Monday, August 17, 2015

Hello Monday!!!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1)  My Heavenly Father who is always there for me and NEVER lets me down.  What an incredible blessing!

2) Lexi for being my little buddy through this entire time Kevin has been in the hospital.  We would stay up late talking, watching movies, or just laying in bed making funny faces at each other. She has bantered back and forth with me and made me laugh every time we are together.  I love that girlie!  I am going to miss our slumber little slumber party and just hanging out with her.  She is a sweetie! 

From the Camera:

Kevin was home for a little bit on Saturday to check out the a few things.  Kevin had to take a road trip, and come home to see if he could get in and out of bathrooms and bedrooms.  We even got to have lunch on the hospital.  We ordered pizza while he was here.  They do all kinds of things with the patients.  Kevin got to go to the movies, take a trip to Jamba Juice, a couple trips to the gym, and if we really wanted to push it, he could have another family outing to a restuarant too.  We opted for Pizza here at the house.  Not exactly our favorite (pizza) but it was nice to have him home and be able to feel more like a family together here at the house.  



Sunday we were back up to the hospital and we played this game together.  You know the one......Ticket to Ride.  I think this has become our new favorite game.  It's fun and we all like to play it.  


Kevin gets to come home on Friday.  We are excited and a little nervous at the same time.  Kevin asks that everyone give him some time to get adjusted to home life before anyone visits.  It's a big adjustment and he just needs to get himself set to a routine first.  Not to mention, the rest of us need time to get use to Kevin being home and helping him with things.  I for one am excited to stop making all the trips to the hospital.  That alone will be a good thing.  

From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:

I love this idea...... Aren't these cute???  The instructions are included, but they are in another language....so, the pictures help a lot.  Unless you can read these.  Anyway, good luck.  
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DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Materialer:
– Hama-perler. Jeg syer med perler i størrelse midi.
– Tråd. Her er brugt almindelig sytråd lagt dobbelt, men det er en god idé at bruge en stærkere tråd. Nogle bruger elastisk tråd, men jeg kan bedst lide at bruge fast tråd.
– Nål. Gerne en uden spids, men det er ikke strengt nødvendigt (senere, når lynlåsen syes fast, er det bedst med en nål med spids).
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Start med et sætte to perler på tråden og bind et par knuder. Lad gerne den løsthængende ende være 10-15cm – det gør det nemmere, når du skal afslutte arbejdet.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
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DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Herefter sætter du en ny perle på og syer tilbage gennem rækkens anden sidste perle.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Sæt en ny perle på og sy gennem rækkens fjerde sidste perle. Fortsæt på samme måde med at sætte en perle på og sy ned i hver anden perle til du når ned til enden.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Når du når ned til enden syer du ned igennem en af de to perler, som du startede med at binde sammen.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Sy op gennem den anden sammenbundne perle og videre op i den sidste perle du satte på.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Herefter går det nemmere, og det giver næsten sig selv hvor man skal sy. Sæt en perle på og sy ned i den perle som “stikker ud”. Når du når til en ende, vender du bare om og syer den anden vej igen.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Sådan fortsætter du med at sy frem og tilbage, til du har den ønskede længde på dit perlestykke. Stykket skal være så langt, at når du lægger det dobbelt har det den ønskede længde på perlepungen.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning1
Når du har den ønskede længde, skal du sætte de to ender mod hinanden og sikre dig, at de passer ind i hinanden. Hvis ikke, syr du en række perler mere på. Det hvide papir på billede er blot for at vise samlingen tydeligere.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning
Nu syer du de to ender sammen ved skiftevis at sy fra den ene side til den anden i de perler som stikker ud. Du sætter ingen nye perler på.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning
Sy fra den ene til den anden side til du når helt hen til den anden ende.
DIY: Hama perlepung vejledning
Stram derefter snoren forsigtigt til, så de to ender mødes, og perlestykket bliver til en ring. Sy ned til din start-tråd, og bind dem sammen med et par knuder.
Nu har du pungens for- og bagside. I næste vejledning viser jeg, hvordan du syer en bund på pungen

StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Jeg har flere gange vist perlepunge, jeg har syet af hama-perler, og flere har spurgt, hvordan de laves. Det er svært at forklare uden billeder, så nu har jeg lavet denne diy-serie, som viser, hvordan du selv kan lave en perlepung af hama-perler. For overskuelighedens skyld er vejledningen delt op i tre dele. Dette er del tre, som viser hvordan du syr lynlås i perlepungen. Se del 1 her og del 2 her.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Det gør ikke noget, hvis din lynlås er lidt længere end din pung, for så gemmer du bare lynlåsenderne nede i pungen og forkorter dem evt. senere.
Start med at føre tråden op til kanten, hvor lynlåsen skal syes på. Det er i princippet lige meget om det er i den ene side eller midt for, men jeg kan bedst lide at starte lidt ude i kanten af en side, som vist på billedet.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Hold lynlåsen til kanten følger den øverste række perlers bund.  Sørg for at lynlåsen ender går lidt ud over kanterne i begge ender. Sy ind i lynlåsen fra forsiden  lige ved perlekantens top.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Før tråden tilbage til forsiden igen. Sy ikke ind i lynlåsen igen, men før nålen under lynlåsen og ind ved siden af den perle du startede i. Her startede jeg i den orange perle, syede ind i lynlåsen og førte tråden under lynlåsen og ud mellem den orange og blå perle.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Sy derefter op gennem den næste perle (her den blå), så du er i samme position som da du startede – blot en perle længere henne.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Nu kan du forsætte på samme måde med at sy ind i lynlåsen ud for perlen, føre tråden under lynlåsen og ind mellem to perle og op i den nye perle.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Fortsæt til du er henne ved enden af pungen.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Fold enden i lynlåsen ned, så den gemmes nede i pungen.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
I enden kan det være lidt svært at sy på samme måde som i siderne, så derfor gøres det som vist på billederne ovenfor. I stedet for at føre nålen om på indersiden af lynlåsen nøjes du med at sy et meget lille sting i lynlåsen og derefter sy ned i samme perle. På billedet er tråden kommet fra den gule perle, der er syet et lille sting i lynlåsen og tråden er derefter ført ned i samme gule perle igen.

StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Sy op gennem perlen ved siden af og gentag. Hvis du har en kraftig lynlås, som jeg havde kan det være nødvendigt at springe en perle over, fordi man ikke kan komme til at sy i lynlåsen hvor tænderne sidder. Her har jeg sprunget den hvide perle over og i stedet fortsat til den grønne perle.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Sy på samme måde et lille sting i lynlåsen og sy gennem samme perle igen og op gennem perlen ved siden af.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Når du er drejet om hjørnet kan du fortsætte med at sy lynlåsen fast, som beskrevet i de første trin.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Når du kommer til den anden ende, skal du igen folde lynlåsens ende ned i pungen og lave de små sting i lynlåsen for at få det pænt.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Når du er hele vejen rundt fører du tråden ned til en af de andre løse trådender og binder dem sammen. Når alle tråde er godt hæftet føres de igennem et par ekstra perler i pungen og det overskydende tråd klippes af.
Og vupti, så er din perlepung færdig! Jeg håber du fulgte med så langt :)
Jeg har flere gange vist perlepunge, jeg har syet af hama-perler, og flere har spurgt, hvordan de laves. Det er svært at forklare uden billeder, så nu har jeg lavet denne diy-serie, som viser, hvordan du selv kan lave en perlepung af hama-perler. For overskuelighedens skyld er vejledningen delt op i tre dele. Dette er del to, som viser hvordan du syr bunden, og hvordan den sys på pungen. Se del 1 her og del 3 her.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Start med at sy et stykke lige som pungens for- og bagside. Denne gang skal det bare kun være 2 perler højt. Sæt to perler på snoren, bind enderne sammen og sæt to perler mere på snoren.  Stik ned i en af perlerne, som er bundet sammen med knude.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Nu kan du fortsætte med at sy en lang “strimmel” ved skiftevis at sætte en perle på og sy ned i den foregående perle.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Det smalle perlestykke skal blive så langt, at det lige præcis passer ind i det store stykke.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Du kan prøve at lægge det inden i for at se, hvor langt det skal være. Sy en ekstra perle på, eller tag en af indtil det passer ind.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Sy herefter hele vejen vejen tilbage til den anden ende ved at sy zigzag igennem perlestykket, og stram godt til under vejs. Dette gøres for at gøre stykket strammere, for man kan nemt komme til at sy det for løst sammen, når stykket er så smalt. Når du er nået helt hen til den anden ende, binder du snoren sammen med den snor, som stritter ud, der hvor du startede.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Nu skal bunden syes på pungen. Start med føre nålen ud til kanten i det smalle stykke, du lige har syet. Sy derefter ned en en perle i kanten af det store stykke (på billedet syer jeg ned i den hvide perle).
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Sy op igennem den perle, som ligger lige ved siden af (på billedet den grå perle).
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Sy derefter tværs igennem det smalle bundstykke, så nålen kommer ud på den anden side.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Her skal du sørge for, at enden af det smalle bundstykke passer lige præcis ned i pungen. Det må ikke dannes et hul for enden af bundstykket. Når bunden er placeret rigtigt, kan du se hvilken perle, du skal sy ned i. På billedet kom nålen ud af den grønne perle på bunden, og jeg syede ned i den hvide perle og op igen gennem den lilla.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Sådan fortsætter du med at sy frem og tilbage fra side til side. Sy tværs over bunden og ned og op i sidernes øverste perler. Jeg synes, det er nemmest, hvis bunden holdes således at den næsten er omkranset af pungens sider.
StyleDesignCreate: DIY Hama-perlepung vejledning
Når du er nået til enden, kan du mærke om bunden føles fast. Hvis ikke, syer du hele vejen tilbage igen på samme måde for at gøre syningen mere fast og holdbar. Det plejer jeg altid at gøre. Til sidst fæstner du snoren ved at føre den hen til en løsthængende tråd og binde dem sammen med en knude.

