes but I totally understand after going through it with my mom and my mother-in-law. It sounds like the whole family is on board to help out which makes a HUGE difference. It really takes a toll on the caregiver if there is no help. Good luck as you transition into this “new” way of life. God is good!

    1. Yes, Lynda… I have heard that often the caregiver passes before the dementia patient does! Crazy! We are getting into a groove, and I’m working on having my devotion time each morning and evening. It’s the one thing necessary! 😉

  21. Best of luck! It was so hard on my mom when my Dad started Sundowning. Your plan sounds great- we were too spread out to be able to help like that.

    1. Thanks, KC. The sun-downing since we’ve gotten to MWA2 has not been bad. Just some strange confusion. But, I’m thankful she’s not scared, as she was at the MC.

  22. Hi Julie. My Heart goes out to you for making the changes you did. I am a retired LPN & worked 29 years in an Alzheimer’s/Memory Care Unit. I understand the commitment you have made. God Bless You! Jill

    1. Thank you for serving in the industry, Jill. Like I said in another comment, I need to add to my post that there were a number of employees at the AL/MC that were wonderful and we often wished that the majority were the same. Mom could have stayed if they were. (The memory care director was amazing, several med techs were great, and a few caregivers were very much on top of things.)

  23. Love it! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for this place and I’m so thankful you are able to care for Grammy.

    1. Thanks, Joy. I’m looking forward to getting the new place together, for sure! And praising God for His provision with Grammy.

  24. Dear Julie, Hurray for you! It’s so good for families to take care of their own! I’m so glad you are are able to do that, and have such a good support network around you. We took care of my husband’s step-mother and father, and our adult children were a huge part of the rotation. It’s not something we will regret. We also hired a lovely Christian woman to come several mornings a week, but nothing can beat being in your own home, with people you love and who love you around you. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your new place! Blessings!

    1. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story, Marilyn. It reminds me that we have also planned to hire someone to step in when needed (like when Mom can’t go to church anymore, but the rest of us will need to). We are saving so much money by living together, hiring outside help is much more feasible and palatable! 😉

  25. Your mom is so blessed to have such a loving and caring family! Many years ago I worked in a Nursing Facility; these places are wanting for sure. It is certainly a huge responsibility, but what you are doing is superior in every way! You and your family will be in my prayers as you get settled, adjusted, and care for your mom.
    Suzanne from PA

    1. Your prayers are so appreciated, Suzanne. And I need to actually add something to my post about there being some lovely employees that we truly appreciated. If they were all like the few, the industry would be in great shape!

  26. Julie, I’m so happy for you and your mom! Your situation seems to have been blessed on all sides!! 🙌🏻 I can’t wait to see what you do with your new wee abode! Prayers for your continued transition! 💛

    1. Thanks so much, Kim! We are praying and hoping in God’s best for us… He promises to withhold no good thing, so this must be good! 😉

  27. God bless you and your family for working out a way to care for your mom, and every one is pitching in. It is not an easy undertaking. My 89 year old father in law is starting to show sundowners syndrome. It came out when he was hospitalized, and he got violent and very ugly as he wanted to go home. He knew he needed familiar surroundings. I had noticed a few things as his daughter did, but their younger brother is in complete denial about his father’s situation. I think he may be a bigger hurdle than getting my father in law settled in care. My husband, the oldest son, knows something will have to be done eventually, and it will be a fight.
    And by the way, I love your new digs! Sounds like it will be a really nice place for you and your mom.

    1. Prayers for you and your family, Lynne. It often really is a hard situation in the beginning. We had a lot of coaxing to do when Mom moved into an AL the first time. But, the Lord was kind to show us ways to say things and show her how it would be good for her. Now, it’s just a bit different. 🙂 I’m convinced she needs one-on-one care.

  28. Julie- your Mom is so blessed to have you to share a home with and your siblings to help with her care. Prayers for all of you as you navigate this journey of care and transition of life for all of you.

    1. So appreciate your kinds words, Leslie. We ARE blessed, and I’m grateful the Lord is working things out. He is a kind and loving God!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynne! Your prayers have been felt, and I so appreciate your support and friendship!

  29. Julie you and your entire family are amazing…your schedule is the epitome of true teamwork. What a blessing you all are to your mom! I can’t wait to see what you did with your new place. God is good and I am praying for you during this time of transition. Love you!

    1. Thank you for the prayer, Kelly! They are coveted, as you know! We are praying that all will go smoothly and if (when?) it doesn’t, we’ll have grace and love towards each other and my mom. 🙂

  30. I applaud you and your family! With God all things are possible and He will bless all for honoring your mother. Not all families can provide care for their parents but my siblings and I had the privilege of caring for our parents and it was a blessing.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl! We are truly praying that the Lord will be glorified through all of this! It’s all about Him, really. 🙂

  31. Congratulations Julie. Your family is truly amazing. It’s wonderful to hear how you are all coming together to make it work for everyone. You are all blessed to have each other. I’m looking forward to see how you put your own stamp on the MWA 2.0. XO-MaryJo

    1. Thank you, MaryJo. God is good, and so free with His blessings. We know there will be challenges, but we really do want Him to be glorified through it all!

