Friday, October 7, 2022

 The day God taught me about mercy, grace and love.

Backstory: Rob and Lexi had their baby Porter on Sunday night Oct. 2nd.
He was having trouble with his breathing so they took him to the Dr. on Monday the 3rd and he was taken to Utah Valley hospital and has been there ever since. 

Thursday Oct. 6th.
We had a late night trying to get the kids to bed and just the stress of the week, so we slept in. We were in the kitchen getting ready to make breakfast but we needed a few things so Emily went to the store. We get a text from Rob asking if someone can bring the kids up to the hospital so that they can spend some time with them.  I tell Chris that I don't know if I'm going to be able to do that, the boys have a game at 3:30 and I have to make cheese chowder for the football dinner afterwards. Em gets home from the store and we start frantically making the chowder. I tell her to go to the hospital and I'll finish the chowder. She says that she'll make the chowder and that I should go because I haven't been able to make it up there yet and she has. It seems like the best solution because her boys can't go in anyway. 
It's 1:30 and I leave to take the kids to the hospital and I stop and get Costa for them.  I get into the hospital at about 2:15. Em sends me a video saying that the chowder is thick but that she thinks she burnt it too. Lexi says she's going to take me back to see Porter. Livia gets upset and wants to come, Lexi reassures her that we will only be a few minutes. We head to the NICU. It's probably about 3:00. She tells me not to bring anything with me because if I do, I have to sanitize it.  I was my hands and nails and we go in. Lexi picks up Porter and hugs on him for a few minutes and then hands him to me. A nurse comes over and just starts saying all these things, "he's not eating well, he's not sleeping well, he's over stimulated..." on and on...for at least 5 minutes. Lexi is agreeing with her and I'm just sitting there looking at Porter. She looks over at me and says wow, he's doing really good right now. Do you think Grandma could sit here and hold him for an hour or so? He needs really good sleep. I look at Lexi and I'm like, of course, I will do anything for this baby. I look at the clock. It's 3:20. I think to myself. I've got time. They will figure out the soup.  They've got me.  I'll be done at like 4:30 and can get the soup to the school by 5:45 easy. If not, they've got me, they will get it there.
So I sit very still for the next hour and a half to give this baby some good sleep. My arm is completely numb.  A nurse comes over and puts my feet up and that helps a little. 
At 4:45 the nurse comes back to take Porter from me. She thanks me and says that he hasn't sleep that sound since he's been here. I get the kids and head home. I see that I have a message from Em and I call Chris. I am in a bit of a panic, they haven't done anything about the soup.  Em doesn't like cheese chowder so she doesn't really know what it's suppose to taste like. Chris says it tastes "smokey. "I ask Chris to go to Costco and get some chicken noodle soup. He doesn't want to, but he does.  Driving home I am getting frustrated. I am thinking, they can't tell if soup is burnt? They didn't get more soup? What? Can't they do anything without me?  I get home and I realize Em is mad at me. Chris gets back from Costco and is also mad at me. It's 5:50 and I'm suppose to have soup at the school already.  I am ticked, they are ticked. I pour the soup into the pan and I am thinking, this is getting us no where. I turn to Chris and I say, "I'm sorry." He says "what"? I muster the courage and humility to say it again, "I'm sorry." He says, "Thanks" and in that very moment I realize that he doesn't feel the need to apologize. He thinks this IS my fault and that I am in the wrong.  I take a breath and realize we see this completely different. I am not even mad anymore.  What a moment. I don't try to explain myself or anything. I walk to Em and I apologize to her as well. She doesn't say anything.  I get the soup and go to the school. I am thinking about the situation the whole way there and the whole way home. My perspective and their perspective. They are completely different. Completely.  I am astounded at the difference in our ideas of what is going on. They didn't sign up to make the soup. They didn't know where to take the soup or when to take the soup for that matter.  I am in awe at the lesson I am in the middle of learning. Mercy. I need to extend mercy. and grace and love. They didn't do anything wrong. They were only trying to help me. But I didn't see it that way at first. I was just mad that they didn't get the soup situation worked out without me. I sit in the truck and just cry and cry. I am so sad that I was ever mad. I decide to open my scriptures...pray to talk to God. Read your scriptures to have God talk to you. I opened it to 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.  Charity. Thank you God! Thank you for teaching me. 
I walk into the house and it's obvious that I've been crying. Em walks over and starts crying too and says she is sorry and she was trying to help, she didn't know how to make the soup and she didn't mean to burn it. I say, I \know, I am sorry. I don't care about the soup. We are good. We both talk about our perspectives and we work through it.  
I have learned that people really just want to be heard. I don't need to explain my side of things. I just need to extend mercy and grace and love.(Charity) It doesn't even really matter how I feel about it. I just need to make sure the other person knows that I love them and that their feelings matter to me. 

I am just grateful for this lesson and what it has taught me. See people, understand people, if they are upset--it is because of the way they are seeing things. I don't need to explain my side of things. I just need to make sure they feel loved. That they feel heard. I offer grace and I offer mercy.  Christ is the ultimate gift giver.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

 The day God taught me about prayer and repentance.

Backstory: I was mingling in energy healing. I have gone to a chiropractor and I have done sessions in energy work.

For the past several years I have had this constant inner voice nagging me and bringing me down. I had a constant conversation in my head about everything that I do wrong. Everything that I say wrong. All my faults, my shortcomings. It was painful. I didn't know how to get rid of it. I would try to do things to feel happy and to have joy, but nothing worked I was always sad. I didn't understand how people could feel happy. There was so much commotion. My inner voice was mean and harsh and negative. 

I was talking with Lexi and we were talking about the dangers of energy healing and how people think they are getting rid of baggage and they are clearing out trauma. The problem is, you open up your soul to deceivers.  False spirits of light. You think you are getting rid of evil spirits but more come back that act like spirits of light but turn out to be worse than what you thought you got rid of. It is a very dark place.