From the Heart and Spirit:
Thomas S. Monson

“Finishers Wanted”

On sunlit days during the noon hour, the streets of Salt Lake City abound with men and women who for a moment leave the confines of the tall office buildings and engage in that universal delight called window shopping. On occasion I, too, am a participant.
One Wednesday I paused before the elegant show window of a prestigious furniture store. That which caught and held my attention was not the beautifully designed sofa nor the comfortable appearing chair that stood at its side. Neither was it the beautiful chandelier positioned overhead. Rather, my eyes rested on a small sign that had been placed at the bottom right-hand corner of the window. Its message was brief: “FINISHERS WANTED.”
The store had need of those persons who possessed the talent and the skill to make ready for final sale the expensive furniture the firm manufactured and sold. “Finishers Wanted.” The words remained with me as I returned to the pressing activities of the day.
In life, as in business, there has always been a need for those persons who could be called finishers. Their ranks are few, their opportunities many, their contributions great.
From the very beginning to the present time, a fundamental question remains to be answered by each who runs the race of life. Shall I falter, or shall I finish? On the answer await the blessings of joy and happiness here in mortality and eternal life in the world to come.
We are not left without guidance to make this momentous decision. The Holy Bible contains those accounts, even those lessons that, if carefully learned, will serve us well and be as a beacon light to guide our thoughts and influence our actions. As we read, we sympathize with those who falter. We honor those who finish.
The Apostle Paul likened life to a great race when he declared, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Cor. 9:24.) And before the words of Paul fell upon the ears of his listeners, the counsel of the son of David, king in Jerusalem, cautioned, “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.” (Eccl. 9:11.)
Could the son of David have been referring to his own father? Judged by any standards, the greatest king Israel ever had was David. Anointed by Samuel, he was honored by the Lord.
In the first flush of his incredible triumphs, David rode the crest of popularity. As he achieved fresh victories, in adoration the people exclaimed: “Behold, we are thy bone and flesh.” (2 Sam. 5:1.) Power he won, but peace he lost.
It happened late one afternoon when David was walking on the rooftop patio of the king’s house that he saw a woman bathing. “And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, … the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So “David sent messengers, and took her.” (2 Sam. 11:3–4.)
The gross sin of adultery was followed by yet another. Commanded David: “Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.” (2 Sam. 11:15.) Lust and power had triumphed.
David’s rebuke came from the Lord God of Israel: “Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife. …
“Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house.” (2 Sam. 12:9–10.)
David commenced well the race, then faltered and failed to finish his course.
Lest we lull ourselves into thinking that only the gross sins of life cause us to falter, consider the experience of the rich young man who came running to the Savior and asked the question: “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”
Jesus answered him: “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
“He saith unto him, Which?”
To Jesus’ enumeration of the commandments, the young man replied, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
“Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, … and come and follow me.
“But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” (Matt. 19:16–18, 20–22.)
He preferred the comforts of earth to the treasures of heaven. He would not purchase the things of eternity by abandoning those of time.
So it was with Judas Iscariot. He commenced his ministry as an Apostle of the Lord. He ended it a traitor. For thirty paltry pieces of silver, he sold his soul. At last, realizing the enormity of his sin, Judas, to his patrons and temptors, cried out: “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” (Matt. 27:4.) Remorse led to despair, despair to madness, and madness to suicide. He had succeeded in betraying the Christ. He had failed to finish the apostolic ministry to which he had been divinely called.
Lust for power, greed of gold, and disdain of one’s honor have ever appeared as faces of failure in the panorama of life. Captivated by their artificial attraction, many noble souls have stumbled and fallen, thus losing the crown of victory reserved for the finisher of life’s great race.
Let us turn from the lives of those who faltered and consider some who finished and won the prize.
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was perfect and upright and one who feared God and eschewed evil. Pious in his conduct, prosperous in his fortune, Job was to face a test that would tempt any man. Shorn of his possessions, scorned by his friends, afflicted by his suffering, even tempted by his wife to blame God, Job was to declare from the depths of his noble soul: “Behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.” (Job 16:19.) “I know that my redeemer liveth.” (Job 19:25.) Job did not falter. Job became a finisher.
