1) Nice cool mornings. This morning it was only 79 degrees outside and it was absolutely glorious!
2) Modern medicine that has found a way to ease some of the pain my husband experiences every single day.
Goals for the Day:
2) Go with Kyle to pick something up - Can't to tell you, it's a secret.
3) Go with Kyle to pick out flowers for his girlfriend - it's her birthday.
4) Chores around the house
7) Bishop stopping by
8) Get things ready for work tomorrow
9) Remember to set my alarm clocks
From the Camera:
I couldn't resist posting this photo!
I bet Lexi doesn't even remember taking this photo.
This is what the sky looked like on the way to work this morning! Super dark. Cars were being struck by lightening and everything.
Thankfully I missed all of that!
This was the weather map for our area this morning! The weather speculators actually got it right this time. Can you believe that?
This was my phone app at 6:45 this morning.
It was even cooler when I left the house.
79 degrees when I left the house. Love it!
From the Heart:
In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea...
Many households develop routines and responsibilities over time. Often those responsibilities are not volunteered for as much as they just "fall" on someone to do. Offer to do a chore or just do it anonymously.
Routines can become tedious and unappreciated tasks. It is uplifting when those efforts are acknowledged and appreciated. And it can really put a smile on someone's face if you occasionally just do a chore that someone else in the household normally does. It demonstrates appreciation and acknowledges their efforts as well as relieves them for a time. It can be especially helpful if the person is extra busy or stressed for other reasons. Here are some examples of typical household chores:
Clearing and washing dishes
Taking out trash
Doing yard work
Doing house work and cleaning
Caring for pets
Step It Up
Offer to take over a task permanently. Imagine the surprise and joy of a parent when a child offers to clear the dishes from now on. Or offer to do a large-scale task that everyone dreads. Things like "clean the garage" or organize a messy room or storage space.
Keep It Simple
If you see someone wrapping up a trash bag offer to take it outside or replace the bag. Or just pitch in when someone else is making a meal.
From the Kitchen:
From the Spirit:
“I recommend you come to know your Father in Heaven. Come to love Him. Always remember that He loves you and will give you guidance and support if you will but give Him the chance. Include Him in your decision making. Include Him in your heartaches and heartbreaks. Include Him when you take inventory of your personal worth.” –Marvin J. Ashton, “Becoming a Quality Person Now”, Ensign, Apr 2010, 28-29
From the Schmidt's:
Work was crazy busy today!
Seriously! It was as if we stepping into the twilight zone or something. I kid you not! We found ourselves having to explain the simplest of things over and over again to most of the people we talked to today. It was so odd!
One of the other, what we called, "seasoned" reps announced to the team around noon today that tomorrow she was bringing a bottle for everyone to share because these people were driving her to drink, it was so bad! We of course know she would never do that, but it made us all chuckle. Believe me, the comic relief was so very needed. WOW! What a day!!
Let's hope tomorrow is a better day, even though it's what we always call Terrible Tuesday, because Tuesdays are our busiest days. Yikes!!!
We got a new boss today. She is awesome and we are super excited to get to know her. She comes from a very large family, has three kids of her own, and is a religious woman.
When she mentioned all of this in one of our meetings it was like I was hearing the Hallelujah Chorus for the very first time in my life! Yes!!!
It's official! The Spinal Nerve Stimulator has been turned on! Kevin is so happy! He had two doctor's appointments today. The first one was with his surgeon who checked him over and turned on the device. One thing Kevin is experiencing is what they believe is some kind of infection behind the battery pack they planted just above his bum on one side. Whenever he lays on his back the pain shoots up to a 10, and he has trouble breathing. Not good! So, they called in a prescription of steroids to try and reduce the infection. If that doesn't work, or things get worse, we might be in for another surgery. First things first though....a CT Scan will have to be done to determine exactly what is going on. Kevin thought they pulled a stitch from a previous surgery he had on his esophagus. Let's hope he is wrong and they can get the infection under control. Needless to say, I have been a little stressed out wondering what to do and how this is going to play out because I can't miss work. I just can't. It's times likes these that I am so grateful Kyle is around to help. Out of all of my children I trust him to drive Kevin from here to the other side of the world (Peoria) if need be. Kyle is just a more experienced driver and that helps me to worry less. Believe me, worrying less is always a good thing for me lately. Needless to say, Kevin pushed back his appointment with his pain specialist until tomorrow just in case he ended up going in for a stat CT Scan this afternoon. All I can say is the man did not look good yesterday. I was scared to death, but I couldn't let him know that. Whenever the pain gets to the point that he has trouble breathing it has gone beyond the point of control and we need emergency medical help most times. All weekend Kevin kept telling me that the pain had not gotten any worse and the doctor said to go only if the pain gets worse. Sometimes that man can be so stubborn. Even our Bishop was concerned about him when he insisted on going with me to our appointment yesterday. The Bishop kept looking at me as if to say, "Sondra, why did you make this man get out of bed to come in today?" Believe me, I wish I could have answered that look on the Bishop's face. I would have told him that Kevin insisted on going. That man!
