Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The doctor compared the 2 MRI's and said that everything looked just about the same. Which wasn't what he was hoping for. He was hoping that the mass might shrink. Which I somehow missed at the 1st visit. So once again Heavenly Father was guiding our lives--here I was complaining that the Dr had forgotten us but if we would have gone in any sooner--the Dr would have just wanted to keep waiting and watching anyways! So that along with the fact that the pain is increasing also instead of decreasing has caused him to change is mind and recommend surgery. His main concerns about the surgery are--the surgery itself, recovery and the chance that cleaning it all out might not fix the pain problem or could cause more or a different kind of pain. He said it will take a good 3 months for her to get back to normal activity.
I just wanted to say how much we appreciated everyone's prayers and thoughts. It was so good to come home Monday evening and read all the love! And I know the prayers were answered because instead of panicking I felt very calm and at peace when he put it all out on the table and Phil and I were able to think and communicate so clearly and make a decision before he had to leave back to work today. Thank you all so much!
Phil and I feel like it is time to do the surgery. It is scary and there are no guarantee's but the not knowing when the pain will attack, missing school, the intensity of the pain are all bad by themselves but together are really wearing on her mental health which really brings down her quality of life. We really trust the Dr and Heavenly Father and we feel this is the right time and thing to do.
Kelly is still deciding and praying about it but I am going to go ahead and try and schedule because it will be rough trying to find a time that the Dr can do it and my husband is home. We can always cancel it if she feels strongly the other way.
So there you are--life is crazy! Surely I didn't sign up for this??!! Thanx again everyone--and thanx for all your great posts--it is great to go to all your blogs and read about and be inspired by valiant women coping with and conquering their trials--you guys are amazing!
Monday, September 29, 2008
I don't think I have posted about this yet--forgive me if I have. Others of you may already know cuz you live here--just everyone forgive me--I'm sure I need it ! :0)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
But recently I signed up for a free online journal and have started writing my posts in Microsoft Word and then uploading to my journal and my blog and save a copy to my external hard drive because I have valid trust issues. My journal has become so much better now that I actually kind of have a “real” audience here in bloggyland! I am actually kind of excited to hand my journal down to the next generation—woo-hoo!
So here goes----
2. Ride a horse at a full gallop
3. Serve a mission with my husband
4. Find a way to instigate a program within the prison system that rewards female prisoners by allowing them to read a book on tape and then give that book and the tape to their children. (read about a girl in Ut that did this)
5. Serve as a “foster” home for unwed mothers
6. Ask for forgiveness from many, many ,many people
7. Finish college
7 things I CAN do:
2. Teach others to play the piano
3. Sing on key
4. Act on stage (or anywhere else for that matter)
I am the girl kneeling on the right that “does not look
6. Love others
7. Pretend I am a stunt woman-- race after a truck, on foot, that I forgot to put in park, as it starts to head down our mountain, without a driver, catch up to it, leap in and throw it into park just as it is about to go off the edge. Maybe that goes under acting. I really don’t know.
7 things I CANNOT do:
2. Downhill ski
3. Drive a semi truck
4. Be a surgeon
5. Maintain a patient demeanor
6. Find joy in housework (except for laundry—I love laundry—--seriously!)
7. Shoot a gun (well, I could probably shoot it but the one time I thought there was a cougar out back I couldn't even get the pistol loaded! So I just took the empty gun outside and waved it around like I knew what I was doing—I’m sure the wildlife laughed all the way home that night)
7 things that attracted me to Phil:
2. His extraordinary patience
3. His ability to fix anything
(I remember being absolutely amazed when he fixed my hair dryer!
It was like one of those angel choir singing moments! Who knew you
didn’t just throw them out and get a new one??!! My hero)
4. He is always the animal (the furry, fluffy kind) and kid magnet in the room. (I remember when my daughter Tae was little her friend would come over to play and he loved Phil so much he would write him letters when he went up to work and would tell his Mom—“I wish Phil was my Dad” She thought it was funny—the Dad—not so much. And I love how if we are at a function that includes the family you will never find him socializing with the grown-ups—he is always with the kids)
5. His sense of humor
6. That he truly doesn’t care what people say or think about him. I pretend to not care all the time but I am usually lying.
