Thursday, November 17, 2011

"The Golden Sky" Blogfest Celebration

    My dear friend Elisa at EC Writes has released her first book today. It is a tribute to her son, Zeke, who left this world at the tender age of three months. Her book, "The Golden Sky" is her journal from when she found out there were problems with her child during her pregnancy, all the way through to his loss and the hell her life and marriage went through trying to cope. 

    This post is based on an event in my life that was nearly fatal to me. It is interesting enough to note that this event happened almost exactly three weeks before little Zeke was born to Elisa. I urge you all to read her book. It is full of the most poignant of emotions and as her title would suggest, ends with love and hope. Because after every storm there is a golden sky.  I love you Elisa. I know Zeke is smiling proudly upon you this day, and forever.       

EC Writes
           Sadie glanced over her shoulder at the road behind her. Not a single car. Why, then, was this car in front of her? The only car in a half a mile radius and it was chugging away in front of her.Don’t these people realize that it’s fifty through here?” Sadie exclaimed. She gripped the steering wheel, locked her elbows and pressed herself into the back of her seat in an effort to release the frustration. At the sound of a chuckle in the seat next to hers, she turned to see what was so funny. “What?” she asked Genaveve. “What’s so funny?”
You are,” said Genaveve, turning away to stare out the window again.
C’mon, they are going thirty-five. This is ridiculous.” That instant, Sadie had an idea that would solve their dilemma. The brake pedal slammed to the floor and Sadie brought the car to a crawl, calculating distances in her mind.
What’re you doing?” Genaveve’s voice went up an octave when she saw the smile spread across Sadie’s face.
I’m going to pass them,” Sadie said. This wasn’t going to be legal, it was a solid double yellow line and only a tiny turn lane anywhere within sight. Sadie didn’t care though, no one was around to witness it.
The adrenaline that was released like a flood gate opening during a rainstorm when the accelerator pedal touched the floor again momentarily. Left foot, right arm and right foot worked effortlessly in unison to move through the five gears. Blood pumped through Sadie's veins, making her hands pulsate against the steering wheel, drowning out all noise save for the roar of the engine and the beating of her heart.
You... are... crazy,” Gena yelled at Sadie before her eyes closed tightly and she gripped her chair for dear life. But the words fell on deaf ears.
When Sadie made the decision to pass the vehicle, her brain swiftly began calculating the distance from the car in front of them. Additionally, she had to factor in the distance of the cars in the opposite lane of oncoming traffic, through which they would be passing. Coming within feet of the car in front of them, Sadie maneuvered the Toyota swiftly into the two-hundred foot stretch of turn lane. The oncoming vehicle honked it's horn and swerved a little, more out of fear than necessity. With the fortune only luck can provide, the little Toyota jerked back into the correct lane, now in front of the previously offending car.
Ha ha, that was great.” Sadie’s smile was so big her cheeks were hurting. She turned to look at her cousin. Genaveve’s face lacked color and she looked as if she might pass out. “You okay Gena?” Sadie asked. Gena managed to compose herself just enough and began ranting and raving at Sadie.
You lunatic. Never, ever do that again, especially with me in the car. We almost got hit.” Gena's face changed color from white to red allowing her strawberry blonde hair to accentuate the fury behind her tongue lashings.
Oh, calm down Gena,” Sadie smirked. “I knew we’d make it just fine or else I wouldn't have done it.”
Gena scowled at her and “I don't believe you” etched itself in every line of her face. Trying not to laugh, Sadie altered her attempts at soothing the lion she had created of her cousin.
C'mon Gena, you know I wouldn't do something stupid enough to get us into a car accident. Besides, that was freaking awesome, you have to admit!”
At least we are almost there, I can’t stop shaking. You scared the daylights right outta me.”
James is going to be there, he should be able to calm those nerves of yours,” said Sadie. She knew how much Gena liked James and this would be a sure way to get her cousin’s thoughts off the car ride and onto a more pleasant subject.
Oh good, I was really hoping he would be.” Gena’s mood brightened visibly.
Score, it worked. Sadie didn’t like upsetting her cousin, so she was glad to be able to put a smile back on her face. They had been best friends for nearly fifteen years, and since Sadie was a few weeks away from her seventeenth birthday, that was like eternity.
As much as Sadie loved her cousin, she couldn’t help herself when it came to driving her car. She really enjoyed the power and control she found when behind the wheel of her little sports coupe. There weren’t many places in her life where she felt like she had control so she would take it where she could get it. The adrenaline she so often triggered when driving kept her spirits up when she was having a hard time and gave her a momentary escape from the mundane pull of everyday life as a high school student.
