Monthly Archives: June 2012

It’s been good

So, Mr. Journal- I haven’t written for a while, I have been so tired in the recovery phase… but I’m getting my feet back under me, so I’m spending a few moments to catch up.

I went on that trip for Mom for their anniversary-  She needed it, but I think Dad needed it even more.  They so loved having us there!  And I loved it too, and so did my kids.   I also took the effort to think thru all the frustrations of other trips, and what I could do about it… Things I had wanted to do before, but didn’t… I still never made it to the Timpanogos temple- I think temple hoping is going to have to be a planned event with Mark-  but I did get to see some old friends, and I think that was an imprtant and valuable  choice.  So I feel good about it.

And I also made sure that we did a few things I had missed before– we had a picnic in the canyons, and went and Hiked to Timpanogos Cave, (I did manage to post some photos of these events)  as well as Mom’s dinner and photo session,

and helping out around the house.   It was so very heart satisfying, but we had to fly Mark home early for work, and that meant that the drive home was all on me.  Even stopping overnight in Panguitch,  it was a hard, hard drive.  I think I’m getting too old for the long haul. The first 5 hours seems to be ok- but  Saturday, with 7 hours in stiff cross wind the entire way, thru mountain driving  left me with 3 days of straight migraine recovery…
But now that I’ve moved thru 3 loads of dishes, several loads of laundry, fridge recovery shopping and getting the garbage out– I think I am starting to feel like I’ll get back on a normal sized pull.  And I have had time to remember some blessings.

One blessing, we noticed  as we pulled into out driveway at home.  We could smell, (and see the steam from) the van’s radiator;  it had not enjoyed the long down-hill run of several hours into the 112+ heat.  but it had never faltered or stumbled from over-heating — and I have to come to the conclusion that we had a whole lot of angels helping out.

And after we got home, I was able to move thru painting a back-drop for my R.S. Activity day, even tho I was still struggling with the headache.  Another near-invisible miracle unless you happen to be the recipient.

(pic. of the back-drop, thanks to a friend who sent it to me)

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how incredibly good all 5 of my kids have been, both on the trip, and here at home while I recovered… I am truly grateful for the love they show me, especially when I know that it is hard on them to see their stability in life (Mom) having a hard day.

So, still have a lot to do; some of it normal stuff , some of it not- like getting DK geared for scout camp next week, and making sure Trek stuff is ready– and not forget to keep the Dr. stuff going, and gear up for school next year.    But I’d have to say,  the Lord has been with me, so it’s been very good.

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early morning

Got up early to watch the balloon fest… way early. And at 60 degrees outside, it was a brrrr for us from Arizona.

Got some good pics, but it turned windy, and the balloon pilots decided the risk was not worthwhile, and they deflated again. It was hard not to feel deflated with them.  But there was a great smile at the end to cheer us up. 

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quotes I needed today

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
– Unknown
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
-Winston Churchill
“Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.”
-Jane Addams

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Scripture for today

Psalms 36:7

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

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I Survived the Hike (and so did the kids!)

Great Day!!!

Well while we were here in Utah Valley, Utah- I decided that it was finally time that my kids were old enough to make the hike to Timpanogos Cave.  One and a half miles up a very, VERY steep trail. (And then the same down, too, don’t forget)  It’s a hard enough trail that the biggest selling items in the gift shop were all the “I survived the Hike” t-shirts and stickers.  🙂  The only part I didn’t figure on was the altitude (my body has gotten used to Arizona more than I thought.)  But we all helped each other all the way, and the victory was Epically sweet!

1/4 of the way up the trail- still feeling good at this point

half-way- well, the kids are still doing good

made it to the top! and inside the cave is “cool”!

On the way down- This tiny pine tree seedling is the poster child for faith and determination-  it’s growing in a nearly invisible crack in the center of a huge solid slab of granite at least 10 feet in diameter.

Last of the trail 🙂

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Family for Friday

Kudos to new video games and an Awesome Hubby! Trip went better than possibly imagined– record time and everyone handled being stuck in a van with each other for 11hours as well as any family could ever wish… I think we must have had extra angels on duty.  We got here at 4:30 am just in time- my Mom and Dad’s 50th anniversary is today!

(half-way there)
Then, this afternoon, my sis helped me grab everyone and head uphill into the canyon for a picnic and s’mores. Now this is truly what family is all about… building fun memories and firm friendships to help each other through anything.

Thumbs Up!

So-  here’s a little more of our mountain fun…

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A Sigh and a Deep Breath

Watching the Sunrise again.  It feels extrememly good to be able to enjoy it today.

Managed to get thru the first needs of this week.  Monday was the birthday party for my sweet TeaRose.  I don’t afford parties too often, but she really deserved some recognition for pulling thru Jr. High, right to the bitter end, and getting an A- average out of the deal. So I gave her a dozen invites to our local Peter Piper Pizza, (and she asked for a few more) to hand out at school before the last day… It went really really well.  She has found a group of kids that are a pure joy to be around– no drama, not even much loud chatter, just happy hearts and faces– lots of hugs and easy feelings.  In fact, I found out that a bunch of them started talking, and decided to pool their point tickets from the arcade games and gave it all to her to buy a birthday stash; and she, in turn, shared the stash with another.  Doesn’t get better than that!

Once that was over, I finally announced that we are going to go visit family this weekend for their Grandma’s anniversary. (I waited, cause I didn’t want to steal the thunder of TeaRose’s day)  Excitement exploded about as I expected  🙂  but it was good.  Packing time is super tight; but I managed all the laundry except one load yesterday– finishing that today.  Today, also,  I need to get all our bags packed (the kids are pretty good at this now, as long as I double check them);  get the van ready; make sure I get the gerbil to a babysitter 🙂 and get the pantry stocked.  Mark and Ryan will be flying home right away (next monday) to get Mark back to work- and I will stay a few days more with family and then drive myself and the rest of the kids home.  I’m mostly worried about my oldest- he hasn’t been feeling welll, and he is very claustrophobic.  He agreed to come because he loves his Grandparents, but I don’t expect an easy trip.  And I am feeling  a bit daunted by the kitchen, and the wish to leave it ready for the men while I am gone.  My panic levels got pretty high last night… but I know I’m choosing the right course, so I am going to just do my best, take a deep breath, and say a prayer from there.  (My sister has internet access, so I’ll let you know how it went.)

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Quote for the Day

“If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived.” -Jeffrey R. Holland

(this one stays on my fridge)

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Mini Moment of Success

Getting ready for trek

Yay!  Just got back from taking TeaRose on our first summertime “get ready for Trek” walk.  Not very far yet- but that was for me, not her- 🙂  Still, it was far enough to be very good, emotionally, and have a little adventure to ourselves before anyone else woke up.  We needed that.  Now the real work-outs are something we can look forward to  (but a little earlier in the morning, I think– way too warm! 🙂 )

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Fear not

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41: 10, 13)


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