Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Between coughing, sneezing, and trips to the bathroom, I haven't done much today but rest when I can and run for it when I had to.  Talking isn't fun because I cough continually so quick little answers are about all I'm good for right now.  Thank heavens for modern technology, so I can text family when I need to.  

I've had a headlight out on my car since last week.  I picked up the bulb for the car a while back, but was waiting for someone to help me put it in the car.  I mentioned it to Kyle and he said he wasn't sure how to do it.  So, I watched a YouTube video on how to change the bulb in my car, fully intending to do it myself....or at least try.  When I mentioned what I needed to do to, Kevin said he knew exactly how to change it and would do it for me.  Well today
Kevin went out and changed that for me this afternoon.  All I had to do was to pop the knob inside the car for the hood.  Kevin did the rest.  I was very grateful he was able to do that for me.  It's the little things sometimes that I am the most grateful for.  I love that man.  

The doctor yesterday was going to call in 6 of the 7 prescriptions (the seventh one was for Tylenol with Codeine and he had to hand write that prescription) I received last night in their office, but when I called the pharmacy there didn't have anything for me.  It was to late to call the doctor's office last night, so I ended up calling them first this morning.  I normally leave a message for the medical assistant, but I bypassed all of that and went right to the appointment schedulers.  They answered right away and had the medical assistant call in the prescriptions right then.  I think the appointment scheduler could tell I wasn't feeling well and she didn't even try to transfer me.  Thank goodness.  When I called and checked with the pharmacy a little later they said my total for all 7 prescriptions was only $7.00.  That was amazing to me!  Basically a dollar for each prescription.  I'm glad we are very close to finally meeting all of our deductibles, but I am not looking forward to starting all over again in January.  That is never fun!!  

I had another doctor's appointment scheduled for this evening, but I rescheduled that appointment.  It was with my therapist.  I know she appreciated that I didn't come into her office to get her sick.  Honestly, I never would have made it from the house to the car without having to run back inside for the restroom.  So, it was a "no-brainer".  Staying home was my only option.  Yesterday the doctor asked me if I was experiencing certain things.  (we won't go into detail) Yesterday I said no.  Today is a different story.  Of course I am.  Arg!  Not good.  Why? 

I'm tired.  I don't have much more to report.  Just trying to rest and let the medicine do it's thing.  Yay me!  I hate being sick but I know I will be better eventually.  Thanks to modern medicine.  What a blessing!

 Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Tender Mercies

These past few weeks have been filled with many tender mercies.  I know I write about things like this often but I didn't want to let this time go by without mentioning that I felt humbled and blessed by the many kindnesses and acts of compassion that have been offered to our family.  It's been amazing, truly amazing!  If I could share just a few.

Last night I thought I was finally at a place where I was well enough to get back to work.  Apparently I was wrong.  This morning I got up, showered, and got semi dressed and then it started again.  I coughed and sneezed and couldn't breathe to the point that I was back in the shower to clean myself up again.  Not one of my finer moments for sure!  When I could speak again, I called my boss, took several puffs on my inhaler, and tried to lay down to rest.  Whatever this stuff is, it's kicking my bum pretty well!  One minute I think I can actually function normally, and then as soon as I try my energy is drained completely.  I'm coughing all the time and everything else that goes with the coughing.  We won't go into those details though.  

Like yesterday, Kevin and I were both up early.  I had to go get SRP so Kevin went with me.  We also put a little air in my tires.  We were back at the house by eight that morning.  As soon as we got inside the house, Kevin went to lay down and I did the same thing.  I slept until Kyle was up making noise while he was getting ready for work around 1:15PM.  I never sleep that long!  Never.  

At around ten this morning I got call from my boss.  She wanted to make sure a couple of things were taken care of and to make sure I didn't try to come back to work until I was better.  I let her know I had a doctor's appointment this afternoon and was hoping they would be able to fix me so I could be back to work hopefully by tomorrow.  I appreciated her call.  I have to say, she is pretty awesome!  Tender mercy number one.  She really does take good care of me and the rest of our team and I appreciate that.  

