Friday, November 15, 2013
I decided it was time to get my veins taken care of, that throbbing, burning thing had grown old.
I went to get assessed and started my treatments on Monday November 11th. They tell you it really doesn't hurt, and maybe comparing the procedure to a crowning baby head, they might be right... It hurt! It felt like they were digging through all my very sore veins... It was horrible!
Here is a video, you don't need to watch the whole 5 minutes, the first 2 minutes pretty much show what it is.
The recovery is a little more painful than I had anticipated, but not bad, I can walk, but it feels like all the blood is rushing to the sore incision spot. And the compression stockings make it hard to move, or wear anything but sweat pants... Non the less, I am getting around more, hobbling a bit, in my sweat pants. So pretty!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I love a good Ahh Haaa moment. When you really truly get something!
I have been percolating on my lesson this week for the 12 and 13 year old girls at church, (that is how I prepare, read, percolate, prep) What is the Lord’s way for providing for the poor and needy?
How does God help us on earth?
I am a believer in miracles! I do believe God can make anything happen, although it may not be what we want or on our time card, with God anything if possible…
Those big miraculous miracles are not a everyday occurrence. The majority of the time, we receive little miracles, nothing big, nothing miraculous, just little day to day things, we most likely do not notice God helping us on a daily basis. He can be very subtle…
I have been blessed many times throughout my life by people helping our family. To just name a few
1) when I was in JR high we couldn’t go to our families for Christmas. I had a single mom who was raising us on a waitresses salary, we didn’t have the gas money, or the tires on our car. Just before Christmas I woke up to some noise and commotion, pretty sure to a crying mother. A woman who was a regular in the restaurant I worked in was in the house. She wasn’t taking no for a answer, she was taking my moms car keys. When she returned with the car, it was full of gas and had new tires… And I was headed out the door for Christmas with my cousins.
2) Twice in Shane’s College days, when we reached our low, the cupboards were bare, the bank account dry, we had food show up on our door step. It never failed it was always exactly what we needed in it, generally fruit, vegetables, diapers.
3) Once I entered a Christmas wish contest, I didn’t wish for much, pajamas for my sweet baby Josh, a new rolling pin. I of course being awesome, never sent in the entry! You can imagine my surprise when 2 boxes were delivered to my apartment, full of food, pies and everything else we could want for a Christmas dinner, oh and a marble rolling pin and pajamas for my sweet baby Josh… No one knew of my entry, or lack there of Well no one on earth…
4) Christmas 2000, we lived in a glorious little town in Southern Alberta (I won’t say the name so everyone can think it was their town) we were pretty poor. Shane had started a business, and you know how that goes sometimes… One day I came home to a yard full of men stacking wood by our house, I was so relieved that we would have wood to heat the house, it would save us a bundle. I was confused why Shane hadn’t mentioned ordering the wood, but trusted him. When I got out of the car and the men left, he explained they just showed up, it was a gift from a ward member. My heart was full, but would soon be brimming, it seemed like every time darkness hit the doorbell would ring, 90% of the time no one was there, but there was always something, egg nog, cookies, toys, gifts, money, food, treats you name it, it was delivered.
As I thought about my lesson, I realized each time we received these gifts, these little miracles in our life, it was from God. Now God is not going to go chop firewood and drop it off, He most likely won’t make me cookies, or go to the grocery store for groceries. He probably will not head to Fas Gas and pay for my fuel or put tires on my moms car.
But, He sure makes sure it happens. God is a pretty lucky guy, he has millions of Angels and Messengers, so when a need arises, He sends His Angels to do it for him. His Angels work around the clock, generally unnoticed, just doing God’s errands. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t noticed them, the are really hard to spot, they really don’t stand out in a crowd whatsoever. In fact, they look just like you and just like me…
Small Ahh Haa moment, His angels are YOU and ME!
We are God’s messengers, we are on His errand.
Plain old You and I, we are what makes the difference in peoples lives. Some of us are skinny, some of us not so much, some of us our wealthy, some of us not so much, short and tall, loud and quiet, but we do have a few things in common, we are here to comfort the meek and to provide for the needy and poor.
I guess my Ahh Haa moment was a combination of realizing I am one of His angels and something else I have been working on. I have been thinking for sometime on how to memorialize my friend Geneva, and those thoughts led me to the idea of random acts of kindness, which led to Pay it Forward for Geneva.
As we randomly do kind things for others, who in turn will do kind things for others, the world becomes a better place.
I finally made a connection today… At Geneva’s (or G as we like to call her) funeral in July, her sweet husband Ken had his kids go to the front of the chapel and look out at the audience. He told them -(disclaimer, this is how it went in my brain, it is not word for word and may have gone in other brains very differently)- that even though their mommy was gone, they would be taken care of, in fact they know had mommy as a Angel, and everyone that loved their mommy would be their angels on earth. He then invited all of us who would be willing to watch out and protect Geneva’s children to stand. With something like 800 of us standing, he told the kids that all of those people standing were now their earthly angels, who would do all we could do to help them, and to protect them.
