Last week, we traveled for the first time with a baby. The ride there was pretty uneventful. He slept the entire way. And throughout the visit, he was sleeping and eating at regular intervals, despite being completely off of his schedule.
The reason we traveled with Sam so early was that we wanted him to meet Michael’s dad. His dad has Alzheimer’s disease which has progressed to the point that he can no longer travel and needs full-time care. I didn’t really know what to expect.
Honestly, both he and Sam slept through their introductions. But he seems to be happy and well taken care of where he is, which I am very thankful for the people who love on him on a daily basis.
The rest of the trip was spent with Michael’s mom, his brother and his wife and their daughter. It was really a great time. We walked around the local college campus. We chatted about raising our kids and all the ups and downs. We watched the two cousins interact (well, as much as a two-month-old and an almost one-year-old interact).
Michael’s mom’s church threw a baby shower for Sam. And there were lots of ladies there who cooed and snuggled Sam. We are so thankful for the love and prayers from that church. They have become a part of our amazing extended family these past several years. I am so thankful for such a wonderful visit with family and friends!
At the end of September, we will be participating in the Alzheimer Walk. This is our sixth year participating in the Walk. We started participating after Michael’s father was diagnosed with Dementia, which falls under the Alzheimer umbrella. My great-grandmother also had Dementia, which eventually evolved into Alzheimer’s disease. I took care of her when I was 14, so we walk in honor of her and Michael’s dad.
The walk is such an uplifting experience. People from all over the community who have been affected by this disease support each other as we walk together. Michael’s parents have been able to come down to walk with us for the past couple of years. It so special for them to come down and feel the support from the community. This year, the entire family is coming down in support of Michael’s dad, so we want to make it a special year of fundraising.
Next Monday is Michael’s dad’s birthday. In honor of that, I want to run a fundraising campaign for the walk this week, starting today and ending on his birthday next week. Our team’s goal is to raise $2000 dollars this year, and my personal goal is to raise $400 this year. Here are the ways you can help:
- Give what you can. Whether it’s $5 or $50, please consider giving to this cause and helping to find a cure to this awful disease. You can make donations to my personal page here: http://act.alz.org/goto/Katy_Vendetti
- Share our link. Share the link to our team page with family or friends who might be able to support us this year: http://act.alz.org/goto/Vendetti
- Pray or send happy thoughts. While the Alzheimer walk is a relatively easy one, the journey of this disease is tough. Remember us in your daily thoughts and prayers as we battle this disease together as a family, and leave us a comment below or on the team page.