Thursday, November 27, 2014

I ate too much!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 My daughter brought home the following poem that pretty much sums up my Thanksgiving:

 I ate too much turkey,
I ate too much corn,
I ate too much pudding and pie,
I'm stuffed up with muffins
and much too much stuffin',
I'm probably going to die.
I piled up my plate
and I ate and I ate,
but I wish I had know when to stop,
for I'm so crammed with yams,
 sauces, gravies, and jams
that my buttons are starting to pop.
I'm full of tomatoes
and french fried potatoes,
my stomach is swollen and sore,
but there's still some dessert
so I guess it won't hurt
if I eat just a little bit more.

-Jack Prelustsky
Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DJ Mase

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Food for thought-

We're getting all geared up for Turkey Day, which is right around the corner.
Last night for FHE (family home evening) Clint had us write down the Top 10 things we are grateful for.  Blessings varied from: my family, good neighbors, a job, to education, food, Jesus Christ, and life.  Then he had us narrow down our blessing list to our Top 3, and then again to the Number 1 thing we were grateful for.  (You try it.  It's pretty hard!)  He then had us write the number of times this past week (1-7, one for each day) we told someone (friend, parents, God, coworker, etc) we were thankful for that one thing.  

The whole point of his lesson was to help us see the blessings in our lives, but more importantly to remember to Give Thanks Daily for them.


If you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday what would you still have?  What would you miss?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Shopping

The Polar Express station is playing on Pandora.  There's a fire roaring in the fireplace, and all the children are off at school.  I'm trying to get in the Christmasy mood (and yes, Christmasy is a word.) I've been on the computer all morning trying to get a jump start on my Christmas shopping.   However, as usual, my internet is running somewhere between snail slow and non-existent, making it just a little difficult to get any shopping done. 
I know I shouldn't complain, but this is the one Christmas activity I dread.  For some reason, Christmas shopping stresses me out.  

Am I the only one?

Finding the 'perfect gifts' on a small budget is a lot of hard work!  I'm constantly checking sales and comparing prices online. I vow to start early each year, but that never works out.  So here I presently am, just wishing I could be done, knowing it will all be worth it on when I watch my family open gifts on Christmas morning.  (That part I like.)  Until then. . . . .wish me luck.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Free Forever, to Act for Themselves

by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Is it weird that I interpreted this talk as a lesson on parenting? 
"Free Forever, to Act for Themselves:  Parenting 101 - How God parents and you should too"  
How does God parent?  He uses AGENCY and CONSEQUENCE

AGENCY- the freedom to act for yourself.  One of God's greatest gifts to man.  A gift that was given even before the Creation, a gift given because He loves us more than we can comprehend.  God knew it would be necessary for us to grow and become like God. 

". . .God intends that His children should act according to the moral agency He has given them, "that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment."  It is His plan and His will that we have the principal decision-making role in our own life's drama.  God will not live our lives for us nor control us as if we were his puppets, as Lucifer once proposed to do.  Nor will His prophets accept the role of "puppet master" in God's place."

God allows His children to choose for themselves, and in turn experience the consequences of those choices (good or bad), "that they may know to prize the good".

This is how God parents, and how I believe he wants me to parent. 

God will not control us.  I should not try to control my children.  He lets us choose for ourselves.  I also need to let my children make their own choices.  

I am trying to learn to let go of my freakishly motherly controlling tendencies, and let my children make their own choices (good or bad), which also means letting them face the consequences of those choices (also good or bad).   Sometimes it is hard for me to let my children make bad choices and then step aside and let the consequence follow.  I tend to want to shield them.  My motherly tendency is to get involved and make everything all better- either removing the consequence all together or making it less painful, but what is my child learning when I take his consequence away?  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  No matter how hard it is, I have to back off and let the consequence follow so that they "may taste the bitter" and learn "to prize the good".

 I often ponder what it must be like for our Heavenly Father to watch His children make choices.  I'm sure just like me, He happily smiles and is bursting with pride whenever we make a good choice.  On the other hand,  I'm sure it breaks His heart and saddens Him when we choose to go against His commandments.  Because He loves us and wants us to grow to become perfect like Him,  He will never take our agency away, and He will never remove the consequence.  This is all part of His parenting plan.

While reading this talk, I went back and looked at the notes for this talk I took during general conference.  My notes look like this:
God will not control us, nor live our lives for us.
God will not make us something we don't choose to become.
We can become what we choose to become.
Acting to repent is a self-will change.

