Sunday, July 13, 2014

What a wild ride!!

This has been a crazy week.  More like a whirlwind kind of week.  In some ways I feel that we have traveled all over the place and have finally arrived safely back to a somewhat normal routine tonight.  With all that has happened, you would think I would be filled with all kinds of emotion.  But I'm not.  I am calm.  I am at peace.  Which surprises me.  Why am I not freaking out?  Why am I not stressed out?  Why aren't these things bothering me the way they would before?  I'm really not sure what the answer is.  I don't know how I got to this place.  But something is very different.  Something is most definitely different this time.  
For starters, my oldest daughter has decided to move into student housing at ASU.  It's time.  She is going to be 26 this year and she is tired of not being out on her own.  Which I don't blame her.  I will be honest, it's a sad moment for me, but I do understand.  I know it's not a sad moment for her.  Shoot! I'm sure it's gonna be a lot of fun at first.  But eventually she will miss us.  I know she will.  Even if it is for just a short brief moment.  She will miss us.  And besides, we won't be too far away.  She can come visit and we can certainly go see her too.

I have wedding flowers coming out my ears around here.  My nephew is getting married next month and I have a bridal bouquet with old brooches to add, as well as lace from her mother's wedding dress to add, 9 bridesmaids, a throw bouquet, the grooms boutonniere, 9 groomsmen boutonnieres, 4 dads/grandfathers, 5 moms/grandmothers corsages, and one table arrangement to get done all in silk flowers.  This will be my first time doing a bouquet with brooches in it.  In fact, I am a little nervous about it, but hopefully all will work out and the bride will love everything.  I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed.  

I also spoke to an old friend who has a daughter getting married in September and it looks like I will be doing her flowers too.  There is going to be a bridal bouquet in silk, a 
bridal bouquet in fresh flowers, 5 bridesmaids, boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen, fathers and grandfathers.  Then corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.  As well as several table centerpieces in fresh flowers too.  We still need to finalize a few things and pick out flowers which we will do sometime next week.  This wedding is going to be held outside at the bride's grandmother's home.  The grandmother has a large home they are renovating and the reception will be held in the backyard in this big grassy area.  The house has changed hands a couple of times in the past few years.  In fact, the house had been a rental for a while.  Some other friends of ours were renting it until they moved out to Queen Creek.  The family that was renting have been long time friends with Kevin and his family.  In fact, one of them was Kevin's best man at our wedding.  The house is really cool.  I love the separate living room from the kitchen and family room as well as the large master bedroom.  But the best part of the house is the big food storage room!  Oh, how I would love a whole room for food storage.  Wouldn't that be awesome!! It's in the basement of the house, but it is perfect.  I would love to see the place once all the renovations are complete.  I'm sure it will look even more spectacular once everything is complete.  Fun Fun!! Back to the wedding.....
  There are huge shade trees in the area where the reception will be held  and it will be perfect for the woodsy theme the bride wants to go with.  I look forward to seeing this all come together.  I'm sure it will be absolutely beautiful!  

We made a couple visits to Kevin's doctor this week.  Once for an appointment and the other to pick up some documentation.  I have to say, this particular doctor's office has been very refreshing.  They don't make Kevin feel silly EVER.  In fact, the doctor has been amazing!  We love him.  He has helped Kevin and answered questions for me so many times.  Not to mention all the help with paperwork, pharmacy help, referrals to the surgeon again, scheduling tests, pain block injections, and referrals to the emergency room too.  He has gone above and beyond.  I cannot say enough about this man!  He ranks right up there with one of my greatest blessings!  

I made a visit to my doctor's office too last week.  Not to mention about 4 phone calls to the back office staff too. I still have my problem.  It has calmed down a bit, but when it flares up look out!  Let me tell you, this has not been fun!  I have cut down on a lot, partly because my appetite has really changed.  AND partly because I don't want any flare ups.  But sometimes it just happens and there is no rhyme or reason to why.  It just hits me like a ton of bricks.  One of the times I had trouble I ran a quick errand with Danielle.....within about 1/2  an hour of being away from the house, I was pale, sweaty, and in pain, racing to our home to get to the bathroom.  It comes on quick and it comes on when I least expect it.  I know my doctor's will eventually be able to tell my why this is happening and what the root cause is for all this madness.  I just hope it's nothing scary to deal with and we will be able to manage with whatever this is.  I will say I love my doctor's.  Even though I never wanted to see these specialists.....EVER in my life.   They are awesome.  I have another visit with their office set up for first thing Monday morning.  In the meantime, this doctor is going above and beyond to work late and even come in on his day off to help me with my issues!  He is totally amazing and I cannot thank him enough for going above and beyond to help me.  

Lexi has an appointment coming up in about two weeks with a specialist too.  Her arm is still bothering her.  Then her legs are also bothering her.  I don't know if she is going through some kind of growth spurt or if something else is going on.  She woke me up at about 5 a.m. this morning crying and in pain because her ankles hurt.  We gave her a couple Tylenol and eventually the pain calmed down enough for her to fall back to sleep.

