Saturday, August 8, 2015

What an Eye Opener!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Sleep!  I got some last night.  In fact, I fell asleep around 6 and slept right through the storm.  That was great.  Then I woke up around 10 and realized everyone else was asleep too and had been since about the time I came home from work.  

2) Rain!  It rained yesterday.  HARD!  I missed most of it.  

From the Camera:

The other day Kevin told me that the lady from the cafeteria at the hospital stopped in to see him with the "Super Secret" Menu.  I guess have a menu filled with all kinds of things from breakfast sandwiches to chicken nuggets and french fries to hamburgers and smoothies.  Yesterday Kevin tried it out.  The only thing he got was a smoothie from the breakfast section.  That was all he wanted.  Below is the photo Kevin sent me of the smoothie yesterday morning.  I want one.  ~smile~smile~

From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:

I think this wreath is cute and it would be SUPER easy to make too.
Just use a Styrofoam wreath form and poke the umbrella poles (or toothpicks) into the wreath form.  You could also use some hot glue on the ends of the umbrella poles before you stuck each umbrella in to the wreath form to make sure it stayed in place.  Love it!  Cute and very vibrant colors.  If you can't find the umbrella's check out Oriental Trader's website and catalog.  If that doesn't work then just stop in to your local Hobby Lobby, Party Store, or even Walmart and Target.  You can find these babies all over the place right now.  

From the Heart and Spirit:

This is a great talk!  In fact, I need like it so much I didn't even try to find just one good quote to share with you.  I just included the whole talk.  It's that good and I really needed to read, hear, ponder these things again.  And I'm sure I will need them at some point in the near future again.  So, I am keeping this one close and right where I can find it quickly, on the blog.  I hope you enjoy it too.