Several times in his talk, Elder Christofferson reminds us that:

"It is God's will that we be free men and women enabled to rise to our full potential both temporally and spiritually."

"God will not act to make us something we do not choose by our actions to become.  Truly He loves us, and because He loves us, He neither compels nor abandons us.  Rather He helps and guides us."

"Divine aid can be ours every hour of every day, no matter where we are in the path of obedience."

I too must let my children become what they choose to become.  Before they were even born, I had hopes and dreams for my children (I think every parent does), but those are just that- MY hopes and dreams not theirs.  I must let my children choose their own life, and that at times is scary!  
But, the good news- just like Heavenly Father helps His children along the way, I too can help and guide my children along their way, and He will help me.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Grattitude

 The month of November makes me happy.  I love taking the time to really focus on being grateful, and looking for all the blessings in our lives.
 We really try to engage our family in the season of Thanksgiving, and counting our blessings.
 We do different activities each year, but this year, as we are making a huge GRATEFUL poster.  As we think of things we are thankful for, we are writing them down on our poster.  We are hoping to have the entire thing full of blessings by the time Thanksgiving day is over.  Afterwards, it will get framed and hung on the wall to remind us that gratitude isn't just a holiday thing, it's how happy people live.  After-all, as the saying goes: "It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy".

More on Choosing to be Grateful HERE

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pornography FHE

Pornography, a growing problem in the world today.  

May I remind you:
"Pornography. . .overtakes lives, causing loss of the Spirit, distorted feelings, deceit, damaged relationships, loss of self-control, and nearly total consumption of time, thought, and energy." - source

The Sad Facts:
-  Pornography is an estimated $97 Billion dollar industry.  It generates more money on an annual basis than most sports, television, or other entertainment industries.

-  40 million people are sexually involved over the internet.

-  The internet is the most popular place to view pornography. . ."The lure of anonymity has made this content available without social stigma. No longer do people need to be concerned about their neighbor recognizing them, or seeing the mailman deliver a magazine that they might be embarrassed to possess. Instead, they can sit at their computer, in the privacy of their own home, and consume as much of this content as they like. The problem is that the content is also available to everyone else who accesses the Internet—including our children."

-  The average age of first exposure to pornography on the internet is 11.

-  1 in 5 teenagers who regularly log onto the Internet have received a sexual solicitation via the web.

-  Sister Reeves informs us that "mobile devices with Internet capacity, not computers, are the biggest culprit".

- Pornography isn't just a problem for males. Girls who are addicted to pornography usually start with printed words. And it can start out so innocently: a romance novel, fan-created spin-offs of her favorite books or TV shows . . . (source)

There was a time when the only risk of a child viewing pornographic material in their home was if the parent brought it into the home. Purchase of the material was limited to adults and the primary way for the content to get into the home was from an adult member of the family who would purchase it and bring it home. Today, however, simply connecting your computer to the Internet makes it possible for this content to come into your home, without your knowledge, consent or approval. 

Years ago, we were warned of the drug dealers who lurked around schools and provided free drugs to children. Once the children experimented with their free dose, they would be hooked and the dealer then had a steady clientele. Studies have shown a similar addiction from viewing pornography. . . the porn industry has followed a similar business model to the drug dealers of old. Some people go to work every day with the express intent of getting their pornographic content in front of as many people as possible free of charge. They know this content to be highly addictive and are doing everything in their power to get this content in front of anyone who could be drawn in and eventually pay for more of that content. The Internet has given them a perfect venue for such activities. No longer do they need to convince people to trudge down to the local corner store to purchase their adult materials–they simply need to turn on their computer (or their cell phone).
"Parents, be aware that the addiction to pornography can begin with youth at a very young age.  Take preventative action to avoid that tragedy." source


To help combat this growing addiction, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints has published four free lessons designed to help parents discuss pornography with their children including ways we as parents, can equip our children with skills to respond appropriately to pornographic content they will likely be exposed to. 

You can find these FREE LESSONS HERE

Last night for family night (FHE), we discuss lesson 1, My Body is From God, as a family.  We talked about how important our bodies are.  They are temples of God (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).  For the little ones, we worked together as a family to complete this maze.
maze
Then using Elder Bednar's talk as our guide, we discussed:

What We Should Put Into Our Temples - following the Word of Wisdom

What We Should Put On Our Temples - grooming and dressing modestly

What We Do (or not do) to Our Temple- tattoos and piercings

What We Do With Our Temples- chastity/virtue, and thinking clean thoughts.  We watched THIS SHORT VIDEO HERE.


