By Lavern and Ronda Nissley
(This post is a follow up to Father's Day surprise from last week about a life-altering experience that almost took Ronda's life. If you aren't familiar with this back story, you'll want to read it first.)
Robert Emmons, a leading researcher on gratitude, had this to say about it in a 2010 Greater Good Magazine post : "Gratitude is a social emotion. I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people." He also provided 4 reasons on why gratitude is good.
We'd like to share those 4 reasons as well as our own 7 points of gratitude surrounding a major challenge in our own marriage journey.
By Lavern Nissley
(This post is birthed out of a challenging, life-altering experience affecting Lavern & Ronda Nissley, Encompass co-directors.)
Ronda was feeling some abdominal discomfort the Friday before Father’s Day, similar to an episode she had experienced earlier with diverticulitis. What worked before was antibiotics. So when she went to Urgent Care on Father’s Day and was sent to the ER for a CAT scan, she was still thinking, “I just need some antibiotics.”
I joined Ronda in the ER after receiving her text that she had been sent there. We were not prepared for the results of the CAT scan.
By Ronda Nissley
Ronda is co-director with her husband, Lavern, at Encompass Connection Center. Her educational and vocational background is in long term care administration, having served as administrator of several facilities before stepping away to work together with Lavern in 2005.
Your mom or your marriage? Which would you choose?
You may have a quick, easy answer; however, as aging parents cycle through predictable stages of decline and dependency, it's not always clear where the priorities will land.
By Lavern Nissley
“They are not sleeping. They are not going to school. They are dropping out of social activities. A lot of kids have stopped playing sports so they can do this.”
“We have one kid who destroyed the family car because he thought his parents had locked his device inside. He took a hammer to the windshield.”
Ugh! What is the this?
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.