Sharon's Pumpkin Bread and I'll Be | Caregiving

I'll Be

by Diana Claire

Through caregiving comes changed lives. 

I often tell people to forget traveling the world to “find yourself,” and instead take 
care of an aging parent. That is where you’ll find the real you and the true healing 
and growth begin.

Taking care of a parent has a way of bringing up feelings from the past, feelings
from your childhood that you might not have even remembered—or even knew
they bothered you. Aging results in a juxtaposition of a child now playing the parent.
And a heavy-hearted realization that your parent will never fill the role they once
did in your life again.

Some days make your heart sing—like hearing those I love yous and the times of
genuine connections that seem to come out of nowhere and often come during
the most difficult moments as a gift from God. And some days remind you of
painful times. And make you want to run away. Or hide under the covers.
But you carry on. Not just because you have to, but because you made a choice
to. God placed this on my husband’s and my heart, and we strive to give our best
each day. For our Lord and Saviour and for our family.

I often imagine my Nana and Grampy looking down from Heaven knowing that
their precious daughter is being taken care of and loved every day, despite the
often long and emotional days.

And tomorrow is another day to start fresh and do our best once again. Because
if I can give you a piece of advice, always remember that your best... is enough.
And each day offers lessons to help you better understand yourself and get
through the next day—if you listen.

So, Mom, I’ll be brave for you and honor you.

I’ll take the more difficult path in the name of love for you.

I’ll be your words when you can not speak, your mind when you can’t remember
your own name and your hands when you forget how to eat.

And I’ll laugh with you every day because laughter truly is the best medicine.

I’ll be here.

In Memory of my Mom who passed away from Alzheimer's Disease in July 2021 (written in 2020 as we were fighting her disease together). Making pumpkin bread with Mom, since I was young, was one of our favorite things to do... and eat! Out of all the recipes that we made together, this one has the most meaning. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have over the years.

Sharon's Pumpkin Bread

3-1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2  tsp. ground cloves
3 c. sugar
1 c. oil
4 eggs
16 oz. canned pumpkin
2/3 c. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.  

In a larger bowl, beat together the sugar, oil eggs. Add in canned pumpkin and blend well. Then add the dry ingredients alternately with 2/3 c. water. Pour the batter into 2 greased loaf pans and bake for 1 hour or until done. Remove from pans and cool on a rack. 

This bread is delicious served warm, and even better the next day.

For more resources about Alzheimer’s Disease visit: and if you are a fellow
caregiver, reach out to me. I’d love to pray for you and help support you as we navigate
this caregiving journey together