Anyways.....bottom line, the stimulator is going to work, but we are still not out of the woods yet. We need the infection to go away, but we are so glad this thing is working. Kevin said his pain level got down to a 3 when he stayed on his side. Love it! We are so happy!
The other day something odd happened.
I was in our living room and I got that feeling that someone was going to come over. I usually only get that feeling when someone important comes over. You know, like when the entire Bishopric decided to pay you a visit, or the entire Relief Society Presidency. That kind of feeling.
About half an hour later there was this loud knock at the door. Thankfully Kyle was here to hold off the dog so I could open the door. When I opened the door there was this couple standing on my front porch. They immediately asked me if I was missing two small dogs. When I told them no, they asked if I knew of anyone that had small dogs. Of course, as they were asking this question our dog was barking in the background trying to get away from Kyle to come see what was happening at the front door. This couple couldn't help but hear our dog. When I told the couple that the neighbors next door had little dogs, but that a lot of people on our street had little dogs, they proceeded to tell us that two little dogs just got ran over at the end of our street. One didn't make it and the other was taken to the Vet. When I asked the young man which Vet he hesitated for a moment and said the one at Higley and the 60. I thought it was odd for someone to take a local animal in distress to a Vet clear on Higley. Then the young man proceeded to tell us that the Vet has treated the dog, but if the owner does not claim the dog within 48 hours it will be sent to the pound to be euthanized. This whole thing struck me as odd. First of all, why would you insist on coming half way down a street to share a story with someone who clearly has not lost their dog? At first I thought something isn't right here, and I was so glad that I had kept my security door locked while I talked with them. After they left and I closed the door I looked to Kyle and said, that was odd. He too thought it was a strange encounter. I couldn't help but think that these two were checking to see if someone was home. Especially on a holiday weekend. Two days after this little "visit" even Kyle was telling me that he thought it was very strange. There was just something odd about this. Especially since I got that clear and distinct prompting from the Holy Ghost that someone was going to come to the door half an hour prior. What was I being warned of? I still do not know what my prompting was about, and I may never find out. I am just grateful that for the gift of the Holy Ghost who is there to comfort me and to alert me when things are not right, or to warn me whenever I might be in danger. What a blessing it is to have that precious gift in my life. I want to make sure I do all I can to have that member of the Godhead as my constant companion, and I know with effort on my part that it is possible. This is yet more proof to me that my Heavenly Father is very much aware of me and the day to day activities and situations I deal with, and I am humbled each and every time I experience these small miracles in my daily life. Maybe that was the reason for the prompting, merely to remind me that I am not alone, and that my Heavenly Father is very much aware of me and the things I deal with every day. Who knows. All I can say, is I feel very fortunate to be able to receive promptings big or small like these to help me every day.
I received this message from Danielle on Facebook today. She made me cry. How sweet is that? I love that girlie! Thank you Danielle.
Before I leave for the night, I would like to wish Morgan a very Happy Birthday today.
I still have so much to do tonight. We are trying to implement a cleaning schedule around the house. Ha Ha! I'll be honest, I cannot do everything. That's right! I am not super woman. I can't work full time, take care of my family, and be the only one doing all the cleaning. It is just not something I can do. Not to mention, it's just not right that one person be burdened by all the chores in a household of our size. Sure, Kevin is very limited to what he can do, but he has always tried to lighten my load and I so appreciate that. Now is the time to get my children on board. It's time! It's going to take us some time to get on track and keep up with the schedule. But, I know we can do this and this will make our life a lot easier. So, I have to go. Lots to do to meet our goal for this evening.
Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
From the Missionary:
Words from Elder Schmidt's Mission President as they come to the end of their time in the New York, New York North Mission.
I know Curtis will miss President & Sister Morgan.
You know President Morgan is an awesome man because of how he handled introducing the new Mission President to everyone in the Mission. It takes an amazing person to step aside and allow a new Mission President to shine.
These two will be remembered and loved by all they came in contact with. We wish them well as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.