Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Just a little over 3 years ago, Kyle opened his call to serve in the Idaho Pocatello Mission, now we are waiting to have our grandson, B, open his call.   This seems like yesterday

Such great times.  It is so exciting to have a missionary out serving in the field.  Now we wait, for this cutie to get his call:

He is such a handsome young man.  He is going to make a superb missionary, and I can hardly wait to hear where he is going.  

This is our first grandson to serve, and I have to say the waiting is not any easier than it was waiting for Kyle or Brent's calls ; )  

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Last Wednesday night, I ended up in the emergency room and finally got released yesterday afternoon, and let me say THERE TRULY IS, NO PLACE LIKE HOME (but it isn't the same when you're all alone ; (

It was a long, hard (harder than I could imagine) seven days.  I am just so grateful to have it all resolved.  I won't go into a lot of boring (and painful to relive) details, but let me "highlight" a few:

  • Going into the emergency room there were only 2 people ahead of me--do you have any idea how often that happens--can we say NEVER!!!!!
  • When the nurse at the ER asked me if I had been nauseated, I replied, "No", but asked for a pan, just in case, and within minutes was continually filling it.  
  • Finally was admitted and immediately enjoyed my first and hopefully last ever N/G tube.  Unfortunately the tests they wanted to perform was done at another hospital so although my chart  was faxed over on Friday, I was not to be transported until the following Monday.  An N/G tube does not mean you will not throw up and is ten times harder with the tube in your nose.
  • My first introduction to heparin shots--had no idea how painful they are and the way they bruise. Three a day gave me this--by the way, it is my arm ; )

  • As soon as I had my test that revealed blockage in my duct filled with sludge and gallstones and whatever else and that was zapped, I felt so, so, so much better.  But just to be sure they ran another test the following day and all was good.
I do have to say when people compare gallstone/gallbladder pain to childbirth--for me, no comparison.  Pregnancy not easy, CHILDBIRTH A BREEZE!!!!  

Let me share something I learned while I was in the hospital:

I shared a room with the sweetest 86 year old woman.  For the first few days we didn't talk--I couldn't talk to anyone.  Poor Allan would come and visit and I would send him home--the tube made it too hard to talk.  I had him bring our Scrabble game, but never felt up to playing (after the tube was taken out I played (alone) and didn't cheat ; )  I ended up using all my tiles on the word ACTUALLY ; )  Even though she and I didn't talk, I enjoyed listening to her and her 95 year old husband visit.  He would come every day about 10 in the morning and stay until about 5 and sit there and hold her hand and tell her how beautiful she was!!!  They were so sweet and patient and loving with one another.  

When I started feeling better my roommate and I started talking.  She was a delightful woman who was from England and she and her husband met there while he was serving with the Canadian forces.  They  were just so sweet.  Such incredible stories they shared and such incredible love between the two of them.  It was wonderful.  

Funny thing was, the night before I came home one of my friends came to visit and while we were visiting, she mentioned a new job she had and so I asked if she knew my roommate who was from her town.  She asked her name and when I told her, my friend jumped up called out the woman's name and the two of them visited.  

Again, it's great to be home and I can't wait for late tonight when my sweet husband returns home.  I know how worried he was, and how bad he felt that I had to go through this.

I appreciate so much the love and the support of my kids.  I missed talking to them while I was in the hospital--I just couldn't deal with my cell phone, and I didn't want to talk on the phone in the hospital.    It's been great talking to 4 of them yesterday and today--I know they were worried.  I had to laugh when I talked to Kyle.  I have been bugging him about something for quite awhile so the first thing I asked him was, "I bet you enjoyed your week's vacation without me bugging you?"  HE LAUGHED ; )

Sidenote #1:   Less than 3 months until my half-marathon with Heidi and Brent.  Not ready AT ALL.  Hoping to get back into a regular routine next month.

Sidenote #2:  My grandson B's papers are in and we are waiting for his call.  I can't tell you how excited I am.  Stephen said today that as soon as he gets his call he will be going to the temple and so we are trying to figure out how to make sure we are there when he goes.  So happy for him and so very proud of him.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


I know, I know...I went more than two weeks without a post ; (  I should have done this yesterday.

For me this has been my toughest winter thus far.  I really don't know why--I have just felt stuck in the house and there seems to have been more grey days than in the past.  I feel grumpy.

I have lots to keep me busy--but it feels just like that--busy work.  I think part of the problem is there hasn't been enough nice days to get me out there running.  I ran a few days a couple of weeks ago, but haven't been out since then.  But at least there are some things to look forward to:

  • MARCH MADNESS--I am so excited.  
  • BRENT'S GRADUATION--Yes!!!  That means I get to head down to Utah to see some of my kids.  Always love time there with them--and a visit with a friend or two.  I will sure miss seeing Sister A who is serving a mission in Montreal.  
  • A TRIP TO CALIFORNIA--As soon as Grandson B gets his mission call, Allan and I will head there either for his farewell or to go with him and his family to the temple.  It all depends on the timing.  
You know what.  Just typing those things out has made me smile, and I feel a lot better. 

Sidenote #1:  I have been busy typing Allan's personal history.  Wow, it is a lot of work. 

Sidenote #2:  I am just a couple of weeks away from finishing my 365 project--a photo a day, every day for one whole year!!!