Trust in the Lord

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

It is so hard when sincere prayer about something we desire very much is not answered the way we want. It is especially difficult when the Lord answers no to that which is worthy and would give us great joy and happiness. Whether it be overcoming illness or loneliness, recovery of a wayward child, coping with a handicap, or seeking continuing life for a dear one who is slipping away, it seems so reasonable and so consistent with our happiness to have a favorable answer. It is hard to understand why our exercise of deep and sincere faith from an obedient life does not bring the desired result.
No one wants adversity. Trials, disappointments, sadness, and heartache come to us from two basically different sources. Those who transgress the laws of God will always have those challenges. The other reason for adversity is to accomplish the Lord’s own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing. It is vitally important for each of us to identify from which of these two sources come our trials and challenges, for the corrective action is very different.
If you are suffering the disheartening effects of transgression, please recognize that the only path to permanent relief from sadness is sincere repentance with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Realize your full dependence upon the Lord and your need to align your life with His teachings. There is really no other way to get lasting healing and peace. Postponing humble repentance will delay or prevent your receiving relief. Admit to yourself your mistakes and seek help now. Your bishop is a friend with keys of authority to help you find peace of mind and contentment. The way will be opened for you to have strength to repent and be forgiven.
Now may I share some suggestions with you who face the second source of adversity, the testing that a wise Heavenly Father determines is needed even when you are living a worthy, righteous life and are obedient to His commandments.
Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Prov. 3:11–12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain.
When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this, now? What have I done to cause this? will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? Willing sacrifice of deeply held personal desires in favor of the will of God is very hard to do. Yet, when you pray with real conviction, “Please let me know Thy will” and “May Thy will be done,” you are in the strongest position to receive the maximum help from your loving Father.
This life is an experience in profound trust—trust in Jesus Christ, trust in His teachings, trust in our capacity as led by the Holy Spirit to obey those teachings for happiness now and for a purposeful, supremely happy eternal existence. To trust means to obey willingly without knowing the end from the beginning (see Prov. 3:5–7). To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience.
To exercise faith is to trust that the Lord knows what He is doing with you and that He can accomplish it for your eternal good even though you cannot understand how He can possibly do it. We are like infants in our understanding of eternal matters and their impact on us here in mortality. Yet at times we act as if we knew it all. When you pass through trials for His purposes, as you trust Him, exercise faith in Him, He will help you. That support will generally come step by step, a portion at a time. While you are passing through each phase, the pain and difficulty that comes from being enlarged will continue. If all matters were immediately resolved at your first petition, you could not grow. Your Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or for that of those you love.
As in all things, the Master is our perfect example. Who could have asked with more perfect faith, greater obedience, or more complete understanding than did He when He asked His Father in Gethsemane: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39). Later He pled twice again: “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done” (Matt. 26:42; see also Matt. 26:44).
How grateful I am personally that our Savior taught we should conclude our most urgent, deeply felt prayers, when we ask for that which is of utmost importance to us, with “Thy will be done” (Matt. 26:42). Your willingness to accept the will of the Father will not change what in His wisdom He has chosen to do. However, it will certainly change the effect of those decisions on you personally. That evidence of the proper exercise of agency allows His decisions to produce far greater blessings in your life. I have found that because of our Father’s desire for us to grow, He may give us gentle, almost imperceptible promptings that, if we are willing to accept without complaint, He will enlarge to become a very clear indication of His will. This enlightenment comes because of our faith and our willingness to do what He asks even though we would desire something else.
Our Father in Heaven has invited you to express your needs, hopes, and desires unto Him. That should not be done in a spirit of negotiation, but rather as a willingness to obey His will no matter what direction that takes. His invitation, “Ask, and ye shall receive” (3 Ne. 27:29) does not assure that you will get what you want. It does guarantee that, if worthy, you will get what you need, as judged by a Father that loves you perfectly, who wants your eternal happiness even more than do you.
I testify that when the Lord closes one important door in your life, He shows His continuing love and compassion by opening many other compensating doors through your exercise of faith. He will place in your path packets of spiritual sunlight to brighten your way. They often come after the trial has been the greatest, as evidence of the compassion and love of an all-knowing Father. They point the way to greater happiness, more understanding, and strengthen your determination to accept and be obedient to His will.
It is a singularly marvelous blessing to have faith in the Savior and a testimony of His teachings. So few in the world have that brilliant light to guide them. The fulness of the restored gospel gives perspective, purpose, and understanding. It allows us to face what otherwise appear to be unjust, unfair, unreasonable challenges in life. Learn those helpful truths by pondering the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. Try to understand those teachings not only with your mind but also with your heart.
True enduring happiness with the accompanying strength, courage, and capacity to overcome the most challenging difficulties comes from a life centered in Jesus Christ. Obedience to His teachings provides a sure foundation upon which to build. That takes effort. There is no guarantee of overnight results, but there is absolute assurance that, in the Lord’s time, solutions will come, peace will prevail, and emptiness will be filled.
Recently a great leader, suffering from physical handicaps that come with advancing age, said, “I am glad I have what I have.” It is wisdom to open the windows of happiness by recognizing your abundant blessings.
Don’t let the workings of adversity totally absorb your life. Try to understand what you can. Act where you are able; then let the matter rest with the Lord for a period while you give to others in worthy ways before you take on appropriate concern again.
Please learn that as you wrestle with a challenge and feel sadness because of it, you can simultaneously have peace and rejoicing. Yes, pain, disappointment, frustration, and anguish can be temporary scenes played out on the stage of life. Behind them there can be a background of peace and the positive assurance that a loving Father will keep His promises. You can qualify for those promises by a determination to accept His will, by understanding the plan of happiness, by receiving all of the ordinances, and by keeping the covenants made to assure their fulfillment.
The Lord’s plan is to exalt you to live with Him and be greatly blessed. The rate at which you qualify is generally set by your capacity to mature, to grow, to love, and to give of yourself. He is preparing you to be a god. You cannot understand fully what that means, yet, He knows. As you trust Him, seek and follow His will, you will receive blessings that your finite mind cannot understand here on earth. Your Father in Heaven and His Holy Son know better than you what brings happiness. They have given you the plan of happiness. As you understand and follow it, happiness will be your blessing. As you willingly obey, receive, and honor the ordinances and covenants of that holy plan, you can have the greatest measure of satisfaction in this life. Yes, even times of overpowering happiness. You will prepare yourself for an eternity of glorious life with your loved ones who qualify for that kingdom.
I know the principles that we have discussed are true. They have been tested in the crucible of personal experience. To recognize the hand of the Lord in your life and to accept His will without complaint is a beginning. That decision does not immediately eliminate the struggles that will come for your growth. But I witness that it is the best way there is for you to find strength and understanding. It will free you from the dead ends of your own reasoning. It will allow your life to become a productive, meaningful experience, when otherwise you may not know how to go on (see D&C 24:8).
I testify that you have a Heavenly Father who loves you. I witness that the Savior gave His life for your happiness. I know Him. He understands your every need. I positively know that as you accept Their will without complaint, They will bless and sustain you. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen
From the Kitchen:

Breakfast Enchiladas

Prepare the recipe, without baking, and refrigerate overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes; bake as directed. Tip: Make the Cheese Sauce before scrambling the eggs so the sauce will be ready to add at the proper time.-Southern Living DECEMBER 2004
  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Bake: 30 Minutes

  • 1 (1-pound) package hot ground pork sausage
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Cheese sauce- see below
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeños
Cheese Sauce-

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour 
3 cups milk 
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese 
(4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained
3/4 teaspoon salt 
Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and whisk in remaining ingredients.
  • Toppings: halved grape tomatoes, sliced green onions, chopped fresh cilantro


Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove from pan; drain well, pressing between paper towels.
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add green onions and cilantro, and sauté 1 minute. Add eggs, salt, and pepper, and cook, without stirring, until eggs begin to set on bottom. Draw a spatula across bottom of pan to form large curds. Continue to cook until eggs are thickened but still moist; do not stir constantly. Remove from heat, and gently fold in 1 1/2 cups Cheese Sauce and sausage.
Spoon about 1/3 cup egg mixture down the center of each flour tortilla; roll up. Place, seam side down, in a lightly greased 13- x- 9-inch baking dish. Pour remaining Cheese Sauce evenly over tortillas; sprinkle evenly with Monterey Jack cheese.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly. Serve with desired toppings.
Note: Prepare half the cheese sauce recipe if you prefer a lighter breakfast.

From the Schmidt's:

To say yesterday was an eye opening day would be an understatement!  It's funny how prayers are answered sometimes when you least expect it.  That happened today.  For what seems like years now I have been praying for understanding on a few things and answers just never came.  It wasn't that I was asking for something I should not ask for.  I think the timing just wasn't right each time I prayed.  Today right in the middle of a whirlwind of information, answers came.  My head is still spinning as I contemplate not only the things I learned, but how the answers came.  I am mystified and very grateful.  

 I think the reason answers did not come before was simply because if I would have received this information even 6 months earlier, it would have resulted in me becoming angry.  And yet, the funny thing is, I do not know why I am not angry today when my answer came.  I find that surprisingly odd.  To be frank, I believe this situation could have been resolved at least 5-8 years ago, under normal circumstances.  How I waited so long for information and guidance I do not know.  But I did!  I waited.  It's now been 10 years.  Yes, ten! 

Today was also eye opening to find out just how much our trials over the years  has affected our children.  Sure, I am not blind.  I know it has affected them.  I guess I just didn't realize to what extent.  In a lot of ways I regret that, but I also know that the things we have experienced as a family have helped too.  It's the things that have had an adverse effect on my kids that are bothering me today.  I guess I never really realized that certain situations would prevent others from wanting to be around us or around my kids for that matter.  Which is sad.  You really come to know who your true friends are during times of crisis and I am surprised every day at who those true friends are.  The thing that has been the hardest to see and to watch are when those that we have thought of as true friends have stepped back or totally walked away from us.  People we never dreamed would be like that.  I guess the saying is right, you come to know who your true friends are when you go through something like this.  Sad but very true!  It's hard when it happens to Kevin and I, but it's even harder watching this happen to my children.  I think it hurts me more than it hurts my child.  Or so it seems.

Enough about that.

We have a busy weekend planned.  Danielle is coming over today and then we are going up to the hospital to see Kevin before she leaves tomorrow to go to Montana with her boyfriend.  

  We also have to go get Lexi a couple things for school.  Just a notebook, paper, and stuff.  Then we also have things to do around the house too.  Tomorrow Kyle and I have to be up to the hospital to learn how to transfer Kevin to and from things. AND Kevin wants to give Lexi a Father's blessing before school starts next week.  So, we will be busy this weekend.  I also need to order Kevin's shower chair, bathroom chair, and transfer board.  The wheelchair is being ordered through the hospital and will be custom made for Kevin.  Right now he is using one the hospital has while he waits for his to be made.  Later in the week Kyle and I go back to the hospital to learn how to transfer Kevin to and from the car too.  I took a few days off to be able to do some of this stuff.  I still need to get the house in order for Kevin to come home.  So, I thought I would do some of those things this week, but if keep getting scheduled with other things, I won't have time for that either.  I was hoping to use the day time to do it while Kevin was in therapy.  Each day I have something.  I need a day or two to devote to just doing the things around the house.  It's going to take some time to get it all done.  

Being busy is a good thing.  Then I don't have time to dwell on the hard things.  There is wisdom in the busyness of it all.  I'm okay with that. 

I'm at the hospital now and we are doing Kevin's laundry.  We thought we would try out the facilities here instead of me hauling it all home.  I'm just glad they have one for us to use.  We've been waiting here for 25 minutes for someone to come move their things out of the dryer now.  I'm not thinking this is the best way to handle Kevin's laundry from now on.  Good to know.  

On a lighter note, I thought this was funny.  

My scriptures would look like this guaranteed.

I've been trying to figure out how to make things s little easier for Kevin when he gets home.  I'm thinking a door like this would be easier for him.

I wonder how hard it would be to put up the hardware?  I'd have to do it myself.  You know me, I can hang anything.  Just ask my family.  LOL!

It's time to go.  I've got to run Danielle home before her boyfriend gets to her house.  She is keeping her car at my house while she is gone.  Take care and we will talk soon.  

From the Missionary:

The old and the new Mission President.  

Quote of the Day:

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