We then talked about repentance. I didn't even think I had something to repent of. I didn't think I was doing anything necessarily wrong. 

I was wrong. 

I was trusting in the arm of flesh. I was not using the priesthood properly. I was looking to others for answers and for healing. 

I decided to pray.  I decided to repent. I decided to ask for forgiveness. In an instant. I was forgiven. In an instant that evil spirit left me and in an instant the negative voice in my head was gone. I haven't heard the nagging words since. It has been such a relief!!  I can't believe that all I had to do was ask for forgiveness and it was taken. I can't believe I brought all of this on myself.  But boy am I glad that it is over.

If things are not going the way you think they should. If you are having a nagging voice. Pray. Repent. 

We have a lot of things that we need to be repenting about that we are blaming other people for when in reality it is our own problem. Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the healer. He is always there, waiting for us to come to him and repent. He already paid the price for everything we are going through. He knows how to succor us. We just need to turn to Him and let Him.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

                                   To Answer the Ends of the Law
                                                       2 NEPHI 2:4-8
2 Nephi 2:4
And thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory; wherefore, thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh; for the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free.
God is the same. His laws don't change, His blessings and punishments don't change. We can look to the people in the Old Testament to see how punishments to the laws were fulfilled before Christ came and fulfilled the law. He is the reason we don't still stone adulterers and murderers.

2 Nephi 2:5
And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. And the law is given unto men. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off. Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever.

There is a lot of information in this scripture alone. 
1. We are instructed sufficiently that we know good from evil. 
2. We know good from evil.  We all have the Spirit of Christ, that we may to know good from evil. Moroni 7:16:
For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore,  I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

3. By the law no flesh is justified; or by the law men are cut off. 
We are held accountable for the things we do that are contrary to God's law. We know what He's laws are and we are accountable for them.
4. This is both a temporal and a spiritual withdrawal from God.

2 Nephi 2:6
Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.
Our only hope is in our Savior. He came and redeemed us from the law.

2 Nephi 2:7
Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.
He is it! He is the ONLY way. He offered Himself as the sacrifice that we needed.
We need to come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit to allow His sacrifice to work for us.  A broken heart and contrite spirit means that we are willing to do anything and everything that God asks us to do, without resistance and without resentment.
If we do not accept His sacrifice, then we are going to be required to suffer for our own sins. (Law of Moses-eye for an eye)

2 Nephi 2:8
Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.
God in His infinite love and mercy provided a way for us to return to Him. He sent His Son to earth to die for each of us.                                         

Friday, December 10, 2021

Who are God's covenant people?

This is according to my understanding.


As I have been studying my scriptures and also the works of Avraham Gileadi I have decided to put down what I have learned (or think I have learned) in writing. This is about who has the Covenant with the Father and when.


1 Nephi 13:42
And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.

 Christ shows Himself unto the Jews first. He enters into a covenant with them. They are His covenant people. They are His church.

 

2 Nephi 6:9
Nevertheless, the Lord has shown unto me that they should return again. And he also has shown unto me that the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, should manifest himself unto them in the flesh; and after he should manifest himself they should scourge him and crucify him, according to the words of the angel who spake it unto me.

 Christ showed himself unto the Jews in the flesh.

 

2 Nephi 25:12
But, behold, they shall have wars, and rumors of wars; and when the day cometh that the Only Begotten of the Father, yea, even the Father of heaven and of earth, shall manifest himself unto them in the flesh, behold, they will reject him, because of their iniquities, and the hardness of their hearts, and the stiffness of their necks.
 
Christ was rejected by the Jews. They reject the gospel. When they reject His covenant, they lose the blessings.  What do they lose? The land of their inheritance.

 

 1 Nephi 10:11
And it came to pass after my father had spoken these words he spake unto my brethren concerning the gospel which should be preached among the Jews, and also concerning the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief. And after they had slain the Messiah, who should come, and after he had been slain he should rise from the dead, and should make himself manifest, by the Holy Ghost, unto the Gentiles.

 

3 Nephi 15:23
And they understood me not that I said they shall hear my voice; and they understood me not that the Gentiles should not at any time hear my voice—that I should not manifest myself unto them save it were by the Holy Ghost.
 
The Lord showed Himself unto the Jews at His first coming (Lamanites, Jews, 10 tribes of Israel) but they rejected Him and brought upon themselves a curse. Then the Lord shows Himself to the Gentiles by the power of the Holy Ghost.

 

2 Nephi 9:2
That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the mouth of his holy prophets, even from the beginning down, from generation to generation, until the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise.
 
Now, the last shall be first..
The Lord will restore the Jews to the land of their inheritance and the covenants.
The Lord has made a covenant with the Gentiles.

 

1 Nephi 14:1
And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks-


2 Nephi 26:13
And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith.
 
The Lord manifests Himself unto the Gentiles and they are now able to receive the fulness of the Gospel. It is only because of the Jews rejection that the Gentiles are given this opportunity.


1 Nephi 10:12-14
Yea, even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles, and also concerning the house of Israel, that they should be compared like unto an olive tree, whose branches should be broken off and should be scattered upon all the face of the earth.
Wherefore, he said it must needs be that we should be led with one accord into the land of promise, unto the fulfilling of the word of the Lord, that we should be scattered upon all the face of the earth.
And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree, or the remnant of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer.

 For clarification: The Gentiles are us (most of us) and the House of Israel are the Jews, Lamanites and the 10 tribes of Israel.
We the Gentiles need the House of Israel to be scattered—for us to be ABLE to receive the fullness of the Gospel. After we have received the fullness, by the mingling of the lineages. The House of Israel will then again come to a knowledge of their Redeemer and return to their lands of promise.
Who brings the House of Israel back to the Gospel? The Gentiles. God in His infinite mercy and has found a way to REDEEM ALL of His Children.
We are lost without them and in turn they are lost without us.  We are all BROTHERS (and sisters). As the scriptures so testify. When the Lamanites preach among their wicked brethren the Nephites they call them brethren, and vice versa.


