grandparents and grandkids

Summer Smiles for Sandwich Generation Caregivers

Summer Speed

How’s your summer going? As crazy busy as mine seems to be? Hopefully it’s also been as fun as mine. What with great clients, fun VBS projects, terrific neighborhood gatherings and more, I’m definitely hopping!

Summer Stillness

One day last week, as I was out showing homes before heading home to post photos of our neighborhood gathering for National Night Out 2016, a song came on. Breathe by Jonny Diaz.

As I listened to it, I was reminded of God’s Word from Psalm 46:10:

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

It’s a very popular song in our area right now, so I have heard it several times. And each time I do, I keep reminding myself of this verse and its vital truth – to just settle my heart on God and make sure to keep everything – caregiving, real estate, volunteering, the upcoming elections, EVERYTHING in the right priority and perspective and “be still and KNOW that GOD is GOD!!! Very encouraging, for me – and I hope for you!  Definitely an important part of “caring for the caregiver.”

Christian blogger and Roseville Real Estate Agent Kaye Swain Shares Encouragement

Summer Colors

Here’s a coloring page of the verse as well – fun for kids, grandkids, and even many senior parents.

Scripture Coloring pages for kids adults

Summer Seniors

Speaking of crafts and senior parents, my sweet mom is thoroughly enjoying word search puzzles. She started them to help her memory and has really liked them. She was thrilled with the latest Word Search book I gave her – The The Everything Large-Print Bible Word Search Book: 150 inspirational puzzles – now in large print! She loved the topic AND the large print. Very cool!

Summer Games

Talking about slowing down and taking it easier – here’s a fun game I’ve heard of for years but never played until this week. At a family gathering, we pulled it out and and thoroughly enjoyed it. My granddaughter did great AND so did I – which totally surprised me. My mom didn’t try it but had fun watching us. A great game for all ages. What is it you ask? It’s called Corn Hole Bean Bag Toss.

You can make your own (my loved ones did and it’s gorgeous). You can find directions for how to do that by clicking here plus I’ve saved them at my Pinterest Board – Grand for Kids and Grandkids. Or you can just purchase them in a variety of places including at my fave – Amazon. 🙂 I’ve added this as a possible Christmas family gift for some loved ones this year. I love to give gifts that encourage family togetherness, don’t you? 🙂

Wikipedia has info on its history AND how to score. The nice thing is that it’s quite easy for all so even our youngest grandkids can have fun throwing the bags. We’ve got a couple of sets at my church and I love it when they set it up near the door I’m often greeting at. It’s so much fun to watch the toddlers having has much fun as their parents and grandparents. 🙂

Summer Blessing

Here’s hoping our week to come is sunny, sweet, and full of His blessing along with moments of stillness as we reflect on God’s love and power, while caring for all He’s put into our lives. 🙂

Caregiving

Kaye Swain Roseville Sacramento writer REALTOR shares gallbladder stuffed doll grandkids will likeUps Downs and Gallbladder Woes

This has been a roller coaster year for me, I have to say. Mostly pretty smooth, then a bit of that up-hill, butterflies in the tummy feeling, then watch out! And sometimes, there’s not been a warning. Just in the last couple of months, I’ve dealt with websites crashing (fixed), software not working right (in progress), and most recently, I had an unexpected emergency gallbladder surgery!

What I thought was a REALLY bad case of the tummy bug, maybe even Norovirus, turned into an infected gallbladder. That definitely came out of the blue (hehehe I wrote this first, then found the cute stuffed gallbladder above – gotta love it)! Although in retrospect, I wonder if there weren’t some signs I just wasn’t able to read. My back had been itching for a while for no reason. I just figured it was the dry weather (even though not as dry as usual) and it was my neck instead of my ankles that had fallen prey to it. I’d slather it with lotion and that would calm it. With a family history (myself and others) of mild-moderate skin issues, I was just surprised it stayed mild ;).

