Sunday, January 3, 2016

It's only just begun!

Two Things I am Grateful For:
1) The generosity of others.  What a blessing!
2) My kids!  Love them.
From the Camera:
One of my favorite photos of Danielle and Chance.  The fiancé!  I just like saying that word.  Chance is perfect for our daughter.  We are thrilled they will be married soon! 

From the Craft Room & Other Things I love:
Danielle is in high gear starting to get things situated for the upcoming wedding/reception!  Tuesday night she has an appointment with her friend that can alter her dress.  She has secured a photographer!  Next it will be the venue.  I placed a call to the building scheduler in our area to put a hold on a church building, just in case.  Danielle really wants a different venue if at all possible.  Plus it just might be easier for our family in the long run to decorate if we use a different venue.  Let's face it, Kevin isn't going to be able to climb up any ladders for us right now.  So, we have been searching for a place.  Did you know Arizona has a winery?  They do!  It's called the Windmill Winery, but it's in Florence, Arizona.  (we aren't even thinking about this place, trust me!)  Take a look at a few of the photos below....

The place is awesome, but let's face it.  Location is not ideal, and we do not drink, so why would we choose a winery?  BUT, Danielle LOVES the barn!  So, we have a few other places closer to home to check out.  There are a couple barns closer to home we just might take a stroll through in the near future.  Not to mention a few other places.  We may ultimately have to go with a church building, because I know Kevin and I certainly cannot afford a lot.  Most of these expenses are being taken are of by the bride.  So, I say, this is her day, her money, and she can have or do whatever she wants!  I asked Danielle if she wanted to use the money for a really nice honeymoon, and she said she wanted the party, so a party it will be!  Let the planning begin!
From the Heart & Spirit:
This year we have decided to work on Family Prayer.  We know what blessings can come from this and we want to try and improve and strengthen our family and this is one way we know to do this.  We hope to share our experiences with you throughout 2016 as we strive to be better and do what we have been asked to do.
"There is great power in loving, consistent, fervent family prayer. Don't deny your families this blessing. Don't allow the strength that comes from family prayer to slip away from you and your loved ones through neglect."--John H. Groberg, "The Power of Family Prayer," Ensign, May 1982, 52
From the Kitchen:
Lemon Sheet Cake



    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 6oz softened cream cheese
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    Step 1
    Preheat oven to 350
    In a large saucepan melt butter with water. Turn off heat and whisk in lemon juice, sugar, flour, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder, and cornstarch.
    Pour into greased jelly roll pan and bake 15 minutes or until tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean. 
    Step 2
    While cake is baking make icing.
    In a medium saucepan melt the butter and cream cheese. Remove from heat and whisk in lemon juice and powdered sugar. Pour over warm cake
    From the Schmidt's:
    Today was a very low key day.  Kevin spent the day resting.  He is still trying to regain his strength from his recent inpatient stay in the hospital, and we are grateful for that.  We have a few hurdles to jump next week.  Kevin has an appointment next week that we will need to cover as well as a couple prescriptions too.  One of those medications cost over $1000.  The insurance deductible for our family for the doctor's visit is initially $2500, to a max of $5800 for in network care/providers.  Then the prescription deductible is $800.  Hence the reason for the GoFundMe account because we will hit our prescription deductible with one medication.  Then the cost of the doctor's visit.  Kevin will also have to go see another doctor and be fitted for a permanent wheelchair.  The one he has is a rental and those costs get expensive.  It's actually more cost effective to purchase the chair.  That co-pay for equipment, last we checked, was around $600, but that was the amount we were quoted while he was in the hospital in the Rehab Center and at that time we had met all of the deductibles except the equipment fees.  Thank goodness Kevin has stocked up on his cath supplies for a couple of months, otherwise we would have that on top of everything too.  It's hard.  One paycheck (or partial paychecks when I have to be out when Kevin is sick) does not cover all of this, in addition to our normal living expenses. In fact, we have been very blessed to have help from our church.  They have been doing what they can, and we appreciate all they do.  We also have family helping out as well.  They are doing what they can also, and we appreciate them too.  We couldn't do it without all of these "helpers" in our lives, that is the plain and simple truth, because it is a lot to deal with.  Believe me, we know it could be much worse, and we are well aware of the blessings in our lives and those that do all they can to help bless us.  Thank you.
    Today, my parents came to our rescue again!  This time with gas money and a few bucks for things like SRP and a little food.  Thank goodness!  It's going to be a rough couple of weeks.  Kevin is even talking about going without his medications, which is NEVER a good choice.  Last time he tried that, we were rushing him to the hospital.  Yikes!
    I need to change the subject.  I'm sorry to vent, but I feel I need to explain what we are dealing with here.
    After I ran to put gas in the car with my Mom, I came home so Kyle and I could pick up a few things at the grocery store.  We made chili dogs for dinner.  Not exactly our favorite, but it was quick and we had most of the stuff here at the house.  After dinner we all picked up the living room and then set up a board game at the dining room table.  We played one round and Kyle beat us all, of course.  After we were done playing Kevin came out in his wheelchair to talk a little bit.  We talked for a few minutes and then he went back to bed.  We tried to get Kevin to play games with us, but he wasn't ready for that yet.  Hopefully soon though. 
    From what the weather app on the phone says, it could rain every day this week.  Monday has a 90% chance of raining.  I still don't totally believe what I see.  Those weather speculators don't always know what they are talking about.  Time will tell.
    It's late, and we have church tomorrow.  Time to say goodnight.  Take care my friends and we will talk again soon. 
    From the Missionary:
    Kevin received some photos from our missionary of cars he came across.  I haven't seen them yet, but I'm sure Kevin will show them to me eventually.  Curtis tells us that Elder Holland will be visiting their mission on January 9th and he will have the opportunity to meet him.  How cool is that?!  I wish I could be there. 
    Elder Holland is one of my favorite apostles.  I love them all, but a couple of them just have a way about them that gets me every single time I hear them speak or read their words.  He is one of them! 
    Quote of the Day:
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