Wednesday, May 9, 2012

To every thing there is a season...[The Fate of Simply CVS: Part One]

...and a time to every purpose
under the heaven.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Dear Readers,

This is the passage I happened upon Monday morning in my daily Bible reading.  It has helped me to make a decision that has been weighing on me for some time.  The decision to step back from Simply CVS and spend the time on my new "purpose" for this "season" in my life:  more hands on care of my elderly mother.

Many of you know that we have had the responsibility of caring for my mom and she had been living in a mobile home on our land. Last month we moved into a new home that has a "mother-in'law suite" on the main floor to prepare for the time when Mom could not be alone anymore.  It would give her time to transition while she still maintained some independence and she would be close at hand for when she needed more
care.  This weekend proved it was perfect timing--she needs much more daily care than even a month ago.

We had already been doing all of her paper work/bills, taking her to doctor appointments, doing her shopping & errands, preparing her meds, making all of her meals, and those sorts of things.  But she still kept her house & laundry done; the meals we would freeze and she would choose what to eat and reheat; and her meds were put into daily containers (morning, noon, night, etc.) so she could take them on her own without the responsibility of which to take when.  But now we see that much of that will fall on us, too, as her confusion increases.

And along with the increased physical needs is an added emotional need I can meet through spending more time with her on recalling fun memories and making new ones together.  After losing my sister last May she has progressively become more fragile--physically and emotionally. I hope to ease more of that pain and help her to become stronger.  To increase my current efforts, I need more time.  The hours I spend each week on Simply CVS (researching, posting, planning, answering emails/comments, etc.) can be easily transferred to time with my mom.

CVS shopping has changed since I began Simply CVS in April 2010 and this site is less necessary now, than then.  I will explain this in depth in my next post:  The History of Simply CVS [The Fate of Simply CVS: Part Two].  I will also explain what scaled down version of Simply CVS you can expect in:  The Future of Simply CVS: New Posting Schedule [The Fate of Simply CVS:  Part Three].

I want to thank all of you for joining me these past two years in my CVSing journey. Thanks to all of you for sharing how Simply CVS has helped you save more on your family's budget or helped you be able to donate more to others in need. It was those comments that kept me motivated to keep on posting here at Simply CVS. And I thank you for understanding my need to scale back the postings & interactions at this time.  Perhaps some day I'll pick back up those posts that I am now needing to cut out.

Your CVSing Partner,



Anonymous said...

Thank you Cheryl for all you have done. As a relatively new couponer, your site has been invaluable to me, and I'm sure many other. As someone who struggles to find time to spend with my family, my parents, my children, and very recently my twin grandchildren, I fully understand your need to spend with your family.


Anonymous said...

You are doing the right thing for sure and I think any of your followers would do the same. I, personally, thank you for all the time and effort you have put in to helping me, a total stranger, save money and thus make a better life for my family. Time is precious and now you need to be with your mom. Good luck and God bless you, your mother and your family.

Shannon said...

I just started "CVSing" 3 months ago, and it's all thanks to you. Your CVS lessons have helped me learn the system, and I have saved so much money as a result. I even got a $10 CVS card from Swagbucks because of your suggestion. Thank you so much for all the time you have given to help others save so much money. I wish you and your family all the best. God bless.

Anonymous said...

My mom is terminally ill also. She lives with my dad two hours away. If they were closer, I would be able to spend more time with her. I treasure the time I get to spend now. Enjoy the time left with your mom. You won't ever regret it.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thank you ALL for your kind words and encouragement. It is a great pleasure to me to know I have helped you save with CVSing. And you are all very welcome.

Anonymous said...

God will surely bless you for putting family first. You and your family are in my prayers today.

Anonymous said...

i applaud you for your decision to spend more time with your mom, life is precious, and every moment counts. also id like to add i LOVE your website, it has saved me tons of money and time(ad previews are my fav)!!

Anonymous said...

Thank You for all your hard work. Your family is most important, enjoy your time with your mother.

A Chic Mom said...

Cheryl, you are doing the right thing. Our relationships are much more important in life. Your mom needs you and just thank the Lord that you are in a position to help her. I wish you much love and peace as you set out on this next chapter of your life. God Bless!

jtatnanny said...

thank you for all the help i have got from following yr page. i have saved tons of money. i wish you and yr mom the best of luck. i worked for 10 yrs in a nursing home and know all the time required to assist others in carrying out daily living. she is very fortunate to have a loving daughter willing and able to help her thru. enjoy each other and happy mothers day to you both

Joey said...

Cheryl, Thank you for taking the time to post so many great deals and helping newbies like me along the way. I lost my mother last month to cancer and I can tell you that every moment with your mother is invaluable. May God Bless you and your family.