Following the earthly ministry of the Lord, there were many who, rather than deny their testimony of him, would forfeit their lives. Such was Paul the Apostle. The decision of his father to send him to Jerusalem opened the door to Paul’s destiny. He would pass through it and help shape a new world.
Gifted in his capacity to stir, move, and manage groups of men, Paul was a peerless example of one who nobly made the transition from sinner to saint. Though disappointment, heartache, and trial were to beset him, yet Paul, at the conclusion of his ministry, could say: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7.) Like Job, Paul was a finisher.
He admonished us to “lay aside … sin” and to “run with patience the race … , looking [for an example] unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb. 12:1–2.)
Though Jesus was tempted by the evil one, he resisted. Though he was hated, he loved. Though he was betrayed, he triumphed. Not in a cloud of glory or chariot of fire was Jesus to depart mortality, but with arms outstretched in agony upon the cruel cross. The magnitude of his mission is depicted in the simplicity of his words. To his Father he prayed, “The hour is come. … I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (John 17:1, 4.) “Into thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46.) Mortality ended. Eternity began.
Times change and circumstances vary, but the true marks of a finisher remain. Note them well, for they are vital to our success.
  1. 1. 
    The Mark of Vision. It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. We are constantly making small decisions. The outcome determines the success or failure of our lives. That is why it is worthwhile to look ahead, to set a course, and at least be partly ready when the moment of decision comes. True finishers have the capacity to visualize their objective.
  2. 2. 
    The Mark of Effort. Vision without effort is daydreaming; effort without vision is drudgery; but vision, coupled with effort, will obtain the prize.
Needed is the capacity to make that second effort when life’s challenges lay us low.
Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place and praise
Will always come to the one who stays. Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life’s victories after a while.
—Author Unknown
3. The Mark of Faith. Many years ago the psalmist wrote: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” (Ps. 118:8–9.) Recognize that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.
4. The Mark of Virtue. “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly.” (D&C 121:45.) This counsel from the Lord will provide staying power in the race we run.
5. The Mark of Courage. Have the courage—
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow,
To run where the brave dare not go.
To right the unrightable wrong,
To love, pure and chaste from afar,
To try, when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star! *
And you will thus become a finisher.
6. The Mark of Prayer. When the burdens of life become heavy, when trials test one’s faith, when pain, sorrow, and despair cause the light of hope to flicker and burn low, communication with our Heavenly Father provides peace.
These, the marks of a true finisher, will be as a lamp to our feet in the journey through life. Ever beckoning us onward and lifting us upward is he who pleaded, “Come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22.)
Frequently God’s help comes silently—and though silently, occasionally with dramatic impact. Such was my experience some years ago when, as a mission president, I was afforded the privilege to guide the activities of precious missionaries whom He had called. Some had problems, others required motivation; but one came to me in utter despair. He had made the decision to leave the mission field when but at the halfway mark. His bags were packed, his return ticket purchased. He came to bid me farewell.
We talked; we listened; we prayed. There remained hidden the actual reason for his decision to quit. As we arose from our knees in the quiet of my office, the missionary began to weep almost uncontrollably. Flexing the muscle in his strong right arm, he blurted out, “This is my problem. All through school my muscle power qualified me for honors in football and track, but my mental power was neglected. President Monson, I’m ashamed of my school record. It reveals that ‘with effort’ I have the capacity to read at but the level of the fourth grade. I can’t even read the Book of Mormon. How then can I understand its contents and teach others its truths?”
The silence of the room was broken by my young nine-year-old son who, without knocking, opened the door and, with surprise, apologetically said, “Excuse me. I just wanted to put this book back on the shelf.” He handed me the book. Its title: A Child’s Story of the Book of Mormon, by Dr. Deta Petersen Neeley. I turned to the author’s preface and read that this book was written with a scientifically controlled vocabulary to the level of the fourth grade. A sincere prayer from an honest heart had been dramatically answered.
My missionary accepted the challenge to read the book. Half laughing, half crying, he declared: “It will be good to read something I can understand.” Clouds of despair were dispelled by the sunshine of hope. He completed an honorable mission. He became a finisher.
I am happy I walked by that furniture store and gazed at the small sign in the large shop window. Everyone can benefit from the true meaning of its words: “FINISHERS WANTED.”