Curtis had another episode with his tonsils again last week.
 They swell up like golf balls. Luckily we had enough antibiotic on had around the house, so we didn't take him in to the doctor, but we probably should have.  He is going to end up needing his tonsils out eventually.  Curtis also has been interviewed by our bishop and stake president.  He will be ordained to the office of an Elder next Sunday. 
 Woo Hoo!!  This mission thing is coming up quick!  I think it will be good for Kevin and Curtis to go to Priesthood together. That is, if Kevin can make it.  

I spent a lot time last week picking up paperwork, mailing paperwork and emailing PDF documents all over the country last week.  I think I paid a small fortune in postage just to get things out so they will arrive on time.  I love certified mail and two day air!  It's an awesome thing. BUT my absolute favorite is scanning and emailing documents.  That is so nice!! That makes my job so much easier.  None of this making copies for my files and sending out the originals.  We had to go out and hire some folks to help us out with a few things last week an we signed  contracts and send documentation with some other files.  It's sad that it has to come to this, but I am so glad these people are here to help us.  We have a long road ahead of us, but we feel we have no other choice.  

We got a new mattress last week for our bed.  It was ordered online and delivered right to our front door.  When we got home from one of our many doctor's appointments last week it was here on the front porch.  Curtis got the lucky job of hauling it into our bedroom and unpacking it.  Who knew a queen sized mattress could come all rolled up inside a duffel bag?  When Curtis got it all out of the bad and the plastic wrap it started to inflate itself.  It was pretty cool to watch.  The mattress is one of those Memory Foam/Regular Mattress things.   I had no idea a queen sized mattress could come all rolled up in such a small bag.  Kind of like this...
The mattress we had on our bed was so hard.  I was so glad to get the softer mattress.  Now I can sleep on the bed and not wake up with a sore back anymore.  

Kyle has been working on getting a new car.  He had been using a work truck until they had to take it away.  Apparently someone at one of the facilities in California let a family member drive the truck and they got into a pretty bad car accident.  So, they took all vehicles away from anyone who was not a sales representative.  Kyle knew the truck was only a temporary thing and he wants to get his own car.  Now, when Kyle fills up the gas tank before work he will still have a full tank of gas when he leaves work.  I cannot tell you how many times he would get gas in the morning then one of the drivers would take out the truck, use all the gas, and never fill it back up again.  It's not cheap to fill up a full size truck these days either.  The driver's knew what they were doing.  They were just being jerks, but Kyle never said a word about it.  Eventually he would have said something.  It just takes a lot to get him worked up.  

Yes, this week has been crazy!  Yes, I should be losing my mind over all of this!  I still do not know why I am not stressed out!  I will say this though, even though all of these things and several others that I choose not to discuss have taken place this past week, I can see the little miracles and blessings laced between everything.  We may not have it all together, but together we have it all has never before meant as much as it has over this past week.  We will get through all of this and be stronger for having done it.  I may eventually go kicking, screaming and eventually crying from one moment to the next, but in the end we will get through this.  We will come out on the other side.  Sure we do not have all the answers and we may need help along the way, or not like the end results....but the bottom line is, we will get through this.  We will be able to eventually say we did that and we are better people for having gone through this.  (Or at least that is what I hope we will be able to say.)  Life is not perfect.  Life can be hard and rough and tough to take at times, but we were never promised this life would be easy.  In fact, the quote hanging at the end of my hallway says this....I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.  I have come to know that we are given certain trials so that we will learn to turn to our Heavenly Father and ask for his help.  To turn our burdens over to him and allow Him to carry our heavy load.  What a profound blessing it is to know we can do this when things are tough!  I am grateful for that knowledge.  I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for NEVER leaving me alone.  AND I am grateful for those around us that know us.  That check in on us, like our bishop.  He seems to always know the exact moment to call and check in on my husband.....and the rest of us too.   I don't think that man realizes how often he has come to my husbands rescue with a simple phone call.  It means the world to Kevin.  I have watched the change these telephone calls have made on my 
husband and I am so grateful that our bishop takes time out of his busy day to call.  I know he has a million other things to do and I know he probably sets out to do those other things when he gets that prompting to call Kevin.  Oh how wonderful it is to know that he heeds those promptings and does not hesitate when they come!  He is awesome and we love him, and we love his sweet wife and their family.  They sacrifice so much to allow their husband and father to serve as our bishop.  I know it can't be easy some times.  But I do know the Lord watches out for this great family because we pray for them and thank Lord always for them.  We count our Bishop and his family as some of our greatest blessings.  Well, it's now Sunday morning. A very early 2:30 a.m. and I still need to print off my lesson helps and get to bed.  I hope my ramblings have made sense.  And I hope I haven't bored you too much.  Life is crazy!, but Life is GOOD!  :)
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