From the Heart and Spirit:
From the Kitchen:
Quick Homemade Fudge Recipe
From the Schmidt's:
This week is a bit of a blur for me. It went by quickly, which is fine with me. I played catch up all week after last weekend. Funny how that works out sometimes.
I've been thinking a lot about some things people have said to me, said to my husband, or said to my son and daughter. This week has been a week of interesting information. Some of it we weren't sure we even wanted, but as time has gone by we have learned we absolutely do want this.
The week started with an unexpected visit to our Bishop's office. He wanted to check up on us and figure out what more he could do to help out. That man! Can I just tell you how incredible he is? We are so very blessed to have a Bishop like him, and I'm certain his counselors are just as amazing too. We just seem to talk more to our Bishop than we do his counselors. It just works out that way. I have to say, they are awesome! If you only knew how much they all do for us, then you would understand what I mean when I say these men are awesome!
As the week progressed, there were a few things Lexi prepared for a Seminary devotional that really got me thinking. She talked about the Liahona and the inner compass we all have. It was awesome and it really made me stop and think about the things she said. It was really good! Her Seminary teacher was even impressed with her choice. Lexi said he said, "that was really good" about five times. I'm just proud of her for not even coming to me for direction or help with something like this. She just does these things all on her own. I love watching my children learn and grow, and then sitting back to let them share what they know. It is the best feeling ever! I love that she is confident in her beliefs and has faith in the direction she receives from that still small voice and then acts on those promptings. Way to go Lexi! Love, LOVE, love that!!!
Kevin had an appointment with his old pain specialist this week.
He changed up Kevin's medication and insisted on seeing old verses new MRI results. He wants to read them himself. You see, this was the doctor that referred Kevin to the surgeon that did the operation that caused the spinal cord injury. Needless to say, the pain specialist was telling his staff, as Kevin left the office, that "they really messed him up!" That was not exactly what he said. He used a swear word that we will not repeat in the place of the word really. I'm just glad this doctor is so determined to get some answers for Kevin. The surgeon told Kevin that he had had a stroke during surgery. Yet, he was never treated for a stroke post-op. I told Kevin there are blood tests a cardiologist could run that would tell us if he has ever had a stroke. Quite frankly, I think the surgeon is full of it! Needless to say, Kevin is determined to get answers and he is pulling ALL of his records from everywhere. He wants to know exactly what happened. I do not blame him one bit!!! I want answers to and I know this will help him heal. I also know if some thing like a stroke did actually happen, then we need to know for future reference.
Kevin also talked to someone about Social Security Disability Benefits. He has to re-apply online again. Which is frustrating. I was hoping we could just go down to the office and get things taken care of....apparently not. Bummer! That whole process is not fun but we need to do it. This weekend will be a good time to get it done.
I had a visit with my therapist. We talked about a few things that have come up over the past few weeks. I love seeing her because she always helps me understand things better. This time we talked about (without going into detail) staying away from situations, places, and people that hurt. She said it's best to stay away because we all need time to heal. She used this as an example: If someone hit you and hurt you, you would give your self time to heal from the injury. So, you need to give yourself time to heal from other types of injuries too. In fact, she said, our entire family needs time to heal from this type of injury. She said I need to think of myself as Cinderella. When she said that, I immediately let her know that was not a happy thought for me because I have been called Cinderella in a not so nice way. Then she went on to explain why she wanted me to think of myself as Cinderella. She said I was the one doing everything around the house. I am the one working. I am the one taking care of my kids. I am the one taking care of Kevin. I am the one taking care of the house. She said I was the one holding EVERYTHING together! Literally. I agree. I am. BUT, at the same time, I do not feel like I am alone. I said, sure, things get a hard at times, but I'm not feeling stressed out like I thought I might be. On a side note: Our Bishop was concerned that I was going to end up in the bed right next to Kevin if I didn't watch it. He said I have too much on my shoulders. He is right. I do. I think he just wanted me to know the ward was here to help out so start asking. He is pretty amazing! My therapist just wants me to realize that we ALL need time to heal from a few things, but ME especially. So, in an effort to try and understand what she means by thinking of myself as Cinderella, here are a few things I have learned about Cinderella today....
Cinderella is not just a romantic love story/fantasy, it’s a love story about the resilience of the human spirit, and the journey from love, to loss, to love, to loss, to love again. My daughters learned some valuable lessons from the film, some of which I’d like to share with you, so you can feel as uplifted as we did when we left—believing in love and magic, just a little more.
Here are 25 quotes and life lessons I gathered in an hour and twenty minutes:
From the Missionary:
The Stamford Zone got rewarded with Dunkin Donuts for having exceptionally clean cars. Thank you Elder and Sister Gardner for managing the automobiles and encouraging our missionaries. (DO YOU SEE ELDER SCHMIDT IN THIS PHOTO??? YOU CAN"T MISS THE SMILE!!)
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