Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Quick Weekend TEN.


Ten things I did yesterday:
  1. Read my scriptures and did what Elder Oaks suggested and started with prayer. I still need to do my reading for today. It's funny. I find it easier to read on the days I work than on the days I don't. Time to try a little harder on the weekends to get that done.
  2. Ran to the grocery store for a couple things. Just a couple. Nothing crazy. It almost wasn't worth going, but we needed those things.
  3. Went to work. This week has been interesting. Challenging but also rewarding in the sense that I know I do a good job. No, I'm not perfect and I would never say that I was, but I do know how to do my job well.
  4. Made a very tasty dinner for my family. 
  5. Got Lexi to give me a list of books she wants so I have it for Christmas. You know she wants over 200 books. My word!
  6. Watched an episode of NCIS. I'm almost done with all the seasons. This summer there isn't anything good on T.V. Thank goodness for Netflix! I can't wait for the fall season to start!
  7. Printed off paperwork Kevin and I need to sign and send off to our friends in Maryland. I really hope this group can help us out. They are still investigating things, but we are hopeful they will be able to lend a hand.
  8. Cleaned out the front seat of my car. Now that Kyle has his own car my car seems to stay a lot cleaner now. Except when I leave all the junk mail on the floor of the passenger seat. I don't even bring that stuff into the house anymore. It goes right into the trash. I read someplace that when you get mailers from people with self addressed stamped envelopes you should send them all of your junk mail to give them a taste of how it feels. I haven't tried that yet but it's not a bad idea.
  9. Made sure Lexi was feeling a little better after her migraine on Thursday. It's Saturday and she has another one. Thankfully not as bad as her last one. I think it's time to get her back to the doctor and eye doctor. We take her to the eye doctor every year. I wonder if it's all the reading she has been doing lately and maybe she needs new glasses....or at least I hope it's something that simple.  Appointments to make next week.
  10. Went to bed early!
Nine things I have on my to-do list today:
  1. Read my scriptures. 
  2. Clear, sweep, and mop floors.
  3. Run to the grocery store. Yes, it's become a daily thing. Not the best way to do it, I know. It's just how it ends up happening with our budget lately. What can I say?
  4. Laundry for church and work next week.
  5. Plan the details for our upcoming Missionary Box for Curtis.
  6. Move a few things into the spare room. We have a tiny room off of our dining room that actually use to be Danielle's bedroom for a while. Now it's the "catch all" room. I've got a few totes to move into that room.
  7. Dishes. Have you ever noticed after being married for about say, 29 years, that all of your dishes need to be replaced? I wish I could throw out all the mismatched silverware, glasses, plates, bowls, and other things and start all over again with brand new stuff.  BUT, the budget can't handle that right now. Maybe in a few months. I'm not talking anything fancy. Just new everyday stuff. I like these....   Image result for walmart stoneware
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8. Get Kevin to sign the paperwork I printed out yesterday so I can take it to the post office for mailing. I'll scan a copy and send it but they also want original signatures as well

9. Make dinner. Chicken, cheesy potatoes (Mormon funeral potatoes), and some kind of veggie are on the menu for tonight.


Eight things I love about this time of year:
  1. Sitting on my front porch watching a good storm roll in.
  2. Hearing the rain hit the roof of our home.
  3. Walking out to my car in the mornings for work and it actually feeling a little hint of cold in the air. Even if it is just a tiny tiny hint.
  4. The anticipation of the upcoming holidays.
  5. The idea of soon being able to turn off the air conditioner and opening up all the doors and windows to let air out the house and feel the cool night air in the evenings! I can't wait!
  6. The thought of wearing socks and long sleeves again.
  7. Fall colors!
  8. Fall cooking....soups, apple desserts, pumpkin desserts, cider, warm hearty casseroles.
Seven things we're eating these days:
  1. Lots of sandwiches. They are just so simple.
  2. Homemade cookies right out of the oven because the weather has cooled down enough that the thought of turning the oven on doesn't freak me out anymore. It gets so darn hot during the summer here, who wants to make it hotter by turning on the oven. Stove top meals, crock pot, grilling, or no cooking at all are the way to go here.
  3. More dishes with a tomato base in them.
  4. Oatmeal and fun things like that.
  5. Roman noodles. Lexi can't get enough of them.
  6. Lots of fresh veggies and fruit. Lexi is loving every minute of that! I am too.
  7. Homemade bread, again because baking at the time of year doesn't heat up the house as much as it would in 118 degree weather does. Lately we have stayed around 100 degrees, today we are at 99 degrees. That's always a good thing!
Six of our favorite things to put in oatmeal, along with butter and sugar. 
  1. broken or bite size cookie pieces
  2. ice cream (it's great instead of milk, especially vanilla)
  3. fresh fruit
  4. fresh pie
  5. brown sugar and cinnamon
  6. buttered toast with jam and peanut butter, broken up, added and soggy. NUMMERS!