There was only one thing she craved more than dashing down the freeways at alarming speeds,only one other thing in her life gave her a greater feeling of intoxication than her car and that was her boyfriend, Ryan. She had been with him for eleven months, one week and three days and never tired of seeing him. When she was with him she felt like she could loose herself and be content to never find her way on her own again, as long as he was there with her.
Sadie’s blissful reverie was interrupted when her hand yanked on the emergency brake and turned the key, pulling it from the ignition. They were here.
Sadie and Gena piled out of the little car and made their way up three flights of stairs to apartment number 716. Sadie rapped the door sharply to announce their presence and the two girls swiftly adjusted their clothing to make sure nothing was amiss before the door was answered. The lock clicked open and the door swung in, allowing the two girl's entrance.
Sadie wrapped her arms tightly around the neck of the guy who had let them in.
Hey sexy.” His voice was playful as he leaned in to give her a kiss. “You two ready to hit the pool or do ya gotta change first?”
Nope, we're ready.” Sadie confirmed with a quick glance at Gena, then remembered. “Oh, is James coming?”
He’s down at the pool with Shawn already. He wanted to get his tan as dark as he could before winter.” James was Ryan’s older brother whom he shared an apartment with and Shawn was their cousin. He didn’t live there but he may as well have. Shawn was over all the time, resigned to the boredom of single life. But a few weeks ago he finally hooked a girl and Shawn couldn’t stop talking about her.
The three of them grabbed towels and headed out to the pool. Genaveve led with a slightly more urgent pace than Sadie and Ryan.
I can't believe the pool closes tomorrow.” Sadie moaned, seeking sympathy for her lack of control over the weather. “It feels like summer just started and it's already over.”
Welcome to Utah!” Ryan jibbed sarcastically.
Letting her lower lip protrude in dissatisfaction, Sadie leaned into Ryan's side a little as they walked. Gena stood at the entrance gate of the pool, her foot tapping impatiently waiting for Ryan to arrive with the keys. When the gate was unlocked Gena let herself in without further ado.
Sadie watched Gena for a moment, silently praying that her cousin wouldn’t over do it. Gena had been know to be exorbitant with guys she liked, but when Sadie saw her take a seat next to James and begin lite conversation, she relaxed and followed Ryan over to a few unoccupied chairs.
Ryan seated himself and removed his sandals and shirt. Sadie couldn’t help herself as her eyes lingered on his bare chest, well-shaped from many years of martial arts. Her eyes momentarily caught his and she smiled a little, realizing her stare didn’t go unnoticed, then looked down and kicked off her flip flops. Ryan leaned back in his chair and made quite a show of himself, watching Sadie shimmy out of her tight shorts and shirt.
When she was finally in only her swim suit he grabbed her hand and pulled her onto his lap.
“You make me think bad thoughts,” he whispered into her ear.
Sadie shook her head frowning and turned away quickly as the smile replaced itself on her face. Changing the subject Sadie turned to look at Ryan again.
My parents left out of town today. They went to California for a week to visit my grandparents. My brother, Carson, is in charge of me while they’re gone and he doesn’t care how late I stay out as long as I let him know when I’ll be home.” Sadie loved it when Carson was in charge, she could do as she pleased without having guilt trips hammered into her by her mother and father for disobeying.
Great,” Ryan said. Feigning distraction for dramatic effect until he pulled his eyes up to meet hers. “So how late do ya wanna to stay over then?”
Well, I can’t stay all night, but I was thinking one o’clock would give us some time and get me home without any troubles from the family.”
Okay, I’ll try to let you go by then.”
Sadie trotted up to the pool and dove cleanly under the water. The small ripples left by her nearly flawless entry were followed by a cannon ball wave as Ryan jumped in after her. When Sadie surfaced, the mixed sensations of the hot sun and the cool wind sent shivers through her whole body. She spun in the water to locate Ryan, anticipating an attack from behind. Just as she presumed, his arms secured themselves around her waist, pulling her momentarily underwater before releasing her.
You turd,” she said, wiping the water out of her eyes.
What? You weren’t wet enough, thought I would help you out a bit.” Ryan’s eyes were teasing, daring her to contradict him so he could advance his play.
Whatever,” Sadie retorted and swam up close to Ryan. Her legs wrapped around his waist for stability in the ruckus and splashing all around them. Placing one hand on his cheek, her other arm encircled his neck bringing his face closer to hers until their lips met.
