Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Public Service Message about wearing your helmet.

This is from the day before he came home from the hospital.
His dad asked him some questions.
He looks much MUCH better today.
It's been a ROUGH week.

Bike and concrete versus brave teenage boy.

Getting stable in the ER
Getting ready to clean abrasions.

Getting ready for ambulance ride to Primary Children's Hospital.
Waking up after having a full nights sleep, the day after coming home from the hospital.  PRICELESS.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I didn't mean to lie but here I am posting; at 2 am, no less.
He is doing much better than Monday BUT certainly not great.
I awake to all his alarms and all his moans; therefore, I have not had much sleep but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else other than in last week with the ability to change events and know this wasn't going to happen. But it Did happen and no matter how much I wish for it not to be so, it IS and I can't do anything to bring back time and fix it. So, I am here, snatching bits of sleep and trying to give comfort, when I can, and watching.
The I-pad (don't hate me---it was a gift) doesn't allow me to post pictures (as far as I can tell). Jeff took some pictures in the ER telling him, that "chicks dig scars" but they make me very sad.
I wish I could have bubble wrapped him from head to toe.
IF it could have stopped this.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

And so it goes...

I can't post for awhile. i'm with my 16 year old son in the hospital. He has a broken nose, both sides, broken cheek bone, broken orbital bone, broken C6 spinous process and multiple skin abrasions.
Bike accident.
I told you life was risky.
As he was lying on the concrete, face down, bleeding heavily from his nose and face, he asked, "how much air did I get?"

Friday, July 23, 2010

Curious, Playful, Happy, Cute, Loving, Fluffy, Silly, Little Puppy.

I can't bring myself to get him a haircut.
I just LOVE his crazy hair.
He is one HAPPY little puppy.

He makes me smile AND giggle.
He is just THAT cute.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Enter at own risk.

We picked up Davis's bike from the bike shop.
He wanted to go to the skate board park and ride.
So, we went.
And he did.
And he wore his helmet.

He had the place all to himself.
Life is Risky.

I had another biopsy on Tuesday.
The last one was a whole year ago
(which luckily was negative,
which means good).
Fifth biopsy since 
December of 2008
(which is the one that
showed Melanoma).
I haven't heard the result yet.
Most likely it will be good.
But it scares me just a little,
each time.


The best Limeade. Ever.

This is Simply
the best Limeade.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I have something to say...

Don't be afraid of hard work.
It often takes a lot 
of time and hard work
to get what you want. 

that we had four children
by the time we bought our first house.
Then, we moved again 
and had to rent, again.
Then, we worked some more 
and then we bought a tiny 3 bedroom house 
(with four children).
Then, we moved again
had to wait some more
then, we finally moved into the house we have now.
We will have our 25th wedding anniversary 
in 6 months
(and we aren't even close 
to having it all
having accomplished it all
having it all together).

It takes time
and a lot of hard work 
for all of it.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls
and looks like work.
~Thomas Edison

The only thing that ever sat its way to success
was a hen.
~Sarah Brown

No body drowned in his own sweat.
~Ann Landers

If a man is called a streetsweeper, 
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music,
or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven
and Earth will pause to say,
Here lived a great streetsweeper 
who did his job well.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man stands for long time 
with mouth open before roast duck flies in.
~Chinese Saying

Doors don't slam open.
~John M. Shanahan

(The) dictionary is the only place 
that success comes before work.
Hard work is the price we must pay for success.
I think you can accomplish anything
if you're willing to pay the price.
~Vince Lombardi

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I really need to clean my windows.

On Saturday I went to a few yard sales.
At one: I bought the pink box for $2.
Although it was actually white when I bought it
and Saturday night I spray painted it.
At another place I got:
The Lane wood box for 50 cents
and a magazine for 10 cents.
Which obviously comes to 60 cents.
I gave the 20 something year old
(she could have been 30).
She said, "Is that 30 cents change?"
I could have laughed
or cried
but I kindly said
"40 cents,
thank you".

True story.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Craft room in progress.

I thought of painting things white.
But I don't want to change the day bed.
And it would be a lot of work.
So, I thought of spray painting just a few items.
So, I did.
Saturday night at around 10:00 to 11:00.

Bambi has a twin!

I looked out our Sunroom windows
and look what I saw!
So adorable!
I gasped
then I ran for the camera!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Alaska boy and girl.

The Alaska kids moved again.
They are having one adventure after another.
Aren't they cute!
I really miss them!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Grotto.

I took the boys to The Grotto.
Davis's cousin is 6 ft 8 inches and 17 years old.
He is a teddy bear of a kid.
He is so good to Davis.

 The Grotto
is an oasis of a place
in Payson Canyon.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I have something else to say...

I just came back from a funeral 
for a young 31 year old father of 
a little boy and sweet girl.
In a moment of despondency
he took his own life.
My heart aches for his family.
At the funeral that we attended on Monday,
one of the sisters
read a verse from 
the beautiful song
I Know That My Redeemer Lives.

I've been thinking about it ever since.

He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul's complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears. 
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessing to impart.

Here's the last verse:

He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives.
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"

I have something to say...

We have our nephew over this week.
We went to the movies yesterday
and then went to see 
Bridal Veil Falls.
My camera phone wasn't working well
and this is the mountain across 
from the falls.

I went to a funeral on Monday
of a sweet, fun loving 16 year old.
Davis was very brave
to sing with the other young men.
"We'll Bring the World His Truth".
I was SO very proud of him.
I can't remember the last time he
stood up in front of a church.
It really has been that long.
But he's been touched by 
his friends death
and wanted to do this 
for him.
He was so very nervous 
and was sick to his stomach
and couldn't stay for the rest of
the funeral.
But I think it was enough
from him.
I'm still so very proud of him
as he sang his pounding heart out.

Here is a poem from the funeral
that touched me very much.

Our Greatest Fear

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that 
other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the 
glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsiously 
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presesnce
automatically liberates others.

~Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


We were late to the yard sale
and they were putting this away.
Yes. ONE dollar!
Then there was a storm
with hail and everything.
So, now it is even
It needs to be fixed.
It's going to be cute!