In this dark valley

Psalm 23Today you can find me in the dark valley at Me Too Moments For Moms where I share how God is working through my mom and her Alzheimer’s disease.

“Don’t step on a crack,” she said.

“Why not,” I asked.

“Because you will break your mother’s back,” she said.

I turned to her. “But you’re my mom,” I said and she laughed.

My mom and I go through this bit quite often. She always laughs when I feign surprise and exclaim that she is my mom. I love to see her laugh and smile. It makes me happy – but yet sad. You see my mom suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

She tells people I am her daughter but I’m not sure she knows what that means. Does she know that she gave birth to me? Does she know how she shaped and molded me to become the woman I am today or is the word “daughter” just a label she associates me with?


When she was first diagnosed, it seemed unreal. Sure she was forgetting things more than normal but she still knew the names and birthdays of her children. She could still have a conversation with relatives about the good old days and she still knew when my dad would sneak outside to smoke a cigarette. In fact, until that day at the doctor’s office, she was still driving. Read More

17 thoughts on “In this dark valley

  1. OH! I have dementia increasing and have been told that Alzheimer’s may be the portion in a not-distant stretch of time. All I can hope for is that I will be thinking of and rejoicing to my Heavenly Father. Don’t know how it’ll be. Thank you for being so kind and friendly to your Mom.

    1. Joanne

      May the Lord give you strength and wisdom through your illness. I will pray for you. Through my research, I found that the memory remembers songs and prayers.

  2. Hi! Blessings to you! I found you on Monday Musigns LinkUP today, where I’m linking up too. Thanks for sharing encouraging words. God is with us no matter what season we are going through. What a blessing!

    Tayrina from TGAWrites

  3. Jenny, what a difficult road you both are walking on. I’m thankful you both of one another and the God you both love. I pray God’s light continue to shine through your mom and you. Thank you, Jenny, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

    1. Thanks Crystal. I cherish each day I have with my mom as each one is a new adventure that we face together. In some ways we are closer now than we ever were. Sounds strange but true. Thanks for visiting.

  4. What a wonderful blessing it must be for your mum to have you in her life Jenny and I can only imagine how hard it must be for you. Thank God He is in control and He holds us in His hands. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your journey with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings to you and your mum

  5. It’s kind of hard to tell if this was written by a true JPM exec. or by someone attempting to lure out whistle blowers for whatever reason. Most of the information in the letter is public knowledge. I really don’t see the smoking gun of hard core evidence like times, dates, names and places. Maybe this is just an introductory letter and more will follow. I just never heard of a W/B’er start off a letter with concern for their fellow American.VA:F [1.9.21_1169](from 0 votes)

  6. That thing was massive compared to it’s body size. I’m sure he/she had to feel better after all that gunk was expelled. I couldn’t help but think of that episode of Seinfeld where George runs over a squirrel and, at the insistence of his girlfriend, winds up spending a fortune on special medical treatment at the vet. Great post MM.

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