When Sadie released the kiss she whispered in his ear, “I forgive you.” Like shifting gears in her car, Sadie’s loving demeanor turned to revenge and her hands positioned themselves on top of his head, pushing it underwater while simultaneously pulling his lower body out of balance with a jerk of her legs. She began swimming to the opposite side of the pool. Being within arms reach of Ryan when he recovered himself was out of the question.
Sadie and Ryan chased each other around the pool for nearly an hour before calling a truce. Sadie was exhausted, though it appeared that Ryan could have continued for another round.
I’m gonna go lay out for a bit if that’s alright. You wanna join me?” Sadie knew the offer would be turned down, but she felt it polite to at least ask. She was here to spend the day with Ryan, after all.
Nah, I’ll go see if James and Shawn want to play some ball or somethin’.”
Sadie and Ryan exchanged a quick kiss before she climbed out of the pool. She walked as fast as she could to her towel, determined not to break the pool area rule that had been ingrained in her since she was little, “Don’t run in the pool area.”
The slight breeze made the warm summer air absolutely frigid against her wet skin. Grabbing the towel she cleared away most of the moisture from her body then made herself comfortable on the lounge chair, basking in the sun.
Ryan called her a reptile, saying she could never be warm unless she was soaking up the sun. Sadie often wondered if there was more truth to that statement than anyone realized. It was the only explanation she could come up with herself for why she was always so cold. Well, that and it was genetic, her mom was the same way. When they were kids, Gena always complained that Sadie would leave the pool before her. Sadie couldn’t stay in the water that long, she got too cold and she hated being cold.
As if on cue, Gena called to Sadie, “Getting out already?” Sadie nodded at her then closed her eyes, enjoying the almost melodic hubbub that always accompanied a public pool. She drifted in and out of a light sleep, shifting her position occasionally so she wouldn’t get too much sun on one side or the other.
A small splash of cold water on her cheek shocked Sadie out of her dozing. She sat upright wiping the water from her face and glared at Ryan. He was of course, smiling, happy to be able to tease her, just enough to get a reaction out of her.
I was wondering if you were done sunning yourself and wanted to get back in with me?”
Sadie looked around, trying to decide if getting into the water again was a good idea since she was now completely dry. Her gaze halted when she saw Shawn helping a girl onto his shoulders, getting ready to launch her in the air. She was very petite with dark skin and hair that marked her as Hispanic. A hot pink string bikini was the only thing attempting to cover her butt and large breasts. Shawn was all smiles. Wiping the dumbstruck expression off her face she looked up at Ryan to answer his question.
No, I really don’t want to get all wet again, I would rather go up to the apartment and figure out what to have for dinner, I’m getting hungry.” The statement didn’t tell the whole truth, but it was convincing enough for Ryan.
Okay, I’m getting pretty hungry myself. Maybe we could order some pizza.” Ryan reached for his towel and dried himself off.
Is that Naomi?” Sadie finally asked. She didn’t want to bring attention to the fact that this short-legged super model was making her uncomfortable, but she had to know whether this girl would be coming up to the apartment or be left at the pool.
Ya, she got here about an hour ago. Shawn can get her launched pretty high in the air, but not as high as I can,” Ryan boasted.
Sadie’s heart cramped. That was just the type of thing she was trying to avoid. This little sprite, Naomi, was a tramp, it was written all over her body language, from the way she giggled to her bust-out posture. Wanting to leave more urgently now than before, Sadie jumped to her feet, grabbed her sandals and began walking towards the gate, beckoning Ryan to follow her. Ryan nearly had to jog to keep pace, trying to get to the pool gate before her so she wouldn’t be waiting on him. He was a gentleman like that, even when Sadie made it difficult at times.
Back in the apartment Sadie and Ryan changed into some dry clothes. Not wanting to be around when Naomi and Shawn ventured out of the pool, Sadie suggested that they go out to eat instead, maybe go see a movie too. She knew Gena would be okay without her, she had James to keep her entertained for a while and he would be good enough to drive her home when she needed to leave as well.
Ryan insisted on driving, he always did. Sadie was okay with it though, even if Ryan’s little truck smelled like an ash tray. She knew that he would gladly drive her coupe instead, but that was one of the things she had, that he wanted. Keeping it away from him was her way of teasing him, and maintaining a little bit of control in the process.
Reaching into his pocket, Ryan pulled out a pack of cigarettes and lit one. Sadie hated the fact that he smoked, but he kept promising her he would quit, so she didn’t make a fuss about it very often. She appreciated the fact that he tried to keep the smoke out of the truck, but it was less successful than he realized. It was the thought that counted, right?