It was a touching moment for me, who wouldn’t want to protect those sweet babies! And how am I going to help living 14 hours away?
But then it dawned on me, the true Ahhh Haaa moment (yes, just now 4 months later, I know I am awesome like that)…
As we Pay it Forward for Geneva, as we spread kindness, compassion and love, as we do all we can do to help others, are we not making the world a better place? Are we truly not being God’s angels on earth? Are we not making the world a better place for G’s babies?
I challenge you, let down your fears, let down your walls, and be you, when that little voice in your head says -call so and so, let that person go first, X needs help, look that stranger needs help to pay for their groceries- don’t second guess yourself, don’t argue with yourself, don’t worry that they will think your crazy. You are on a divine errand, when you have thoughts to do good that is God calling his Angel with a errand. Let it be, act upon it.
Give what you can give, love whom you can love, serve whom you can serve!
Help make the world a better place! Be a messenger, be His Angel.
For Geneva, who taught me to put the world aside, and live for what is truly important. She would have given anything, just to hold her kids a little longer, laugh with her husband, smell her little boys hair while snuggling in bed, to just live a little longer.
We love you G, we will be their Angels!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Ya, it has been exactly 1 year, 6 months and 1 day since I last blogged… But hey, I got busy
Let us go back in time…
My last blog posting was May on 2012, since then…
Christmas 2011 Cause I missed it, and we had so much fun!
We went to Canada for Christmas this year, our status had to be changed, so we thought we should go during a school break. Of course, we couldn’t haul much in our car, so we sent Santa a letter telling him we were having Christmas early this year, he was so kind to come early! In fact, he wrote us a letter to let us know he would!
On our Faux Christmas Eve, we reenacted the Nativity story,
For evening entertainment we had a strength competition
Meliah got her favourite present ever! A American Girl Doll that looked just like her.
We were very blessed Christmas 2011, we had a pretty rough year financially and were not sure how we could manage Christmas. Shane had voted to just cancel it, but some lovely elves were so VERY generous and we were able to have the best Christmas!
Meliah turned 8! Which was very exciting.
First we had a Hello Kitty Rainbow Party.
We got some pictures taken at the Salt Lake Temple
But most important and special, Meliah was extremely excited to get baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Seriously. This child was over the moon for her special day. We even had some special visitors for the event!
She was baptized on my Birthday! May 5th, but it was fun to share the day with her. We went out for dinner later in the day and had a great weekend.
We decided to head down to Zions national park for Memorial day. Guess what happened?
By the time we made it to Zions it was all full, so we ended up at Bryce Canyon at Ruby’s canyon.
Someday I will find the pictures.
Meliah and I were SO very lucky to get to go to Canada for over a month! In that time we stayed with my sister in law, with Melanee, with my mom, my sister Kat. Here is a couple pictures of the joy of that visit! We all went up to go house boating, and Meliah and I stayed until Shane came back for the family reunion.
Highlights definitely include breaking down on the way to Canada, on the 4th of July in Idaho… Our time with Grandma Karen and the twins. Houseboating with our little family, and then Meliah and I with Grandma and Grandpa MacKay, Magrath days with the Millers, hanging out with the Sandbergs, and of course Shane taking all of Meliahs clothes to Utah so she had to get all new clothes! hahaha
(Ruby and Meliah, Nelson Market face painting, Eli the eccentric, Clementine in her life jacket, Cleaning up the log debris so we could boat)
We attempted to go camping for for Fall break… You should take a guess what happened… We left for Zions National park. Super excited, super great dutch oven meals all ready to consume…
Made it to Santaquin. Yes twenty minutes, until we broke down….
Football Season was awesome this year.
Terann was a Freshman Cheerleader
This was a learning experience. It was great, she loves it and made so many friends!
Just so you know, Cheerleaders, probably work harder than football players. Except they get little respect and are heckled or ignored… So next time you see a cheer leader, give her some love. Chances are she is at practice at 5:30 am everyday 10 months of the year. Pays oodles of money for the privilege, and has several injuries including concussions to show for it.
The boys team won state championship, which is amazing… the final game was seriously in double over time… amazing!
Aren’t we looking all American?
We ended up moving December 1st, 2012. It was a crazy fall… With football going until the end of November, us deciding to move into something smaller and cheaper, and Shane's work sending us on a cruise December 9th… it was crazy and fabulous!
The cruise was to Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico. We had such a great time, and cannot wait to go again!
We stayed home for a lovely steak dinner for Christmas which was the best ever! Shane decided to spoil the kids this Christmas, so got them each something that gave them a huge shock. We try to be frugal at Christmas, we get them something they want, but keep it in a lower price bracket… We didn’t follow that plan, but the reactions were worth it.
2012 was a great year! Lets see what 2013 brings… Oh gosh, seeing's it is almost 2014 I already know, and it has been a ride! Catch ya up on that one later!