We packed the day before, AND we ate breakfast in the car,
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
We packed the day before, AND we ate breakfast in the car,
This time we not only get to see the McKs and Grant,
but Karen and Tyler and Richie are driving from Logan
to meet us there in Portland.
We can hardly get there fast enough!
A big thank you to our house tenders!
We have the best, but too bad they don't have Alex to keep them company.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Lizzy and Matt would be at our cabin door waiting for Brock.
Also, Matt Ward (above pictured with Brock) was in a very serious roll over
car accident 9 days ago, along with his wife and 3 children.
Here's a quote from Matt's wife Aimee for those who haven't seen it on Facebook:
"I just want to take a moment and thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. It has been felt every step of the way. My family was in a serious car accident in Reno, NV last Friday. Thankfully, we all made it ok. My eldest, Emma, did break a vertebrae in 2 places, but (thankfully) did not require surgery. She is in a brace and doing very well. I suffered a compound fracture in my right arm, a fracture in my right hip, & 4 fractures in my neck. I had to have surgery on all of these things, and I have felt your prayers and support carry me. We have blessed without measure! We have left the wonderful hospital in Reno that has been carrying for me and we are transporting me to a Rehab hospital in Fresno! I will be able to be close to the ones I love as I get stronger. I am so grateful for my Savior. He has truly carried me. Thank you all for helping to hold me up, too. "
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thank you very much for all of your prayers.
We appreciate them more than we can express.
Early Saturday morning my Dad arrived by ambulance to Clovis Hospital.
After spending all day in their ER,
he was transferred by ambulance to Fresno Hospital so a neurosurgeon could look at him.
Neurosurgeon says he is not a good candidate for surgery
so by ambulance he is sent back to Clovis Hospital.
Tuesday he was then sent by ambulance to San Joaquin Rehab Center.
Thursday morning he was sent back by ambulance to Clovis Hospital where he spent over 12 hours in their ER.
Last night he was sent back to Fresno Hospital by ambulance for yet another neurosurgeon to see him.
He and Susan spent over 12 hours (and counting!) in their ER waiting to be admitted.
So that's where he is now, and we still don't know what they are going to do about his fractured back.
It's been a nightmare.
Could there be a harder week of my Dad's life? I don't think so.
Susan has been our angel. She dearly loves him, and won't hardly leave his side.
Update at noon: They are prepping Dad for surgery.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
because these are the works nobody will do.
It is never too small.
We are so small we look at things in a small way.
But God almighty sees everything great.
Therefore, if you just go and sit and listen,
go visit somebody, or bring somebody a flower
–small things, wash clothes for somebody,
or clean the house, very humble work.
That is where you and I must be.
For there are many people who can do big things.
But there are very few who will do the small things.”
This quote reminds me of my mother.
On a bit of a different note,
Look how a woman did
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
It's a jar is filled with little shampoos, lotions, etc that we bring home from hotel visits.
or we will suddenly be having lots of accidents.
I had never thought of using those little pull out drawers in a closet.
They are little wonders to me now!
I found them at Target. Of course.
So yes, if you haven't done so yet, be sure and check out the blog I got this idea from.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Just as we arrived at my Dad's hospital room
this afternoon to pick him up (Susan was at a Dr appt of her own at the time),
the man in the bed next to him
whispered for me to come talk to him.
Not sure what to expect, I went behind his little curtain
and then he said to me in very hushed tones:
It was in the middle of the night
and he was singing just as loud as he could.
oh what is the name of it...something like
"Have I told you lately that I love you?"
I went back to my Dad's side of the room and began reading his discharge papers...
trying to make sure we had everything we needed before we took him home.
I asked Dad about his pain, etc and then he said to me:
"I was singing in the middle of the night."
"Huh? Why were you doing that?"
"Around 2 am I kept pushing the buzzer because I needed the nurse, but she never came.
So then I just began singing, "Have I told you lately that I love you?"
"You really did sing that Dad?"
"Yeah, and it worked. The nurse came right in!"
So mystery solved. My Dad was not delusional, and his roomie was not nuts.
My Dad may be 82, and couldn't get out of bed last night, but he's still as independent as ever.
He can come up with a solution for anything. He's been this way his entire life!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Susan left this comment on my previous post, but I wasn't sure who saw it, so here it is:
"Susan Reporting: All went well with the procedure. One fracture was large and the other tiny. Of course they cared most about the larger one. The bone cement was injected and will harden and he should be good as new. Dr. said it is not uncommon at all that this happened because of a sneeze. Richard is in good spirits and ate hardily afterwards. He appreciates all the calls and messages of care and concern for him. We can tell that prayers were answered. Thanks to everyone. Love, Susan "
4 weeks ago my Dad fractured his spine. But he didn't know what was causing his pain at the time.
He was finally diagnosed last Sunday but couldn't get an appt to get it fixed until the 17th.
The pain however got so bad that Susan called an ambulance this morning
and he is now at Clovis Community. The good news is, they will do the Vertebroplasty this afternoon.
He's run over 30 marathons and I've never even heard him complain about sore feet so I know he's tough.
And he reminded me again today of that. I think he was trying to comfort me!
We are praying this procedure will work, and he will be relieved of his suffering.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
First, we went to Redbox and actually checked The Artist out.
I set the timer.
and we watched the rest of the movie.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
"When Devin walked out of the airport he said it felt like he'd hardly been gone. Ha ha.
It's amazing how things work out. His flight at 12:45 had been overbooked and no one volunteered
to go on the later flight so they bumped Devin to the 4:45 flight.
For his inconvenience they gave him $1000! Also, he had been too nervous to eat in the morning,
but by then he was hungry and we went out to eat.
Then, his glasses which we ordered last week hadn't arrived yet in the morning,
but they got in later so we were able to pick up those on the way back to the airport at 3:30.
Then, after Devin left and I went out to the parking lot at the airport,
I was able to help a man jump start his car. So, it all turned out to be a blessing."
Monday, July 9, 2012
My favorite part of July 4th last week was our talent show.
I tried literally HOURS over the weekend to put together clips of it to show here
only to be told over and over again that my files were "corrupt." Whatever.
So this morning I tried just putting 2 acts together, and it worked!
First is granddaughter Rachel, age 5.
She was SO excited about this talent show that she practiced A LOT.
She made it up, all by herself!
Next is grandson, Jonas, age 3.
This was major serious for him.
(please ignore his nose.)
Don't go yet.
Take a look at what my son Brock put together to represent our 4th.
His creative talent never ceases to amaze us.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Keep in mind this was at the very end of our ten hour 4th of July party.
Brock and Erin had just left to put their girls to bed, and we cranked up the music for one last dance.
It was about 11 pm, and we were all rather loopy.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
We said our goodbyes to Den's "little girls", Kim and Kris, and their families....
(which is a tradition after our kids leave)
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
In Alpine, Utah. 3 miles from Richard and Wendy's house.
I'll tell you about our 3 day party here, later.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Our granddaughters,Kylie and Jessica, just got back Saturday night from EFY (Especially For Youth)....
so we interviewed them a little about it, with Amy in the middle.
AND....don't miss this one of Jessica singing at the EFY talent show.
I've listened to this so many times, I've lost count.
I can not get enough of her gorgeous VOICE.
Tomorrow Den's daughters Kim and Kris and their families all arrive. We will party hearty!
(My favorite way to party is to watch our kids party together. :)
Stay tuned for Austin's dancing video soon. He's one uninhibited boy/man on the dance floor!