Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Birthday Eve!

Two (okay three today) Things I am Grateful For:

1) The people in my life.  They are awesome and I appreciate them more and more every day.

2) Mezona Orthopedic.  They are great!

3) Meloxicam!  That has been miracle medication for me and my knee.  Love it!  
Goals for the Day:

1)  Go to work and try and get caught up on things.
2)  Get to my doctor's appointment later today.
3)  Get Kyle to his weight lifting class
4)  Run to the place to pick up a wheelchair for Kevin. 
5) Get Dinner done
6) Get Lexi to Mutual
From the Camera:

Another photo of me all dressed up and ready to go.  
With the family car in the background.  

I remember one time falling off of the hood of that car and landing on both knees.  I couldn't get up for a while it hurt so bad.

Funny how that memory comes to mind now that I have done it again so many years later.......fallen on both knees.  Crazy, isn't it?


From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea....

"How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!" - Emily Dickinson
Enjoying nature is often something people often don't make time for. It seems like life often gets in the way of enjoying the world we live in. We may be too busy with our jobs, or studying for classes, or just distracted by the technology we have access to inside our homes. You can help your community reconnect with nature by making a bird feeder to hang outside your house or classroom. Your neighbors or classmates will enjoy seeing the birds that come to visit, and your feathered friends will enjoy the treat!

Step It Up

Make bird feeders to hang in your neighborhood or at your school or to give to your elderly neighbors or residents at a local nursing home. Many elderly people who are housebound or disabled don't have the opportunity to see much nature or wildlife. Hanging a bird feeder by their windows will bring nature to them, even though they may not be able to go outside.

Keep It Simple

Sprinkle leftover bread crumbs on your sidewalk for birds to enjoy. Or take a trip to the nearest pond or lake and enjoy feeding the ducks.

Related Resources

    From the Kitchen:

    No recipe today.  Sorry folks.
    Instead...
    I will share with you all how to make your own
    custom eye chart for FREE
    http://www.eyechartmaker.com/

    All you do is enter the words you want to see on your chart in the text box on the website and hit enter and it creates the chart for you.  Then all you have to do is print it out.

    I made one for my wall in my family room, but I didn't use this template.  I did it all on my own.  I would have LOVED to have this little template then. 

    See mine here....

    This wall is all about Kevin and I.

    From the Spirit:

    Are We Not All Mothers?

    By: Sheri Dew - 2nd Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency/November 2001 

    Loving and leading—these words summarize not only the all-consuming work of the Father and the Son, but the essence of our labor, for our work is to help the Lord with His work. How, then, may we as Latter-day women of God best help the Lord with His work?
    Prophets have repeatedly answered this question, as did the First Presidency six decades ago when they called motherhood “the highest, holiest service … assumed by mankind.” 1
    Have you ever wondered why prophets have taught the doctrine of motherhood—and it is doctrine—again and again? I have. I have thought long and hard about the work of women of God. And I have wrestled with what the doctrine of motherhood means for all of us. This issue has driven me to my knees, to the scriptures, and to the temple—all of which teach an ennobling doctrine regarding our most crucial role as women. It is a doctrine about which we must be clear if we hope to stand “steadfast and immovable” 2 regarding the issues that swirl around our gender. For Satan has declared war on motherhood. He knows that those who rock the cradle can rock his earthly empire. And he knows that without righteous mothers loving and leading the next generation, the kingdom of God will fail.
    When we understand the magnitude of motherhood, it becomes clear why prophets have been so protective of woman’s most sacred role. While we tend to equate motherhood solely with maternity, in the Lord’s language, the word mother has layers of meaning. Of all the words they could have chosen to define her role and her essence, both God the Father and Adam called Eve “the mother of all living” 3 —and they did so before she ever bore a child. Like Eve, our motherhood began before we were born. Just as worthy men were foreordained to hold the priesthood in mortality, 4righteous women were endowed premortally with the privilege of motherhood. 5 Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us.
    President Gordon B. Hinckley stated that “God planted within women something divine.” 6 That something is the gift and the gifts of motherhood. Elder Matthew Cowley taught that “men have to have something given to them [in mortality] to make them saviors of men, but not mothers, not women. [They] are born with an inherent right, an inherent authority, to be the saviors of human souls … and the regenerating force in the lives of God’s children.” 7
    Motherhood is not what was left over after our Father blessed His sons with priesthood ordination. It was the most ennobling endowment He could give His daughters, a sacred trust that gave women an unparalleled role in helping His children keep their second estate. As President J. Reuben Clark Jr. declared, motherhood is “as divinely called, as eternally important in its place as the Priesthood itself.” 8
    Nevertheless, the subject of motherhood is a very tender one, for it evokes some of our greatest joys and heartaches. This has been so from the beginning. Eve was “glad” after the Fall, realizing she otherwise “never should have had seed.” 9 And yet, imagine her anguish over Cain and Abel. Some mothers experience pain because of the children they have borne; others feel pain because they do not bear children here. About this Elder John A. Widtsoe was explicit: “Women who through no fault of their own cannot exercise the gift of motherhood directly, may do so vicariously.” 10
    For reasons known to the Lord, some women are required to wait to have children. This delay is not easy for any righteous woman. But the Lord’s timetable for each of us does not negate our nature. Some of us, then, must simply find other ways to mother. And all around us are those who need to be loved and led.
    Eve set the pattern. In addition to bearing children, she mothered all of mankind when she made the most courageous decision any woman has ever made and with Adam opened the way for us to progress. She set an example of womanhood for men to respect and women to follow, modeling the characteristics with which we as women have been endowed: heroic faith, a keen sensitivity to the Spirit, an abhorrence of evil, and complete selflessness. Like the Savior, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,” 11 Eve, for the joy of helping initiate the human family, endured the Fall. She loved us enough to help lead us.
    As daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as daughters of Eve, we are all mothers and we have always been mothers. And we each have the responsibility to love and help lead the rising generation. How will our young women learn to live as women of God unless they see what women of God look like, meaning what we wear, watch, and read; how we fill our time and our minds; how we face temptation and uncertainty; where we find true joy; and why modesty and femininity are hallmarks of righteous women? How will our young men learn to value women of God if we don’t show them the virtue of our virtues?
    From the Schmidt's:

