Monday, December 24, 2012

Reflection

I am sitting here by my Christmas tree, the family just left, and my parents are in the kitchen talking to the missionaries. As I sit here and reflect, I can't help but be so humbled and so grateful for the wonderful year that I have been blessed with. It has been amazing.

At this time last year there was a tenseness in the air at our home as we were anxious and nervous about David's deteriorating health. We did our best to celebrate the Christmas season as normally as possible, but there was some worry and a lot of added prayer. 

Two days after Christmas, we were on our way to Utah as we headed to see David in the hospital. I am so glad that my parents followed the prompting that we all had, that we needed to see David. A week later, on New Years Eve he would be put on life support. We had to watch David and his wonderful wife make a decision: Either David had 2-4 hours to live, or he had to be intubated, and fast. 

Intubated he was. 
And from there on out we have seen nothing but miracles. While there have been many many setbacks, and lots of stressful days, and tearful, sleepless nights, we have been so blessed. He has defied all odds multiple times, he survived a double lung transplant, and today he is stronger than I ever remember seeing him be. This year, our family has been so encompassed by our perfect Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His infinite love. 

Through this experience and the many experiences we have had over the last year, I have come to realize on a more personal basis how perfect our Savior is. How much He truly does love us and care for us. And how He is in total control over every situation we find ourselves in. 

Everything happens for a reason. 
I don't know if I have ever realized the complete meaning of that statement until this year. Everything that happens, no matter what it is, happens for a reason. We are so blessed to be able to feel the Lord so close and to know firsthand that He is indeed a God of Miracles. 

David being here is a miracle.
I have made changes in my life that have come because of that miracle. 
Most of which no one but me will ever know about. 
But miracles are real. 

One of the greatest miracles we have witnessed and continue to see evidences of every day is the miraculous birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. 
Think about it. 
It is a miracle that forever changed the world. 
And throughout the few decades following His birth, He performed countless miracles, which have been documented so well in the Bible.
The blind saw. 
The lame walked.
The deaf could once again hear.
The dead rose again. 

And then, another perfect miracle:
The Savior's Atonement.
Because of Him we can live again.
Because of Him we can be perfect one day. 
Because of Him we can be better TODAY.
Becuase of Him we can be at peace and perfectly happy. 
Because of Him, families are forever, and all He asks of us is to do our best. 

It starts in Luke 2. 
With His birth, in a lowly stable, because there was no room for Him in the inn. 
People were too busy and too crowded and too distracted to give the Savior a place in their home. 

I hope that never happens to us.
We can let Him in every single day. 
Just like we read in the New Testament, 
wise men sought Him then, and wise men and women still seek Him today. 

What a great time of year. 
What a great knowledge we have. 

Merry Christmas! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

let's think positively!

Welp...............


My ear infection has returned. 
I had two days of glorious freedom, and now I'm back to sleeping on a heating pad and poppin' pills. 
But! 
There are pro's to this situation. 
I can sit and read without feeling guilty, 
And stay in my PJ's all day! :) 

What a great Christmas break! Comfy clothes and reading. 
I may just throw a warm bath in there too! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS FOLKS! 



Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Occasional Rant

Sometimes there are things that just get me so upset. Usually they revolve around my own generation. I look at people my age and I can't help but think, "What in the world would make you think doing ____________ is ok?" or "Man, young adults my age have no sense of respect and hard work."

Here's my latest story. I am the second counselor in the Relief Society in my ward, and let me tell ya, we have some AMAZING girls in my ward. Like just the girls that are good, strong, active, faithful, good girls. So, my third sunday teacher came up to me last week and said, "I won't be there to teach next week, I am going to be out of town for Christmas." I was so grateful that she gave me a heads up and didn't just forget to tell us, and I said, I will call some girls and get a sub.

Folks. I called so many girls. Like multiple girls. And not one even got back to me. NOT ONE. And I know that a lot of those girls got my messages.

Then I hear things like, "I wish people treated us more like adults and not youth."
hmmm...you are in your twenties. You works 5 hours a week and play video games the rest of the time. You don't come to building cleaning or any other responsibility we have. You don't follow through on commitments and tasks you are given. and you want to be treated like an adult when you are acting like you're 7? That makes sense. Or, "this ward is the most unfriendly ward ever." Said by people who sit in the back row, play on their phones, and never talk to anyone around them. ever. They don't come to activities, and don't reach out themselves. People who say any ward isn't friendly are usually the people who aren't friendly themselves, and who forget that it goes two ways.

THEN. We have the whole wear pants to church idea in order for women to be more equal to men????? Who in the world came up with that idea??

I have read some nicely written, tactful blog posts about people who don't like this idea, but I don't know how to be really tactful about it....

If you think men and women aren't equal in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you have really misunderstood the whole plan, the whole way the church runs. And besides, how is wearing pants to church going to change any of that. There is nothing that says women have to wear a dress or skirt to church. they just encourage, don't even enforce, just encourage us to wear our sunday best. For some people their sunday best may be holey sweats and an oversized sweatshirt. And guess what, we will welcome you with open arms.

I wish that people, especially women in the church would be able to see clearly their divine nature as daughters of a loving heavenly Father. If they really understood that, it wouldn't matter what they wore, what calling they have, that only men hold the priesthood, and everything else I've heard people get all upset about this week.

What really matters is that people come to know their Savior, and become more like Him, and follow His perfect example. And you can do that in a skirt, in slacks, in jeans or sweats, or in a swim suit if thats all ya got.

All I know is this, I'm wearing a skirt today. Because thats my sunday best.

Ok. I'm done. No more venting.

.....some people's children.....

Saturday, December 15, 2012

movin' slow

the last three weeks I've been moving pretty slow. I started out with what I thought was strep, but ended up just being a bad cold. Then I got a sinus infection, followed by a short bout of bronchitis.

That migrated up to a double ear infection. The last two weeks I've tried 3 different antibiotics, and they haven't even touched the ear pain until yesterday. I FINALLY feel like I'm on the mend.

However....with lots of antibiotics comes a totally mess up of your bacterial/fungal balance in your body, and I have an awesome case of Thrush. Yep.

Never had it before. And I never want it again.

HOWEVER....

Any of my blogging BFFs have any good ideas on how to relieve the pain and discomfort of thrush? Any treatments that have worked? I don't really want to call my doctor just for a diflucan, but it is tempting.

Anyway, those of you that read this, let me know if you have any great fixes! :)

Please and thank you.



Friday, December 7, 2012

The Santa Claus Cause

So as you know, my brother David recently got a double lung transplant. He is doing SO well. Like so well. He is healing pretty quickly and continues to stay up on his medication and treatments to prevent any rejection.

There are so many people that have been so quick to help and to uplift our family throughout the last year, and the kindness and generosity continues to roll in.

In college I had a roommate, Mikelle, who got married to a wonderful guy, Jason.

Jason and some of his buddies have put together a website called The Santa Claus Cause. This is a website where you can donate any amount of money, and then your kids get a letter from Santa himself! :)


I know holidays are a tight time financially, but if you could even share this website on your blog and Facebook page just to spread the word, that would be awesome!!!


www.thesantaclauscause.com