D&C 90:9
That through your administration they may receive the word, and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews.

 The Gentiles receive the first opportunity to accept the gospel. (because it was rejected by the Jews)


D&C 107:33-35, 97
The Twelve are a Traveling Presiding High Council, to officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Presidency of the Church, agreeable to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and secondly unto the Jews. The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve or the traveling high council, in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and then to the Jews—
The Twelve being sent out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.
And these seventy are to be traveling ministers, unto the Gentiles first and also unto the Jews.


D&C 133:8
Send forth the elders of my church unto the nations which are afar off; unto the islands of the sea; send forth unto foreign lands; call upon all nations, first upon the Gentiles, and then upon the Jews.
 
2 Nephi 6:14
And behold, according to the words of the prophet, the Messiah will set himself again the second time to recover them; wherefore, he will manifest himself unto them in power and great glory, unto the destruction of their enemies, when that day cometh when they shall believe in him; and none will he destroy that believe in him.

 These scriptures tell us the that Gentiles will apostatize and the gospel will then be accepted by the Jews. They will come to know the Lord their Redeemer.
None that believe on Him will be destroyed.
 

2 Nephi 3:5
Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch, unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.
 
The House of Israel is promised BY the Lord that He will remember them. And He will manifest Himself unto them in the Latter Days. The Righteous branch, a remnant of the Jews, (all those who believe on His name) will accept the gospel and bring forth Zion.


Jacob 6:2
And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people, is the day, yea, even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish, and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh.

This is the reversal between the Gentiles and the House of Israel. The first shall be last and the last shall be first.  The Lord’s word comes again, this time first to the Gentiles, they become apostate, and at the same time the Jews accept the gospel. There is a remnant of the Gentiles that takes the Gospel (servants of the Lord) to the Jews. (House of Israel: Jews, Lamanites and 10 tribes of Israel)


2 Nephi 25:17
And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men.

Christ’s word comes a second time to redeem His people (House of Israel) This is the marvelous work and wonder spoken of throughout the scriptures.


2 Nephi 29:1
But behold, there shall be many—at that day when I shall proceed to do a marvelous work among them, that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children of men, that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel;

More scriptural proof that the House of Israel is the Lord’s chosen people and that His word will come a second time to redeem them.


1 Nephi 13:42
And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.

Last first, first last. Jews first then the Gentiles; reversal in the latter days, the Gentiles first and then the Jews.


Ether 13:5-10
And he spake also concerning the house of Israel, and the Jerusalem from whence Lehi should come—after it should be destroyed it should be built up again, a holy city unto the Lord; wherefore, it could not be a new Jerusalem for it had been in a time of old; but it should be built up again, and become a holy city of the Lord; and it should be built unto the house of Israel—
And that a New Jerusalem should be built up upon this land, unto the remnant of the seed of Joseph, for which things there has been a type.
For as Joseph brought his father down into the land of Egypt, even so he died there; wherefore, the Lord brought a remnant of the seed of Joseph out of the land of Jerusalem, that he might be merciful unto the seed of Joseph that they should perish not, even as he was merciful unto the father of Joseph that he should perish not.
Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away.
And there shall be a new heaven and a new earth; and they shall be like unto the old save the old have passed away, and all things have become new.
And then cometh the New Jerusalem; and blessed are they who dwell therein, for it is they whose garments are white through the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who are numbered among the remnant of the seed of Joseph, who were of the house of Israel.

Everything in the scriptures is a type of things to come in the last days as well as a history of what has happened. New Jerusalem (Zion) will be built up, in the last days, by the House of Israel. (Jews, Lamanites 10 tribes of Israel)
Bringing a remnant of the House of Israel out of Jerusalem that they might not perish is a promise that the Lord made.
 

Ether 13:11
And then also cometh the Jerusalem of old; and the inhabitants thereof, blessed are they, for they have been washed in the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who were scattered and gathered in from the four quarters of the earth, and from the north countries, and are partakers of the fulfilling of the covenant which God made with their father, Abraham.

Jews scattered for rejecting the Lamb of God and His covenant with them. Then they are gathered in and remembered. Covenant is fulfilled.

 

Ether 13:12
And when these things come, bringeth to pass the scripture which saith, there are they who were first, who shall be last; and there are they who were last, who shall be first.


Ether 13:13
And I was about to write more, but I am forbidden; but great and marvelous were the prophecies of Ether; but they esteemed him as naught, and cast him out; and he hid himself in the cavity of a rock by day, and by night he went forth viewing the things which should come upon the people.

Ether prophesied about the great and marvelous work, but he was esteemed as naught, and was forbidden to expound.


Ether 12: 33-34
And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast loved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the world, that thou mightiest take it again to prepare a place for the children of men.
And now I know that this love which thou hast had for the children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father.
 
This is the whole reason for this work.
For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1:39)
God is filled with love, and merciful, and full of compassion. We do not understand His ways.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
The problem isn’t because of His understand of the things that are happening, it’s ours, it is our misunderstanding of things that are happening.


Ether 12:35
Wherefore, I know by this thing which thou hast said, that if the Gentiles have not charity, because of our weakness, that thou wilt prove them, and take their talent, yea, even that which they have received, and give unto them who shall have more abundantly.

 The Gentiles lose their talent (gift) given to them.


Matthew 21:43
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

The gospel is taken away from the Gentiles, because of their disregard for the word of God, and given to the House of Israel because of their righteous desires.