What are you doing to teach your children about the dangers of pornography?

Rescue in Unity

Rescue in Unity
by Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

Elder Wong made history by being the first one ever to deliver a general conference talk in a non-English language.  Way to go Elder Wong!!!!

Elder Wong's modern-day analogy of this Biblical story really helped me to "liken the scriptures to myself".  The name of his talk is Rescue in Unity, but if I were in charge of choosing it, I would have titled it RAISE THE ROOF! WHOOT WHOOT!

Elder Wong tells the account found in Mark 2:1-5 of a man suffering with palsy.  He was unable to move without help.  "This man could only stay home, waiting for rescue."  He then likens it to our day by saying "They [his rescuers] could not wait for him to come to church by himself.  They had to go to his home and visit him.  They had to seek him out, and so they went.  The man was being brought to Jesus.

"Do we know anyone in our life who is afflicted with spiritual palsy, someone who just cannot come back to the Church by himself or herself?"
 I can think of a few people who are waiting to be rescued (whether they know it or not).  Am I doing all I can to go to them and bring them to Jesus?

So these rescuers are successful at getting the stricken man out of his house and to the house where Jesus was, but they ran into a problem.  "Things did not happen as smoothly as planned.  There were obstacles along their way of "rescue."  But they did not give up.

THEY DID NOT GIVE UP!  
How many times have I extended an invitation to church or even just to visit someone in their home and have been rejected.  Problems will arise.  Do not give up!  I must keep trying.  The best things never come easy.  
I am assigned to visit teach with a woman who is inactive.  She's all for going when I schedule the appointments, but then she will cancel at the last minute leaving me to go visiting teaching by myself.  This happens every time!  I'm embarrassed to admit that this frustrates me.  Why should I even try to include her when she's just going to cancel on me anyway?   It would be much easier to give up, say I've tried, quit trying to include her, and do our assignments by myself.  However, this talk has taught me otherwise.  It's motivated me to keep trying.

"The work to assist Jesus Christ in saving souls. . .was never too demanding."

I'm sure you're familiar with the rest of the story.  Since they couldn't get the man in through the door, they came up with a Plan B.  They brought him up onto the roof (no easy feat, I'm sure), raised the roof and lowered the man down.

In our culture, we sometimes use the saying "Raise the Roof".  The roof represents limitations that often loom over us.  "Raise the Roof" begs we work together to increase our mutual potential.  (source)

"This rescue assignment needed everyone working together.  At the crucial moment, it would take careful coordination to lower the man with palsy from the roof.  The. . .people would have to work in unity and in harmony."

"In order to assist the Savior, we have to work together in unity and in harmony.  Everyone, every position, and every calling is important.  We have to be united in our Lord Jesus Christ."

Finally the sick man was brought before Jesus.  "Jesus showed mercy on him and healed him- not only physically but spiritually: "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.""

This story had a happy ending.  This groups efforts were not in vain.  I think our efforts, great or small, to help heal those who are afflicted with "spiritual palsy" will also also yield success.  Maybe not in the timing we would like, but eventually.

In the conclusion of his talk, Elder Wong brings to our attention verse 5 of this scripture account.  
"When Jesus saw THEIR faith" - not just the palsy man's, or the Elder Quorum president's, but their faith.  

"Our combined faith will also affect the well-being of others."

"Who were those people that Jesus mentioned?  They could well include the four who carried the man with palsy, the man himself, the people who had prayed for him, and all those who were there listening to the preaching of Jesus and cheering for the soon-to-come miracle.  They could also include a spouse, a parent, a son or daughter, a missionary, a quorum president, a Relief Society president, a bishop, and a faraway friend.  We should all help one another.  We should always be anxiously engaged in seeking to rescue those in need."

As the mother of a child who is currently suffering from "spiritual palsy"  I know this to be true.  I, by myself, cannot heal him.  I have tried countless times, with no success.  In order for my son to be healed, it will take the faith and effort of lots of people working together, never giving up hope when the task seems impossible.

I think of my 91-year old Gram.  She grew up hating "Mormons" and was very against the Church.  With the faith and help of bishops, family, visiting and home teachers, neighbors, and ward members, her heart was healed and she was brought unto Christ.  Just last weekend, Gram was sealed to her family in the Provo temple.  It took 90 years, but no one gave up and a miracle happened. 