    Today is an odd day.  Things are different today, out of sync.
    I left work early today so I could get to my appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon.  Yikes!  I have to tell you...
    These pills the Urgent Care doctor gave me and that cream Kyle let me steal from him have made a huge difference!
    I really do not think I have a torn meniscus.  I really would be shocked if I came back from the doctor and he told me I did.
    If he told me I have a some other injury like a ligament issue or even a small fracture, I could see that.  AND maybe I am completely wrong.  Kevin seems to think the Urgent Care doc was right on.  Time will tell.  I have my MRI disk and the results were sent to the surgeon.  I know whatever this is he will be able to help me out.

    Some things have developed with Kevin.  
    He really has had trouble getting around lately.
    Even to just get to the restroom.
    So as soon as I get back from my appointment I will running to pick up a wheelchair for Kevin.  This is a huge thing for him!  
    He has NOT wanted to even talk about the possibilities of a wheelchair.  In fact, it about killed him to have to be put in one when we went to the mall a few weeks ago.  
    He is in tears and just a wreck today.  I feel for him.
    I told him, this could just be a side effect of the medications
    you have been taking.  I told him he seems like the old Kevin when he is off of them.  
    (this looks like the one we got for him)
    BEFORE I tell you this I need to let you know, this is NOT like Kevin.  AT ALL.....

    Over the past 7 days Kevin has not seemed good at all.  He falls pretty much anytime he tries to get out of bed now.  He shakes all the time.  I know that is because the pain is so bad.  The doctor's told us it wasn't the medication, it was the pain.  
    He has also gotten difficult to deal with.  Instead of calling me every name in the book, he has switched to calling Kyle every name in the book.  It's not good.

    Yesterday he did something to his phone and locked himself out of it.  BUT, he was convinced Kyle did something to his phone.  Just now I had to tell him again, nothing was wrong with his phone.  He thought Kyle had switched my phone for his phone.  H was complaining and going on and on about how Kyle took his phone.

    This has not been good.  He is getting worse.  Last night after hearing him go on and on calling Kyle all kinds of horrible things, 
    I couldn't take it anymore.....I told Kevin that if he doesn't stop this we may need to look into alternative care facilities for him.  I wouldn't do it, of course, unless I absolutely had to.  He just started yelling at me then.  He can yell at me.  No, it isn't right no matter who he is calling names, but it's better then him going after our children.  Poor Kyle.  I also told Kyle we need anything out of that room that could harm him.  He got down right mad when he thought I was hiding his medicine.  I wasn't hiding it.  I was merely trying to make sure he wasn't taking too much.  I've become quite good at counting medication through the bottle too. 

    SO, family....if you get text messages from Kevin in the middle of night or asking you strange things, just know he isn't himself lately.