 

3 Nephi 20:12-14
And verily, verily, I say unto you, that when they shall be fulfilled then is the fulfilling of the covenant which the Father hath made unto his people, O house of Israel.
And then shall the remnants, which shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth, be gathered in from the east and from the west, and from the south and from the north; and they shall be brought to the knowledge of the Lord their God, who hath redeemed them.
And the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you this land, for your inheritance.

The Father made a covenant with the House of Israel and He will fulfill this covenant with them. When the Jews are brought to the knowledge of the Lord, they accept Him. They’re covenant is restored and they receive the land of their inheritance.


3 Nephi 20:29-33
And I will remember the covenant which I have made with my people; and I have covenanted with them that I would gather them together in mine own due time, that I would give unto them again the land of their fathers for their inheritance, which is the land of Jerusalem, which is the promised land unto them forever, saith the Father.
And it shall come to pass that the time cometh, when the fulness of my gospel shall be preached unto them; And they shall believe in me, that I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and shall pray unto the Father in my name. Then shall their watchmen lift up their voice, and with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye. Then will the Father gather them together again, and give unto them Jerusalem for the land of their inheritance.

Saith the Father” means that is written. (law-covenant) “Mine own due time” means in the Latter-Days, the end of times.


3 Nephi 21:26-28
And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day, even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people. Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people, yea, even the tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.
Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father in my name.
Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance.
 
Here again we see the mercy of God, He prepares a way for those to hear his words and enter into the covenant His has made. When the Book of Mormon is brought to pass, the work has begun.

 



Friday, February 1, 2019

I was in darkness, this is what helped pull me out.


First of all, I am very apprehensive to share my experiences with anyone and everyone who stumbles upon my blog, but I feel like it might help someone so it's worth it to me.

Aug. 26th 2018 is one of the worst days of my life.  (I know I've said that before, the first time Millie had a seizure, and the day my dad died are the other 2 worst days. I think I can have multiple worst days.)

The trauma of that day replays over and over and over and over...you get the point. 

Watching my daughter collapse as she realizes that her husband's body is under a white tarp next to his bike, her worst nightmare come true. Watching her whole body shake  as she tries to understand what has just happened.

But that is another post for another day...I still can't go there.

Here's what finally helped me climb out of where I've been.

We had a special Stake Conference and Sis. Debbie Christensen spoke to us. She referenced a talk given by Elder Lawrence Corbridge, "The Way"

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/the-way?lang=eng

Here are 3 quotes I've pulled from his talk the 3rd one being my favorite one:
1. “There is only one way to happiness and fulfillment. He is the Way. Every other way, any other way, whatever other way, is foolishness.”
2.  “Only God can bless us. Only He can sustain us. Only He can cause our hearts to beat and give us breath. Only He can preserve and protect us. Only He can give us strength to bear up the burdens of life. Only He can give us power, knowledge, peace, and joy. Only He can forgive our sins. Only He can heal us. Only He can change us and forge a godly soul. Only He can bring us back into His presence. And He will do all of that and much more if we but remember Him to keep His commandments. What then shall we do? We will remember Him to keep His commandments. It is the only intelligent thing to do.”
3.  “The Lord’s way is not hard. Life is hard, not the gospel. “There is an opposition in all things,” everywhere, for everyone. Life is hard for all of us, but life is also simple. We have only two choices. We can either follow the Lord and be endowed with His power and have peace, light, strength, knowledge, confidence, love, and joy, or we can go some other way, any other way, whatever other way, and go it alone—without His support, without His power, without guidance, in darkness, turmoil, doubt, grief, and despair. And I ask, which way is easier?”

I knew I wanted the Lord's way. I wanted to be endowed with His power and have peace, light, strength, knowledge, confidence, love, and joy.

Then President Nelson spoke at the Christmas devotional:
https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/christmas-devotional/2018/12/four-gifts-that-jesus-christ-offers-to-you?lang=eng

“Tonight let us consider together the blessings that come to us as we focus on the life, mission, doctrine, and Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. I invite you, as King Benjamin did for Saints in his day, to “consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.” That blessing is for us here and now, but added to it is the eventual promise of “never-ending happiness.” Simply stated, true followers of Jesus Christ have the privilege of experiencing unspeakable joy forever.”
“I invite you to consider your own desires. What are your deepest desires? What do you really want to experience and accomplish in this life? Do you really want to become more and more like Jesus Christ? Do you really want to live with Heavenly Father and with your family forever and live as He lives?”
The four gifts:  READ ALL OF THESE-SO POWERFUL!!
1. Love
2. Forgiveness
3. Repentance
4. Eternal life

The whole talk is good though.

The 3rd experience came to me in the temple.
I was reading in Helaman chapter 5:28
And it came to pass that they were overshadowed with a cloud of darkness, and an awful solemn fear came upon them.
I felt like that scripture was describing me. I was overshadowed with a cloud of darkness and I had so much fear. Constantly.
I decided to keep reading because there had to be an answer to this darkness.
Verse 40: The question
And it came to pass that the Lamanites said unto him: What shall we do, that this cloud of darkness may be removed from overshadowing us?
VERSE 41: The ANSWER
And Aminadab said unto them: You must repent, and cry unto the voice, even until ye shall have faith in Christ, who was taught unto you by Alma, and Amulek, and Zeezrom; and when ye shall do this, the cloud of darkness shall be removed from overshadowing you.

Repent and have faith in Christ.
Those answers seem so simple.
But it worked for me.

I know it can work for you.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day Dad

Happy Father's Day!

