Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

It was a beautiful Christmas morning here. Snow on the ground and screams of happiness from the moment the kids awoke. I worried a lot about Christmas this year. I didn't want to disappoint the kids, but I knew we couldn't spend our money on frivilous gifts.

Today I am grateful for the dear loving Santa's in my life who supplied our Christmas. My husband and I bought 1 gift, the rest of our generous Christmas was donated to our family by loving friends and family.

I'm not sure people can comprehend how overwhelming and wonderful and humbling it is to be helped out in time of need. I'm not good with words, so that is about as good as I can explain it. I'll leave it at that and just put out a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your prayers and love.

Its not about the gifts... its about Christ. I think my kids "got" that this year more than any other. So did I.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It can always be worse...

and don't you forget it.

My mom was taken to the hospital yesterday by ambulance. She was having chest pain... A heart attack took my grandfather at a young age, and my uncle as well. Without modern medicine, I would have lost my mom today too. Within one hour of feeling symptoms she was at the hospital in surgery. They were able to clear the blockage and she is at the hospital today recovering. I thank heaven for this miracle.

We've had alot of things going "wrong" in our lives recently. Its really hard to stay positive through all of it. We are doing our best, but I admit I've had to supress the thought that "it really couldn't get any worse" more than once. I'm officially renouncing that thought forever more. I've been proven wrong a thousand times over these past few months. It could always be worse, and I'm grateful for all the things going right. I still have my Mom. Today there is no greater blessing than that.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sticks and stones

What's that saying? Sticks and stones may break my bones. well, how about trees? Sweetie was sledding on Thursday and met a tree with her foot first. She was in a lot of pain, so we took her to the (not so) convenient care where they took x-rays and told us it looked fine. So they gave us this women's size shoe to protect the foot (the smallest size they had) and an ace bandage to help with swelling. She refused to walk on it, so I was carrying her around everywhere on Thursday. Friday morning she woke up and still refused to walk. Sure enough, the doc at the conv. care called with the official report which showed a small fracture. They even set up an appointment with an orthopedic doctor for the same day. So.... the appointment went something like this:

Doc: So, what happened?

Me: She was sledding and rammed into a tree foot first.

Doc: ahh. well, it looks like there is a small crack in the bone.

Me: ok, that's what they told us...

Doc: So, the best thing to do is to keep it wrapped, rest it, ice it and use that shoe to protect it.

Me: That's what we've been doing. The shoe is kind of huge for her foot.

Doc: Yea, well, it would take us a week to special order the right size, and she should only need to wear it for a couple weeks anyway.

Me: Ok.

Doc: So, thanks for coming in.

Yea, and thanks for taking my copay and running with it. I had to carry her out of the office. When I got home, I was mad at myself for letting him get away with not doing ANYTHING and still charging me for the visit. When we got home from the doctor, she was in a lot of pain. She asked for a priesthood blessing. So, we went to my parents house and my dad and Benson gave her a blessing. While we were there, Benson also whipped up this make-shift crutch for her to use. The blessing made a big difference for her. Today was better, she was willing to hobble around on it. She can't put any weight on the front of her foot, but she can walk on her heel. She was hobbling all over today while she played with her cousins, and its quite swollen tonight, so I think we learned that even if she can tolerate the pain, we need to make her take it easy.

She's a tough girl! Every day is an adventure.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

maybe next year



Amazing. and funny. :) and just so you know, Kim, this totally made me think of you. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

oh my...

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8 months old and look at him go! Its a bit bitter sweet. I love watching him learn and grow... I just wish I could keep him little a bit longer. :) I guess cherishing every moment will have to do.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Holiday Greetings


I just sent our our Christmas card via email. If you didn't get one, and you want one, send me your email address. :) Its super exciting and reveals my kids real names and everything. lol! If you want the shortened version here it is:

Happy holidays!

Our kids are the best and cutest in the world.

Cheryl is working hard at her flower business.

Benson is looking hard for a job.

keep in touch!

Love to you all,
us

Monday, December 1, 2008

A little blah


That's how I feel... a little blah.
Progress on the house seems stalled because there's been only 1 person working on it for 2 weeks.
Twister got his first ear infection.
Goose came home sick today.
The tire on the van blew out.
Our phones don't work.

sigh.

It could be worse.

We still have heat in our house.
The fridge is cold.
Twister is on the mend thanks to modern medicine.
My business has made enough money to buy us Christmas presents.
We have good friends and family near by.

Trying to keep perspective here. Anyone have an umbrella? :p