Five people I spoke with multiple times yesterday:
  1. My family
  2. Corina 
  3. George
  4. Dave
  5. Ana

Four UFO's (UN-finshed objects) in the works or needing to be started before I am into the holidays:
  1. My coffee table top and a few other pieces to be painted.
  2. A jewelry project. I have a necklace that broke that I need to repair or redo.
  3. An upcoming party.
  4. A specific holiday gift that I can't be specific about because someone reads this blog, but it will be wondermous. I'm hoping.

Three TV shows we'll watch this upcoming season:
  1. Scandal - of course!
  2. Madam Secretary
  3. Dancing with the Stars 
Two things I loved about yesterday:
  1. Walking into work and finding out that I didn't have to train someone first thing in the morning and that my big escalation and all of the issues were finally resolved. These two things made for a much easier Friday for a lot of folks and that is always a good thing.
  2. That Lexi's headache on Thursday had finally gone away by yesterday morning, Friday. She still felt fuzzy yesterday, but she was better. She is down and finally sleeping through another one now. A few minutes ago she woke up and asked me to make a doctor's appointment for her. That's how I know these are getting bad. That will be my first order of business on Monday. Call the doctor. Poor Lexi.
One thing I am looking forward to this fall:
  1. LDS General Conference! BUT, even before that is the LDS Women's Broadcast. It's always uplifting and inspires me to be a better me. It's always on a Saturday evening and I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite events of the entire year each year. I usually watch it from the comfort of my home because it's just easier that way. Love that streaming option. Happiness!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Smile! It's FRIDAY!!!

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My house is all dark this afternoon. I came home from work to find Lexi sprawled out all over the couch in pain with a migraine. I'm telling you, that girl has had 3 bad migraines over the last two weeks. For a second there I thought she was faking it to get out of going to mutual tonight, but she just woke up and was in tears and couldn't handle even speaking because it hurts so bad. I feel bad for even thinking she was trying to get out of mutual now. If these keep coming on this often we will have not other choice but to get her into our primary care doctor and ultimately to a Neurologist.  I feel bad for her. These strike at some of the oddest moments. When she is telling me she may need to go to Urgent Care if these get worse, I know it's bad. She NEVER asks to go to the doctor. EVER! Poor Lexi. Here is hoping things improve for her quickly. 

Later tonight I will be off to go visit my parents. I'm picking up something and stopping by to see their new remodel of their master bathroom and closet. A few months back they had a leak and had to tear out the wall from their master bedroom closet to the shower behind it. Luckily they got that leak taken care of and now they are redoing the back bathroom and master closet. My parents have lived in that house for more than 30 years now and these are some of the first renovations they have ever made. It's been a long time coming and I'm happy for them. Since my Mom's recent diagnosis with osteoporosis and her falls and broken bones they have decided to add a few grab bars to the bathroom to make things a little easier for them to get in and out of the different areas. I think that was a good decision. Tonight my Mom is finishing up the new curtains she is sewing for the room and I can't wait to see it all. The recent joke at my parents house was that the paint color they picked out has turned out to be a pale shade of pink. I had to laugh. It really isn't pink. Trust me. I'll see if I can snap a couple of photos to share of their newly renovated bathroom and closet. 

Kevin is still down. Tonight when I talk to him he sounds like an old man. I'm sure that's because he is tired and I caught him resting. Believe me he has been pretty vocal over the past couple of days about a few things. That's my spunky husband!

