Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) The blessing of a new day, because no matter what comes along you can always start over again tomorrow.

2) The opportunity to partake of the Sacrament each Sunday.  With missing the last couple of Sundays due to me not feeling well and then Kevin's surgery, I really miss it when I miss church.

Goals for the Day:

1) Make it to Sacrament Meeting
2) Get Kevin ready to get to the Bishop's office this afternoon.  I tried to get Kevin to let me go alone, he wouldn't let me.
3) Dinner
4) Take a little nap - if possible
5) Get things ready for work tomorrow
6) Make sure Kevin has what he needs for his two doctor's appointments tomorrow.
7)Drink water!  1 gallon is the goal.
From the Camera:
Lexi has been painting again.  

From the Heart:

You never know when someone else needs to be uplifted. Most of us have been in a situation where we felt unappreciated, or maybe felt like no one cared about us.
You can make someone feel special or appreciated by doing something spontaneous for them, like baking them a cake! You don't need to wait for a special occasion, just bake a cake and deliver it to a friend.

Benefits

When you go out of your way for someone, you’ll be making that person feel extra-special. And baking a cake is an easy and fun surprise to show someone you care about them or appreciate them!

Step It Up

Make a list of your coworkers’ birthdays and surprise each one of them with a cake every time a birthday comes around. Keep in mind that if you do this for one coworker’s birthday, you should be consistent and do it for all the other birthdays in your office, so as not to leave anyone out. You'll be surprised at how many people haven't had someone make them a birthday cake in years.

Keep It Simple

Bake a cake and deliver it to a friend who is feeling down and needs a smile. Write an uplifting quote on the cake to show your friend how much he or she means to you.

From the Kitchen:

3/4 cup Almond Milk
about 15 ice cubes
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder
1/3 of a Banana
Blend.

the Skinny Shake before, it tastes like a Wendy's frosty

From the Spirit:

There’s a story told of the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage.  Whether it’s a true story or not, I can’t say.  What I can say is this: The moral of this story is definitely true for me.   – Grandpa Tony
Legend  of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage: His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.  He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.  He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.  He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.
The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.  It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.  He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
We, too, are never alone.  Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, Sitting on the stump beside us.  When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.
Moral of the story: Just because you can’t see God, doesn’t mean He is not there.  “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
D&C 84:88– And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

From the Schmidt's:
Today was a tough day.  It started out with me going to church alone because Lexi was sick with some kind of stomach bug, but I'm glad I went.  Bro. Stradling conducted and his testimony is always awesome to hear.  He is a humble testimony bearer, and always has some kind of story to share too.  I enjoy hearing his testimony.  Our church service was a little small since everyone else was out of town, so we heard from a few people we don't normally get to hear from today.  Sister Johnson is a sweet lady and she had me in tears with her sweet testimony about her mother and the things that she taught her about faith and the power of prayer.  It was good to hear from both of these people today.

Kevin has been having some trouble lately.  He called his doctor Thursday because he has been experiencing some different pain lately.  The doctor told him that if the pain gets worse to head over to the Emergency Room, meaning St. Joseph's.  Thankfully the pain hasn't gotten worse and thankfully his appointment with the surgeon is first thing in the morning.  Followed by another appointment in the afternoon with the pain specialist.  So, Kevin ought to be worn out by the time he gets home.  

We had an appointment with the Bishop today.  I asked Kevin several times if he wanted me to go alone, but he said no each time.  He didn't even fight me about the wheelchair either.  By the time we got into the Bishop's office Kevin was short of breath.  Not good.  His hands are pasty white and he is so frail.  I just pray that this spinal nerve stimulator will do the trick and relieve some of the pain he experiences on a daily basis.  

Our Bishop was awesome as always.  He is such an easy man to talk to.  I know he is busy and I know he has a lot on his plate, but every time Kevin goes in there he never tries to rush him along.  He is a good man and we always feel very lucky to have him as our Bishop.  We just wish we weren't part of his burden sometimes.  

With Lexi being sick, and Kevin not really wanting much to eat, we did sandwiches for dinner tonight which was fine with me.  Super easy and super simple!  Love it!  
Kyle spent the day and evening with his girlfriend too.  They went to church together and then had a birthday dinner for his girlfriend.  Her birthday is tomorrow.  

Tonight Kyle was in the mood to light off some fireworks.  So, we all went out to the front yard to see his fireworks display.  Crazy kid!  

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All in all, this has been a pretty low key afternoon.  Kevin is resting and we are winding down for the night.  

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday.  Take care and we will talk soon.

