Being a caregiver for an older parent or a loved one with disabilities in decline can be physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging. For these caregivers, the pandemic has fetched an additional worry that also weighs heavily on their shoulders. However, no matter what times we live in, we are ultimately forced to make some decisions for our own sake or in the name of the loved one we take care of. Caregiving for a Loved One
Another crazy month here at the Mills Way Family. We were sad to see Mom and Dad bead back to Minnesota this month. We drove them to Texas and spent the night before heading home. They went on to see relatives in Kansas City before heading home. Our drive to Texas was one of our worst in the last seven years. We drove in heavy Snow, Winds, Fog and Rain. We had times we were stopped on the Interstate with the motor shut off while we waited for traffic to move. We are planning on Flying more in the future then driving back home.
This month went way too fast. We have less than two weeks from today and we will be driving our folks back to their home in Minnesota. They have been down since the first of December and we wish they would just live here all year around. Maybe some day our wish will come true.
Our boys both have girlfriends this Valentines Day and they are trying to think of what they could do with the little bit of cash they have. This is a common thing for a lot of people. Some people let their heart do the thinking and not their Financial Freedom Mind which gets them in trouble after Valentine’s day.
Another awesome Month to live in Arizona. We had a great month here with Mom and Dad. I feel living in Arizona that we get more company and have more quality time with company then we would have had back in Minnesota. The month was a roller coaster of emotions and crazy things happening. I guess that is called life. LOL
It is a new year and we have done our Family P & L Actuals from last year. We have also done our 2021 Budget and Goals sheets together. Now is the time to update our Retirement Projection sheets with our Actuals from 2020 to see our new Retirement Projections.
Recently we took our car in for an Oil Change and the Store Manager came out to the sitting area and gave me a long list of repairs the car needs. It was over $3,600. I said to him that the cars value isn’t much over that. When the shock wore off, I told him I was going to hold off for now.
Our folks came from large families. Especially our Dads because they came from farming families and that seemed to be the thing to do. Have a lot of kids and they can help on the farm. Now a days with the high cost of living or the high living lifestyles that so many people have it is hard to have large families. Some people have one or two kids and others choose not to have any kids and have a pet.
Hope you had a fun New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. I am excited that it is 2021 and all the new opportunities we have this year. It would be hard for 2021 not to be way better than 2020. As many people know a lot of things can happen to a family in a short period of time.
December was a fun month since this was the first time we had our folks with us for the whole month to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. They plan on staying till sometime in March but we would love to have them live with us full-time in the future.