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11/28/13 8:35 P

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How very nice for you!!!
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Hi Val,
Have moved into DDs place for a week as my home is getting painted and the children thought we would be better off without having to deal with the chaos that goes with the painting.
My oldest Grandson, flew in from London early this morning with his family on his annual Christmas break. He is an Investment Banker with Goldman Sachs. He, his wife, 2 sons, daughter, son-in-law and grand-son reached at 4 am. I woke up to see my DGS by my side this morning and I am feeling so good.

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Indeed you are blessed,hope you are enjoying your Monday!!!

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Yes I know Val, I have an older brother who is 96 and can see him gradually wasting away from it. Just praying that the alternative therapy we have started for DH will not get him too incapacitated. Because today at 92 too he is fiercely independent and does 5 km effortlessly.
Luckily we are blessed with a supportive and caring family who takes great care of us.

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Oh how difficult for you - it's such a frustrating disease as there is little to nothing you really can do to stop the progression - I know all too well having lost my MIL the last couple of years from Alzheimer's. So very sad for you!!!
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Yes Val, by the grace of the lord, we will be married 70 years this April……
Please keep us in your prayers as he has been diagnosed with early stage dementia and it does not progress very soon. I feel helpless as even I really can't do too much to help him with my in ability to walk without support. Yes the family is always a blessing but I can't bear the thought of DH losing it….

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70th Wedding Anniversary - OM goodness - that's amazing!!!
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Wow, 5 K by Christmas, that would be awesome. I so need to get back on track with my nutrition. This seems like a great time to do it since I have to be careful with what I eat post op.

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Wishing you a great Wednesday folk.

Val you must be having your hands full with unwell grandkids to take care off. But I'm sure DDIL will appreciate the advantage of having someone else to shoulder her responsibility. And these are precious bonding moments for the family.

Beverly, yes it's very grand that I have a loving family that spoils me and DH rotten and take care of our every need and more.

Just today, DGDIL introduced us to an Ayurvedic Practitioner (Traditional Medicine) who will treat me for weight loss, joint pains and managing my diabetes. These are all various herbs and roots which he will concot together to treat the ailments.

He is working with DH for his hip and lower back pain as well his eye-sight.

He has assured me that I would be 5 kilos lighter by Christmas if i follow his instructions and his parting short to me was (Ammamma by your 70th Wedding Anniversary you won't even need a walking stick to walk) Amen to that. But i'll be happy if i can just be more independent.

Cheers to that….



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11/19/13 2:17 P

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How wonderful to be spoiled. The walk and massage sounds divine. We went through AD with my husbands grandfather, and his mom had some Parkinson's dementia. It is so very sad to watch our loved ones fade away.

Val, hope the grands are feeling better. We had an early start to the flu season here, but it hasn't been as widespread or severe as usual. Maybe that is a good thing.

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Sounds like you were pampered very nicely and deservedly so. You certainly are blessed with longevity in your family!!

My two grandkids have been quite sick and are just starting to really get over it. It is the cold and flu season that is well underway. My DIL is off to New York for business for a couple of days and while the kids miss her terribly, the rest of us try to make up for it. We have a new pup of only two months old in the house and he sure is distracting for them, plus they are involved in a lot of activities so that all should keep their minds off missing their Mom until she comes home. However, my DS's bed will be quite full as both kiddies and the dog get to sleep with him while Mom is away LOL!

Enjoy the week everyone!!!

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Hello All,
Hope all of you had a great week-end with family.
DD,DSIL, and their daughter & SIL & Their Son & DiL & 4 year old GS ( my DGGGS) joined us for lunch. Feels nice to be surrounded with so much of love and care. Our kids pamper their Ammamma and Appappan (that's what they call me & DH) rotten.
Then on Sunday evening DGS & DGDIL took me for a half an hour walk in the nearby park and then treated DH & me to a refreshing Chinese foot massage. Boy I loved it but just found getting on to their recliners and off them a little intimating for these old bones.
My Nephew and his wife brought my 96 year old brother home for dinner with us. He is suffering from AD and for the past 2 months kept calling me Amma & talking to me like I
Was mom. Guess I resemble mom a lot. But today he called me Mani baby(that's what my elder brothers call me) and I was so happy, I simply love Francis Chetta to bits. He can still bring out the child in me..,,love you Cheta ( that's what we call an older brother in Malayalam)

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11/17/13 6:34 P

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How wonderful to have such a great family support system. We have one daughter living with us, and another daughter is a single mom living separately, but her 2 boys are here 4 days a week while she works. We are glad you found our team and look forward to getting to know you.


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emoticon Wow, what a wonderful family!!! Welcome to the Team - so glad you found us!!!