Today marks a new type of Father's Day for me. This is the first one that I celebrate my dad not here on this earth.  It's different, but it's also the same. I still have great lessons that I think about. I still love him. I just can't give him a hug and tell him so.
   My dad was really good at deep doctrinal conversations. We would often be found on my parents bed in a discussion. There were many. My parents were (mom still is) very good at holding FHE every week. I think that is one of the things I miss the most, I could always count of my dad to want to talk to me about the gospel.
When I was in high school I have a very distinct memory of going into his office and talking to him. I would sit on the floor while he was working on his computer and I would just talk to him. This particular time I had taken a notebook full of scriptures that I had read, and marked and asked him to help me organize them. Little did I know that he would take on this project and give me a book of my scriptures-beyond my expectations. He not only organized them for me, but he even indexed them and then printed the 75 pages. Paper was an important resource and you didn't just take paper from his office.
My dad talked a lot about unconditional love and about trust. He said no one can "earn your trust."  Trust is just given. It wasn't about the other person-at all. If someone does something that breaks your trust it's because of your own beliefs, it's your own expectations. I didn't really understand what he meant. I am beginning to understand his words. I can't live by someone else's "rules" there is no way I could ever know all of their expectations and their beliefs. I can only live by my beliefs and my expectations. I know those. I trust my husband. It's not because he is not going to do things that I don't like-or fall short of  meeting my expectations. But that's just it-those are my beliefs and my expectations. It goes right along with unconditional love. I love him-unconditionally.  Will we have problems? Yes. will we get through them? Most definitely yes.
My dad also treated people the way he felt they should be treated. He was kind to others regardless of how they treated him. He said he was the one in charge of his emotions. No one could make him mad, or sad. He got to choose how he would react. I didn't understand this one very well either. I am beginning to though. I can be happy and choose positive things, no matter what is happening.
My dad cherished my mom. I never heard him say anything bad about her and would sing her praises any chance he had. I know his desire is to be with her again, just as much as my mom wishes to be with him.
My dad has an unwavering testimony of Jesus Christ. He is His personal Savior and he bore testimony of him often. He knows the Gospel is true and would tell me so.
I don't know how many times I went to my dad in tears. I am a crier-so it was probably a million. He made me feel like he wanted me to come to him. He would listen and counsel with me. I felt love from him. He would tell me he was proud of me, he would tell me I was strong, he would tell me that I was on the right track and I was doing the right things. He was a huge support and comfort to me.  I am grateful for his kind manner, his calm energy. He has always been my rock, my compass and my anchor.
The last lesson I was able to learn from my dad was the one he gave me the day before he passed away. I was able to spend about an hour alone with him. He talked to me about our family and how they were his biggest blessing. He told me how much he loved everyone. He told me not to forget to stop and smell the roses. Then he grabbed my hand, after squeezing it and giving a chuckle he said, "I know you do." He was very contemplative that day.  He couldn't say enough about the family. He wanted it known that he loved his family, that he cherished his relationships and that he loved us all.
When I left that evening-he took my hand again and he didn't let go until I leaned in and kissed his forehead. I am so grateful for him for that. I have no regrets because of his awareness. I hugged him, I kissed him, I told him that I love him. But even more than that-he loves me. He loves all of his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. I know because he told me himself, he is also proud of them all.  Again, I know that because he told me that over and over and over.

These past few months have been hard for me. I have missed him everyday. I want to keep his lessons in my memory.



Monday, September 12, 2016

The day my dad died.

Sept. 2nd.
It started Tues. Aug. 23rd.
He woke up and had a pain, it went from his the left side of his heart, to his right leg. Chris was on the phone talking to him and my dad said he couldn't talk anymore. Chris said we should go check on him. By the time we got to the house, my mom had already taken him to the Emergency Room. We went to the Hospital and found my mom in the parking lot. She had been trying to call me. (5times starting at 8:14)We went in and saw dad. He was feeling pretty good because he was on Morphine. We didn't think much of it and Chris went to work. I had to go get my phone and charger because my mom's phone wasn't working. I put the message on facebook for my family and within 3 minutes my brother Jared called. I was telling him what the Dr. was saying and finally I gave the phone to the Dr. and let him talk to Jared. I knew things were bad when Jared said he was coming immediately.
They decided to send him to Utah Valley so that  he would be close to his Dr.  They told us that he had a dissected aneurysm and that it went through his previous stent in his abdomen. Mom wanted him to have a blessing before they transferred him to Provo. The paramedic that was moving him gave my mom a very strange look. Joe Prior came and gave him a blessing.
Linette needed a car so mom and I decided that we would both drive to meet Linette and then I would drive her to the rest of the way to the hospital. When I saw Linette, I totally and completely lost it. I started crying and telling her that it was really bad.
We get to the hospital (about 10:00) and the ambulance is unloading dad. So I let mom out and go park the car. I have to find out where mom is, and someone helps me. We get to their room and there are a lot of Drs. and nurses buzzing around. They don't leave him. There is one sitting and monitoring him the whole time. We later find out that this nurses name is Mindy and she becomes a good friend to mom. I am trying to update the family and comfort mom. She goes in and out of waves of sadness. Dad is getting medicine to lower his blood pressure. They are really worried that he will bleed out. His renal artery is also affected and it is causing problems for his kidney as well.  They were also checking his legs a lot to see if he still has feeling in his toes...I later find out that they are worried about paralysis. They get his PICC line in and ART line after a bit of trouble. It's about 12:00 and he is finally resting. The Dr. comes in at about 12:30 and explains all the problems dad is having right now. It is so much to take in and I don't know what much of it means. I wish Jared was there already.
I tease my mom about being in her house dress. I tell her that she is going to be so embarrassed later when she remembers how she looks. Jared gets to the hospital and I am so happy to see him. I know things are not good because he came so fast, but I am grateful for his company and knowledge. My dad is going to have surgery on Thurs. He needs a stent on his thoracic aorta. We are kind of freaking out a little bit. My dad starts throwing up and he is cold. :(  Linette gets to the hospital and I decide to go home and see my children. (About 4:15pm) Dad gets more visitors that night and he is awake and eating ice chips. My mom heads home at about 10.