From the Missionary:
FROM: deseretnews.com
While of their Atlantic Coast tour, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir appeared Friday, July 3, 2015, at Yankee Stadium. There, in front of 18,000 fans, they opened the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays by performing 'George M. Cohan’s Big Three,” a medley of show tunes featuring “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” (Photo by Debra Gehris, IRI)
While of their Atlantic Coast tour, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir appeared Friday, July 3, 2015, at Yankee Stadium. There, in front of 18,000 fans, they opened the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays by performing 'George M. Cohan’s Big Three,” a medley of show tunes featuring “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” (Photo by Debra Gehris, IRI)
While of their Atlantic Coast tour, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir appeared Friday, July 3, 2015, at Yankee Stadium. There, in front of 18,000 fans, they opened the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays by performing 'George M. Cohan’s Big Three,” a medley of show tunes featuring “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” (Photo by Debra Gehris            , IRI)
While of their Atlantic Coast tour, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir appeared Friday, July 3, 2015, at Yankee Stadium. There, in front of 18,000 fans, they opened the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays by performing 'George M. Cohan’s Big Three,” a medley of show tunes featuring “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” (Photo by Debra Gehris, IRI)
While of their Atlantic Coast tour, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir appeared Friday, July 3, 2015, at Yankee Stadium. There, in front of 18,000 fans, they opened the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays by performing 'George M. Cohan’s Big Three,” a medley of show tunes featuring “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” (Photo by Debra Gehris                  , IRI)
To start off an Independence Day weekend, there could scarcely be a better mix of Americana: baseball, patriotic show tunes and “America’s choir,” the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The 320 singers, who are on their two-week Atlantic Coast tour, appeared Friday, July 3, at Yankee Stadium. There, in front of 18,000 fans, they opened the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays by performing "George M. Cohan’s Big Three,” a medley of show tunes featuring “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”
They topped it off with a rendition of the U.S. National Anthem, which is traditionally sung at the beginning of major league ball games.
The choir presented a resplendent appearance, with women dressed in royal blue dresses and men in navy blue blazers and gray slacks, contrasting with the velvety green of the turf on which they stood. Under the leadership of music director Mack Wilberg, the choir sang a Capella, their performance bringing exuberant cheers from the spectators.
The choir members then donned casual clothes and, with members of the Orchestra at Temple Square and others in the tour entourage, joined the crowd and enjoyed the spectacle, including a nail-biter finish in which the Yankees came from behind to drive the game into three extra innings. Ultimately, New York prevailed with a score of 7 to 5.
Appropriately enough, at one point prior to the choir's appearance, a group of LDS missionaries with their white shirts and nametags were shown on the giant television screens in the stadium. This brought a cheer from the spectators.
(THIS MUST BE WHAT CURTIS MEANT BY "SINGING" WITH THE CHOIR.  ha ha.)
The back story of the choir’s appearance at the game involves Tom Brokaw, anchor and managing editor of the “NBC Nightly News” from 1982 to 2004.
About six months ago, the choir’s administrative manager, Barry Anderson, approached Ronald C. Gunnell, assistant to the president for special projects.
“He’s a great baseball fan,” Brother Gunnell said of Brother Anderson. “He said to me, ‘Ron, what do the think the chances are of us getting into Yankee Stadium? Do you know anybody who could help us?’”
Brother Gunnell thought of Mr. Brokaw, a friend of the choir stemming from his past appearances as guest narrator with the choir and orchestra, including the Christmas concert in Salt Lake City in 2014.
He contacted Mr. Brokaw by cell phone and explained that the choir would be in New York on the weekend of the July 4 holiday. “I said, ‘I just can’t think of anything more exciting than having the choir sing the National Anthem at a Yankee game.’ I said, ‘Do you know anybody at Yankee Stadium who would help us do that?’”
Mr. Brokaw replied that he thought it a fantastic idea. A week or two later he put Brother Gunnell in touch with Deborah A. Tymon, Yankees senior vice president over marketing.
“I went through the idea with her,” he said. “I told her that Tom had performed with us a year before and was a great fan of the choir. She thought this was a great idea.”
He put her in contact with Brother Anderson, who worked out all the logistical details of having such a large group perform at the game, including microphone placement and scheduling of a sound check the day before, in which the singers got used to the challenge of coping with the echo typical of a large sports stadium.
Brother Gunnell said this is the first time he knows of that the choir has sung at a professional baseball game, although it has performed at a game of the Utah Jazz NBA basketball team in Salt Lake City.
“So a big thank you goes to Tom Brokaw for helping us open the door to the Yankees, and what a thrill and honor it is for us to be here,” Brother Gunnell said.
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