This afternoon I spent an hour and a half in the doctor's office.  I was a little worried about seeing the new doctor in the office since this would be a first for me.  Well, I'm glad I did see him.  He was pretty amazing and really took the time to check me out.  As it turns out I have an upper respiratory infection and a kidney infection.  He said, it's no wonder I feel like my energy is draining from me.  I walked out of there with seven prescriptions.  Three of them were refills.  One for my thyroid medication.  The other two for my two inhalers.  He said I needed to make sure I had those close to use when I needed them.  The four new ones were two different kinds of cough medicine.  One for day and another for night.  Then two medications for my kidney infection.  By the time I was out of there I was ready for another shower and a nap.  That wore me out.  He, of course, said that if I get worse to either come back, or get to Urgent Care right away, especially if I have an asthma attack.  Seeing him was tender mercy number two.  For me not feeling well, he really made me feel like he really cared and did everything he could to help me and I appreciate that.

One tender mercy came in the form of offers to come bring us a meal and/or run errands for us from my sister-in-law.  My brother's wife blows my mind!  She is pretty amazing and I appreciate her so much!  The other tender mercies we've received have come from members in our ward.  One from our bishop who seems to know exactly when to check in with us.  He just seems to be in tune when it comes to things like that.  The other was a visit from our Relief Society Presidency.  No, I didn't hear them ringing our doorbell.  We have turned it off so it will not disturb Kevin when he is sleeping, so I missed them.  I did get a nice text message from our Relief Society President the next morning checking up on us.  She to knows the right time to check in with me.  I have to say, when all of these people sent their messages I began to cry.  Not because I was in need of immediate help or some tragedy had happened.  But, simply because this was a tender mercy from above.  Heavenly Father saw my simple need and before I could even ask for help, or reach out for some words of encouragement, he sent it in the form of angel friends.  Within a few minutes those feelings of doubt disappeared.  But more than that, I was basking in the knowledge that those tender mercies continue to bless our lives every day!  

There have been others, but I choose not to mention them as they are deeply personal yet oh so very special and dear to our family.  Our lives are far from perfect.  In fact, I would venture to guess that we fall short most days.  Yet somehow through it all, through these tender mercies we are reminded just how well our Heavenly Father knows each of us personally and collectively as a family.  That he knows our needs and the desires of our hearts, and that He is right here with us through everything we are going through.  What greater witness could we ask for?

I share these things because I want to remember that wonderful feeling that I was blessed to experience but even moreso because again,....it was the simple act of a friend who was "in tune" enough to think of our family when they were clueless that I really would "need" something.  I believe that our prayers are answered every single day.  However, literal angels do not always answer them so quickly.  It is always through the acts of those around us.  And I've said it a millions times before,....nothing feels as good as knowing that you've helped brighten another's day.  It's through others that the tender mercies that we are blessed with each day in our lives occur.  What awesome blessings!!  

It's been a busy day and I'm worn out.  Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.  

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Kevin and I woke up super early this morning and got in the car to take a little drive.  It was nice.  I had to add some money to our SRP card before we were out of power and I needed some air in my car tires too.  It's always easier to add air to my tires when someone else is in the car to watch the dash gauge as the air is added.  Kevin stayed in the car while I added the air to each tire.  My tires were pretty low and I wanted Kyle to go with me yesterday, but it didn't work out before he had to get to work.  I'm glad QT has free air, and besides it's better to do things like this in the day light anyway.  After we were done with my two little errands, Kevin and I drove around a bit and talked for a while.  When we got back home, Kevin went back to bed and so did I.  I woke up again when I heard Kyle waking up for work around 1:15pm.  I slept longer than I thought I would and missed church.  Arg!

Kevin and I did talk to Social Security again.  This time we talked to a supervisor.  She wasn't any better than a regular representative.  She first said they show Kevin has been approved for benefits, and they are working on all the back pay, and back pay and benefits for our daughter as well.  But then her answer on how long it will take before we actually see these benefits was pretty vague.  So we will see what happens.  I also called the place that is suppose to be helping us with this whole thing.  I pretty much told them I wanted to fire them and I thought they were scamming people because they haven't been any help at all. (trust me I was in no mood to be nice since I wasn't feeling well.)  I also told them I wanted copies of the document my husband signed sent to my email.  When I was done talking to the representative who answered the phone she said she would have their director give me a call.  He called about 15 minutes after and I said the exact same thing to him and told him that I knew more about Kevin's case than they did.  I said any information they received from social security was obtained after I initiated every call to them.  They have never called us and their previous reps told me the case was closed as far as their offices were concerned.  I said, yeah closed until the big payday.  I told them I thought their whole business was a scam and I wanted to fire them.  I basically wouldn't let the guy get a word in edgewise.  I was mad.  In my opinion, they are the only ones that stand to gain if Kevin's case drags out for months or even years and it wouldn't surprise me if they were doing everything they could to make sure things get dragged out as long as possible.  I did also tell that director that I do plan to speak my congressman and let them know just how awful I think they are.  Not to mention social security as well.  It seems to me that since Kevin's case has been approved now for months (or so they say it has been) why on earth can't they make the payout?  It doesn't make sense to me.  I have half a mind to call an attorney to have them review the document Kevin signed as well.  