Work today was a little stressful. I've been dealing with a couple big escalations lately, over the past several days at least. You know, the kinds of things that take the help of upper leadership, but I was grateful for their help. They were able to accomplish something I knew I couldn't and that made for a better client experience and frankly that is all that matters. Tomorrow I will be right back at it as soon as I walk in to the office, but I am hopeful we might be able to have a resolution and finish up the week knowing things are in the final stages of completion. That would be a good ending to a wild and crazy week for sure!

I will say this, I have noticed a big difference in the way things come together each day that I take the time to read my scriptures. Some days I manage to get my reading done first thing in the morning, but other days it happens in the late morning. Either way, I notice a difference and I seem to have a better outlook on life and the situations around me and I know it is because I am remembering to read my scriptures. Today Elder Dallin H Oaks sent out a message on Facebook reminding us all to pray before we enjoy the spiritual nourishment of reading our scriptures. I'm thankful for his reminder. Lately I have managed to read my scriptures while at work and I haven't taken the time to pray before I read. BUT, that will soon change effective tomorrow. I need to invoke the Spirit into my daily scripture study and ask for my heart and mind to be enlightened with personal revelation. So much has moved forward in the right direction in our lives since Kevin's SCI, but then other things have taken a few steps back since then and I feel I need all the help I can get for myself and help my husband and children through all of this. Yes, I do know that the weight of our little world rests squarely on my two shoulders right now, but I also know that I am strong and have the ability to do hard things with the love, help, and support my Heavenly Father sends my way through the promptings from that still small voice that I so love to hear, the teachings of the gospel I need each and every Sunday, those he has called to have stewardship over us, and those ward friends, other friends, and family that help us each and every step of the way.

Here are a few other things I am grateful for....

- As I watch the news and hear of fires, tornadoes, disease, flooding, earthquakes, accidents, war I am so grateful that my family has been untouched by these types of tragedy. What an incredible blessing. (No I don't consider Kevin's SCI the same type of accident)

- For my daughter's in-laws. I hope as times goes on we are able to forge a relationship of some kind as the parents and future grandparents together. 

- For my stationary bicycle that I picked out as my 10 year anniversary gift from my employer. I can't wait to use it! I absolutely LOVE it! Exciting!

- That my husband finally has at least the preliminary steps completed with social security and our new friends in Maryland. It's the first steps towards getting some of the help we need. The man needs more than he is willing to admit. Is it any wonder? BUT, apparently, there must be many in need of this kind of help because they are really dragging their feet. My father thinks it's a racket and that social security is being "encouraged" by the third party to drag their feet so the 3rd party gets more money. Nothing would surprise me at this point. Needless to say, my dad also plans to reach out to our state representatives but won't do that until we are finally finished with this whole process. Let's hope that happens very soon. 

- For Pinterest and being able to click a few keys on the keyboard and come up with hundreds of recipes to shake up our meals. I now have a new pork chop recipe for my slow cooker I plan to try eventually. It looks so easy....just a can of cream of chicken soup, 1/2 can of water, and 1 envelope of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix. Stir it all together, pour it over the chops in the slow cooker and then cook it on high for 4 hours. Yummy! It's also been an invaluable source for wedding reception ideas. Whoever developed it was a genius!  Thank you.

- That the weather cooperated and we were finally blessed with a little cooler weather and some rain. Cooler is ALWAYS better when you live in the desert. 

- For my job. I had quite the week full of all kids of escalations. I had another firm make an error and they delivered a position twice.  It was over five hundred thousand dollars in value, and they refused to send over the other two accounts totaling over seventy millions dollars until the correction with the position was made. The hitch was that the delivering firm refused to provide us with their letter of indemnification. We need this to send the position back. Well, long story short, I spent all week dealing with directors, investment advisors, other firms, and processing groups trying to correct this issue so we could get the other two accounts sent over...seventy million dollars. I was able to get all the issues resolved and the position sent back to the other firm in record time as well as the other two accounts on their way to our firm, while keeping our clients, our business partners, and other firm happy throughout the process. Receiving all the thank you's these past few days reminds me exactly why I do what I do each day for the best company in the industry. 

- For whomever put our garbage cans out this morning for the garbage man...thank you. (Kyle says it wasn't him.)