May I testify with Elder Wong that
"Jesus Christ is a God of miracles,   Jesus Christ loves us all and has the power to save and heal, both physically and spiritually  When we assist Him in His mission of saving souls, we too will be rescued in the process."

What are we waiting for?  Let's RAISE THE ROOF!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Happenings


It snow again on Saturday.  I love the first few snowfalls of the year! 
Except for shoveling the sidewalks and driveway.
(Thanks for shoveling my driveway #3!)
 The little girls got all bundled up in their winter gear for a fun morning of snow angel-making, snowball fights, and trying to make a snowman with uncooperative snow.
(Sometimes I think more time is spent putting on all the snow gear than actually playing outside.)

As much as I love the snow, that was not the best part of my weekend.
The best part of my weekend was spent here, at the Provo Utah Temple, with my family, including my now 91-year old Grandma- Who I lovingly call Gram.
It was such a sweet moment to watch my Gram be sealed to her late husband and her two children, my mom and her brother, Mike.  How grateful I am for the sealing power that makes families Forever Families.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Sacrament- a Renewal for the Soul

by Cheryl A. Esplin

This past year, I've been trying to make the Sacrament more meaningful and useful in my life.  This talk was perfect and went right along with my goal.

Let's begin with the story Sister Esplin shared of a 96-year-old father.  His son asked him, "Dad, why do you go to church?  You can't see or hear, and it's hard for you to get around?"  The father replied, "It's the sacrament.  I go to partake of the sacrament."

The sacrament is truly what it's all about!

'One of the invitations inherent in the sacramental ordinance is that it be a truly spiritual experience, a holy communion, a renewal for the soul.' -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"How can the sacrament 'be a truly spiritual experience, a holy communion, a renewal for the soul each week?

A couple years ago my Stake issued a letter titled, Reverence, Sacrament, and Revelation (you can read it HERE if you're interested).  Here are a few of the parts from that letter that really touched me and inspired me to change the way I view and participate in the sacramental ordinance:

