Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Connor had his 6 month scoliosis check last week, and unfortunately the digression in his spine is a little more than what we had hoped for...ok a lot more. He has had an 18 percent increase in his curvature within the past 6 months. The normal for scoliosis patients is 10% in one year. Connor is going to be starting physical therapy and he is also going to have an MRI done for his back. The doctor wants to make sure that there is no other underlying cause for the rapid digression in Connor's scoliosis.
Please keep Connor in your prayers, while he is having to go through this ordeal.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
“Personal, sincere involvement in the scriptures produces faith, hope, and solutions to our daily challenges. Frequently reading, pondering, and applying the lessons of the scriptures, combined with prayer, become an irreplaceable part of gaining and sustaining a strong, vibrant testimony.”
Elder Donald L. Staheli, formerly of the Seventy, “Securing Our Testimonies,” Ensign, Nov. 2004, 39.
Jon was able to perform the ordination and my dad was able to be included in the circle. Connor was also present, since he will still be a deacon for two more months. The spirit was so strong there. It brought tears to my eyes. We now have three priesthood holders in our home. It is such a wonderful feeling. I hope that I can be the kind of mother to my sons that the Stripling Warriors mothers were to them.
I hope that Colin and Connor know how much I love them and am proud of the choices they have made this far in their lives to become worthy priesthood holders...and I look forward to seeing Colin passing the sacrament for the first time next week along side his brother. They are such good examples to their little brothers. I am very blessed to have them as part of our family.
I was trying to find a recent picture of Colin and stumbled across these, which were taken when we went to Tombstone this spring. I thought since after all the talking of Colin's good choices and example, these were a little humorous. I will post a picture soon of Colin in his new Sunday clothes he got for his birthday. :)
Sunday, August 9, 2009
So, this past week was the first week of our new adventure. I wish I had pictures to share but, I/m sure all you would see is complete chaos. I think this will be a good thing for our family, it will just take a few weeks until we get a good schedule down that is best for our family.
I am using the k12 curriculum. It is available in several states. K12 is considered a home-based charter school, so the state pays for the materials and even a computer. You also have a teacher assigned to your children, so that should you need help, they are there. One of the best things that I like about it, is that since it is considered "public" school at home, Connor does not lose his special education services. That was a big hold up for me in deciding to take him out if school...he has wanted to be homeschooled for years and now I have found a way that he can without messing up his IEP.
The kids can also work at their own pace. They move move forward as fast as they want or take a little time on something and not feel so rushed. Whenever, they complete a subject early, the school will send next years materials and they can get started early.
Other than the initial craziness, we are all excited to have this opportunity. I'm looking forward to keeping everyone updated on our adventures in schooling.
Friday, July 31, 2009
I was working outside in the yard today and happened to see a beautiful butterfly fly by. I watched as it flew up to the top of one the trees in our yard. It was not alone...there were tons of butterflies flying and landing on the leaves of the tree. We have so many nasty little bugs here in AZ...it's nice to see some of the beautiful creatures that we have too.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
My friend took this picture a couple of weeks ago at a park in town that we frequently go to. Arizona sunsets are absolutely beautiful. I have never seen sunsets like theses anywhere else. Now imagine it's night-time, completely pitch black, no street likes except for the natural light of the moon. You stare up into the sky to see millions of stars as close to the earth as you have ever seen them. I wish I could show a picture of that. I love Arizona skies!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Our Tea Party Hats. Hayley's is on the left and mine is on the right.
Ready for a party!
The Activity Day Girls had a recognition night a couple of weeks ago. They invited all the moms and girls (ages 8-11) to a Tea Party (lemonade). The girls and moms were to wear tea party hats that they had decorated themselves. We really didn't have a tea party hats to decorate and didn't want to spend a lot of money on hats, so Hayley and I bought some paper plates and bowls and made our hats using them. It was a lot of fun and everyone thought that they were sooo cute and creative. Each mom and girl were to get up and share with the group what made them special. Hayley really wanted to do it, but was too shy, so I got up for her. It was a still a wonderful night for the both of us to spend together. Hayley is growing up so fast. I can't believe she is already 10 years old. She has sooo many gifts and talents and I hope that one day she will feel confident enough to share them with others. She is such a joy to have in our family.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I have not posted any pictures in awhile. I've gotten a little lazy I guess. But, we have had a lot of activities going on, so I will spend the next few days catching up. Our Andrew just had his Kindergarten graduation a couple of weeks ago. He was soooo excited and as soon as it was over informed us that he was now in the first grade. The class had a little program and he dutifully said his part. We all enjoyed pizza and cake afterwards.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
I wasn't supposed to go up for a couple of weeks, but started having some abnormal symptoms in my right eye and a lot of pressure in my head on the right side. I called and they moved up my appointment immediately. They .did some tests and basically confirmed what the other eye doctor had said. Plus, they discovered that I am experiencing some peripheral vision loss in my right eye. They want to send me to get a brain scan next week. I don't know the exact date yet. They are supposed to call me. I already called them today to bug them about it. I do not want to waste time. This is a really scary thing for not just me, but my whole family.