- For friends who bring in yummy brunch treats for us all to share! I didn't grab anything for breakfast or lunch from the house before I left for work this morning. I was running a little late, and her surprise was an awesome surprise! She brought in this banana split cake because yesterday was banana split day. We just celebrated it a day late.  

- For all of you!

Catching up on the whole effort to live healthier today.....

For starters, I have been attempting the intermittent fasting thing. I haven't made it through a 19 hour cycle yet. I don't know if I ever will. That is a long time! And I have a friend who is successful using a 12-16 hour fast cycle. 

What I have been trying is the first step of not eating until noon. I've adjusted that a little because from what I've read, you have to stop eating at 10pm and then not eat until noon the following day. I stop eating well before ten, so I can back up that noon time accordingly. 

What I have found is that I am a lot more hungry....like actual growling stomach hungry...when I do this. That's supposed to be good. It means my body is burning stored calories rather than newly consumed ones. 

Eventually, the plan is to push that noon time meal back to a later time (the magic 19 hours from the previous meal) so that I am only eating during a 5-hour window later in the day. They recommend 5pm-10pm for eating, but once I'm at work those exact hours don't really work with my schedule. 

Of course, along with only eating during those hours you can make dietary changes. You don't have to count calories, but you can do things like avoid processed foods and wheat products....just as an example and what someone I know is doing. 

In more exciting news, my Allure Beauty Box was delivered today! All the girls at work have been raving about these and another friend ordered it for me. How cool is that?! My boss asked me if it had arrived today because she wanted to see if I received a certain product but I wasn't aware that my box was at the house until I got home today.

This is what the Allure Beauty Box is....

Allure Beauty Box
 
Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription box from Allure magazine. Each month includes deluxe and full sized beauty and makeup items. AND you can subscribe for the entire year or just one month. You can cancel at any time. So, my friend signed me up for a month so I could check it out. How nice, right???!!! I thought so.

One co-worker has signed up for about three of these monthly beauty boxes. The others that she receives are the Ipsy beauty bag and Birchbox beauty box. She showed us all the things she received and WOW! She is receiving some pretty cool things, but I don't know if I would want to keep receiving all three boxes each and every month like she does. I don't think I could do that.

So, here is what I received today....

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The Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, Wet Brush Midi brush, Mally Mattewand Eye Brightener, Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer, Freeze 24-7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum, and Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach. 

One month the girls at work received this in their box....

Foreo Luna Play (a $39 value!)
Foreo Day Cleanser
AND
Foreo Night Cleanser

Pretty cool right?! I think if I had someone on my Christmas list that love makeup and products like this and I couldn't come up with a good idea for Christmas, this would be my choice. I'd order it early enough so one of the boxes could be wrapped and under the tree and then sign them up for a couple extra months too. If I had a lot of extra money I might even do this for the entire year. I just think its a fun thing to get from time to time. Know what I mean? This lets you try out some of those more expensive products without having to put out all the money. Not a bad idea! Again, this was a nice surprise for me from my friend. ~smile~smile~

So, that's where I am. And I have to say, the health screening at work sure has pointed out the need to get busy on a weight loss journey. I've known this for a while now, but when they attach money to it, it makes things that much more pressing. Besides, our HSA account can always use a little extra cash in it at the beginning of each year to pay for all of those deductibles. Kevin's prescriptions are always extremely expensive those first few months until we are past the deductible markers, at least until he is covered by medicare. Then things will might change. That would be a good thing and it's something to look forward to. 

Well, gotta go. Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This week!

Saturdays are typically a day for me to sleep in a little bit. Today I slept until about six, let the dogs out, watched an episode of NCIS, and then fell back asleep after the dogs came back inside, until about ten. I must have needed the sleep. Besides, everyone else in the house was sleeping, so it was a good time for me to recharge my own battery too.  

I received the results from my recent mammogram. All is well.  Thank goodness. I love being able to get it done while I'm at work. It's so convenient and they notify my primary care doctor and let me know as well what the results are. I love that! You can bet I will be doing that again next year for sure!