So after dinner, you want to go see a movie? I got paid today so I will cover it.”
Sure, I will pay you back one of these days, when I get a real job.” Ryan chuckled a little embarrassed that for all of his chivalrous efforts, his girlfriend was always the one paying for their dates.
Sadie didn’t have any bills or commitments for her money so she usually spent it on Ryan. He didn’t make much money working part time and he was paying part of his tuition, his dad was paying the rest. Sadie had even paid his half of the rent once and his truck insurance a few times.
She didn’t mind though, Sadie was just happy to help. It was probably genetic as well, like the being cold all of the time, but at least this wasn’t a bad thing. Almost the entire time during her childhood there was someone living with them, someone her parents were helping out until they could afford to live on their own again. Even now, Sadie’s oldest brother Carson was living with them. Carson, his pregnant wife and their three kids. It made for a chaotic existence, but her parents enjoyed helping people out, so Sadie never complained.
After a fast food dinner and a rather comical movie Sadie and Ryan returned to the apartment around midnight. Sadie hated this part of the day, when she had to say good-bye, see you tomorrow. They would say goodbye and then stand there, not wanting to be the first one to walk away. Reluctantly, Sadie climbed into her car and began to drive away. Looking out the rear view mirror her last sight of Ryan was the cherry burning on the cigarette that he held fast between the fingers of his right hand.
The night felt cold as Sadie drove out onto the highway. She shivered and turned up the music so that it would drown out all noise and all thought. The cold wasn’t the temperature in the air, but in her heart as she drove away from blissful freedom and towards reality. The music would keep her mind off that though, so the louder she cranked it, the better she felt.
Looking at the clock Sadie realized she had only fifteen minutes to get home before she would be in trouble with her brother and without a second thought, accelerated her coupe to about eighty-five. The car in front of her was moving too slowly so she flipped on her turn signal momentarily before adjusting to the new lane.
A loud crack reverberated through the vehicle. The A-arm of the small coupe had severed completely. Lacking a forward right wheel assembly the car wrenched to the right. Terror filled Sadie. Any and all other emotion in her body fled as the steering wheel jerked from her hands.
Force is calculated by the mass of an object multiplied by the velocity which it travels. At eighty-five miles per hour, the amount of force the car created when it hit the guard rail tore at the metal like paper. A sudden inhibition of forward momentum redirected itself as inertia had not yet been sated by friction. The car twisted into the air.
There were three collision that happened within split seconds of each other. The first was the car’s front tire to the guard rail, the second was Sadie’s head on the driver’s side window and the third was Sadie’s brain to the inside of her skull and her internal organs to the rest of her body. Agony tore through Sadie.
The airbag deployed against her chest. Unfortunately, the torsion through the air combined with the lack of a seat belt succeeded only in the airbag thrusting her to the side. Her upper body slammed against the window. Shattering glass and tortured screams engulfed the scene. Her helpless body flew through the air. A momentary freedom from the contorting metal disrupted as she descended again. In seconds her body hit the ground. The right arm came into contact with the empty field first. It snapped under her weight. Sadie slid several feet across the rough dirt and weeds before it ended. The masticating metal went silent only a few yards away. The calamity played it’s melody out to several vehicles on the highway. The only thing Sadie heard was pain.  Blood poured down her face from the many gashes through her forehead and hair. Her arm felt as though it was no longer attached to her body. Punishment wracked her entire being.
Ryan, help me. It’s so cold, it hurts.”
Sadie lay in the empty field, unable to move when three cars stopped. The occupants ran to the coupe to see if anyone needed help. A minute passed before the people realized where the driver of the car was. Horrified they called 911. No one went near her. No one wanted to be the one to say, “She’s dead.”
An ambulance arrived and emergency medical technicians went to work binding her securely to a transport board and triaging the wounds. She was fading quickly. The Life Flight helicopter picked her up and transported her to the nearest level 5 trauma center.
Police on the scene took a report of events from the witnesses and were able to find the information necessary to contact Sadie’s family. Gena received the news around six o’clock in the morning and was asked to please, tell Ryan what happened.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

