Thursday, August 6, 2015

Movie Time!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Things that change/happen before you make them permanent.  Sometimes, even unanswered prayers are a blessing in disguise.
Even though it's hard to deal with, it is a proven fact that there are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.  Trust me on that one!  I know this to be true!  

2)  Recent changes at work.  What a pleasant surprise they are indeed!!  
From the Camera:
This ticket stub is from Kevin's outing today.  He was able to go with the Recreational Therapist and take a "field trip", if you will, to the movie.  He said the movie was all right.  Not his favorite, but he was happy to be outside.  I think he is tired of being cooped up and I don't blame him.
From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:
I love this idea.  What a cute way to redo an old shirt.  Love it!

From the Heart and Spirit:

Most of the people who open their door to the missionaries will not understand that a pair of miracles is on their doorstep, but it will nevertheless be true.  The willingness and presence and work of missionaries is as miraculous as anything the Lord does.

There are times when I would confront challenges that seem destines to end my happiness or disrupt my family or bring me and my husband and children into suffocating darkness.  But then, after prayer and sometimes fasting, and after sufficient time passes, and the timing is right, it is often as though I hear the voice of the Lord saying, "I can fix that."  And He does!  In some miraculous way that triumphs over any ability we might have to understand, He fixes things.  

When our youngest daughter was 5 and we found out she had a heart condition that required open heart surgery to repair the damage inside her heart, she was sent to a hospital in a distant city and into a place we knew nothing about, with a condition as frightening as none we had seen before for her tender age.  But before we called the doctor and scheduled anything, we called for another family member who held the Priesthood.  My husband and this family member gave our little girl a blessing.  Two weeks later, and after the surgery, our daughter was out trick or treating at the Ward Party.  We couldn't keep her in bed and she was anxious to do anything and everything!   

This condition now requires that we take added precautions any time our daughter has any kind of dental work, or other illness, but the Lord performed a miracle for us:  "I can fix that."

When my husband become very ill and we could not find a solution before he was admitted to the hospital we called for the Priesthood to give him a blessing.  Again, another miracle performed and his illness was taken away:  "He can fix that!"

I have lost important documents, and spent three days searching and praying.  After that time, I have sat down at our kitchen table and offered yet another petition to the Lord.  After all, these we re documents we needed!  After my prayer, and when I opened my eyes, the documents were on the table right in front of me.  Lost documents?  "I can fix that!"

Recently when my husband went in for what seemed like a routine surgery and we found out he might be paralyzed for the rest of his life, again I said a quick prayer and made a call.  This time to the Mesa, Arizona Temple prayer roll.  I needed help right away, and that was the quickest way I knew to get it.  Again, another miracle.  Yes, my husband cannot walk, but we can so close to losing him!  So, so close!  "He fixed that!"

We must believe in a God of miracles, and that those miracles come and will come, even when we are unable to discern them.  

In my own life and in yours I am certain that you know of many examples.  In my journal I know of at least 100 accounts of miracles and tender mercies.  

We do not need to be perfect to seek divine intervention.  We have a loving Heavenly Father who will help us in any way that He can, provided that help does not lesson our willingness to strive for, or His ability to help us obtain, exaltation. 

Daniel wrote:

"O my God, incline thine ear, and hear....for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies."  (Daniel 9:18)

I hope that all of our lives can be filled with merciful miracles or tender mercies.  We just need to have faith to believe in miracles, and then take time to recognize the miracles in our lives.  If you do not feel that miracles or tender mercies take place in your life, I urge you to pray and ask your Heavenly Father to show you His hand in your daily life.  I promise you that you will come to know what I know.  This is know to be true!  For I have prayed that I might have eyes to see His hand in my own life, and WOW!  I cannot believe I did not see or that I doubted Him.  I ask you, what is the place of miracles in your life?
From the Kitchen:

Key Lime and blueberry Pie in Jars

Key Lime and Blueberry Pie in Jars


  • 12 graham crackers
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 c. fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. blueberries
  • Grated lime zest, for serving


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving a 3-inch overhang on the two long sides.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers and sugar to form fine crumbs (you should have 1 3/4 cups crumbs total). Add the butter and pulse to combine.
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon each into eight 4-ounce jars, gently pressing them into the bottom. Transfer the jars to a large rimmed baking sheet. Press the remaining graham mixture into the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and transfer the pan to the baking sheet. Bake until the crusts are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and egg yolks. Add the lime juice and whisk to combine. Divide the mixture among the cooled jars (3 tablespoons per jar) and bake until just set, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool, then refrigerate until ready to serve (or up to 2 days).
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Roughly break up the remaining graham cracker crust (you will have some left over) and form layers in the jars using the cream, blueberries, lime zest, and broken grahams.
From the Schmidt's:

After I submitted my past blog post I realized that I didn't include the mini movie I mentioned in that post.  Here it is...

