Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Promised Blessings in View

This was Del's Father's Day gift from me.  It is a quote from each of our patriarchal blessings, hand painted and then framed.  They are hanging in our bedroom.
When Del and I got married, we shared our patriarchal blessings with each other, and each of us chose a part of the others blessing that we really loved and felt was significant .  These were the phrases we chose.
That was 35 years ago.  Those phrases still hold the same significance to each of us, so I had them made for our remembrance. I love them.  I look at them in the privacy of our bedroom where only we get to enjoy them, and they bring me comfort - joy - security and peace.  I know that my life, intertwined with his, brings these blessings.
There are many other parts of our blessings that also hold special significance for us, And we strive each day to be worthy of the many blessings promised us through righteousness.
Happy Father's Day sweetheart.

Monday, June 19, 2017

New Diets

Del's been told to go gluten free.
I've been told to 'eat clean'.
I'm good with this.

Not Dead Yet

Continued Health issues are creeping up on us.
Del has had one of the worst past two months ever.  He has swelling in his legs and arms, severe pain in his neck and legs...to the point that he actually made an appointment to go to the doctor.  As I posted earlier, he is allergic to a lot of things, but in my mind, not any that should be causing the symptoms he is having.  It's something else.
His MS has now reached the highest level of severity - and there is something else.  What it is, I don't know yet, but I insisted that he have an MRI done last Friday, of which we will know the results the end of this next week.  He has lost weight - about 13 pounds.  He's weak, he's tired, no appetite and no strength to do much of anything.  That's not an allergy.  Something else is wrong and I'm determined to find out what.
And then I went to the doctor last Friday to find out the results of some testing I've had done - good news is I do not carry the gene for breast cancer...bad news, I have Hashimotos disease, which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid and now I'm on meds for that.  Plus, menopause has left me with NO sex hormones...no testosterone, no estrogen, progesterone or saritonan.  Depleted - boe dry.  Now, I'm needing to decide whether or not to do hormone replacement therapy or let myself ride the sexless train out for the rest of my life.  But more than just that, it's mood swings, weight issues and constant fatigue.
I've got to get through Del's issues first - then I'll worry about me.

But This One is Deadly!


Del and Emerson were out on one of their daily hikes in the back forest when they came upon  this one.
A Copperhead.  And Del didn't see fit to kill this one. He can't explain why either.  I'm not happy about this and won't be going outside anytime in the near future either.
And if by chance, that deadly snake makes it's way up to our backyard and porch, and decides to bite any one of us, you can be assured I will be letting Del know just how not happy I really am.

Three Weeks Already


Hard to believe she's already three weeks old -
and she's beautiful.  She looks just like Emerson - seriously.  There was one picture that Lexi posted on facebook that Kylie responded to by saying, 'It's Emerson with a bow'.
Sure hope she comes with the same curly hair in a few years...

Ammon, the Arm Slayer

This is Ammon.
Kathryn's fiance.
Yup, you read that right.
Ammon Malone.
I've never met him - neither has Del, but we both said 'yes'.
So, to explain the details.
A month ago, Kathryn decides to tell us she has been dating a guy for a few days and he's getting serious.  She is hesitant, but really likes him.  Things progress and with in 2 weeks, they are talking marriage.  The next week, he calls Del and asks if he can marry Kathryn and Del says yes. Now, we are a planning a wedding for Sept. 15th in Utah.
Yes, he's handsome, talented, hard worker, good personality and sense of humor, and a HUGE BYU fan.  He's also the father of 4 children and has been divorced twice.  Certainly red flags when we first heard, but then the details were shared - first wife was an arranged marriage shortly after he got home off his mission and his father died.  They had 2 children, and then decided they should have remained friends and not gotten married.  They have Rykert and Lilly.  Rykert has cystic fibrosis.
Then a few years later, he married again, had two sons, and that wife had about 6 affairs on him and was mentally not well, so ended up in a rehab place.  Ammon had the two younger boys until she got out and then came and took them.  She won't let Ammon see the boys now.  He's taking her to court for joint custody.
And Kathryn has found herself smack in the middle of all of this instant motherhood stuff and very much in love with Ammon.  Del and I are actually impressed with Ammon and feel that he and Kathryn are a perfect match.  He has drifted away from the church after his father died and both divorces and so needless to say, there will not be a temple wedding.
But we are pleased with Kathryn's choice.  We have had several opportunities to talk and visit with Ammon both on the phone and skyping - he's sharp - a singer too.  He treats Kathryn beautifully and kindly.  And she is very lucky and blessed to have found such a great guy.
Of course, Kathryn does have some anxiety - this instant motherhood thing has her slightly thrown out of her comfort zone.  I think she'll handle it a lot better than she thinks she will.  The Lord is very mindful of Kathryn and her abilities.  I think He will sustain her in her desires to be a good wife and step mom to these kids.  And we will support her in this new life she will have.
Kathryn seems genuinely happy - calm and content when with him.  Less drama - less sick - more stable.  She just seems ready.  I'm happy for her and know that if she will trust in herself, in Ammon and in the Lord, this will actually work and make her very happy.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Papa's Cup of Coffee

This is 5:30 this morning.
Saturday morning.
The 'I get to sleep in' morning.
And this is Emerson - the 'I had a bad dream about monsters and need my Papa' morning.
Most people need a cup of coffee first thing in the morning to help them even function.
This was all Papa needed.
Early morning story time with Emerson.
Papa's cup of coffee.