Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A few good things

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Good laughs with friends at work.  Love it!  

2) Wednesday afternoons.  So, glad this work week is halfway over.  I'm sleepy.  

From the Camera:

Kyle has 80 plus photos taken of him at his weightlifting competition.  I love the one below and I'm thinking we will need to get this one.  Love the facial expression.  

From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:

It's beginning to look a lot like fall.  Can't wait for Thanksgiving!  

From the Heart and Spirit:
From the Kitchen:

From the Schmidt's:

Waking up has been difficult these past couple of days.  I think I hit the snooze button about 4 times both days before I actually got out of bed.  Not good.  

As soon as I walked into work on Monday a co-worker said this about a comment someone else made....

Funny right??? keep this quote in mind.
Read on....

This week has been one of meetings.  Last minute meetings too.  Sunday I was pulled into a quick meeting. Monday as soon as I got to work I was pulled into a last minute meeting.  Then another meeting first thing this morning too.  I don't usually have so many meetings.  The meeting Monday was due to a letter received.  Someone was comparing the way I handle things to that of a co-worker.  I felt bad for my co-worker.  It was a tough situation, while at the same time, a HUGE compliment for me that was overshadowed by the fact that my co-worker was obviously uncomfortable with the situation.  No one wants to hear something like that or be compared openly like that.  Although, it was nice to hear.  

Kevin received his disabled sign for our car on Monday.  This is a good thing.  We needed this.  With the way we have to line up the wheelchair next to the car to allow Kevin room to get out it can be hard to find a place with enough room to do that.  Now if we park in a handicap spot we have that extra space they give for handicap vehicles.  Kevin also spoke to someone about how to apply for SSDI again  We have applied twice now.  Each time he has been turned down.  This time, with the spinal cord injury, we are fairly certain it will go through, we just need to collect all the dates, medications, doctors, and diagnosesis to complete the paperwork.  Kevin has been on the phone ordering all of his medical records so were can do this.  It's like taking the SAT's or something.  Sheesh!!!  I'm just glad we have a doctor that will work with us on ALL of it.  I am so glad the doctor from Barrow's Neuro Rehab Center is so amazing!  He really does care about his patients.  You can tell just in the way he really takes the time to get to know them.  He is awesome!

Curtis sent a letter today.  That boy is having the time of his life right now.  I'm happy for him.  I think he is happy in Connecticut now.  You can see it in his face...that smile tells you everything!  I think his last companion had a lot on his mind.  I guess his old companion's parents made each of their children start paying their own way from the moment they turned 18.  That meant everything, including medical.  So, I'm sure his dentist was merely trying to save this young man some money when he told him he didn't have to have his wisdom teeth removed prior to the mission.  Then to find out in the middle of his mission that they had to be removed must have been very stressful for that missionary.  I can only imagine that young man's stress level.  No wonder he acted the way he did.  My heart went out to him.  I wished I could have helped him get the dental work he needed done so he didn't have to spend so much of his mission money for it.  BUT, as you know, we are far from rich people and that just isn't something we can do.  It would be nice if we could.  I think that is why I would LOVE to have money.  So we could spend it helping people like this missionary out.  That would be so much fun!  No strings attached.  No names....just help to those who needed it without any kind of recognition.  That would be so cool!  Kevin and I talk about things like that every once in a while.  It's the best kind of entertainment we know.  Thinking of people we could help out if we had more to give. You should try it.  If anything, it certainly lifts your spirits and that's a good thing for sure.

Kyle has another weightlifting competition in about a week.  This time it's at the Phoenix Convention Center.  My nephew is getting married that day and his family will be in town.  With both things happening on the same day, we may only make it to part of the wedding festivities so we can make it to Kyle's competition.  We will see how Kevin is feeling and what he is up for.  It will be good.

This weekend is LDS General Conference!
That means we get to watch church from the comfort of our homes in our pajamas.  LOVE THAT!  
Seriously, it means we get to hear from our General Authorities.
Something I look forward to every time!  

We will get to witness the appointment of 3 Apostles!!!
This doesn't happen very often and will certainly be a historical event for sure!!!  While we miss the those that have past away, but we are excited for this time in our church's history.  
This will be a day you will want your children to witness!

We will miss our beloved Apostles....

L. Tom Perry died at the age of 92

“A good character is something you must make for yourself. It cannot be inherited from parents. It cannot be created by having extraordinary advantages. It isn't a gift of birth, wealth, talent or station. It is the result of your own endeavor. It is the reward that comes from living good principles and manifesting a virtuous and honorable life.” 
― L. Tom Perry

Boyd K. Packer who died at the age of 90

“Keep the fire of your testimony of the restored gospel and your witness of our Redeemer burning so brightly that our children can warm their hands by the fire of your faith.” 
― Boyd K. Packer

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” 
― Boyd K. Packer

Richard G. Scott died at the age of 86

“You are here on earth for a divine purpose. It is not to be endlessly entertained or to be constantly in full pursuit of pleasure. You are here to be tried, to prove yourself so that you can receive the additional blessings God has for you. . . some blessings will be delivered in this life; others will come beyond the veil. The Lord is intent on your personal growth and development. That progress is accelerated when you willingly allow Him to lead you through every growth experience you encounter, whether initially it be to your individual liking or not.” 
― Richard G. Scott

And so we will leave you with that.
Have a great night.  Take care and we will talk soon. 

From the Missionary:

Hey Everyone!!!

Connecticut is amazing!  It's so green here except right now.  Fall is starting to creep up, so the weather is cooling down and the leaves are changing color.  It's really cool.  I started driving last Friday.  Driving here is a little different than Arizona.  It's a lot more aggressive and it's making me a little more aggressive.  LOL!  

The members here are a lot more involved with missionary work.  We have about 6 guys that constantly ask us if they can go tracting with us.  It's the weirdest feeling.  All of our meetings like Correlation Meeting and Ward Council are super organized and the people are so willing and able to help out, and they are great at fellow shipping.  It's amazing!  Now it's up to us to use this ward and do our part to get people to teach and that the ward can fellowship.  We have a couple of investigators that are progressing but hard to meet with because of their work schedules.  It seems like everyone here is either working super hard to get by or they are very wealthy and have an attitude and so they don't listen.  

OH!  A cool story....
This last Thursday we had interviewed with President Smith.  He came over to our apartment early to go on a run with us.  It was the worst/best thing.  He is super cool, but he runs so flipping far and fast.  It was only 3 and a half miles, but it was all at like a 7 minute time through an area with a ton of hills.  It was not fun, but after he took us to breakfast and interviewed us super early.  He even hung out in our apartment for a bit and just chilled.  He is so awesome!

Anyways, I think we are gonna go do some Costco shopping.  I will talk to you all later.  Byyyeeee!

Love you,

Elder Schmidt
Sent from my iPad

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