7. His work ethic.
2. I don’t think so!
3. You’re my favorite
4. You make my heart sing
5. AAAAHHHHH! (As in AAHHH don’t scare me like that and AAHH I’ve had enough!!)
6. You have till the count of_________
7. Life’s not fair—and then you die.
7 celebrity admirations:
1. Alan Rickman
2. Michael Caine
5. Hugh Laurie
6. Lex DeAzevedo—brilliant composer and human
7. Bob Hope—brilliant as a comedian and as a human
7 favorite foods:
3. Sunday Roast Dinner
4. Fresh picked corn
6. Chicken Alfredo
7. Dried pears
That’s it—that’s all there is. There isn’t any more. I won’t be passing this on but love finding things out about everyone here in bloggyland! Sometimes you just can’t measure the good it does your soul when you find out that you are not alone in your beliefs and ideas! PS--Dolly dearest--I hope this will also count for your tag too--I promise--there really isn't any more!!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
She found this orphanage that has a list posted of things the children and the home are wishing for. I don't think I even realized that there were orphanages in the US anymore! So I have joined this give away with a twist and am encouraging my small circle of influence to think about doing this also. I know cash can be tight and there are so many worthy causes--but like Pam said--if you can't give yourself--advertise on your blog--someone out there wants this opportunity! Here is the web site:
St. Joseph's Orphanage Christmas Drive
(be patient with me--I will probably be doing this linky thing for everything for days--woo-hoo!)
Make a merry memory this Christmas!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I am a great lover of all things random. Random makes me happy. So as I was driving up my hill the the other day---I found this tree--I mean--it has to have been there for years--but something drew my eye to it then. I looked over and there it was--a Who tree!! I was soo excited! (also dark and meaningful) I ran in and told my daughter who promptly informed me that Who's live on dust specks--not trees--duuhh. Way to deflate my excitement.
Please tell me there is someone out there that recognizes that this looks like a Montana version of a tree from a Dr. Seuss book!! Maybe I will paint the trunk with polka dots and stripes and then it will look more like a Seuss tree.
Oh look--I also took a couple of Dead Man's drop that I mentioned in my gratitude shout out--enjoy!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Combine in a heavy saucepan:
1 pound butter (not margarine)
2 cups light corn syrup
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
Heat over medium-low. This burns easily, so stir constantly.Stir until all is melted and blended.
Then stir in:
2 pounds brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Continue stirring until mixture starts to boil. Let boil about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Can store in refrigerator for 2 - 3 weeks.
OH YEAH--this makes a LARGE amount as you can see in the photos--you can easily cut it down.
Friday, September 12, 2008
There are so many people who serve without any notice but I wanted to give a specific shout out to my local volunteer firemen and women. I had made yearly financial contributions but really didn't think much about them. Then my forest caught on fire. A couple of things you should know. My driveway "S" curves up the steep side of a hill--the Fed Ex guy even calls us and asks us if we will meet him at the bottom to get our packages. And it is only barely wide enough for 1 car to pass and is not paved or even graded very well. My hill is 20 acres of completely wooded land and the fire, of course, was started on the side of the hill that my children lovingly call--Dead Man's Drop. So you can imagine my alarm when the Fire Chief knocked on my door and told me I needed to be prepared to evacuate! I hadn't even noticed the smoke--our house sits back in the woods quite a ways. (You would think we were anti-social hermits or something) So I got dressed (visitors are rare--I live in Jammie's) and jumped on a 4 wheeler and went to check it out. As I surveyed the scene I was amazed and moved to tears. Here were all these men and women, sweating and clinging to the side of Dead Man's Drop--fighting a fire that was getting the best of them with all their might--for someone only a few of them knew. (What kind of idiot builds a house on top of a hill surrounded by trees and virtually no road anyways??!!) They all have "day jobs" but when the call comes in--they leave work or their families and run to serve. Selfless hearts and willing hands--all of them. I LOVE my local fire department--which reminds me--I need to take some brownies down......