Interesting Symptoms of Gallbladder Issues Include Itchiness

After my surgery, I was laying in bed, looking up what the heck this thing was that had attacked me so bad, and found a couple of lists of symptoms of gallbladder problems including this one from Healthline – with itching at the bottom of the symptom list! Now mind you, I’m not saying everyone who is dealing with itchiness should race to the doctor and have their gallbladder checked. But it could be good info to keep in the back of your mind so if you also develop an odd tummy bug, you won’t wait as long as I did to get THAT checked out. (And that is good advice even without any itchiness!)  😉

God’s Awesome Care

I was very blessed to have a good medical team who caught it when I finally called in and said, “I just have the flu but it’s really bad. Is that going around and is there something to take?” Praise God, they recognized it might be more and had me come in right away! God was REALLY watching over me before during and after!

I’ve been listening to Pastor John Miller’s older Bible survey studies lately. I was even able to do this in the hospital which was a blessing in those night watches after they’d checked my vitals. I’m currently in Genesis with Abraham and loved these Words of encouragement He gave me during this time period – Fear not…I am your shield and your exceeding great reward!” Yes, those were directed to Abraham. But I knew they were for me as well, just as the words from Psalms are for us – “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation and Your right hand upholds me; and Your gentleness makes me great. You enlarge my steps under me and my feet have not slipped.”

Sweet words of encouragement from God Almighty to His beloved

Our paths may not always be straight. Sometimes there may be rocks (or surgeries) – big or little – to try to trip us. BUT GOD is ALWAYS in control! He was in this instance, He always has been for me, and He always will be for His children until it’s time for us to head home. I’m looking forward to that moment immensely. I KNOW that Heaven is my Forever Real Home. But I’m also grateful to have more time here to enjoy grandkids hugs, helping my senior parents, and chatting with y’all via the blog-o-verse. 😉

Multigenerational Caregiving Tips to Come

I hope to share a couple more Sandwich Generation lessons from this in weeks to come (like what to do when the caregiver gets sick). In the meantime, have a blessed and peaceful week!

 

Kaye

P.S. Isn’t that gallbladder stuffed toy above a hoot! Will give my grandkids a chuckle, that’s for sure. 🙂

 

Happy Earth Day 2016

It’s Earth Day 2016 on April 22 but our sweet city of Roseville CA is celebrating it a wee bit early on April 16, 2016. That gives me a couple of weeks to share my fave earth day Bible verses with y’all along with our grandkids. Like this one…

Christian encouragement Kaye Swain Realtor Roseville Sacramento CA for Earth Day 2016

 

Sweet Spiritual Legacy

It’s such a great opportunity to share God’s power and the truth of creation with our grandkids, many of whom are in public schools and may be taught a slightly skewed view of what Earth Day should mean. 😉

Fun and Easy Crafts for Kids and Seniors

It’s also a fun time to work on crafts with recycled boxes, bags, cans, tubes, and more. You can find the cutest plane crafting ideas at my Roseville page, as I mentioned last week. You can click here for some fun craft project ideas specific to Earth Day at Amazon. Take the ideas and add Scripture verses to it and you can turn a fun day into an extra-special day and leave a sweet spiritual legacy of God’s love in their hearts and minds as you work away.

Great Grandma Wisdom

Last week, Joyce from What Happens at Grandmas , had more great ideas. She wrote, “I just love your idea of “junk sculpture” for the grand kids! I used this as a project for my high school art students one year and got amazing results. And all it takes is for grandma to toss small boxes, jar lids and other “stuff” into a collection bag. Then hand it to the kids along with glue and watch them go!”

Fun for Boomers and Seniors Too

Perhaps your senior parents would like to join in the fun as well. Many of them grew up during the depression or shortly thereafter and if they’re like my parents and grandparents, they’ll have some great ideas for making do with paper, foil, and more.

Celebrating the Creator Who Made The Earth

If you have more fun and creative ideas for turning Earth Day into a creative and special day centered around the creator of the earth, we’d love to hear them. Just leave a message or pop over to my Facebook Page – SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation – and share it there. And have a blessed week and a Happy Earth Day 2016 whenever you celebrate it! 😉

 

Kaye

Spring Has Sprung Beautifully in Sacramento Area

Talk about multigenerational joys. We’ve been enjoying them over this lovely week in the greater Sacramento area. Spring has fully sprung and we are enjoying the birds singing, the sun shining and I even got to see our two egrets a couple of times this week along with an adorable turkey. Plus I got to photograph this sweet couple a couple weeks ago! Awesome!