I have legal benefits through my employer and they have been helpful in the past when we had our trust established, wills, and advanced medical directives drawn up.  

Speaking of that.....
I have to say, it was pretty awesome.  All of our documents came to us in this leather binder.  
With out trust documents in one section.... (sorry for the fuzzy photo)

Our wills in another section.....

There are separate sections for our durable power of attorney, our medical power of attorney, and extra pages for the funding of the trust, along with all the contact information for our attorney, and places to put all the life insurance information on every family member as well.  Pretty cool, right?!  I love it.  It's all in one place and safe and sound in a lock box at the bank.  Each one of our children know where the documents are kept and they all know what to do in case something should happen to Kevin or I.  No, it isn't always easy to discuss but I would rather have the uncomfortable conversations now than them not know what to do or where to go.  Knowing this is done puts our minds at ease a little.  
I'm having fun getting rid of some of the things we have around the house.  Mostly things left over from our oldest child's wedding reception.  I think I'm having just as much fun getting rid of the stuff as I did getting it.  Recently I sold the wrought iron set I had on my front porch, with a couch, two chairs, a coffee table, an end table, and all the cushions. I thought I would have trouble parting with it, but as it turns out, I didn't!  Yay!  It's the best way to de-clutter.  Here is the set I'm talking about.  

As it turns out, I ended up selling it to one of the old admins for one of the Facebook groups I belong to.  She had a wrought iron set that she had gotten rid of and said she regretted getting rid of it.  So, she was thrilled when she saw this set.  I bought this set off of one of the Facebook groups without the cushions and ended up selling it for what I paid for it with the cushions.  I could have probably sold it for a lot more, but I wanted it gone.  It sold and was off of my front porch within two hours.  Love it!  

I have a bunch of other things I will be getting rid of here in the near future as well.  One of which will be my giant coffee table.  It just gets to cluttered and it makes it hard for Kevin to get around in the living room so it has to go.  Plus I am doing some rearranging of furniture in the living room as well.  Fun fun!  I also have a couple things I want to have picked up by the city soon as well.  De-cluttering is a lot of fun and I am motivated to keep going.  Eventually it will be nice to get a couple new things to replace the things I want to get rid of, but that isn't going to happen for a while I'm sure.  

Well, tomorrow is Monday and I've got a few things to do to get ready for work tomorrow and Madam Secretary is on in a few minutes.  Gotta go.  Take care and we will talk again soon. 
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Let's Get To It!

Let's get right to it......

1) What would you say is your strongest sense?
I think it's a toss up between seeing and smell, though I am getting to the age where I still can see pretty much anything, except things that are very tiny in a poorly lit room.  Some things are just difficult to see.  My eye doctor says I have 20/20 vision and if it wasn't for the eye strain (mostly from working on a computer) and the astigmatism I wouldn't need glasses at all. 

2) Do you believe in the idea of a "sixth sense"?  Why or why not? 
In a spooky sense, no I do not believe in a sixth sense.  

In a spiritual sense, absolutely I do believe.  In fact, I call it the gift of the Holy Ghost.  As you may know, the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. He is "a personage of Spirit".  He does not have a body of flesh and bones.  His influence can be everywhere at once.  His mission is the bear witness of the Father and the Son and of ALL truth.  Furthermore, the Holy Ghost purifies, or sanctifies, us to prepare us to dwell in the presence of God.  The Holy Ghost purifies our hearts so we no longer have the desire to do evil.  There is a difference between the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost.  His communication to our spirit carries far more certainty than any communication we can receive through our natural senses.