To Be Proactive

If I could just . . .

       If only I . . .

             I can't . . .

                  I have to . . .

These are the reactive words of many a lost soul.  They are words of damnation and condemnation.  When these words are uttered, people fail and loose hope.  Responsibility is shunned and fingers are pointed.  " It isn't my fault.  I have no control. " are the thoughts behind the expressed words.

"Between stimulus and response lies our power to choose."  ~Stephen R Covey

Responsibility is an intriguing word.  People try to make it out to be complex and even frightening.  When in fact it is an act of freedom.  Responsibility is exactly what it says it is.  It is our Ability to Respond.  This is something we have surrendered in the effort to simplify our lives.  We have given our ability to respond away to others.  Sometimes to people we don't even know because we don't want to make our own decisions, we don't want to be response-able

This is a sad thought.  Free agency (or our ability to make decisions), is an inalienable right given to us by God our Father, and we don't want it to use it?  We want to shun it, and hand our lives over blindly to whomever will take it and do as they please with it?  Shame on us.  What a reproachful use of such a wonderful, God-given gift.  I do not want to squander this incredible gift any longer.

I control my ability to respond and take ownership of my thoughts, words and actions.  I will make and keep promises, set and achieve goals.  I will read my children a story every night, as a goal for myself and a promise to my children.  I am responsible for this goal and promise.  The only thing capable of making it fail is me, and I will not allow myself to fail.   

If I make a mistake, I will admit it, correct it and learn from it.  For if I made a mistake and tried to cover it up, it would be more damaging.  The following moments would be affected and driven by that mistake.  Chasing the poisonous snake that bit me would only succeed in driving the poison more quickly through my system.  Instead, the better thing to do would be to take immediate steps to get rid of the poison.  It was my response, I am accountable for it and will make the best of it because it cannot be taken back and will not be placed on the shoulders of another.  If my mistake hurt another, or creates distrust I will have to work even harder to mend the wounds.  Though I must not break promises, for too many apologies will earn even more distrust.  An apology does not mend lost trust, only fulfilled promises.

"It is not the mistakes of others, or even our own mistakes that hurt us the most, it is our response to those things."  ~Stephen R Covey

I will do as Dr. Covey suggests.  I am going to set my first goal at thirty days.  I will be a light, not a judge.  I will be part of the solution, not the problem.  I will be a model, not a critic.  I will make small commitments and uphold them. Then make larger commitments and keep them as well.  Then even larger ones.  I wont argue for other people's weaknesses, I wont argue for my own.  When I make a mistake I will admit it and correct it immediately.  I will not get into blaming and accusing.  I will work on what I have control over, and that is me.

