Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Jump

Remember a few weeks ago when I said that my family was trying to decide whether or not to take a leap for a job that would take us back home? Well, we jumped. We are moving next week and I won't be on the blog for a bit. I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers and I will write again soon!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Memories Giveaway!

Silly me, I forgot to post this as well! They are going to give me a code for the software package as well to giveaway to my readers!!! All you have to do post a comment below and I will draw the winner on December 5. Only comment once please!!!!

My Memories Review & Coupon Code!

I was lucky enough to be contacted by My Memories, a digital scrapbook software company, and they allowed me to try their software for free! And, I was blown away. Here was software that I had been searching for to create special memories for my family and friends. Downloading it was simple and quick, but of course it will depend on your Internet speed. The ease of loading pictures into projects was so easy! But, my favorite part, was being able to create a slide show WITH music. I love creating those for my family to watch. Here is what I created in about 15 minutes:

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Isn't that great! You can also print what you have created or you can order photobooks of what you have created! Which is awesome for those who don't have a lot of time to create amazing scrapbooks. The software does come with templates for you to use, and there are some free ones you can download online from My Memories. There are also ones that you will have to pay for, but it is absolutely worth it.  This is an amazingly easy product to use!

Now for the best part! My Memories gave me a coupon code for all my readers to use! The code will give you $10 off your purchase of the My Memories software AND a $10 code to use in their store! I highly recommend you check it out! Here is the code for my readers: STMMMS23297

Happy Scrapbooking!

Friday, November 4, 2011

When Home Is So Far Away

A couple days ago, my mom informed me that she had an incident with my grandfather. My dad, on his way to pick her up from work, noticed that the police were at the house. On the way back, my mom stopped in to see what was wrong and an officer decided to berate my  mother about elder abuse. Luckily, my mother has a backbone and informed the officer that my grandfather repeatedly threatens her and my dad doesn't allow her to go over to my grandfather's house. The officer apologized but then upset my mother further by saying that he didn't think my grandfather wouldn't be around much longer anyway. They couldn't get my grandfather's attention for a long time. I think he may have had a small stroke. He wasn't taken to the hospital. He probably refused to go.

That same night, we got a phone call that my husband's grandmother had had a heart attack, albeit a small one. He was and is still very upset. Five months after we moved to Florida, his grandfather died. It had been one of his greatest fears when we left, that his grandfather would die. Now, again, he is in Florida, worrying that the same thing is about to happen. So far, she is doing well as can be expected.

The crux of the situation is that we are a two days drive from our family. If we push ourselves, we could be there in 24 hours. We feel a tremendous amount of guilt that we are not there to support our parents. They are getting older and having health issues of their own. My mother has crippling arthritis that may put her in a wheelchair if she doesn't have knee surgery. My dad has his own health issues. I can't expect him to take care of her all the time. My brother is still in college and has no way to get home every day. We are doing our best to get home, looking for teaching jobs in our home state. I told my husband I would sell everything just to get back home.

Do you live far from older relatives? Do you experience guilt over not being within driving distance?