My cross came to me from a dear friend following the death of my mother. I had been taking care of my mom for her final few years as her mind and body were ravaged by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I was blessed to be able to spend that time with her. God whispered in my ear and told me it was time to retire from teaching and spend those precious few years that she had left with her. I will never regret the decision that I made and know that God was with us always.