Wed. Aug. 24th Two of my sisters are coming into town and so is another brother. The Drs. do another CT scan on my dad and there isn't much change. A lot of medical terms and decisions. He is very swollen because they are pumping lots of fluids into him. I am trying to get numbers and messages out for mom and I am also trying to keep his siblings updated. Marlin gives dad a blessing for his upcoming surgery.  I head home to get my kids so they can see Grandpa before he has surgery. I have a very sweet experience with Christopher. I am looking for clean clothes for Andrew and I open the door to the boys room. I find Christopher kneeling at his bed. I tell him sorry and start to shut the door. He sits up, puts his face into his pillow and starts to cry. On the way to the hospital he says that Grandpa is going to be ok. I ask him how he knows and he says, "I don't know, but I'm not sad." I love that so much. It brought me so much comfort and his sweet, simple expression amazed me.
He had lots of visitors again. He really appreciated that.
Thurs. Aug 25th.  He had surgery in the morning. I got to the hospital at about 9:00. No one was there yet. I called my mom and they were on their way. My dad's surgery started at about 8:30. He was done at about 10:30.  It took him a long time to recover. He hated his breathing tube and wanted it out. We didn't even get to see him until about 2. He was so stressed out.  He was trying to talk to us but we couldn't figure out what he wanted to tell us. We kept trying to reassure him that we would take care of whatever the problem was. He would write on paper, but it was chicken scratch. We finally decided that he didn't like his breathing tube, and that there was a problem with at work. My mom called his boss Randall. We went back into his room and this time he was much more clear. He was really struggling on the breathing tube and if we didn't take it out he would die. He was so upset. He was writing in all caps and very big and clear this time. He said, "Believe Me!"  I went out of his room to get Marlin and Jared. They were able to get the Dr to agree to take the tube out. My dad improved after that. He was still swollen from all the fluid and was pretty miserable that day.
Thursday, Sept. 1st   Was a really good day for my dad. I got to spend some time with him all by myself. I got there at about 2:30 and no one was there. I sat with him and talked with him. He looked so good and was so calm and peaceful.  He talked a lot about how great his life is and that he was happy. His eyes were so clear and blue. He was just peaceful. He said it was his best day yet since being in the hospital. He told me to be sure to take the time to smell the roses on my way throughout this life. I told him that I fed calves that morning. He laughed, and said well that sure is taking time to smell the roses.  He would look off and contemplate a lot. I kept asking him what he was thinking about, but he never did tell me. I can only describe him as peaceful. Mom, Danette and Chris got there. He was talking about how much he loves his family. He said that his family was his greatest blessing. He talked about how all of his children are happy and married in the temple. He said that we have our problems, but nothing really big and that all of his grandkids were doing so well. He  was very grateful for that and for the love that he felt from everyone. He said from those near and far. He would cry every time he mentioned all the love and support he was feeling. Not just at this time, but he mentioned it several times throughout his hospital stay.  Chris and I had ward temple night at 6:30 so we had to go. I squeezed my dad's hand and told him that I loved him and we left.
At the temple, I just couldn't stop the tears. They would just fall from my eyes every now and then. When I got to the end of the ceremony and as I stepped into the Celestial room I was bawling uncontrollably. I was so embarrassed. Chris found a corner for us to "hid" in and members of our ward kept coming and hugging me. I was just crying and crying. I felt like I knew that my dad wasn't going to make it. I didn't want to say it out loud and I didn't want to be negative about it, but I feel like sitting through that session was a witness to me that he wouldn't. We were heading home when my mom called and said that they were going to give dad a blessing before his surgery in the morning. And that they  would just ask a nurse to help Kelly give it. I told Chris that I wanted to go and that I wanted them to wait for us. We got there and he was given a blessing. He mentioned his family again. As we were leaving I squeezed his hand again and tried to leave. He held onto my hand and pulled me in for a hug.  I kissed his forehead and told him that I love him. He told me he loved me too. I wanted to say, See you tomorrow, but I couldn't and squeezed his hand again. We left ICU and were standing in the hall saying our goodbyes to each other and I said, we didn't get a picture of grandpa tonight to put on facebook for all the grandkids. I have to get a picture. I didn't have my phone so I used Chris'. I went back into his room and the nurses were already getting him comfortable for the night. I said dad, I need to get a picture of  you to send out tonight. He smiled and immediately took off his oxygen mask and his monitor off his finger and got ready for his picture. I also found out that the Dr was more worried about getting him to Friday to perform the surgery than the surgery itself.
Friday, Sept. 2nd   He was to have another surgery to repair the stent in his  stomach. His surgery was scheduled from about 8:30-12:30. I was at the store when I got the message that there were complications.  Brianne drove me to the hospital. I got there and found mom and everyone else waiting in a conference room. She said  the Dr. said it didn't look good. It was a hard time for all of us. Chris got there as well. The Dr. came in at about 12:00 and said things were not going well. That he wasn't going to make it. They were still doing CPR and my mom told them to stop. The Dr was teary. My mom hugged him and told him she knows he did all he could and left. We all just sat there, and then cried. My mom was sitting and crying and then screamed out, "He's gone, oh, he's gone." and then cried again.  Then she asked us to sing, I Stand All amazed."  We started calling family and telling them that he had passed away. We didn't ever get a final word, but we all knew. After a time, we called to find out what was going on and we were able to go see him. That was hard. really hard. There was a tinge of hope until then, hope of a miracle. Mom hugged him. We all told him goodbye. There were a lot of people that came to the hospital. Kage, Dustin and Kalli and Clara. Anne Marie and Briche, Andrea and JoJean, Maddi and Brock.
Emily was on her way and got the news while she was driving. :( Chris went home to tell the kids face to face. He came back, Brianne and Derrick were there. Em and Ty were there later.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Update on Camille