Yesterday we had a potluck at work. Everyone in our department was having one. We were doing a big event across the department. One of the things one of my co-worker's brought in was a homemade lemon meringue pie. It was so good! She made a graham cracker crust for the pie crust instead of the normal crust. It was absolutely my favorite thing! She said she used the standard Betty Crocker recipe in her cookbook.  Here is that recipe....

Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Ingredients

Pastry

1

cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour 

1/2
teaspoon salt
1/3
cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
2
to 3 tablespoons cold water

Filling

3

egg yolks 

1 1/2
cups sugar
1/3
cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2

cups water 

3
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2
cup lemon juice
2
drops yellow food color, if desired

Meringue

3

egg whites 

1/4
teaspoon cream of tartar
6
tablespoons sugar
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

Directions 

  • 1 In medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
  • 2 Gather pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.
  • 3 Heat oven to 475°F. With floured rolling pin, roll pastry into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; flute as desired. Prick bottom and side of pastry thoroughly with fork. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown; cool on cooling rack.
  • 4 Reduce oven temperature to 400°F. In small bowl, beat egg yolks with fork. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  • 5 Immediately stir at least half of hot mixture into egg yolks; stir back into hot mixture in saucepan. Boil and stir 2 minutes; remove from heat. Stir in butter, lemon peel, lemon juice and food color. Pour into pie crust.
  • 6 In medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer on high speed until foamy. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy. Do not under beat. Beat in vanilla. Spoon onto hot pie filling. Spread over filling, carefully sealing meringue to edge of crust to prevent shrinking or weeping.
  • 7 Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until meringue is light brown. Cool away from draft 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate cooled pie until serving. Store in refrigerator.

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe








Ingredients

1 1/2

cups finely crushed graham crackers (20 squares)

1/3

cup butter or margarine, melted 

3
tablespoons sugar

Directions 

  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix all ingredients. Press in bottom and up side of pie plate, 9x1 1/4 inches. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown; cool.
One of these days I will have to try making this recipe myself. It was so yummy! I love it when the lemon is tart, and this was certainly tart for sure.

After Kyle left for work I took off and ran a couple errands. I had books and movies to take back to the library. Kevin wasn't feeling well. The pain is bad. Tonight it got really windy and my phone says we are in for rain around nine tonight, so that could be some of the reason Kevin is having such a rough time of it. He is our build in weather predictor and he is right every time. 
Lexi had a job interview this weekend. We will know more next week on if she got the job. She is hoping that another job comes through first. Time will tell.

I found another Meme and thought I'd share it. Here goes....

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')

When will social security finally make their decision and set up monthly payments for my husband and my daughter and why is this taking so long? I feel like our lives are on hold until they finally come through. Frustrating!

2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe

Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close? 

I live in the middle of the desert. Rushing the seasons with cooler weather is part of the territory. No, it doesn't bother me to rush fall or even Spring. Honestly, I cannot wait for fall! BUT, rushing things like Christmas and overlooking things like Thanksgiving to do it, well that does bother me. 

Bucket list item....Our state fair actually takes place in the fall and I would LOVE to add that to our list of things to do this year.  I think Kevin would enjoy it too.  OR be a tourist for the day would be fun. Taking a day trip to one of our states many attractions would be awesome. 

3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?  

Arizona is full of beautiful art found in nature.  Here are just a few....

           

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else? 

Very true.  I find myself wishing others would understand me better and realize my intentions, while I hold them accountable for their actions or lack there of.  I guess you can't have it both ways.  In fact, with all that has happened with Kevin over just the past year I have come to realize exactly what others think about me.  Some of it hasn't been very nice and I was surprised to learn these things. Some of it was pretty incredible and I was blown away by these people I never dreamed would be there for me.  It's funny how you really come to realize who your "people" are when you go through a major trial in your life.  The one thing I have come to understand most is that I hope I am more like those people who have been there for me.  They are amazing!

5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate. 