    Thankfully he has an appointment Friday with his pain specialist.  I can't go, but Kyle will be there.  Kyle hates doctors but this time he needs to go back with his dad and make sure the doctor knows how bad it has been.  Yikes. 

    I know in time we may find it in us to laugh about all of these things, but right now it's not fun.  Lexi is really worried about her dad.  She just had to help me get him back to bed since Kyle isn't here to scoop him up off the floor.  He refuses to stay in bed.  I am just so glad Kyle is here to help me right now.  

    I called Kevin's doctor to give them a run down of what has been happening so they can work with Kevin on this.  When I got back to the nurse she said she got two voice mail messages from Kevin within 8 minutes of each other.  Both were Kevin talking with his slurred speech, talking really slow, and mentioning that he has been falling a lot lately.  So, at least he is trying to get himself some help.  He is aware this isn't his normal self.  So, that puts my mind at ease.  The old Kevin is still in there.  Thank goodness.

    I went to my appointment.  It is confirmed.  
    AND I am still in shock....
    I have a torn meniscus in my right knee. 
    I saw the Physician's Assistant at first.
    She gave me a cortisone shot right in the knee.
    Ouch.  (It really wasn't bad at all)
    Then she said the doctor would be in to see me too.
    He examined my knee and said we could scope it,
    but then he thought let's wait it out a little bit.
    Let's see how the cortisone shot does and lets do
    a month of physical therapy and then we will go from there.
    He said my tear is right in the middle of my knee.  
    He said think of my knee like a rope.  
    Everything looks good on the outside,
    but the rope is not knit together on the inside.

    He was great.  I love Dr. Thomas.  He was great when he did surgery on Kevin's hand and he was great today too.
    I wish I would have remembered to ask him about Lexi.
    I would LOVE for him to check out her wrist.
    I don't care for the hand specialist in that office. 
    He is something else, let me tell you.

    So, for now, I am good.  I guess I will learn to believe my husband knows what he is talking about when it comes to these injuries.
    (Don't tell him I said that. Ha Ha)

    We got a letter from Curtis today.
    He wished me a Happy Birthday tomorrow and told us when he will be calling us Sunday.  If I get a chance tonight I will include his letter in this post.  That is always a huge lift for all of us around here.  I can't wait to talk to him Sunday.  

    I should go.  Sorry this post is a bit of a downer today with my Kevin story.  I love that man....really I do.
    I hope your day was absolutely wonderful.  Feel free to brag and share all your fun times in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you.  Take care my friends, and we will talk soon.

    From the Missionary:

    Hey Happy Birthday Mom!  
    Everything here is awesome.  Don't worry about me getting hurt at all.  The people here are awesome.  This Saturday is going to be awesome!  The entire mission is going to see Quentin L. Cook at the temple, and then we are going out to lunch with him and our Mission President.  It is going to be so awesome.  I can't wait!  Oh and he isn't going on like a mission tour, but he is specifically coming to our mission.  It's kinda scary. 

    Next month the mission is going to a Yankees game, and at the Yankees game the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is singing and we will be singing along in parts.  It's going to be awesome!  But, I'm sorry Dad, I will be having to purchase a Yankees hat....ha ha!  They said we can wear hats but we have to be in proselyting clothes because it's going to be a media thing, so they want us looking like missionaries still.  I am pumped for all of the stuff that happens here.  

    Oh, some funny news that has happened this week.  Just to set this up, we had 4 sisters living in the apartment next to us, but they are shutting down their area so all of them moved out.  Our ceiling in the bathroom collapsed and water got all over the place.  We are pretty sure there was black mold everywhere.  So we called the Super and the person in charge of mission housing.  We were told we were going to have to go to the zone leaders apartment to sty there for a little while, until the hole was fixed.  Which would suck because that would be 6 missionaries cramped into one apartment.  So, Elder Burr decided to call one of the AP's that he knew really well and asked him if we could stay in the Sister's apartment for right now.  So last night we slept and showered in the a Sister's apartment.   It was hilarious!  A lot of their stuff is still here, like quotes on walls and stuff and just tons of stuff.  It was so funny.  Anyways I will make sure to not tell you guys everything before the call Sunday.  

    Oh yeah, email me your Skype account information.  I have one now or if you want, we can do Facetime.  That works a little better.  Just let me know your account info.  We are wanting to call at about  (blank time) here so it's about (blank time) there.  I will talk to you guys Sunday.  Have a great week.

    Love,

    Elder Schmidt
    Sent from my iPad
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