I have also found a new FABULOUS FIND blogger. Her name is Pam and I want to grow up to be just like her! I just found her so I am still going through her older posts but the first thing that really grabbed me about this great woman was what she put on her profile under interests----HELPING OTHERS--that's it--why isn't that my first response when someone asks my interests?! Why is my first response to tell everyone how nifty I am with all my cool interests?! I hope Pam doesn't think I am an out of control freaky stalker--it was just such an ah--hah moment for me. I think that is the exact same thing the Saviour would put if He was asked what His interests were. So one of my new goals is to put my life more in line with the Savior's by working to make my first response--helping others. Pam also posted this incredible talk she wrote today on reaching for the Saviour AND her sense of humor is the milk spewing out your nose kind of wonderful!! You have got to check her out---- http://coloradomcewens.blogspot.com/
I am off to deliver a pot of homemade caramel over to my friends house. She is the President of the Music Association and they sell sliced up apples in a dish of caramel at all the football games. She is amazing and I can't wait till it's my turn to help her--she ALWAYS makes me laugh. I think I will make another pot of caramel and take pictures and post them--this stuff is to die for--hmmmmmm.......
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
(From Sept. 8, 2009)
The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about an ATM machine theft from the Stumble Inn bar in Victor Monday morning.
An unknown suspect or suspects forcibly entered the bar through the front door and removed a white ATM machine that was bolted to the floor.
Investigators are currently attempting to determine how much money was in the machine.
Stolen ATM found in Missoula
Sep 9, 2008 05:20 PM MDT
Reporting from KPAX in Missoula
The Missoula County Sheriff's Department have found the ATM machine stolen from Ravalli County in Missoula.
The ATM was found smashed into pieces at the wye just before 9 a.m. Monday.
The machine was stolen from the Stumble Inn bar in Victor Monday morning.
Unknown suspects forcibly entered the bar through the front door and removed a white ATM machine, prying it from the floor.
So many levels of funny. First of all-- the Stumble Inn is about 15 minutes down the highway from me in a building that looks like if someone DID stumble in it would fall over. 2nd--when I first heard the story (living in the middle of nowhere like I do) I thought they said someone had gone into the bar and stole a white AT"V" that was bolted to the floor. My only thought was--why in the world did that bar have a 4 wheeler bolted to the floor and if they were that desperate why didn't they just steal one from a dealership?! (I've obviously lived here too long!)
Just thought you should know that we are in the middle of a crime wave here--a spree as it were! I so want to interview these guys when they catch them.
Monday, September 8, 2008
The leaves are just starting to turn here--I LOVE this time of year! Warm days and cold nights, selling caramel apples at the football games, soccer season and getting back in the school groove. Love it, love it, love it!
Oh yeah--and about the title--humiliated pears. We love the movie Benny & Joon (JUNE?) and Kelly especially loves the line about raisins being humiliated grapes cuz she doesn't like them. My question is--what do you call dehydrated pears and does that humiliate them?
And I have also been playing with my new camera and trying to use natural light--so I just thought I would stick them in to liven up the post!
Friday, September 5, 2008
I went with just a link--the video commercials were really obnoxious
http://www.kpax.com/global/video/popup/pop_playerLaunch.asp?vt1=v&clipFormat=flv&clipId1=2880747&at1=Station 7&h1=Surveillance video of Missoula ATM theft
Thursday, September 4, 2008
We went and stayed at the Heber Valley Campground--it was beautiful and perfect--just a great place for a family reunion. On Saturday some of the cousins got to go do a Challenge Zipline Course. It was so cool to watch and listen to them cheer each other on--my kids loved it! So just thought I would share some of my photo experiments. When I grow up I want to be a photographer--unfortunately I don't think I will live that long. Deep sigh.
Here we all are in all our "been camping 2 days" glory. Each family had a color to do with what they wanted. Our color was orange. We attempted (in the very BROADEST sense of the word) to tye dye our shirts. As you can see--they were pretty much yellow--very light orange if you really squint your eyes. I took a huge risk and posted this even though it has a picture of me in it. I am the chubby one down front. My husband invited his longtime friend and his daughter to join our family and my daughter Tae brought her boyfriend. Pretty much you can probably put everyone else together with their name on my side bar if you are so inclined. It was so wonderful to have all my kids in one place--I can't believe I have gotten to the place in life that my children are starting to scatter!