3) When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain. 
Probably during work.  While I don't have a set schedule every single day, I do have certain tasks and assignments that have to be carried out within a certain amount of time each and every day.  So, yes, I would say my work days are all about watching the clock to make sure those things are done on time every single day.  

4) Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be? 
I have never worked in a restaurant and have absolutely no desire to do that now.  I have served in  many kitchens over the years at church and that pretty much cures me of ever wanting to work in any type of food services.  It's interesting how mean and unforgiving some people can be when it comes to their food...even at a church.  BUT.....if I were to ever own a restaurant, it would probably be some kind of family place where families can come have some good food and not spend a lot and not have to worry about bringing little kids.  

5) Ever traced your family tree?  Share something interesting you learned there.  
My dad does a lot of Genealogy.  In fact, he has worked very hard at it for many many years now.  My father was adopted and so he had his adoptive side to investigate and his birth side to investigate.  For the longest time I thought my family was German through and through.  Well, my father set me straight the other day.  We are Scottish, German, and Slovak.  The German portion coming from my Mom's side of the family as both of her parents were German.  In fact, my Great-Grandparents immigrated to the United States when my Grandfather was about 9 years old.  This is what my Dad says about his side of our family...
My grandfather was born in Maine, but his father was born in what is now Slovakia, but was Hungary for hundreds of years.  My grandmother's family all came from Scotland.

6) What did your childhood bedroom look like?
I remember my bedroom in Texas had these crazy big blue sheets.  That's about all I can recall of that bedroom.  The bedroom I had after that, changed over the years, but I remember pale purple walls.  That was my favorite color as a child.  

7) Anyone who knows me knows I love_______?
To do crafty things.  Although, I haven't done much in the way of any kind of craft since my oldest daughter's wedding...or much before that either.  I think about doing something all the time, but either don't want to spend the money or just don't have the time these days.  I did spend about $3, to decorate our front door for Halloween.  That is, if Lexi will help me put it up tonight.  I should get out our other Halloween things, but I just don't have it in me to haul in the big totes.  So, we are going a different route this year.  We are making this....

First we need to figure out the fuzzy uni brow.  I think I've got some black fur someplace around here.  The rest of the supplies we picked up at our local dollar store.  

These ghosts will be super easy with round tablecloths.  I just need to figure out their round heads.  

I love this spider web!  I have black tape left over from the wedding.  

As it turns out, we may just wait for Monday night to put up our decorations.  I'm still not feeling well.  I need a little more time before I am up to all of this.  

8)  Insert your own random thoughts here...
Not much to report here.  I've a little "under the weather" but feeling better.  Kevin is feeling a little better.  He even went out with me this morning for a quick drive.  That was nice.  Lexi and I tried to go for a walk through the neighborhood last night, but I had to come home early.  I guess I'm not completely over whatever this stuff is.  We tried to get Kevin to go out with us, but he didn't want to go.  Eventually we will get him out....especially now that the weather has changed.  

We received an email from our missionary.  Here is his letter....

This week was a busy one. We did get to go on a split with some of the Elders in the district.  It was fun.  I went up to co-op City with Elder Mxxxx and we taught this less active/part member family and they seem golden!  

We met this cool family last Saturday and they were super awesome. When we walked into the apartment we saw an AS flag and Elder Nxxxxx and I just looked at each other and laughed.  They said that they want to move to AS next year.  The lesson went super well except we forgot to extend a baptismal commitment!! We felt dumb after wards, but we are going to make up for it this week.  They are gonna get baptized.

We also met with an investigator that we've been teaching for a while now.  He has some stuff that he needs to repent of and it might put him in jail, but he comes to church every Sunday and he wants to be baptized.  We're just letting him go through the repentance process and we're teaching him about repentance and the atonement.  He says he knows what he has to do and that he is going to do it even if it gets him killed.   

We've also been teaching these investigators from Burkina Faso n West Africa.  We have a slight language barrier because they speak French and a little English, but there are some members in the area who speak French.  We also might Skype a return missionary who speaks French to help us out.  

That reminds me, using our iPads has become really cool.  We are having lessons through Facebook and also Skype and FaceTime.  We've started to record videos of us teaching and messaging it on Facebook to others, and we've gotten some awesome feedback.  Using Facebook has also made daily contact the easiest thing ever!  We can message people or send them a video and so much more.  I'm glad that our mission is starting to finally settle into using technology.  It's changed a lot even since I first came out to the mission field. 

