Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
- "What is a harlot?"
- "What are loins?"
- "Why do the children suck?"
- "Mine own? That doesn't make any sense!"
- Replacing "swear words" with alternate words: dang, heck, donkey.
- "It said AMEN at the end of the verse. Does that mean we don't have to say our prayers tonight?"
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
- Sometimes the very smallest player is the best one on the team.
- I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities.
- Beware, as long as you live, of judging people by appearances.
- Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
- AND my FAVE: You know what ASSUME stands for!!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I finally looked at my blog today and couldn't believe it's been a year since I posted anything. My, how time flies. YIKES! I am going to be better about posting SOMETHING at least once a week and you can all hold me to it!
If you have any GREAT blogging tips, please let me know what they are. I feel like a beginner all over again (a baby blogger). Here goes!
Monday, May 4, 2009
I still can't remember the details from our accident this many years later, maybe because it is too painful and traumatic for my mind and body to deal with. Randy has recounted the accident so many times to so many people that I can write from his memory. The following is "THE accident according to Randy".
We were coming home from a wonderful vacation to Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Grandma Spendlove's in Hurricane, Utah. We decided to come home a little bit early so we could get some things done before Randy had to go back to work.
We were driving through a ravine on a 2-lane highway and were almost to Toquerville, Utah. A small white car was coming towards us in the other lane and suddenly veered into our lane coming straight at us! There was nowhere for us to go, so Randy took his foot off the gas and we hit head-on. We were going 50 mph and the other vehicle was going 15-20 mph faster than us, so you can imagine the damage.
We were in our 1978 Ford Bronco (heavy-duty hunk of metal) and that little car pushed us up onto the guardrail, with a hefty drop-off below. The driver of the small, white car had fallen asleep at the wheel on his way home from SUU. It was only 5:00 in the afternoon.
Randy was able to get out of the Bronco. The girls were crying so hard and Randy was bleeding, with a gaping wound on his forehead. He grabbed a clean diaper and put it on his head to stop the blood flow. He was able to get Taylor out and went back for Alyssa, but someone told him to sit down and they took care of the kids for us. I could not move! Randy asked if I was okay and I said, "I think I broke my back." (I still don't remember ANY of this).The EMT people got to the scene and were able to get me out of the Bronco and into an ambulance. Taylor and Alyssa rode with me and Randy went in another ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
- Get 3 verts. of my back fused together - I would not have much mobility with this option.
- Be in a body cast which would bend my back backwards in the hospital for 6 weeks and at home for 6 weeks. This would give my back more mobility, but it was not certain that it would work and they might still have to do the surgery.
The next morning, the Dr. came in and said he had been thinking and came up with an option that he thought would work out the best. It was to fuse 2 of the verts. together and put a titanium rod in the 2 verts. above that. Then in 1 year, have surgery to remove the rod. He said it would give me the mobility I needed, but he wasn't sure it would work properly.
We were excited about this 3rd option and decided it would be the best.
I went in for surgery 8/29/99 at 11:00 am and came out of surgery about 5:00 pm. I was in the hospital a total of 11 days and had to re-learn basic movements after laying flat in bed for 8 days (my muscles had begun to atrophy).
We had a rough 3 months and lived at my mom's house so she could take care of Alyssa, who was then only 9 months old and Taylor, who was 3. Alyssa was a nursing baby at the time of the accident and had to be abruptly wiened. It was hard for me to hear her crying at night and know that I couldn't do anything to help her. I cried myself to sleep many nights listening to Alyssa cry.
It has been a rough road, but we have come so far! I know that Heavenly Father watches out for us and loves us very much.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
- Family and friends who love and support our family, no matter what
- Our beautiful home
- The smell of rain
- Homemade chocolate chip cookies
- The Savior and His Atonement
- Robins just outside our window
- Green grass
- Heavenly Father's love for us
It has been wonderful to ponder these things that we are grateful for. It brightens the day and lightens the load we sometimes feel we are destined to carry.
I was having a really bad day last Saturday and I had three dear friends stop by at different moments of the day to visit me! It is amazing to me how, through the bonds of friendship and love, we can touch each others lives and reach out to help each other at just the perfect time!
I am grateful!