Inside of this thirty day goal I will have three other smaller goals.  The first is to listen to my language and to the language of those around me and see if we are using reactive language such as: "If only . . ." or "I have to . . ." If I do then I will correct it and replace it will proactive language such as "I can . . ." and "I will . . ." The second goal is to identify an experience I will most likely have in the near future, based on a past experience, were I would behave reactively.  Review the situation and figure how I could respond proactively.  Envision it and take control of it, remembering that the gap between stimulus and response is the power of choice.  And third, I will select a problem in my personal life and determine if it is a problem that I have direct control of, indirect control of or no control of.  I will identify the first step I can take to solve the problem, then I will do it.  As the serenity prayer goes,

~Reinhold Niebuhr 

I will remember to look upon others with compassion, not judgement.  It is not what they are doing, or what they are supposed to be doing, but how I react to it, and what I am supposed to be doing that are important.  If I am cleaning my room and keeping my end of the chores done, my children will be more inclined to do their chores without whining and arguing.  But I must do my part first.  I must lead by example, not by intimidation and force.

How I respond makes all the difference in the world.  If I can just keep that in mind, this principle of being proactive alone will have a dramatic effect on my life and my family.

May patience and grace bless us all.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Brief Pause

I do apologize for not having posted again recently.  I just got back from visiting my sister in Kansas.  We had a wonderful time.  Our week visit was full of family, fun and fireworks.  I had my ear perked by my brother about a book I am going to go purchase tomorrow.  It is called The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey.  The book should give me a little better insight on how to accomplish all that I want to and so I will be better able to keep track of my progress here.  Thank you for your patience and support.  I will not be posting again until after I have read this book.  Have a wonderful weekend!

And in the meantime, you all may see the fireworks finale that my Brother-In-Law put together for us on the 3rd and 4th of July!

Thursday, June 30, 2011


This is the ad I just listed in the online classifieds of the local newspaper. Check it out!
"My husband wanted a new tool box to be with the "in" crowd at work. They were all spending more money than they were making. Their toolboxes were new and shiny, overflowing with all the latest and greatest tools.

It would have been one thing if he wanted a Craftsman toolbox, or even a moderate SnapOn toolbox. Or if he had so many tools that they would no longer fit in the toolbox he had, but none of these things were the case. His toolbox was just fine. The only thing that was "wrong" with it was that is didn't say "SnapOn" on the front of it.

After months and months of his abhorrent begging I thought he finally got the hint that we couldn't afford it and that his job was supposed to be making us money, not costing us.

One day as I was cleaning out our car I found a stack of invoices. Had they simply been receipts I would have tossed them away without a second thought. But they were invoices, so I looked at them and to my great horror I saw that they were from SnapOn Credit. I scanned them briefly and as I had feared, they were for a toolbox. And not just a toolbox, but lots of tools and toolbox upgrades to go with it. The total bill was $7500 with a 36.29% interest rate!

I called my husband on the spot and flung more profanities at him than I even realized I knew. I fumed all day long, just waiting for him to get home from work so I could lay into him again.

Fortunately for him, by the time he got home I had calmed down from exploding volcano to seething and sizzling volcano. To make a long story a little shorter, my husband lived and we even kept the toolbox. It was a bitter compromise, but it worked for the time being.

Fast forward three years to the present day. My darling husband no longer works as a mechanic and so I get my revenge. The toolbox must go. We are keeping the tools, as they still come in handy with our own vehicles. But the toolbox in unnecessary. A smaller, less expensive one will be more than adequate.

Please call with reasonable offers. This is what is included in this sale. Thank you for your time and interest.

KRA series model 2411
It also has:

Armor Edge coated Steel top
Creeper Hanger

Serious offers only please.

p.s. I do have my husband's permission to sell this, as much as it breaks his heart.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Designing my Dream Home

My house project is getting closer to the starting line.  The repairs have been categorized and priced.  I picked my colors, planned the layout of my kitchen and bathroom and I have bids in from general contractors and sub contractors.  I am getting really excited.

The main color in the house is going to be Homestead Resort Tea Room Cream (which is a lot more yellow and less pink than on the monitor).  The kitchen is going to be Homestead Resort Olive (which is actually a green and not grey).  The bathroom is going to be Tranquil Bay (which is actually a light blue-green and also not grey).  The girls room will be Purple Hills (which is surprisingly close to actual color). The boys room will be La Fonda Sombrero (which is more orange and less pink).  The master bedroom is staying Homestead Resort Tea Room Cream for now and later I will add some artistic detailing. 