Well, I have to go now.  We're going to Manhattan for the Temple.  Hope you all have a great week!  :)


Elder Schmidt
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Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016


This will have to be quick.  I woke up this morning and could not breathe.  I was coughing and sneezing and let's say, other things and leave it at that.  I spent the day in bed and still feel cruddy.  Thank goodness for inhalers and other medications.  Otherwise I don't know what I would have done.   Tonight I'm still down resting and trying to stay warm.  I'm not sure if this is the same stuff others in my office have had or not.  Whatever it is, I hope it goes away fast.  But that's not why I wanted to leave a quick post.  Tonight I received a message from an old friend from the stake we lived in when my Dad was stationed on Vandenberg AFB.  This was a friend I made in seminary.  She was in the other ward in our building and went to the other high school in the area.  Her and I talk from time to time and now her and her family live in Utah.  Well tonight she sent me a message telling me she got her temple recommend back and she was saying it was because of me.  I of course corrected her and made sure she gave herself credit for doing all the work to get it back.  I had nothing to do with that.  She then said I was her inspiration.  I have to say, if that's the kind of inspiration I can be with one simple little blog and/or Facebook posts then I will never stop posting.  In my opinion, this turned what has become a very awful month into a completely amazing month!  Sure, life is hard and I/we have been given the challenge of doing hard things.  Things that others would never do.  We have endured hardships, tragedy, and pain collectively and alone, yet we continue on because....1) I don't ever want my husband to think I would ever give up on him because I know he would never give up on me.  2) The things we do today might just turn out to be the inspiration our children need to be able to endure hard things in the future.  3) We as the Kevin & Sondra Schmidt family ARE worth it and we will get through this together.  4) Because our Heavenly Father tells us it will be worth it!  
5) Because somehow through it all we are setting an example for others on the outside looking in.  This is why we have tied a knot in our proverbial rope and are hanging on for dear life.  We can and we will be victorious!!!!  Enough said.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Glorious Sunday Indeed!

This morning I woke up to find that I only had .55 cents left on our SRP and it was only 6 in the morning, which meant I would need to make a quick trip to add money first thing this morning.  I hate that.  So, before anyone was awake I got dressed, told Kevin where I was going, and ran to add money to our SRP card.  Not exactly my favorite thing to do first thing on a Sunday morning, or anytime on Sunday for that matter, but it had to be done.  

When I got back from the adding the money to our card and had fed the little machine we have in our kitchen with the card, I was wide awake and could not fall back to sleep.  So, I watched an episode of NCIS on my phone while I tried to lay down again.  It eventually worked and I fell back to sleep.  This time waking up around 11:30.  It seems that my family is up at all hours of the night and they keep waking me up several times a night which causes me to sleep longer.  I'm not liking that at all.  Kyle comes home from work in the early morning hours and usually grabs something to eat, a hot shower, and heads off the bed.  Lexi has her sleep cycle all messed up and she stays up super late and sleeps odd hours as well.  Kevin isn't far behind her.  Plus Kevin has been in a lot of pain lately so I understand why he is up and down all day and night.  Poor guy.  

After waking up at 11:30 and seeing Lexi still sleeping, I knew she wouldn't be going with me to church.  She had intended to go with me, but I knew waking her up wasn't going to happen today.  Plus, it takes forever for her hair to dry and getting her to go with wet hair is next to impossible.  Not exactly the best excuse not to go to church.  Kevin isn't able to sit for that long in his chair, otherwise I would have had him come with me.  So, I went alone.  I knew I needed to go.  It seems that the week always seems to fall into place easier when I take the time to attend that meeting and read my scriptures during the week.  One of these days, hopefully in the not to distant future, I will be able to make it to all of my meetings again.  Right now, with Kyle's work schedule it makes it so he is home with Kevin during the day while I work in case Kevin needs him.  Then on Sunday's when Kyle has to work, I don't leave the house for very long so as not to leave Kevin alone and Lexi can't pick up her father if he should fall or something.  I really can't either, but sometimes Lexi and I can do it together.  Sometimes.