Ideas for Home Teachers

Some Points of Emphasis. You may wish to make these points in your home teaching discussion:
  1. 1. 
    In the race of life, our answer to the questions “Shall I falter, or shall I finish?” determines whether we will receive the blessings of joy that await us here in mortality and hereafter in eternity.
  2. 2. 
    We are not left without guidance as we make life’s momentous decisions. The scriptures contain many lessons that serve as beacons to us.
  3. 3. 
    To be finishers, we need to visualize the objective, work with effort toward the goal, apply sincere faith in the Lord, be virtuous, take courage when needed, and seek help from our Heavenly Father.
From the Kitchen:
Pretzel Bites


This is the cinnamon and sugar one.


Pretzel Bites

Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed & risen as directed on package
melted butter
 {cinnamon & sugar, Parmesan cheese,  asiago cheese, whatever you like on your pretzels!}


After your rolls have thawed & doubled in size cut into bite size pieces. (I use scissors)  Bring a pot of water to a boil with 1/2 cup baking soda.  Sounds weird but the baking soda is what gives your pretzel that outside pretzel crunch and shine.  Place a few dough pieces {do not crowd}  into boiling water for 30-45 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and put on paper towel (I put a cloth towel under the paper towel to drain better) to drain. Repeat with remaining dough. Place dough pieces on parchment lined {or greased} cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 min. While still warm place in bowl and toss with melted butter or  sprinkle Kosher salt {or topping of choice} and serve warm.  If you are making asiago or salted pretzel bites, sprinkle with cheese or salt about 5 minutes before they are done.


From the Schmidt's:

We are hoping this week goes by quickly, but I know better.  I'm sure things are going to move slowly since we are so anxious for Friday to get here.  Kevin is scheduled to come home from the hospital that day.  That is, if they do not see a problem with his weight lose.  Kevin called me tonight and mentioned that they are concerned that he has lost 20 pounds in the 5 plus weeks he has been in the hospital.  He was joking that if they weigh him tonight and he has dropped anymore weight he could be in for some tests tomorrow.  Somehow, I don't think he is kidding.  Little do they know but Kevin has really worked hard these past few weeks and he only had water to drink....no soda.  Then each workout Kevin sweats like a crazy man.  I'm sure it's been a combination of things that has caused him to drop the weight.  I just hope they don't have to take an extra day to run all the tests and what not.  That wouldn't be good at all.  

School is the talk of the Schmidt home lately.  Lexi is all set with her classes and seminary.  She is taking an a-hour and is set to make up the time she missed in Seminary, as well as ready to take the tests needed to get credit for her online classes too.  She should be ready to take those soon.  I just need to get to the school to sign a form, I guess.  (time to schedule some time off for that) Kyle signed up for a few classes this semester.  Looks like he will be staying here this semester.  It's a little late for him to try for Utah or Idaho right now.  Maybe next semester though.  Danielle is all set for her new semester as well.  She had a lot of English classes lined up this time.  That should keep all of them out of trouble for a while.