If you have about 10 minutes, take the time to watch it.  It's really good.  

We have had a lot happen this week.  Some I still cannot talk about, but I'm sure in time, that will change.  Right now all we can do is pray for understanding, peace, and answers.  My heart goes out to the one who is hurting right now.  Sometimes I just want to step in like any "Momma Bear" would and set things straight with a few people, but I know that is not the answer.  I wish I could share, but I can't.  I did, however, call the Mesa Arizona Temple prayer roll again.  This time NOT for Kevin.  

Lexi starts school in less than 6 days now and I still haven't registered her for classes at the local High School.  Since she was withdrawn from the High School last semester, I have to re-enroll her again this semester.  It's like she will be a brand new student all over again!  Fun times!  I just know that registration office is going to be a nightmare with it being so close to school starting.  Arg!  I called the school two weeks ago, and left a message for the registration department, but no one will call me back.  Arg, again!
Needless to say, I took some time off next week to get this done.  Get a much needed doctor's appointment for myself done, a session with the therapist and Kevin, as well as take Lexi to school on the first day of class.  It's kind of a tradition.  I know, who wants their mother taking them to school, especially high school?!  Trust me, I just drop her off and go, so as not to embarrass her any more than necessary.  Thankfully, Lexi really doesn't need much in the way of school clothes this year.  She went out with Danielle the other day just to get some new shirts to go with all of her pants.  Her shoes are in great condition too.  All she really needs are school supplies and that isn't a big deal.  We just need to pick things up.  Time is my biggest commodity these days.  I seem to have so little of it when I need it.

Recently I decided to mail order one of my everyday common medications for my thyroid.  At first the prescriptions came regularly to my door with no problem.  Well, I guess my doctor has decided to NOT refill the prescription until they see me to do lab work again.  I guess since I haven't been in to see them at all this year.  That's right, not a single appointment with my Primary Care Doctor for myself this year.  Can you believe that?!  The part that bugs me is that instead of the office calling to tell me they won't fill the prescription, like they would normally do, they just do not reply to the pharmacy.  So frustrating!  I would prefer to wait until Kevin is home to try and schedule this appointment in a couple weeks.  Right now it's hard to find the time with all the visits to the hospital.  I know if I call and leave a message explaining my situation and that it will be better in a month, that my doctor will gladly help me out.  We have been going to this office since Lexi was a baby.  They know us very well.  I just figure if I can get in there on one of my days off that will be a good thing.  Just get it over with.  I have been without the medicine now for about a week, and so far nothing crazy has happened.  Thank goodness!  I know, I need to go.  

I wonder if there are natural alternatives for hypothyroidism?  Now, I'm not talking about herbs or oils.  I know that is not the kind of solution I am talking about.  I might have to check into that.

It's interesting to me that the very drug I take that is to help regulate my thyroid has actually been harming me too.  I have moments when I have pain in my joints, like my feet and ankles, or even my knees.  Then there are the times when random parts of my body will just swell up like a balloon.  I use to think that was from some allergic reaction, but I wonder if it could be due to the thyroid medication?  I also think my doctor needs to bump up the dosage too.  Most of the pains I have experienced went away after I started to double up on my thyroid medication on a daily basis.  Imagine that!  The swelling still happened, but not the pain.  I guess that will be something I will have to discuss with my PCP, and then if I do not like the answers I get, then off to see and endocrinologist so they can evaluate my thyroid issues.  Lots to think about.  I guess you should see an endocrinologist when you are first diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  Who know??  Makes sense to me.  I think it's time to check this out.  After all, I would feel much better if I saw the specialist at least once.  That way I know I am on the right amount of medication for me.

Enough about all that.  It's getting late, and I have a few things to get done before I get to bed tonight.  You know how it goes.  And besides, I'm tired!  Have a good night and we will talk again soon.  I promise!  Take care.
From the Missionary:

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir at West Point for 
the Fourth of July 2015!
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