I think it depends on the crisis.  One time I just went back to work after having Kyle and I worked in admitting at a hospital.  Inpatient admitting.  A patient came in and was admitted by a co-worker and then the patient and her husband were moved to the waiting room until the orderly arrived to wheel her upstairs.  She was sent to inpatient admitting by her doctor instead of the emergency room.  Well, in the short couple of minutes she sat in a wheelchair waiting she past away.  My boss at the time immediately called the code blue and everyone came running.  In the mean time my boss asked me to go console the family while the code team worked on their wife and mother.  By that time I was a wreck and was not able to hold it together to even speak to the family.  Of course, I was brought back and my boss sat with the family.  This time I was of no good in that crisis.  That one just really got to me even though that was not my first crisis situation while working at the hospital.  

BUT,

Most times in a crisis I do whatever needs to be done at the time and then I react.  

6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?   

We have a few go-to dishes and they aren't just summer dishes either.  Lately it's been tacos, macaroni and cheese, and baked potatoes.  These are our go tos most weeks.  My kids are sick of tacos.  Can you believe that?!!

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?

We got our oldest daughter one for Christmas, but NO I have not gotten into them.  I remember as a kid I use to LOVE those coloring books.  My Mom would get me one every once in a while.  That was when they weren't so popular.  I still enjoy looking at them, but I still haven't pulled out the colored pencils to actually color one yet.  What I like lately has been grid paper.  I remember making designs with manila grid paper when I was in Elementary school.  I loved doing that.  Now as days I do the same or I use them to make other designs and doodles.  Grid paper has become my go to paper lately.  I especially love those grid composition books the best!

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

It's now Tuesday....I'm home today with Kevin.  He is in a lot of pain.  It's been a rough day for him, but we know this will get better eventually.  His doctor's are hopeful too.  I have to say, I am so grateful for his pain specialist and doctor responsible for Kevin's after care.  (After care meaning after the butcher surgeon did his damage)  More on Kevin later.

Tonight we will be taking care of Kevin and doing a few things around the house.  I did receive an interesting phone call from a group in Maryland who have agreed to handle a few things for us.  That was awesome news.  Now to get the final word from Social Security.  I'm on hold with their office as I type right now trying to get an update.  I'm hopeful we will get a positive response.  Key word being hopeful, of course.  It usually takes a good 45 minutes to actually get through to a human being. 

Wednesday...Lexi doesn't have mutual tonight so we don't have many plans tonight other than to make sure Kevin is comfortable. It doesn't look like we are in for rain anytime soon, so that should help with Kevin's pain some.  

I received a call from a group in Maryland that has agreed to handle a few things for us. That was awesome news. More to come on this as we hear more. 

I called social security. The representative informed me that it could take another 30 days!!! for them to let us know where we stand. I cannot believe that!!!  I'm beyond frustrated.  They have made a decision and it seems to be in Kevin's favor.  The reason I know this is that I doubt they would take information to consider benefits for our daughter as well which are based on his case if they were not intending to decide in Kevin's favor.  AND they have had Kevin's claim since April in this limbo status under quality review.  Frustrating! The whole time our lives are in limbo as we wait.  Arg!  

Enough about that.  We received a letter from Curtis today.

Hey Everyone, 

This week was great!  We have been taking with our members about sharing the gospel with their friends.  We really want them to just invite their friends to activities.  The branch has so much potential for missionary work.  They all have tons of non-member friends that fit in the age group and that would be a huge benefit to the branch. (Mid Single Adult Branch)  The basketball tournament went really well and it got everyone pretty excited for these events.  We're working with the branch council to kind of cultivate our activities into missionary efforts.  It's sort of working.  They want to help out, but we think it won't really work until they see someone else do it first.  So, we're working with a few people first and then getting the rest of the branch involved.  

Well, I have to get going.  Talk to you all next week.  :)

Love,

Elder Schmidt
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His letters are getting shorter and shorter which is a sign he is busy with the work he was sent to do.  I'm a-okay with that. I want him to do what he was sent to do.  I refuse to place any demands for details or long letters because I want him spending all of his time working hard, even if that means on his P-days too. Short letters are our proof that he is actually fully involved and loving what he is doing. What more could a parent ask for? We are honored to have another son serve a full-time mission and while we are anxious to hear everything about his mission, we can wait for all of his stories.  Besides, Curtis is a great story telling so I'm sure he will have some good ones.  Just a few short months and he will be home. There is anything quite like having a missionary son. It's the best!  

Life is good.

Take care my friends and we will talk again soon. 


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