I did get a blessing from Jon and it said that as long as I act on it and don't delay, I will be able to overcome whatever it is. I have been trying set my own anxieties aside and just go for it. I know Heavenly Father is helping me. Even though this is the biggest trial I have ever had to face in my life, I have faith that I can get through this. I hope you all will keep me and my family in your prayers.
I will keep everyone posted whenever I get more information.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
We were having family prayer tonight and my 4 year old William was asked to say it. We have been helping William think of things to say in his prayers, because otherwise his prayers pretty much consist of "Thank you for this day" and that's it. So, anyway...in helping him with the family prayer, I whispered to him, to say "Please help us to get out of debt" (something we are working on as a family). He then proceeded to say, "Please help us get to a bed." That did it for trying to keep the reverence. I think everyone just cracked up. It doesn't help either when your toddler gets up during the middle of the prayer and starts singing her ABC's at the top of her lungs and dances. Guess we need to keep working on the reverence.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Dr. took a look at Connor's X-rays and told us that it wasn't severe right now. But because of the amount of progression Connor has already for his age, the Doctor said that he was pretty much sitting on the fence about whether or not to be concerned about it at this point. He said that Connor will still be growing for the next 4-5 years and scoliosis depends entirely on growth. It's a growth thing.
Connor's spine forms an S shape with a 35 degree curve on the top and a 24 degree curve on the bottom. The Doc said that they start to get concerned when the angles start to go over 3o degrees. At 45 degrees they start considering surgery and 50 degrees or more they will do surgery.
So, for now all they can do is monitor it. We have to go back every 6 months to determine the rate of progression. The Doc said the best thing to do to try and stop the progression was some kind of physical therapy. He said he could write a referral for it but, also said doing things like Yoga and Pilates would be just as good. Jon has an inversion table and the doc said that would be great for Connor too. Anything to increase his flexibility will help slow down progression and hopefully stop it altogether.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
to see the Cochise College Rodeo. The kids had gotten
coupons for it at school ans were soooooo excited to go.
We had been having wonderful weather all week, we
thought that we could handle this adventure. A cold
front came in earlier that day bringing with it cold and
gusty canyon winds, but we braved it. The kids had a
great time. Connor was especially fastinated by the
bucking bronco's. We ended up leaving before it was over,
because it just got too cold for the kids. So, we missed the
goat tying and the bull riding. We made up for it by stopping
off to get some hot chocolate to thaw our bodies out piece by
piece. I did take some pictures. Some of them are not
so great because of the glare from the lights but,
I did the best I could.
I hope you enjoy them.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
We had a small family party for Hayley's 10th birthday this year. As you can probably tell from her pictures, she was very satisfied with all of the goodies she got this year. I let each child pick out what they want for their birthday dinner. Hayley chose to have shrimp and sushi for her birthday dinner. So, we decided to try grilling the shrimp. I think they turned out pretty well. Hayley also does not like birthday cake, so every year I bake a giant chocolate chip cookie and decorate it. She loves it and looks forward to it every year. Our Hayley is growing up. Kids sure don't stay little for very long. We are so happy to have Hayley in our family. We love you Hayley!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;"
Every year that seems to be our family's motto. We are constantly striving to to these things and raise our kids in a righteous home. This year I want to make that scripture a little more personal and apply it specifically to me. This is the year that I want to work on myself. I want to organize myself more spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. If I can better myself, then I can be a better wife, mother, leader and teacher.
Now, finding a place to begin. That's a challenge! But I am willing to take it on!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
After the cave, we drove up to the overlook and Jon took some of the kids on a trail up to the top of the mountain. You can see the US/Mexican border from the overlook. There is a very distinct black line. We only live about 15 to 20 miles from the border.
To top the day off, we all went to the Diner, a fifties style restaurant, to have dinner and milkshakes.
There are so many places to explore here. This area has so much history. I'm hope that we can take advantage of that while we are here.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
For treats on Family Night Hayley had made homemade popsicles. The kids had so much fun eating them and laughing at Alison's reaction. Everytime someone would get ready to take a bite, she would run up with her tongue hanging out, hoping they would share with her. Most of the time they did.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Andrew turned 6 years old on January 6 but, we had a little family party for him tonight. We were babysitting, so those kids got in on the fun too. It made Andrew all the more excited. He wanted a Star Wars cake this year, so I made the attempt. I didn't do too bad. A few cake decorating lessons and who knows, maybe I'll actually learn how to make straight lines. I guess what really counts is that Andrew loved it and had a great time. It was perfect to him. Happy Birthday Andrew! And as Andrew now says, "Only two more years until I'm 8." (He can get baptized)