Total cost is looking like $12,000-$14,000 which is perfect!  I have a few more contractors looking at the house today and I hope that they give me some god estimates, and quick.  I am hoping to have them in to the lender by Thursday before I leave to Kansas for a week to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have some fun 4th of July fireworks!  I will also get to meet quite a few people I used to play World of Warcraft with for five years. 

I will check in with you all later. 


Monday, June 20, 2011


I apologize for the lack of posts this weekend.  When my husband is home I tend to steer clear of the computer so I can spend time with him.  Father's Day was fun and the weekend all together was great.

My husband and I put an offer on a house and we found out this morning that the offer has been accepted.  We are extremely excited and I can't wait until we officially have the house.  It has five bedrooms and two bathrooms.  It sits on a half-acre lot with an enormous willow tree in the backyard, the kind you could imagine fairies living in, creating their magic.  I have named this beautiful tree.  Her name is Sailee, which is Gaelic for "willow tree."  It is a beautiful name and fits the tree wonderfully.

This yard is perfect.  The half-acre gives me plenty of room to have the garden of my dreams.  A vegetable garden and an herb garden.  I could even have a chicken coop so I could have my own eggs, fresh everyday.  We will be closing on the house within a few days of my two eldest children's birthdays and so we are going to buy them a play set for their gifts.  The neighbor's houses and yards are all immaculate.  The home to the right even have a gazebo in the yard and the home on the left has a beautiful deck.  In fact, all of the homes in the neighborhood would make any homeowner proud.

The home we are buying, however, isn't in such great shape.  Right now, you would probably go walk through it and think we were crazy, just insane for buying this house.  It is one of those homes that when you read the description on the MLS listing it reads something like this.  "Lots of potential!  Needs some TLC.  A fixer-upper! Handy-man special!"  But the location and price are well worth putting some work into it to make it our own.  We are looking at a project about the size of this one.

We are up for the challenge!  I can't wait to get started.  I get to design my own kitchen and bathrooms.  I get to pick out the flooring, wall textures, colors, window, doors and make the house into my home.  When the project starts I will post pictures and keep you updated on the progress.


Thursday, June 16, 2011


Dealing with sick children will always be a challenge, no matter how experienced we are at it.  Every time my children get sick I find myself searching for where it originated, how did they get this ailment.  Interestingly enough I very rarely can come to a definite conclusion and most of the time I can't even figure a possibility of the source.

It is that way right now.  Both of my boys have a stomach ailment, the likes of which I have not experienced or seen before.  They have their episodes in the bedtime hours then they are cheery and healthy during the day.  After nearly two weeks of this pattern on and off, I took them into the pediatrician, hoping she would be able to shed some light on the matter.

I only take my children to the pediatrician if their sickness is something I feel like I cannot handle and overcome without the help of the physician.  However, sometimes I wonder if they really have anything to offer me that I don't already know myself.  My children's doctor told us they don't know what is wrong with my boys, their health seems just fine at the moment.  I could have told them that!  This is the reason we went to the doctors office, because they were just fine during the day, and even on some evenings, it seems to be an evening illness.  The only comfort I received from the visit was that they offered to do some lab work to find out what is wrong with my boys.

Collecting the specimen they needed for the lab wasn't easy and I hope to never have to go through that again, but it is done and in the labs hands now.  I called the pediatrician to let them know that lab had what they needed and to let me know when they have the results in.  The receptionist told me with a smile in her voice that the labs will take up to five days to culture before they will have results.  Five days! This has already gone on for over two weeks! I do not want to just wait for five more days while my children continue to be ill without any action on my part.

This is why I am going to try and fix the problem on my own.  I have done some research on herbs and have found the ones that are known to help with the digestive track.  I will purchase these oils and apply them topically to my boys with a carrier oil.  I may not know the specifics of what ails them, but I can treat the areas, just as many have done before in times before pharmaceutical companies.  That and a priesthood blessing from my wonderful husband.  I will then be able to say, "Lord I have done all that I can, it is in your hands now."