"The ordinance of the sacrament makes the sacrament meeting the most sacred and important meeting in the Church." Dallin H. Oaks – October 2008 – “Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament”
“Sacrament meeting is the most sacred and holy of all the meetings in the Church.” Quentin L. Cook – April 2010 – “We follow Jesus Christ”
When you really think about one of the primary reasons for the “houses” of the Lord (Temples, Meetinghouses), it is to administer the “ordinances” of the gospel. And it is in the ordinances, that the “power of God is manifest” (D&C 84: 20-21). The chapel within our meetinghouses represents an “ordinance room”. 
When we begin to understand the sacred connection between reverence, the sacrament, and revelation we begin to qualify for an endowment of knowledge, power, and protection that we have yet to realize. 
Are we preparing and looking forward to the Sacrament as the focal point of our worship each week? Do we come to Sacrament meeting prepared with specific questions? Are we ready to record impressions and answers that come to us during sacrament meeting? 
“For the sacrament to be a spiritually cleansing experience each week, we need to prepare ourselves before coming to sacrament meeting.” Robert D. Hales – April 2012 – “Coming to Ourselves”
We invite every member to prayerfully ask during each sacrament meeting, “who can I love and serve this week?” or “What will thou have me do?” - Come prepared to record the impressions and feelings you receive. Writing down your impressions demonstrates your appreciation and desires to follow the Savior in your life. Reflect upon the past weeks “assignments” and impressions to give an accounting unto the Lord. Show Him you desire to qualify for additional assignments from the spirit.
As we prayerfully prepare our hearts and our minds to offer unto the Lord an “acceptable offering” in relation to our reverence, the sacrament, and our desires to seek for revelation, we know that the Lord will bring forth the marvelous blessings promised. Our homes and families will be strengthened. Our faith will increase. Our love of the Savior and his infinite Atonement will heal and bless us. The Lord has stated, “Return unto me and I will return unto you” (Mal 4) As we give to him our hearts, He will give unto us His unspeakable gifts and blessings through our obedience, our faith, and our reverence of the ordinance that reflects his Atonement.
The Lord desires to endow us with power from on high. We are usually the ones that “deny the power of God” through our casual worship and lack of reverence and understanding of the laws upon which “all blessings are predicated”.
Sister Esplin recommends "we listen to the sacrament prayers and recommit to our covenants.  To do this, we must be willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ."
According to President Henry B. Eyring,  To take upon us the name of Jesus Christ  means:
 We must see ourselves as His.  
We will put Him first in our lives.  
We will want what He wants rather than what we want or what the world teaches us to want.
"As we partake of the sacrament, we witness to God that we will remember His Son always, not just during the brief sacrament ordinance.  This means that we will constantly look to the Savior's example and teachings to guide our thoughts, our choices, and our acts."
"The sacrament prayer also reminds us that we must 'keep His commandments'."
"The sacrament gives us an opportunity for introspection and an opportunity to turn our hearts and will to God.  Obedience to the commandments brings the power of the gospel into our lives and greater peace and spirituality."
"The sacrament provides a time for a truly spiritual experiences as we reflect upon the Savior's redeeming and enabling power through His Atonement."
Sister Esplin shares the story of a woman who each week, during the sacrament conducted a self-evaluation.  She would recall any mistakes she had made and then she would recommit to be better the next week.  One Sunday, after doing this, she began to feel gloomy and pessimistic.  She recognized that she was making the same mistakes over and over each week.  She then had a distinct impression that she neglecting the enabling power of the Atonement.  "She was forgetting all the times the Savior helped her be who she needed to be and serve beyond her own capacity."
"With this in mind, she reflected again on the previous week.  She said: "A feeling of joy broke through my melancholy as I noted that He had given me many opportunities and abilities.  I noted with gratitude the ability I had to recognize my child's need when it wasn't obvious.  I noted that on a day when I felt I could not pack in one more thing to do, I was able to offer strengthening words to a friend.  I had shown patience in a circumstance that usually elicited the opposite from me. . .As I thank God for the Savior's enabling power in my life, I felt so much more optimistic toward the repentance process I was working through and I looked to the next week with renewed hope."
I love Elder Melvin J. Ballard's quote in this talk about repenting BEFORE we participate in the ordinance of the sacrament not during.  "If we have sincerely repented and put ourselves in proper condition,  we shall be forgiven and spiritual healing will come to our souls. . . I am a witness, that there is a spirit attending the administration of the sacrament that warms the soul from head to foot; you feel the wounds of the spirit being healed, and the load being lifted.  Comfort and happiness come to the soul that is worthy and truly desirous of partaking of this spiritual food." 
Each person is going to be different, but this is what I've found helps me to make the sacrament a more meaningful experience in my life.:
1.  I went out and bought a small spiral-bound notebook that I take every week with me to church.  In it I record the impressions and feelings I have during the sacrament.  I always write down quotes and thoughts that stand out to me during that meeting's talks.  Each Sunday night, I usually review, ponder, and study more of what I wrote down that day.  It had really helped to tune in and focus more.

2.  I try (again I say try-I'm not perfect) to prepare myself for the sacrament by repenting of all my mistakes during the week, daily, as they happen.  I recently read a comment on a BofM365's Instagram post that said something to the effect of:  "Praying frequently changes our Sunday sacrament experience.  Instead of the sacrament being a time of wracking our memory for what we did wrong that week and then pleading for forgiveness, it becomes a sweet time of gratitude and thanksgiving since we've already asked for forgiveness daily in our prayers.  It makes our whole sacrament experience that much more sweet."  This really works.  If I prepare this way, my mind and heart are more in tune to the Spirit.  
3.  No Phones! ---- In May of this year, Elder Ballard gave a CES fireside.  In his address he asked us to not check our phones during sacrament meeting. "Surely, during those few minutes you can focus on the Atonement of the Savior as you seek the Spirit of the Lord to bless you for the coming week. And consider putting your smartphone or your tablet in airplane mode for the entire Sunday block. You will still have your scriptures, general conference talks, hymnbook, and manuals, but you will not be distracted by incoming text messages or push notifications."
4. The last thing I've changed is my view.  After reading and studying the letter from my stake presidency, I've come to realize that the sacrament is a sacred ordinance, just like the sacred ordinances in the temple.  I can go to the temple to receive revelation, but I can also receive revelation each week during the sacrament.  (Why did it take me 36 years to realize this?)  When I prepare myself and treat the sacrament like I do an endowment session in the temple,  I leave feeling powerful and renewed.

"The more we ponder the significance of the sacrament, the more sacred and meaningful it becomes to us."
"May each of us come to sacrament meeting prepared to have 'a truly spiritual experience, a holy communion, a renewal for [our] soul.'"