When I got home from work today Danielle was sitting in her Dad's chair in the family room.  She came by to give me something she got me in Montana.  I got some magnets that are super cute.  I wasn't expecting anything, so this was a nice surprise.  When Danielle got home we had some news to share with her.  I pulled out the lab work I got from the doctor and told her that I needed to get in to get my blood work done since I am pregnant again.  She, of course, didn't want to believe me until I pointed everything out in the lab work.  Then she just sat there and looked at me.  She was in shock.  I told Danielle that I knew exactly how she was feeling and I was just as shocked as she is right now.  I then told her that this was the reason I went to the doctor, to get blood work done.  Then Danielle just sat there looking at me.  Danielle then started laughing and said, you can't be.  You had your tubes tied and there is no way.  I told oh yes there is a way.  She then just looked at me in total disbelieve.  I told Danielle that she needed to change the tentative plans she has....because a baby was going to be born during that time.  I then let her off the hook, and told her that yes, a baby was going to be born during that time, but not one coming to this house any time soon, because I was just kidding...I'm not pregnant.  She could not believe I even tried to play that trick on her.  It was good.  I almost had her going there for a while, and if Lexi wouldn't have laughed I would have let it go on for a day or two.  (Not really, but it's fun the think about)  

When I told Kevin about it he just laughed.  Then he told me I had to let her off the hook.  He didn't understand that she didn't leave the house thinking I was pregnant.  I am not that cruel, and I rarely play games like that.  Ever!  I'm just not that good of a liar.  You can totally read my facial expressions to know what I am thinking.  Bluffing is not my thing at all.  

Needless to say, we had a good laugh.  All at my expense.  I wish you could have saw her face.  She was not happy.  It was great!  Now, don't get me wrong....I like babies, but I'm an old lady.  My time has passed.  If you know what I mean??!!

Well, I guess it's time you all found out.  Kyle and Morgan have broke up.  Kyle is completely devastated, shocked, and hurt.  He didn't come out of his room for days, didn't eat, it was bad!  In fact, he hasn't been the same since.  I think it's been two weeks now.  Talk about hitting a guy when he is already down.  First everything that has happened with Kyle's Dad, then this.  I will say this, Kyle and I, Kyle and Danielle, and Kyle and Kevin have had many talks about things.  In fact, this too has made us all grow closer together.  So, thank you for that Morgan.  Needless to say, Morgan is a lovely girl.  We wish her the best.  But, we do miss her.  Needless to say, it took a lot to get Kyle out of this funk he was in.  In fact, it creeps back in from time to time and we have to help him snap out of it.  So, if you have stopped by and I was not home and no one came to the door, it was probably during this time because he wasn't ready to see or talk to anyone...not even his own family. It's been hard watching him go through this.  Believe me, I have had several days where I wanted to lock myself in my room and never come back out.  I could have gone for that about the time Kevin had his surgery and we found out he couldn't walk.  In fact, the thought crossed my mind, but I knew that if I locked myself in my room, that would cause an entirely other chain of events to fall into motion.  Events that could have ruined us for good, and I couldn't let that happen.  I will admit, I am hanging on by the seat of my pants most days, and I really do try to not dwell on anything that will cause me to step away from remembering what is most important and the things that really matter most.  

There is a lot to be said for remaining constantly busy through all of this.  It has kept me focused on the good things that I don't have time for the bad.  Not even for a second.  That being said, because of this, I have been able to see the blessings throughout this entire process more than ever before.  That has been the very best part!  Honestly!  The best!!   I just hope that when Kevin gets home we do not get so wrapped up in the day to day that we forget to take the time to reflect and count our blessings.  I'm talking about the old and the new blessings we have yet to receive.  

It's getting late and I need to make sure homework is done, class silibi are signed, laundry is done, and cloths are ready for tomorrow.  Alarm clocks set, plants waters, water in the dog dish, and doors locked for the night.  Just a few more to go and we will have our husband and father home again.  That is a wonderful thing!  

Take care friends and we will talk again soon.

PS:  While we are anxious to see all of you, Kevin is going to need some time to adjust.  Please give us a few days to adjust to things before stopping by.  We appreciate your help with this.  This is a lot to go through for Kevin and he just needs to take things slows.  Thank you. 


From the Missionary:

After their individual district meetings, the districts combined into the full Kingsbridge Zone to have lunch and take a few photos today.
Elder Schmidt with his companion, Elder Holtom

Can you see Elder Schmidt in the background?

Elder Schmidt on the first row

The silly photo

The Zone together for lunch.


These last two photos are from a Zone Conference on August 3rd.  


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