Camille has had a total of 5 seizures. The last one she had was yesterday.
 It's very difficult to explain what is going on around here now...we are all on edge...all the time. We are always watching her and if she makes a funny move, or pauses for a second we all jump and react. If she is resting on me and slouches just a little, I check on her, if her fingers flinch, I check on her. She can't go anywhere alone. She is rather sick of us watching her every move, but what other choice do we have? So far we have been able to catch her when she goes unconscious and we've been able to prevent injury.
Her seizures:
The first one was already blogged in great detail. Dec. 28th.
The second one was Feb. 12th. Chris and I were not home so the kids called us. They also called 911. We took her to the hospital, but ended up going home because she was back to normal before they could get us in. Sam witnessed her first one, she freaked a little at first. Then realized she was the oldest one home and had to go help.
The 3rd one was on Feb. 18th. We were at the church playing basketball. She started looking at the lights on the ceiling as if she had never seen them before and she was spinning around slowly. I was watching her, it was odd so I walked over to her to see what she was doing, but she was not there...she was already unconscious. I grabbed her and laid her down and she started convulsing. She was hitting her head on the ground so I cradled it in my arms. It always seems so long, but really it's about 30 seconds. Then she is unconscious without the convulsing for another 20 seconds. They have all been different from the first one in that she is breathing during her seizure and you can hear her. The first one she was choking and turning blue-gray. The boys ran out of the gym, scared and crying. She is really out of it when she comes around. We wait about 20 minutes and then we sit her up so she can breath better. After about an hour we move her and we get her home. She is still not 100% yet. We ask her a lot of questions, and try to figure out what she remembers last. We always ask her what her favorite color is...pink. She has a lot of her little absence seizures during this time. 1 every 3 to 4 minutes. Sometimes more. She also cries a lot when she first comes out of one and she moves her legs a lot and moans. She also puts her hands around her face, especially her mouth. She holds her lips funny and her tongue doesn't work very well. Then she complains about her stomach and she feels like she is going to puke, if we move her to fast, she does. When we get home, she sleeps for about 3 hours.
Her 4th one was on our Anniversary in Vegas. Again, Chris and I weren't there, (Chris hasn't had to see one yet) so the kids call us. (we were at a stupid timeshare meeting)  She was in the bathroom curling her hair, but Nico was watching her and he said she was looking at the lights again. He went out to tell the bigger girls and when they all came in she was slumped over the tub. Both hands were in the tub but she didn't hit her head which is a major blessing. Sam got her out of the tub and laid her on the ground. She does the same stuff...convulses, moans, moves her legs, cries, wants to puke. It's awful. It takes her about an hour to recover and she is very tired. It's hard to watch. It's hard to feel helpless.
The 5th one was yesterday, the 28th. She was getting ready to go to GG's house. Some of us were in the van already. She had gotten a strawberry, walked outside to the front step and started her slow spinning. I started screaming, "she's spinning." and Christopher and Lindsey took off running. I was parked way down the driveway. I yelled, "catch her." Lindsey gets to her right as she is starting to fall. We all get there and Lindsey is like, where do I put her. So she lays her on the ground and she starts convulsing. And making a really weird noise, the noise while convulsing...ugh   I am just so thankful that Lindsey got to her she was on the cement steps. I am also amazed that while she was spinning (it's very slow) she didn't step off the top step and fall. She has her seizure and we are trying to talk to her. We ask her what day it is and she says Tues. We tell her that it is Sunday and then ask her again. She says she knows, but can't think of it. We tell her again that it is Sunday. We ask her again and she can't tell us. It's awful. I cry every time. I tell Lindsey that I can't believe she made it to her in time. I am just so thankful. Lindsey says she doesn't know how she did it and that she doesn't feel winded. We decided that Grand-dad pushed her along. Nico starts crying and he says that he knows angels are watching over her every time she has a seizure. We decide it's Grand-dad again.  We turn her around so that her head is higher than the rest of her. We sit her up. After about 30 mins we bring her inside. She is so tired. She rests for another 30 mins. I ask her if she is ready to go to GG's for dinner. She says yes, but we shouldn't have moved her yet, she pukes in the car on the way over (I had a chip bag in the car thankfully) and then sleeps for about an hour at GG's house. The strawberry is still on the front step where she dropped it. :(
Nico, Christopher and Andrew are all in, I don't know, distress. They can't sleep at night, they cry about things, question things. Christopher has major anxiety right now. But my sweet Lindsey is struggling too. She is always by my side. She is quiet but observant. She is so quiet. She is really struggling in her own way. It was just her and I on the way home from GG's and we both just cried. We didn't talk, we didn't have to. I am surprised at how much this affects all of us.  I am always on edge. We all are.

Monday, December 28, 2015

WORST. DAY. EVER!!!!!