  32. Hey friend❣️ Those are some major changes. Sounds exciting but it’s still a lot of changes. Praying for you. If you need a respite, give me a call and If I can, I’ll spend some time with your mom. Love you. I

    1. Crazy, right? Thank you for the offer! I may take you up on it! Or, I may have you just come over for some fun! 😉

  33. I certainly commend you all for the love and kindness you are surrounding your mom with. Of course, how could you not? While I was reading, I was wondering if your brothers would step in to lend a hand and was glad that they have as well. So many times, it’s left up to the girls in the family in situations like this. Both of my parents had Alzheimer’s and I am the youngest of two daughters and was left to a huge undertaking looking after both of them until I finally had to put them into a nursing home. I was so heartbroken. My sister (who is 3 years older than me), not once ever offered to help me or even give me a break, but she sure was there after they passed away with her hand out waiting for her share of her inheritance. I have never forgiven her and haven’t seen her in ten years. I also have zero regrets looking after mom and dad. (How could I not?) How lucky you are to have wonderful siblings and still have your sweet mama. 😘

    1. Thank you, Colleen… I’m very thankful for the Lord’s provision of the family being so close. I know most caregivers do not have this ‘luxury’. We are hoping it all goes smoothly, but are asking for grace and love if it does not. The siblings have agreed that nothing is worth losing relationship over. I’ll be praying that your relationship with your sister is healed and restored. BIG hugs!

  34. I am so glad you made this move. It looks like you have lots of back up and that is what you need! Here’s to you and your mom and family!!! Love and best wishes!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Donna! Yes… I can’t imagine what it would be like without all the family coming together.

    1. Thanks, Beth! We are blessed to have God’s love, wisdom and guidance through all of this! HE is our strength, for sure! 😉

  35. What an amazing gift you and your family are giving your Mother! I’m so impressed how you all came together to come up with a plan as a loving family. Your Mom is very blessed. What a lovely balcony view! Looking forward to seeing how you add your magic touch to MWB2 to make it home.

    1. Thanks, Marie… We are SO blessed to have all the siblings within 15 minutes of MWA. And most of the adult grands are here, too! God is good. And I’m looking forward to sharing the new place, too!

  36. I’m happy for you! What a wonderful thing you are doing having your mom with you: your an angel.

  37. You are such an amazing daughter to do this for your sweet mom. Giving her the best in her last years of life, you are a true blessing to her. Gosh all those things you mentioned about the communities, it’s so heartbreaking and so true. I would get so upset to walk in only to see 3 of them on their phones in the dining room, it’s no wonder my mom had so many falls. The only thing good was the food. We are heading in that direction with my mother-in-law now, it’s such a hard thing. Thinking of you and sending you lots of love and I can’t wait to see what you do to this new apartment, it’s going to be beautiful!

    1. Right back at ya about being wonderful, Kristin. I know you know what we have and are going through, and I appreciate our chats so much. (I’m glad your mom had good meals, at least!) Praying for you as you head down this road with your MIL. Let’s chat soon.

  38. Julie, what a wonderful gift this is to your mom! Wishing you and your family every blessing as you navigate this new chapter together! And congratulations on your beautiful new home – can’t wait to see how you make it yours!! 😘

    1. Thank you, Janet! We are thankful for the family the Lord has given us, for sure! I’m excited to start sharing the new MWA soon!

  39. Wow, what a big change, Julie. Your mom is so blessed to have you and your other family members in her life to provide the right care. I know this decision has been a long time coming. I’m just so glad that you found a great apartment to make it a smooth transition for everyone. I love the layout and new floors! You have such a positive attitude, I know you’ll make MWA 2.0 a lovely home.

  40. I love your new place Julie! What a pretty view from the balcony! You have been in my prayers since you revealed your plan to all of us. Not at all an easy decision to make but I know you’ve done the right thing. My sisters and I dealt with many of the same problems as your family did before Mom passed away. It is incredibly hard to find an assisted living facility that will actually do what they say on the tour. Yet, the moving around trying to find “the one” is so stressful on everyone. You have a wonderful support system in place and that’s huge! The relief from wondering what’s happening each night when you had to leave your Mom will be such a blessing too. Continued prayers as you all settle in. Can’t wait to see what you do with your new beautiful abode!

    1. Yes, Denise… you sound like you totally ‘get it’! Lots of things to still learn on how to handle things, but I’m thankful at this point that my mom is ‘easy’ in so many ways. 🙂

  41. Hi Julie- I admire you and the life changes you have made. Taking care of an elderly parent isn’t easy- let alone moving into an entirely new apartment. Your Mom is lucky to have you. It’s nice to hear your boss gave you the flexibility you need. Your post has such a positive vibe and is filled with optimism.

    1. Thank you so much, Anna. It really isn’t me… it’s the grace of God! Truly! And I’m thankful He has give me such an understanding boss!

  42. Your new place looks amazing Julie! I’m sure you will have it feeling cozy in no time. Your mama is a blessed woman to have you and her other children involved in her care. Our Father has worked out the details perfectly for you all 🥰

  43. I love your new place, Julie. I am so glad you have such a close family where you can make this new arrangement with your mama work and feel like you have the support you need from the rest of your family members to still take care of yourself and do the things that are important to you. Sending you hugs and much love sweet friend.

    1. Thank you, sweet friend. Not gonna lie, always things to work through, but we have a very good plan! God is good… all the time!

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