Thursday, March 26, 2015


Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Our new Young Women's leaders in our ward.  They are awesome and the girls are very blessed to have them.

2) That today is my Friday!  I am sooo excited!

Goals for the Day:

1) Paperwork in the mail - DONE
2) Called attorney - DONE
3) Called Insurance - DONE
4) Called Doctor - DONE
5) Pick up around the house - Working on it!
6) Get ready for Kevin's surgery tomorrow! - Working on it!
7) Dinner - Working on it!

From the Camera:

Danielle's selfie the other day at my house.

From the Heart:

Drunk driving is a tough subject that many of us don't like to discuss. But it's an important topic, because one drunk driver could change the lives of many people. Maybe you know someone or know of someone who has been injured or killed by a drunk driver. Keep your friends safe by offering them a sober ride home when they need it. Before you go out with your friends make it a habit to always discuss who will be driving home. Volunteer to be the designated driver to ensure that you and your friends will make it home safely !


Being the one to step up and take the initiative to be a designated sober driver could prevent a dangerous accident.

Step It Up:

Volunteer to be the designated driver every time you go out! Also let your friends know that  they can always call you to come and get them if they need a safe ride home, even if you had decided to stay home that night. Or if you are hosting a party collect car keys at the door and don't give them back to your friends who leave unless they have not been drinking.

Keep It Simple:

Be responsible; you can always take a cab and pick up your car later if need be. Or look into public transportation options to get you to and from a friend's house or restaurant. There is never an excuse for driving under the influence. Or, if you are hosting, let your friends know they are welcome to spend the night if they need to! They can drive home in the morning once they are sober.

From the Kitchen:

Orange Dreamsicle Fudge

1 bag white chips (I used Nestle Premium white chips)
1 can white frosting (NOT whipped)
Crush Orange Ice Cream topping

Melt frosting in a saucepan over low heat (so to not burn it) until frosting is glossy. Add chips and continue cooking over low heat stirring until chips are melted and blended well with frosting. Pour contents out into a greased 8" x 8" pan (or parchment paper lined pan). Drizzle Orange Crush Ice Cream topping over top and if desired, swirl topping through fudge with a fork or toothpick. Cool in refrigerator until set. Cut fudge to desired sized pieces once set. This recipe can be altered to taste by using different flavors of chips and frosting.
Or try these ~

White chips + lemon frosting = lemon fudge
Chocolate chips + fudge frosting = chocolate fudge
Peanut butter chips + white frosting = peanut butter fudge
Andes Mint chips + Chocolate frosting = Mint Chocolate Fudge
(I add a touch of mint extract to these)
Let your imagination run with this and make all sorts of unheard of fudge.

From the Spirit:

“… precious flecks of gold.”
How does one become the richest of souls?  By doing little of acts kindness over time.  Elder M. Russell Ballard shared a wonderful story about this in his April 2011 General Conference talk.  I know we can all become the richest of souls and find peace and happiness by following his counsel and the counsel of our beloved prophet Thomas S. Monson to follow the example of Jesus Christ. 
“How can we free ourselves from this tangled web of challenges and uncertainties to find peace of mind and happiness?
“Oftentimes we are like the young merchant from Boston, who in 1849, as the story goes, was caught up in the fervor of the California gold rush. He sold all of his possessions to seek his fortune in the California rivers, which he was told were filled with gold nuggets so big that one could hardly carry them.
“Day after endless day, the young man dipped his pan into the river and came up empty. His only reward was a growing pile of rocks. Discouraged and broke, he was ready to quit until one day an old, experienced prospector said to him, "That's quite a pile of rocks you are getting there, my boy."
“The young man replied, "There's no gold here. I'm going back home."
“Walking over to the pile of rocks, the old prospector said, "Oh, there is gold all right. You just have to know where to find it." He picked two rocks up in his hands and crashed them together. One of the rocks split open, revealing several flecks of gold sparkling in the sunlight.
“Noticing a bulging leather pouch fastened to the prospector's waist, the young man said, "I'm looking for nuggets like the ones in your pouch, not just tiny flecks."
“The old prospector extended his pouch toward the young man, who looked inside, expecting to see several large nuggets. He was stunned to see that the pouch was filled with thousands of flecks of gold.
“The old prospector said, "Son, it seems to me you are so busy looking for large nuggets that you're missing filling your pouch with these precious flecks of gold. The patient accumulation of these little flecks has brought me great wealth."
This story illustrates the spiritual truth that Alma taught his son Helaman:
"By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. ...
"... And by very small means the Lord ... bringeth about the salvation of many souls" (Alma 37:6-7).
And President Thomas S. Monson has counseled:
"The needs of others are ever present, and each of us can do something to help someone.
"... Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives" ("What Have I Done for Someone Today?" Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2009, 85).
– “Finding Joy through Loving Service” M. Russell Ballard, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, April 2011 General Conference
From the Schmidt's:

Tomorrow Kevin has his temporary Never Stimulator placed in his back!  We are hoping it works for him!  We've heard good and bad about the stimulator.  So, it's a 50/50 kind of thing.  It has to work!  So, please send positive vibes our way in the hopes that this will work.  

It's funny how things work around here.  I can tell something is about to happen.  It's just a feeling.  I say that because everyone is on edge and we are not being nice to each other.

I know it's not because work was crazy today, because it wasn't too bad, and I know it's not the heat because being inside with a fan blowing isn't bad at all.  
It must be this upcoming day tomorrow?!
We are hopeful!

Did you hear about the explosion in New York?
Right near the Temple about 4 hours ago?


OK.....maybe it was a little earlier today.
I guess there were two buildings that reported a gas smell.
Here are some photos...

Talk about scary.  I so hope my son does not have to go through anything like this on his mission.  
Call me MOM.  
I worry about these things.
We all do.

Time to change the subject.

Lexi was in hanging around Bro. Thompson for a little too long at 
New Beginnings last night because he got her!
Lexi is speaking in church this Sunday.
AND, Lexi has invited her friend Christin
to church with is.  This is Lexi's friend that she
did the sign language thing with the missionaries
a couple months ago.  
It will be nice for Lexi to have her friend with her.
Lexi spends a lot of time at Christin's house
and she has been to ours a couple times, but
we need to have her over more.
It's just hard on the days Lexi's Dad is feeling bad and then 
there is the dog.  He jumps on people and frankly,
I do not like that.
So, we have something to look forward to this Sunday.
I just hope Kevin is up for church too.

Well, I have dinner cooking and I need to get it done before Scandal starts.  LOL!
Take care my friends.  Talk to you soon.
Have a great night.  
I hope by this time tomorrow we are 
jumping for joy because 
the Nerve Stimulator was a 
huge Success!!!  

Wish us luck!
Thank you.

From the Missionary:

Tomorrow is our Missionaries LAST P-Day in the MTC.
I remember when Kyle was getting ready to leave the MTC to go to his mission.  Exciting we have another son doing the same thing.  Love it!  
Curtis leaves the MTC on 3/31/15.
Look out New York.  Here comes Curtis!

Quote of the Day:

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