Thursday, February 28, 2013

"I Went BOOM Gran..."

I am surprised at how slowly I am recovering. I am making small amounts of progress each day but I really do not feel well yet and am easily fatigued. I get chills and a low grade fever every evening and am still quite wiped out. I am making progress though.

There was a plaintive message on my phone today. It was Nathan (age 2 1/2) saying with great fervor in his voice, "I went BOOM Gran." He can't quite say Grandma yet so he calls me Gra" Some times it sounds like it has an "N" on the end, sometimes not. He apparently fell off the swings big time and was very scared and wanted to call Grandma for reassurance. He said "I love you Gra" several times, there was a "get better" in there and two or three "went boom" in there as well. It was very sweet. I guess Grandmas are a stabilizing influence in the world for comfort. I heartily accept that role. :) And one of the sweetest phrases in the world is "I love you Gra..."

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

People Are Very Kind

I am amazed at the kindness of people sometimes. As I attempt to recover from the mack truck that ran me over, I have received phone calls, visits, kind thoughts sent my way, and many well-wishers. Last evening my husband's first councilor in the Bishopric and his wife brought us dinner. Actually it was more like a feast. There was rigatoni in a basil cream sauce with peas which was absolutely incredible. There was a salad with pecans and balsamic vinegar. There was a cake with whipped cream and berries. There were chicken burgers. There was fresh asparagus and toasted bread that I can't even describe that was to die for. I was very touched however by a personal thought. They asked what kind of food was my favorite. I mentioned two things that had basil in it. Last evening with dinner they also brought me a basil plant. I've received flowers on many occasions before but never a basil plant. It reminds me of my grandmother. I LOVE the smell of basil. It was just so thoughtful and kind and sweet and generous.It is comforting to be so well cared for.  I'll have to remember to be kind like that to others.

I don't feel "miserable" anymore but I surely don't feel normal or well. I am seeing small increments of progress. The nights are LONG and the days are hard but I think I will be OK.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A New Hip

I wish I had an uplifting, thought-provoking post for today. Unfortunately, all I can say is that I got a new hip on Wednesday. I am home but the word miserable comes to mind over and over and over again. It will be slow going and slow healing for a while but  I am told that eventually I will be happy I had this done. All I remember was going into the operating room telling the anesthesiologist that I was really nervous. He said, "I'm going to give you something to relax." I thought, "Oh good." Then I heard, "It's all over, it's time to wake up now." Goodness gracious, what did they do to me between those two statements?!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Video Compiled By Elisa

Elisa put together a lighthearted video of a bunch of pictures from Seth's life when he was young and from the night he opened his mission call. It shows him at different stages of his life. There are some Primary songs in it and the voice of random, unrelated small children. It's cute.
As for me...I'm getting a new hip in the morning.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Wedding Plans

An early May wedding sounds very nice.
Ian & Jessa were here this weekend.
They showed us Jessa's ring and 
called Jim's parents with the happy news.
Congratulations all around!
They smiled A LOT every time we saw them.
There was a lot of ring flashing going on.:)
...For the women that is.:)
 Elisa, Seth, Hannah, Nathan & Sarah were here too.
Hannah is SO beautiful.
What a lovely weekend.

EVERYONE is happy about the engagement,
but most of all Ian and Jessa.
Good for them.

Friday, February 15, 2013

She Said Yes!!!

Congratulations Ian and Jessa
 on your engagement!!!

We couldn't be any happier with this evening's news. 
Song lyrics from Fiddler on the Roof come to mind...
"I don't remember growing older,
when did they?"

Jessa returned home from her mission 
just hours after Ian returned from his.
They started dating a week later
 and have been inseparable since. :)

Congratulations you two.
 We love you both!!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome to the family Jessa!!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentines Day A Little Early

Jim and I went to The Roof Restaurant for dinner tonight. We haven't been there in 12 or 13 years. It is a very, very nice restaurant and the food was amazing. I am stuffed and can't quite imagine eating anything at all for at least another ten years. He had to go off to Bishop meetings afterward but tomorrow evening we will have the second half of our date, whatever that will be. So I guess it's two days of Valentines Day this year.:)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pure Joy

This speaks for itself.
I'll see if we can upload Seth's call later.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Mission Call!!!! Finally....

To say that the past few days have been a bit crazy is an understatement. We've been trying to figure out what to do about the "lost" mission call. We made a few contingency plans and figured we would just hunker down and wait it out. I spoke with Seth yesterday about 3:00. I asked him if he had his call yet. He said he was on campus and wouldn't be home until 6:00. I asked him if ANYONE could check the mailbox because if it came in the mail we needed to know because we live an hour away. Seth said he didn't think anyone could check the mail but he'd try. I hung up just kind of scratching my head in bewilderment at that answer.

Jim came home from work, the magic hour of 6:00 passed with no phone call so at 6:30 we decided to go to dinner. Off we went to Kneaders in City Creek wondering if the mission call would ever come. We saw members of our ward there and we were laughing at the strangeness of Seth's answer and that we would all just have to wait. We ordered the food, were waiting to pay for it and the phone rang. I heard an exuberant yet somewhat chagrined voice on the other end say, "Hello Mom, guess what?" Mind you, at this point it was 6:45 P.M. "My mission call came!"I said "Seth, we are at a restaurant about to eat but we'll leave ASAP." Oh my gosh, adrenalin kicked in at that point.

There we sat gulping down our dinner while doing the unthinkable...using the cell phone in a restaurant. Ooops. Elisa lives in Wyoming, almost two hours away from Seth's apartment in Provo. She started to cry, "Mom, why didn't anyone tell me?" I said, "Seth just told us five minutes ago." She said, "I'm on my way!!" She had to travel through dark canyon roads not exactly going the speed limit I am sorry to say to make the 8:45 scheduled opening. Dangerous winter driving at night. Ugh.We contacted Seth's two good friends, Nels and Alex, and picked them up on our way to Provo. If only somebody, ANYBODY, checked the mail earlier in the day!!!!!!!!

Seth's apartment was PACKED with people. Everyone was very, very excited. We started getting the out of state people on the cell phones and the Google talk people lined up as well. Sarah and Gregory and the grandkids were there. Ian finally showed up and then Elisa came running up the stairs exclaiming,
 "I made it!" 
She's a good sister. :)
The guesses had been made...
The anticipation was enormous!
Especially for Seth!
That's his good friend Nels with the computer
 getting all the other friends on Google groups
 who couldn't make it.
Seth's roomate handed him a gigantic knife to open it.
I shrieked for the small children in the room...
Georgia Atlanta North Mission!!
A great moment for all to say the least.
Congratulations Seth.♥
He'll be going in the MTC on the same day as Nels!
May 29th.
Double the joy.
Alex (the red head) goes in May 8th.
It was worth the two hour drive...
through the dark canyons...
and another two hour drive back...
I still haven't heard if Elisa made it back safely
but no news is good news.
Didn't we just do this not long ago with Ian?
 More posts about BEAUTIFUL Hannah in the near future. :)
I guess that makes me a 
 Mormon Missionary Mom
 yet again. :)
I sure hope I can take it again.
And yes, that means I'm blogging again.
I am pretty sure I said I would never blog again.
Silly me. 
Welcome back readers. :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lost In The Mail

So it turns out that Seth's mission call was mailed on Tuesday and is somewhere "lost in the mail" as they say because it should have been here by now........................................