Sacrament meeting was pretty amazing today.  The Ward's spoke and did a great job.  They talked about faith and President Uchtdorf's Conference talk during the women's broadcast.  I found myself in tears as Sister Ward spoke because the things she said were things I needed to hear.  She talked about how our trials can strengthen our faith and sometimes answers to prayers do not come right away and that we have to be patient on the Lord because answers will come in His timing.  When the time is right.  Sure, these are things I have always known, but today I needed to be reminded of this again.  I'm glad I went.

I stumbled across this neat idea.  Look at what one member does with their General Conference edition of the Ensign....

She laminates the covers of the General Conference Ensign and has it spiral bound.  Before binding it she adds the following additional items:

  • blank pages for notes
  • A quote called "My Walk and My Talk - President Ezra Taft Benson taught, "For....six months your conference edition of the ensign should stand next to your standard works and be referred to frequently. As my dear friend and brother Harold B. Lee said, "we should let these conference addresses the guide to our walk and our talk during the next six months.  These are the important matters the Lord sees fit to reveal to his people today." (Ensign May 1988) 
  • The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
  • The Living Christ
  • Letter to each child with her testimony
  • A family photo
  • A picture of Jesus Christ
  • A page to record what you are grateful for
  • A few of her favorite current quotes
She says because the cover is laminated it becomes more durable so she can take it everywhere she goes.  She takes it to church and when it is at home it can be found right next to her scriptures.  She says it serves as her journal for Gospel study and church meetings for the next six months.  

She then makes one for each of her family members that wants one, even her three year old.  She says they use them during family home evening, family devotionals, family councils, and any time we want to study a talk.  She said her husband loves the electronic versions of everything, but she likes being able to sit down with paper copies of the talks and marking them.  She says she marks them like she marks her scriptures.  She said a friend gave her this idea about 18 years ago and she has been doing this ever since.

Frankly, I think this would be an awesome gift to give to the sisters you visit teach as a nice gift so they to can enjoy reviewing the talks throughout the next six months as well. 

Tips to Binding Your General Conference Ensign:

1) Take your Ensign to a local copy store  
2) Ask then to cut the binding off the magazine 
3) Ask them to create note pages that match the size of the Ensign pages.  Give them one page of the freshly cut Ensign to use as a guide.  Have them make cuts to all of the pages you are adding in.  They will need to make two cuts.
4) Have the copy store laminate the front and the back cover.  Contact paper isn't as durable and usable.
5) Ask them to add your extra pages, re-assemble, and coil bind it all together. Adding the extra pages--especially the blank pages for notes and journaling--really makes it more usable.  Sometimes my friends and I all bring our General Conference Ensigns and meet at the copy store to have an "Ensign binding party."
6) Plan to spend about $3 to $5 per book, depending on where you go. 
Your family will be blessed as you make the extra effort to make the teachings from General Conference a part of their daily lives over the next six months.

It's been a challenging week.  A week full of difficulties.  A week full of getting knocked down.  A week full of struggles.  At the same time, this has also been a week full of some of the most amazing support I have ever felt before.  My husband is quick to remind me of who I am, that he loves me, and supports me 100%, and he reminds me of what is most important, us and our children.  My parents and my children have done the exact same thing.  Even my Bishop and my therapist are supportive and encouraging.  I appreciate the people in my life so much.  What a blessing they are.  What a source of strength they have all become and I love them all very much for all they do.  As I have said before, this trial, Kevin's spinal cord injury, has been tough for Kevin, myself, and each one of our children.  We have come to know exactly who we can turn to for support and who we cannot.  We have learned a lot about friendships and about family.  We have learned that we are stronger than ever as a core family and that we can endure hard things.  We have gotten closer as a family and we have found greater love and appreciation for one another like we had never before imagined.  We have learned what is important and that is our love and strength together.  It has been amazing to see as each of us have been pushed and tested beyond our wildest dreams, and then to still remain closer than ever before.  This trial may have changed the way we all do things, but at the same time it has also changed the way we see things as well,......and that is indeed the best blessing of all.  

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Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

What's on your Heart??

Lately I've noticed that I've been relying a little more on lists and Meme's when writing my blog posts. Today is no different.  Today we are starting with a list called, 
"What's on your Heart."  Should be easy enough as I have a whole lotta stuff on my heart........
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1.  I'm pretty sure I am one of millions with the Presidential election on their heart.  Good grief, how on earth did this happen?  I am sure our founding fathers have turned over in their graves multiple times and I'm sure our Heavenly Father must be shaking His head in disbelief as well.  Have mercy!

