Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Zoe runs again!

Zoe ran her second triathalon! She did such a great job :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wish I was home

It is the wee hours of the morning and I just finished going over my mom's notes for the eulogy she will give later at my Grandma's funeral. As I was talking to my mom about how she died, she said, "Grandma got just what she wanted." She was not in pain, and it wasn't long and drawn out. She was ready and she was at peace. I spoke with her more in the last few weeks. Whenever I thought about her I'd give her a quick call. She told me she loved me and was proud and amazed at what Tony and I have accomplished in the few years that we have been married. She told me not to come, that she wouldn't want to put me out and that she knew how very much I loved her. She said she was grateful for the medication that kept the pain at bay. I told her I thought Grandpa was impatiently waiting for her and was probably bugging Heavenly Father to call her home to him. Every time she said she loved me I knew she meant it. When Grandpa was so sick I saw a moment between them that I will always remember. She bent down by his bed, holding his hand with one of hers and with the other tenderly stroking his head, murmuring softly, and him looking up at her, adoring. She kissed his forehead. Sixty four years together! One year apart was enough.
I am so honored to have known her and to--physically and spiritually--have part of her in me. Knowing that makes me believe that I can be a better person, that I can be like her in ways that I wish I was.
Dad and Val, I am so sorry that you lost your mom. I am sorry that I am not there, but I hope you can feel that I am there in spirit!
All my love,

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Here we are right before she went in for surgery. She was very brave and everything went well. She's so much happier that we're sure she's feeling tons better. It'll take a little while for the results of the biopsy to come back, but it looks like she'll be just fine...hurray! Thank you all for your happy thoughts and prayers!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Say a prayer...

I'm concerned. Olivia is going to have minor surgery on Monday morning. There is a mass on her jaw/neck that has grown to about the size of a nickel and gotten redder and raw looking. And there is a second one starting. They think it is a bacterial infection in her lymph node, but antibiotics aren't making it better. I'm concerned about the mass itself, finding what exactly it is, and the actual surgery. There are some risks.

As all of this has been happening, I of course imagine the worst, and in my mind I jump in between her and God with my arms out and say,"YOU WILL NOT TAKE HER AWAY FROM ME." But just this week I have stopped and reminded myself that He is a just and loving God and my kind Father, so in my mind I hold her to Him and pray, "Bless my child!"

Would you also pray for her please?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another of my Mom's wonderful recipies (for you Amy!)

Carrot Applesauce Muffins
3 c. flour
2 ½ t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. cloves
½ t. nutmeg
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
1 c. apple sauce
3 c. grated carrot
3 eggs
1 c. raisins
Sift first 8 ingredients in large bowl. Add last 5 ingredients and stir until combined. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 2 dozen. SO Yummy!