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They’re always adorable as long as they’re not flying at me, gobbling madly away – like my senior parents’ turkeys used to do. They had watch dogs and they also had watch turkeys and watch geese and those birds took their job of protecting my parents VERY seriously. The grandkids thought it was a hoot! Me, not quite as much then tho definitely now.

The Tax Man Cometh For All Including Multigenerational Families

Another regular spring occurrence is TAX DAY is almost here. And I am soooo not ready. But I’m plugging away at it daily. How are you doing? If you or your elderly parents need some help, you might check with your local library. Some have tax helps available – either on their own or via AARP, who has been helping low-middle income tax payers since 1968! Lovely help for all including those in the midst of multigenerational joys!

Multigenerational Joys At Blogs and Social Media Sites

Did you know that I write regularly at a couple of other blogs including discussing the various multigenerational joys available in homes nowadays? As a real estate agent in Roseville CA which is in the Sacramento area, they are very much area-specific but they also have plenty of general info and much of it is also geared for boomers and seniors. 🙂 I thought I’d share highlights from some past articles at those blogs as well as my various social media sites.

Fun for Grandparents and Grandchildren

I love taking long walks around various neighborhoods. Great exercise, fun seeing new areas, and terrific for helping me help my real estate clients. And sometimes, I get to visit with neighbors and learn cool new things – like when I was chatting with a sweet senior who lives nearby and has a cool hobby that could easily work well for many grandparents and grandkids – Turning Trash Into Terrific Treasures for Kids and Grandkids. Multigenerational joys, indeed!

Kaye Swain REALTOR West Roseville 95747 sharing green model planes grandkids love

Love Our Dogs and Granddogs

You know me and my granddogs – I do love them! And I would feel so awful if they ran away, never to be seen again. I know many of you feel the same way about your own pets and grandpets. But the reality is, sometimes they do get out. They can definitely out-sneak a toddling grandchild. Not to mention fences that age and holes that mysteriously appear (thanks to their digging?). That happened to a dear friend of ours last week and several of us got busy helping her. Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, the sweet pooch was home to his family fairly quickly. Afterwards, I wrote a guide – Trying to Find a Lost Pet Dog? Of course, it’s focused on our Roseville Sacramento area BUT much of the info is good all across the country. Print it out, find your own local phone numbers and websites, and you’ll be ready in case you need to find a lost dog or car – your own or a neighbors. 🙂

Speaking of sweet animals – have you seen my Pinterest board, Cute Critters. Plenty of smiles there!

Real Estate Tips For All Ages

Do you have older grandkids ready to buy their first home? Here are a couple of good resources for them:

Have you ever considered a second home or boat for vacation, grandkid fun, or other uses? My post on “Tax Deductions for Home Owners” has some interesting info on that and other topics.

Of course, I have several Pinterest boards about all types of real estate questions including aging in place, caregiving needs and resources, boomers and seniors info, and more. Plus I love to share home and garden maintenance tips and home decor tips at all my sites including Instagram. 🙂

Kaye Swain sharing home decor tips with boomers and seniors in the midst of multigenerational joys

Christian Words of Encouragement

Our area is so extra lush and leafy thanks to the El Nino rains we’ve enjoyed over the last few months. And I’m so grateful to God for the rain, the trees, the beauty of the earth He created and has so richly blessed us with.

Christian Kaye Swain REALTOR blogger Roseville Sacramento CA sharing encouraging Bible verses

 

Multigenerational Blessings to you all!

Well, off to work on taxes and other fun stuff. Have a blessed and beautiful week as you bless others in your Sandwich Generation family enjoying sweet multigenerational joys!

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P.S. If you are looking to buy or sell a home and don’t yet have a real estate agent, I’d be glad to help. I know many great agents all across the country, including ones who are terrific at helping boomers and seniors with their specialized needs including multigenerational, aging in place, retirement, and more. I’d be glad to do the research to find you a great agent. Just give me a call at 916-768-0127 or email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com  (And, of course, if you live in my neck of the woods, I’d love to help you with all your real estate needs!  🙂 ).