2. I received a quick message from Elder Schmidt this morning.  He sent me a link.  It was to this thing called Spiritual Music New York.  Several missionaries and members of other faiths and beliefs got together to share music from their culture and religious backgrounds.  I love that our son is getting an up front view to other cultures and other religious faiths through their music and as he serves in the New York area.  Of course, the missionaries also shared a few hymns.  Love it!  

3.  I went to the mailbox yesterday and didn't find any envelopes from the Social Security Administration awaiting me. I wasn't shocked. We are still hopeful, but realistic. After all, my last conversation with them was late on a Friday afternoon.  My guess is the girl who answered my call could have been just telling me what I wanted to hear to get me off the phone.  Yes, I'm questioning her words.  Was she truthful?  Time will tell.  More to come on this...

4.  I talked briefly with a friend from the ward I was in before Kevin and I got married, my parents ward.  She does hair now and has lost a bunch a weight.  She looks incredible!!  She said she had weight loss surgery about 7 years ago and feels better than she ever did in high school.  Pretty amazing.  I'm not sure I would be willing to go under the knife for weight loss, but the thought has crossed my mind.  

5.  Remember my pipe dream and house plans?  Well, Kevin informed me today that he will agree to building my house if we can do it in some remote place with no one around.  I told him we'd have to be at least close enough (half an hours drive) to a place to get supplies.  Then I asked him where he thought the middle of no where was, he wasn't sure.  Even so, I do like the thought.

6.  I have been privileged to get to know several women involved in serving in their local community programs over the past year.  Each of us are given a full day to serve in our community from the company we work for.  I have heard of several of the programs for years but learning more through these women, hearing their stories, and seeing the way serving transforms them through the work that they do, has blessed all of our lives beyond words.  I can't say enough good about the work that they do!  (I still have my hours to use, I can't decide how best to use them...which community organization to help.)  Where would any of us be without those who are willing to serve????...even if we didn't get paid to do it.  What a gift!  

7.  Neighborly LOVE.  I have some awesome neighbors.  I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I wrote a note to one of our neighbors recently.  This neighbor use to love to photograph the roses in our yard.  Well, recently we pulled all of the roses out with the intention of replanting them soon.  So, I wanted to explain why our yard was looking so "rough" lately and I explained a little bit about what has been happening this past year to our family.  Well, I received the nicest note back from this neighbor.  It was very sweet!  It just goes to show that most people are good hearted.  Thank you.  

8.  My husband who reminds me of who I am, especially when I start believing otherwise.  He helps me to rise above  certain things and not give in.  He encourages me.  Believes in me and reminds me each and every single day why I married him!  I love him more than he could ever know.   

9.  Lexi who makes me laugh.  Especially when she sings and dances around the house.  I keep telling her she's pretty good at that, but she still doesn't believe me.  She is growing up so fast.  It's fun to watch as she changes right before our eyes.  I love that girlie! 

In other news.......It's been quite the week.  Lots of things happening.  Nothing I can talk about yet, but just know we are working to get Kevin all the help he needs.  We've been in touch with some folks on the east coast that we are hopeful will be able to provide us with everything.  We hope to hear from them again next week.  I have to say, modern day medicine is simply amazing!  We are very lucky to live in this day and age where we have so much.  What a blessing!!!  

Kevin and I received our early voting ballot in the mail this week.  Yikes!  When I got it, I opened the envelope right away.  There were all the names, right there in black in white.  I still can't believe our options.  Lexi took a look at my ballot and said she wished she could vote this year so she could write in her father's name instead of the options we have.  I thought that was really sweet of her.  Frankly, I wish I couldn't vote this year.  I still secretly wish someone honorable would swoop in and steal the show from the two yahoos running for office.  Wouldn't that be awesome??  My neighbor across the street stopped to ask me today if I saw anyone take his Trump sign out of his yard.  I haven't seen anything.  He said another neighbor has had three Trump signs removed from their yard.  Who does that?  We talked for a bit.  He works for ASU just like Kyle (our son)does.  He, of course, asked what department Kyle worked in, and was surprised when I told him.  He said of all the police departments to work for, ASU's was probably one of the better ones.  I agreed.

Take care my friends.  Enjoy your weekend and we will talk again soon.
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