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Family Pictures

Yesterday we had family pictures taken by my talented friend Kristi at Kristi Kay Photos. She does an amazing job.   We've had family photos taken by amateur photographers, mostly family members, but the last time we had our pictures professionally taken was 5 years ago and that's way too long. 
I can't wait to show you our pictures from yesterday.  In the meantime, let's take a look back at our photos from 5 looong years ago, when my kids were still babies, Clint had brown hair, and I didn't have to dye my greys. 

 Love the cheesey smile.


Check out that tongue!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Miracles

"Have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.  For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness." 
Moroni 7:29-30

The hand of the Lord has definitely been in my life.  He has blessed me with many miracles.  One such miracle happened exactly a year ago today.  It has affected me deeply and has changed me in many ways.  I feel I need to share it. (Please don't judge)

 A year ago, I had just send the older 5 off to school and was finishing getting dressed for the day when I heard the big wall mirror in my bedroom fall down.  I immediately called for my youngest, #6, hoping she would answer me from somewhere else in the house, at the same time, I lifted up the huge heavy still intact mirror.  (MIRACLE #1 THE MIRROR WAS COMPLETELY FINE NOT EVEN A SINGLE CRACK.) To my utter horror, there was my tiny, 30 lb, baby girl underneath that 7 ft, 70 lb mirror that had just fallen on top of her.  She was pale and lifeless.  I called her name and tried to wake her.  No response.  I was sure she was dead.  Then I noticed her eyes roll back into her head and I with relief, realized she was still breathing.  Panic set in.  I scooped her up into my arms and started rushing to the car.  It's funny how in these types of situations you forget everything logical, and just react.  Before I even made it out of my room, I somehow had the thought "Call 911".   Looking back, I know angels were there helping me to act and think logically.  MIRACLE #2).
After what seemed like 10 minutes, but probably more like 15 seconds,  I finally located my phone and fumbled around (again, it's amazing how crazy your mind gets) trying to remember the password to unlock it, and then trying to figure out how to get to the phone part to place a call. . . it was crazy.
My kids often quote  Buckwheat's line from the movie Little Rascals:  "Quick, what's the number for 9-1-1?"  That was me this day.
 Finally I figured it out and after what seemed like forever someone answered.  They asked me for my address, which I had a hard time remembering too.  Finally I was able to give them my address and the police and paramedics were on their way. While waiting for someone to show up, and still on the phone answering questions with 9-1-1 (They won't let you hang up until someone gets there- probably because they know how crazy and illogical you are), #6 started whining and a couple minutes later crying. 
She was conscious when the police officer (who beat the ambulance by about 5 minutes) arrived. He gave her a stuffed animal and kept talking to the both of us until the paramedics arrived. (God bless Officer Rodger).

The EMTs checked her pupils were fine, no bumps on her head, no cuts, no broken bones, no internal bleeding they could feel. (MIRACLE #3) They left telling me to just watch her and take her to the doctor if I couldn't wake her up from a nap, or if she started vomited, or walking or acting funny. 

After they left, she slept for 2 hours. She woke up on her own and was acting somewhat okay, just really quiet.  She slept another 2 hours and woke up more like herself, but was complaining of a tummy ache. I thought she was hungry, since she didn't have an appetite earlier, and so I gave her a piece of bread. She immediately threw it up. A while later, she ate a little peppermint candy, that Clint had brought home for her.  She immediately threw that up. All the while she was just wanting to lay down on the couch or have someone hold her. I was worried and knew I wouldn't sleep unless we took her to the doctor and had him check her out. 

Luckily, we were able to get her into an after hours clinic just as they were closing. (MIRACLE #4). The doctor thoroughly checked her out. He told us how lucky we were that 1.-She was alive, & 2.- The mirror didn't break. (All this we already knew.)  He also diagnosed her with having a major concussion. 

So for the next week or so our little miracle child was put on complete bed rest. We had to wake her  up every 3 hours (even during the night) and ask her to do a simple command. No activity, no tv, iPads, computers, etc. anything that will stimulate her mind for a week. She needed to let her brain heal. 

When we got home, Clint and our neighbor gave her a Priesthood blessing and 
the next morning she woke up back to her normal self and hungry as a bear! (MIRACLE #5).  Unfortunately, the doctor told us to start her out on high calorie liquids and work up to solids when her stomach could tolerate them again. And boy did she.

This experience shook up my entire family.  It made us all so grateful to still have our little #6 and that was she okay.  
Time together is precious.  Don't waste a single second of it.

For those who may be concerned:  The mirror was tethered to the wall that night!  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Birthday to

the cutest, funniest, most loving, best dad, hardest working,
funnest guy I know!