Today was the worst day I have ever had to this point in my life. I am not joking or exaggerating.
It started out like a pretty normal day, except that I yelled at my kids for not getting their chores done and sent them to their rooms for a little while. (guilt)
Then I went to the store, when I got home, hell visiting.
Christopher and Millie made hot pockets and were sitting at the table eating them watching Kid Snippets. I was at the computer, doing nothing really, I had just sat down.
All of a sudden Christopher cries out, "MILLIE!" in a tone that I have never heard him use before. I turn around and Millie is on the ground, I go to check on her and she is not breathing. I push her hair out of the way. She is blue and her lips are purple. I try to open her mouth but her jaw is clenched so tight that I can't get it open. I start screaming!! "Millie, Millie" I scream for Rob, I scream for someone to call 911. She starts a full on seizure. That lasts for about a minute. I turn her on her back, I am trying to do CPR, I know that isn't right, but I can't get her to move. I turn her on her tummy, I try to lift her to do the Heimlich. NOTHING!! I am still screaming "MILLIE MILLIE!" Lindsey calls 911, she runs downstairs to get Rob. I turn her on her back again. I start doing CPR  again, Christopher tells me I am not doing it hard enough. He starts doing it-like a scout.  He also tells me that we need to pick her up and throw her over the arm of the chair.  Nico is screaming, "Millie don't die, MILLIE DON'T DIE." Andrew is just running around crying. Nico says, I said a prayer. I point to my room and tell him to go back in there and say another one. He and Andrew run to my room. I turn back and take over for Christopher, I don't want him to think it is his fault if she doesn't make it. She is now turning a weird color-gray and yuck. I am thinking that we don't have much time left. My thoughts are, "I am losing a child today, I am losing a child today." Rob rushes through the door, garment bottoms on, putting on his top. He grabs her. I don't know exactly what he does, I am on the floor. I'm sure he does the Heimlich and then gets the rest of the food out of her mouth. I am just PRAYING and CRYING. I know I said, "Oh my gosh." about 100 times. Finally there is a slight noise out of her. We move her hair and she is now breathing.  I look up Lexi is on with 911 as well so they get off the phone with Lindsey. Lindsey calls Chris. I try to talk to him, but I can't. Rob talks to him. I start taking her rollerblades off her feet.  All the "littles" come upstairs with them. A police officer shows up, someone else shows up. I'm bawling, the kids are bawling. The next few seconds is a blur. Lindsey takes the "littles" downstairs. Lexi hands me the phone so she can go take care of her "littles". The ambulance crew finally walk in. They start working on her and asking all the questions.  I am so relieved to see them. Millie is awake and confused. Not really responding, but out of immediate danger. She is having a lot of mini seizures. We call them blank stares. She is having them about every minute. The paramedics ask me if I want to transport her to the hospital or if I want them to do it. I don't really answer, I am just sitting there. She is still seizing so they decide that they are going to take her.  I can't even believe this just happened. Millie finally starts crying. I ask her if she is scared, she shakes her head yes. I ask her if she remembers what she was doing, she said, "I just woke up."  She then said she had just made her bed. I said, no, you did that earlier. She doesn't remember any of it. Normal I know. They start to get her ready for transport and I ask if I can go with her. They said I could go in the front seat of the ambulance. Nah...no thanks. We are figuring out what to do. Rob and Lexi have to take the "littles" back to their Grandpa and Grandma's house. I need to go to the hospital. Chris is meeting us there. Lindsey stays behind with the boys. I start walking outside, I am watching the ambulance leave. I am like shocked...I don't know. I start walking out and Kyla is walking over. I see her and I start BAWLING!!! I run to her arms and can't really talk she asks me who they are taking, she saw Millie being loaded in the ambulance, but didn't know who it was. She asks me what happened. She offers to take me to the hospital. I say something.  Not really sure. I don't have my phone. I don't have my ID. I am just walking to her car, crying and trying to breath. The breathing is not working so well for me. We get to Audra's yard and she comes out too. She gives me a hug and asks what is going on. Kyla tells her. Audra tells me to breath, and that she will check on my kids at home. Kyla and I start driving. She is doing the driving also talking on the phone with Ty. I am just sitting there. NUMB. Shocked...I don't know how to describe it. She holds my hand. She tells me she loves me. I am so glad she is with me. I am so glad I am not alone. We are about halfway there and I finally say, "I don't think I could have driven myself." She starts to laugh, I think she realized that l o n g  before I did. We catch up to the ambulance. If you need to get somewhere fast, have Kyla take you, she is awesome. We get to the hospital. I just want to see Millie, I can not relax until I see her. She hasn't acted normal yet. I don't know if the seizure or her being unconscious has done any brain damage. I don't care, she didn't die, so I'll take her as she is, I just don't know what that is yet. We walk into the room and she is responsive. She is doing great. She even starts joking with her dad. Rob and Lexi come in, Bri and Em come in. Ty  and baby Bryden come in. I am so glad to see them all. The nurses are there. A youth advocate of some sort is there. The Dr. comes in and talks to us. He orders blood work.  The blood work is ordered and then we just wait. But it's ok, she is fine now. I am so glad to have everyone around. It is so comforting. I don't have my phone so I ask Lexi to call Grandma.
Camille starts to punk me now, she looks at me and starts to twitch her head. I grab her and say her name. She starts to laugh. I tell her it is too soon, but I am glad to see that she is her silly self.
The blood work comes back normal. They don't think she had a Grand Mal seizure they think it was related to the fall a concessionary seizure. We need to take her to a neurologist to be sure. And we can go home now. yeah!
It is so good to be home. The kids all hug Millie. We all cry some more. Sam is finally home. I didn't even have my phone to tell her, but she found out a little bit somehow. Morley's had brought over pizza and salad for the kids. Grandma came over to help with the kids. Lindsey said she was so glad when GG came, she was so worried and was glad she wasn't the oldest one home anymore. Sis. Clare sent a text to see what was going on, she saw the ambulance in our driveway too.
We can't go to bed. We are all exhausted but also so grateful to be together. We pile onto my bed and Chris says we should watch Star Wars. haha! It is so late now...like 10:30. We go into the front room and watch Star Wars together. Nico is still shocked, he isn't acting right. He already has a fear of death and this just multiplied it by 6!  I try to talk to him about it, I ask him if he is still nervous. He says yes. His eyes are holding pain and fright in them. I just hold him for a few minutes. He won't leave my side. Poor kid.
I am sure I'll add details to this as they come up, but it was the most horrific moment of my life. When we get home, Christopher tells Mille that they were watching the tablet together and Millie says, "Oh yeah." I asked Christopher what was going on before she fell and he is not real sure. He thought she was punking him until she was on the ground. I then asked him how long she was on the ground before he screamed her name, he said, like a second.

Another major part of this story is, Rob wasn't even supposed to be home, he was supposed to be at work. MIRACLE!







Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Photo shoot with Lindsey and Camille.


Samantha took photos with the girls today. So fun.