Saturday, November 29, 2008

Truly Blessed & Thankful

I am happy to report that all went well with my ear. I did not have any dizziness this time. I was sick from the anesthetic, but that wasn't anything compared to the dizziness. The doctor only found two pearl size pieces this time that were not in the canal, which is great. My hearing could not be restored, but we do have some other options in the future. So your right Melissa, we'll be deaf old ladies together! I am so grateful for the Lord's hand in my life. Fisher did really well. We were truly blessed. All the nurses just loved him. Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement. Now for Thanksgiving. We had Thanksgiving at our house this year in case I wasn't feeling well. It turned out perfect. My parents came, Jeremy's parents & his sister Shelly, His sister Ginger and her family, and my Dad's father. We all brought different dishes and had a lot of fun. It was so nice to be with family to enjoy the day. The kids had a great time eating pie and seeing everyone. It was one of my favorite Thanksgivings. We have so many things to be thankful for this year. I am so grateful for my family & the part they play in my life. This time of year, family and good friends are so important. We are blessed with both. I love this time of year!

Monday, November 24, 2008

PreOp Jitters & A Testimony Builder

Well, tomorrow is the day that I have been dreading for weeks now. But I know it must be done. For anyone who isn't aware, I had an ear operation September 2007 and this a follow up surgery to make sure none of the tumor has grown back. For anyone who knows me, I haven't ever been able to hear out of my left ear very well at all and had a constant infection in it. Well in the Summer of 2007 I had been seeing an Ears, Nose, and Throat specialist and he decided that I needed a CT Scan to see what the problem might be. That is how the tumor was found. Because of the severity of it he recommended me to "super" specialist who deals with diseases of the ear, skull base and facial nerve. He is a wonderful doctor. So last September he went in and found that is was way worse then he had anticipated and had gotten into my brain tissue. All my inner ear bones were destroyed from the infection. So because of that I had severe vertigo for a week. I was so sick I couldn't eat or drink for a week. I lost 10 pounds. It has to be one of the hardest things I've been through. But I survived, and that is why I am dreading it so much. This time I have a 3 months old baby who is nursing, so my main concern is loosing my milk if I am unable to eat or drink. Plus I feel really bad for him not understanding where is mommy went. But yesterday, I received a priesthood blessing, and am feeling at peace about it all. I am so thankful for the power of the priesthood and the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is a true gift. There were so many promises given to me in that blessing if I had the faith. I really started to ponder that. It was contingent upon my faith. I know Heavenly Father can do anything he wants, so that wasn't the problem. But sometimes I fail to realize that I am a daughter of our Heavenly Father and he loves me no matter what and I am worthy to receive these promised blessings. So I realized the faith I was lacking was in myself. I am grateful Heavenly Father was able to teach me that. So I guess there is always good that comes from Hard Things. I love Sister Dalton's message in General Conference this past October. "In the strength of the Lord, I can do all things" This has been a testimony builder for me. How grateful I am for Gospel of Jesus Christ. I can't imagine going through this life without it.

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Son

Mary's Deer Hunt

I didn't even get a shot this year! I was really
bummed about that. But I still had a really good
time. Fisher was such a good boy out there.
He is happy most of the time. I was able to hunt
with my dad this year for a day which was a treat.
We're not often able to spend that much time
together without the little ones. I learned alot about
him and his childhood. And the time Jeremy and
I spent out there was special because we really
haven't spent much alone time since the baby was
born. It is nice to know that even when the kids
aren't around we still have alot to talk about and can
enjoy each other. Sometimes I feel like I forget who
I am as ME. And last I went hunting with my
Father-in-law which is alway fun. We took Savanna
and Hunter that moring. It is always fun when
Grandpa comes. Overall it was a great hunt for the
fact I was able to spend time with special people and have
some quiet mental time to myself, which is
always welcomed!! Plus I was able to take a bunch
of great photos. Who could ask for more??

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Finding Joy in the Journey

This is my Inspiration each morning.
You'll understand when you see my pictures below!

President Thomas S. Monson
Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family.

If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly.
Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, “They do not love that do not show their love.”
3 We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us.

This is our playroom
Note: I just packed away half the toys in the
closet because Jeremy was tired of stepping
on them every night!

This is the 9 loads of laundry I just drug out of
my room and decided TODAY was the day to
finally fold them. Jeremy will be glad to know
that we REALLY DO have carpet in our bedroom!!
I am so grateful for a prophet who gives us the council
we need to lift our lives and inspire us to be better and
gives us the perspective we need to accomplish all
we have to do! I love General Conference.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I've gone DiGiTaL!!

Ok, after a lesson from Sandra,who is a Photoshop expert, I've created my first scrapbook page. It is so exciting I finally did it. I have to say, I wish I would have gone digital a long time ago. All the scrapbook supplies I could ever want, plus there is no way little fingers can get into all the supplies. And best of all, a click of the mouse and your done with NO CLEAN UP, let me say that again, NO CLEAN UP! Who could ask for more?? I highly recommend it.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A VERY Special Day!

Carlee & her birthday waffles
This week has been very exciting in our family. Carlee turned 8 on Wednesday. We made waffles for breakfast and sang Happy Birthday to her. Then for dinner we went and ate Pizza with both sets of Grandparents. Then Saturday we had Carlee's baptism and Fisher's blessing. Our family came and our very good friends from Vernon. We had so much fun! Carlee just beamed all day. It was great to share such special moments with people who really care.

Mommy & Fisher

Carlee the morning of her baptism


Jeremy, Lynn (his dad) & Fisher

Sweet little Savanna

Curly, Michael, Rex, Jeremy, Fisher, Lynn, John, Don

Moments like this are so special to me when the Priesthood is being used. Especially to bless one of my babies.

There is so much power and safety in the Priesthood.

Carlee just beaming!!

Daddy & Carlee after her baptism

This is Carlee's Birthday Cake.

All white for her baptism!

Halloween at Our House

Savanna the "Pizza" Princess
Not such a good idea before trick or treating!
Loralie & Hunter


Well, this year was a little different from normal. Carlee came home from school sick. VERY sick. For most of the night everything was coming up. So this year we only had 2 princesses, a pumpkin, and a Nephi. And it all worked out very well because we decided since Carlee was sick we would trick or treat in our neighborhood instead of the trunk or treat. We only had to go to 3 houses before their pumpkin bags were full to the top. The neighbors said they didn't get very many trick or treaters. It worked out great for us! So here are the scary little monsters!


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