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Hello everybody, just joined SP 2 days ago. Was delighted to stumble upon this group
I am an 85 year old Matriarch of a great family with 14 members spread over 5 generations living together in an old family bungalow.
My husband & I
My son & daughter in law
My 2 grandsons & their wives
5 great grand children & 2 of them with spouses
1 great-great-grand child and the second is on its way.
I have more kids but they live away. I also have two older brothers & 2 younger sisters who live within a half hour drive.
3 Married grand daughters, their children & grand children who also live in the same city.
Phew lost count of the nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and their children & ggchildren

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12/13/11 10:42 P

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I love having the connectedness. I have lived in Salt Lake, Cedar City, Utah (Pau, Toulouse, Perpignan, and Lyon, France while serving an LDS mission in that area), Boise, Idaho, and Vancouver Washington. The one thing that I do notice is that when I am surrounded by family, I have less of a tendency to seek out outside friendships. I think that this is not always a good thing since I have had a number of very close friends outside of my family when I lived away, and I miss those association here. I guess this is my own fault, but I also think there is a time commitment in living in a large family.

I am interested in Canada. I have had one opportunity to visit there. My parents and I traveled with my youngest daughter up to Victoria on Vancouver Island. It was such a fun trip. I also love the Anne of Green Gables books and "I Heard the Owl Call my Name" by Margaret Craven. I have a few friends who have moved to the states from Canada, and from what I have observed, I think that Americans from the U.S. would really benefit from paying more attention to our closest neighbor.

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What rich lives your nieces and nephews are having. And how wonderful they have each other to share it with.

My dad was in the Air Force and we moved a lot, too. We lived in Germany from 1972-75, right after I graduated from high school. What a great time I had there, but wish I'd had more family to share it with. Germany was the only other country we got to go to with my dad, spent most of our time up and down the east coast and as far west as Texas, where I graduated from high school.

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Both my husband myself were born and bred here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and have never lived anywhere else. Close family have always been within walking distance on both sides so we've been blessed with a connectedness a lot of people don't have.

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My brother is stationed in Germany with Army intelligence. This is their third time in Germany where three of his seven children were born. He has also been in South Africa twice, Mozambique; Texas, Korea, Washington D.C., Afghanistan, and Monterrey, California, (not in that order) and will be stationed in Senegal next year. Since he has seven kids, they were never completely alone. It is a trade off of rich and diverse cultural experiences for family connection and roots sometimes. Two of his daughters are here now, going to college. They have friends all over the world, as I'm sure you have. They are very adventurous, and I don't really think they have much desire to be rooted in one place.

What are the places that you have been? DId you long for more connectedness, or are you glad that you had such variety in your life?


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Not only was I an only, but I was an Air Force brat. I wasn't around what little family I did have. I think you are right about the differences in family background making it hard to co-exist. I'm sure your kids will adjust quickly once they find out how nice it is to have support. No one loves you like your family.

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Love this thought about the family being the basis of civilization. I agree one-hundred percent.

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There is nothing like loving family support and I believe it is the basis of all civilization!

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Val and Beverly, Thanks for the welcome. I do feel blessed. Having a very large family (I have four brother and a sister, and my mom and dad have 29 grandkids, only two of which are mine) is both a challenge and a blessing. There are lots of personalities to blend, but there is also a lot of joy and support. My mother also came from a family of 6 children, and we are very close to our aunts and uncles and cousins as well. My dad only has one sister, who has two daughters, but they are also an important part of the family of course.

My husband was an only child. I think that it was difficult for us to blend two very different mentalities about family life. We are currently not together. When are marriage feel apart, I tried to stay up there and patch things up for four years. When that wasn't working, I went home to my large and supportive family, and he chose to keep some distance between himself and his parents.

These different values have been difficult for my children to deal with. For one thing, when I moved back home, I felt like I was coming home, but they felt they were leaving their home. I didn't fully understand the ramifications of this at the time. In some ways, they have an easier time dealing with the smaller, simpler family tree on their dad's side--Dad and two grandparents, and a few distant relatives who aren't too close to the family.

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Wow wonderful to have such a supportive family. I'm sure you know how blessed you are. My DH and I are both onlies, sometimes I wish we had a larger family.

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Wow, you do have a large and supportive family - you are indeed blessed!!!

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I moved back to my home town five years ago. I had been divorced for about four years, and needed some support with my kids and trying to get my career started. I moved in to a home that my parents own, right next door to their home. My mother is the cornerstone of our family. My sweet father has had Alzehiemer's for several years. Right when we moved here, the driving issue was a huge issue, but now, it is over and done and a thing of the past. My mother and I enjoy having each other close by. We do help each other out a lot. Three of my mother's grandchildren have come here to go to school. Two are currently in their own apartment, and my nephew lives in my basement.

My mother's younger sister lives in my grandparents home, which she bought from the other brothers and sisters when my grandparents died (within 6 weeks of each other). She and my uncle moved back here to retire. She has a daughter with children living here, who she does daycare for while my cousin works. She also has a son and his wife with four little kids who live here as well, but again, not under the same roof. We also have other cousins and children of cousins who are here going to school, and a number of other family members who live within 50 miles. We are a very large and close family, of which I have only mentioned those who live closest. My oldest daughter is going to a university in the northern part of the state and living with her other grandparents. My youngest daughter lived with me for 3 years after I moved here, and then decided to live with her dad for a while. I am excited to have her coming home for Christmas vacation.

Edited by: LARKSONGRUTH at: 12/11/2011 (00:20)
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