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Emily Haines, 5, holds on with Tammy Derrigan on the Spider ride at the Lafayette Apple Festival on Saturday.
“Respite is providing a break or time off from caring from a loved one at home. Caring for a loved one offers a mixed bag of feelings for the caregiver. Some may experience love, anger, guilt and joy all at the same time. Respite, time off from your care giving experience, may bring a freshness to your life and rejuvenate you to continue to care for your loved one at home.

The Little Family Respite Center provides weekend respite tailored to your loved ones needs. Respite is available from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon by appointment. Located in Wampsville, the Little Family Respite Center offers a home like atmosphere with trained staff to provide the best quality of care while you are away.” ARC Respite

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(from left) Aeryn Mitchell, 27, Tracy Schmidtka, 23, and Danielle Wagoner look through the newspaper for movie hours in order to figure out their plans for the evening at the respite center in Madison County.

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(from left) Aeryn Mitchell, 27 shows Tracy Schmidtka, 23 her bracelet while they are on the couch of the respite center. The girls both went to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Senior high school together.

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(from left) Danielle Wagoner, Jason McMartin, Tracy Schmidtka, Aeryn Mitchell, 27,, and Christine Dixon sit down to enjoy their dinner of turkey roast with mashed potatoes and green beans and canned pears at the respite center in Madison County. On the wall to the right are pictures of some of the residents from the many random activities that they have gone to together.

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Tracy Schmidtka points towards the rides at the LaFayette Apple Festival on Saturday as (From left) Christine Dixon, Danielle Wagoner, Chad Guiliano, and Kason McMartin start making their way over.

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Danielle Wagoner recieves a shoulder massage from Tracy Schmidtka at the LaFayette Apple Festival on Saturday.