Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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
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.
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.
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...
Yup, you read that right.
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
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.
Friday, June 2, 2017
So the testing has started. He went and had his blood drawn - about 8 viles of it...we are still waiting for most of those results which we should receive later today. In the meantime, they did environmental allergy testing, sticking him with 6 panels of needles, with 10 needles in each panel into his back.
The picture says it all. He is literally allergic to everything. Every tree, bush, type of grass, pollen etc etc...so..that means, that the very thing he does of working out in the yard for mental and physical therapy is one of the many things that is actually gradually killing him.
Nice. The doctor will also be telling us all the foods he is allergic to - and Del may end up needing to go glucose free in his eating habits.
My thinking.?..bottom line, I think , and Del and the doctor also somewhat agree, that Del's MS has progressed to the next level. He is now experiencing even more severe symptoms and discomforts. I'm worried. I'm worried things are getting worse...and quickly. I'm trying not to panic and make things up in my head - but until we get some test results, I'm watching Del struggle every day to walk, kneel to pray, turn his head, hold things in his hands and basically to simple functions. I just want him out of pain. But I'm even having to be careful how I word THAT request in my prayers. I don't want him out of pain if the only way for that to happen is death. But I don't want him to suffer. There have to be answers soon, and then ways to treat the symptoms...
Faith..Prayers and patience. Not my strong points...but I'll try.
Our sweet little Evie arrived Saturday, May 27th at 1:48 p.m. with no time to spare. Her due date was the day before where Lexi did have contractions, but then they stopped and Saturday came with really nothing happening. But that changed real quickly giving them only enough time to drive to the hospital where she was already completely dialated and delivered only 10 minutes later.
And she is beautiful...looks much like Emerson did. And speaking of Emerson? He loves her already. Wants to always hold her, touch her, kiss attack her and be near her. Jordan has adjusted well to having 'his little girl'. And Lexi is the perfect mother, as usual.
Welcome to the family sweet Evie Mae.
So those of us around him made special efforts to cuddle him, give him undivided attention, do special things with him and all things to make him feel special.
It worked. He certainly felt loved.
Del is a financial analyst for EMC - they make BIG deals - millions - hundreds of millions - billions and ten's of billions. This is a moment when Del was multi - tasking. He was in the middle of doing a multi billion dollar deal while also doing some yard work. He found himself in the garage
looking for a certain tool to use when obviously the conversation became serious enough that he needed to sit down and focus- and he took the first seat he could find: his mothers electric wheel chair.
Seem appropriate enough, don't you think?
Welcome to my Porch.
Monday, April 24, 2017
This sweet little 7 yr old girl, sitting in the front row, looked up at me questioningly asked 'Why would you call the Bishop?'. Before I could answer her, she hesitantantly asked, 'Do you live with the Bishop?' I laughed as the other kids were trying to tell her, through giggles, that we were married. She snapped her head to look at me and exclaimed 'You married the Bishop??'
Shocking, I know.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
|Emerson helping Papa unload the 'cow poop' from the back of the truck.|
|Emerson checking the grape arbor to see if we have any grapes yet.|
|So hard not to eat the blueberries too early.|
|A new large barrel|
to play in.
|Hide and Seek|
|Emerson has on lookers|
|Grandma Shirley enjoying the sun|
|Emerson was fascinated watching the neighbor in his 'digger'.|
|I love this boy.|
|Loves to climb everything.|
|Emerson in his world of diggers. He's in heaven|
|Today's find? A turtle.|
|The neighbor offered to have Emerson take a ride on the digger.|
|A dream come true for our little farmer.|