Saturday, January 21, 2017


Mindy organized another temple day for us to do sealings that she had ready. After a lazy morning, and wolfing down my breakfast so that I could get to the temple on time, I raced in to the temple and found that I wasn't the last to arrive!  (Lennard stayed home with the kids, since having a broken right wrist doesn't help much.)  We ended up waiting for my Dad and Uncle Scott for a few minutes and then ended up starting without Shauna & Matt (they came after the first sealing was done).  We got a lot of families sealed together, taking turns as we went.  Shauna had gone on a long run this morning and didn't end up eating any breakfast before heading to the temple, so she ended up almost passing out!  Once she got cooled down and had some water she said she felt better, but she didn't do anymore sealings after that either.  Shauna, Matt and I left a bit earlier than the rest of our group who stayed to help another family with their sealings.  I sat and visited with them while they had some lunch and then they drove me home.  It was a nice way to spend the morning.

The kids were off to play with friends when I got home so Lennard and I both layed down for a rest... Lennard fell asleep immediately and, after listening to him snore, I got up and went to watch a show on tv.  After about an hour, the kids came home and we headed out to the airport to go through the trailer and organize things a bit more.  We went to the RV show in Lethbridge last night, so now we have the travel bug.  We got a lot of measurements and ideas on how to streamline things a bit.  As we headed out from the airport, someone needed fuel, so we stopped to do that and then we went home so that I could leave to go to Lethbridge with my mom!

I love having some one-on-one time with my mom.  She needed to get a bunch of groceries, so we went to Costco first.  I'm not sure what was going on in Lethbridge today, but it was nuts!  The line ups for the checkouts were clear back to the books on both sides!  After Costco, we popped in to Value Village.  Mom needed a bunch of work shirts, but instead she found a few shirts for Dad.  I found a new-to-me purse (since mine is literally falling apart).

By then, we decided to head over to Firestone where we were going to meet Shauna, Mindy and Trisha for dinner.  It was 5:30 when we got there and we'd told everyone to meet at 6:00.  We figured if there was a wait, we'd at least get on the list and cut their wait down a bit.  They told us it would be an hour wait (only 30 minutes for the rest of the girls), so we decided to wait.  Big mistake!  It was almost 1 hour and 45 minutes before we got to our table and another half hour or more before we got food!  I was starving!  And then the food wasn't very hot (or very good).  Grrr!  Thankfully, the company completely made up for the wait.  I love visiting with my sisters.  Seriously laughed so hard!  Before we even got to our table, Trisha had us in tears as she started handing out chocolate mints to everyone waiting and apologizing for the wait!  (The hostess station had the chocolates there to take on their way out.)  There were a few people looking at her weird, but we just thought it was hilarious.  The laughs didn't stop and we had the best server ever.  At one point, we asked him if our food was ever going to come and a few minutes later he came out with steak knives and informed us that he'd now 'armed us' in case we had to fight for our food.  Hilarious.

We decided the next girl's night will be at my house, so I can make everyone Yorkshire pudding that actually taste good.  (That's what mom and I had for our meal.)  Such a fun night with tons of laughs. I am so blessed to have such wonderful sisters/mom.  (We missed Melissa, Rachel and Nysha!)

(Of course - there's no picture of me... I'm always behind the camera...)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 - A Year of Miracles

"And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles."  Mormon 9:15

Some may say that what we see as miracles are just coincidences - but I believe in miracles.  I believe in a loving Heavenly Father that watches out for us and allows things to happen for our good.  We are only three days into a new year and I have seen miracles.

Just before we left to go to Omaha, we were having problems with getting heat in our van.  We discovered that the antifreeze was empty... so we filled it.  Everything seemed fine.  We drove it to Great Falls and left it at the airport for a week while we were gone.  When we returned on the 1st, we could smell a bit of antifreeze when we drove to the hotel, but didn't think too much of it.

Unfortunately, as we got on our way the next day, the heat started to give out again.  We'd already left Great Falls and didn't have anything with us that would be of use and none of us had super warm clothing either (oops).  We made it to Conrad, MT and stopped at a gas station, bought a couple jugs of antifreeze and some Stop Leak - added it to the radiator and kept going.  By the time we stopped at the border, we could really smell the antifreeze and knew that something serious was going on.

We made it home and when we checked the antifreeze levels... it was empty again.  Thankfully, my parents are amazing, talented, patient people and they allowed us to come right out!  My dad took one look at it and quickly discovered a large crack in the Y connector where the hoses attach.  He just shook his head and was amazed that we made it home and that we hadn't fried our engine in the process!

We had to leave the van there for them to get parts, but they were easily ordered in from Lethbridge and installed today.

Before we left, our furnace had quit working.  Lennard had got it going again, but we called the company in Lethbridge to come do a service call anyways.  Almost $400 later - they said it all looked good.  We left for Omaha at ease, knowing that the furnace was good and that my parents would be watching the house for us.  It snowed like crazy while we were gone, and my parents had the herculean task of clearing out our driveway.  We arrived home on the 2nd and early the next morning - the furnace went out.  Really?!  What are the chances that the first night we got home there would be issues?  I can imagine what a mess we would have come home to if it had happened while we were gone!  While it's frustrating to have issues with the furnace again, we feel truly blessed to be here when it happened so that we could deal with it and not have frozen pipes, etc.

With the crazy amounts of snow we've got this year, and knowing that we were going to have to drive down to Great Falls, we decided that we needed to get winter tires for our van.  We have only ever had All Season tires, but we both kept feeling like it would be a good idea to do winter tires.  Lennard popped down to Kirk's Tires a few days before Christmas and got the last four tires that Tom had in stock.  The total for the tires was WAY more than I was expecting and we weren't sure how we were going to pay for them (other than just putting more debt onto our line of credit), but we still felt that we needed to move forward.  Just a day later, Lennard was talking with WCB about his wrist and was told that they would be compensating him for some of the mileage for all the appointments he's had to go on.  While not happy about his wrist being broken, we were glad that something good could come from it and looked forward to getting a little bit of money to help cover costs.  When we received the cheque yesterday, I was shocked to see that it was almost the amount we need to pay for the tires.  Truly amazing.

I choose to look on these events as miracles.  I know that even though we are struggling with a few things right now, we can have faith that miracles have not ceased.  I plan to look on this year as our year of miracles because I know that the Lord is directing our lives in ways that we can't even imagine.  We may not understand why things happen, but we do know that someday we will understand the reason.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Baking

Emma was so excited to help me start our Christmas baking.  We got lots done!  We dipped pretzels, made ginger snaps and used the cookie press to make shortbread cookies!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ward Christmas Party

We got to attend our Ward Christmas Party tonight.  I love getting to go out and be with our ward family... especially when I get a good meal that I don't have to cook!  We were able to sit next to good friends and have a chance to visit all evening.  They put on a fun program - at least it was fun until they called up the Ward Council (which I'm a part of) to sing a song.  Nothing like getting blindsided! At the very end of the evening, Santa came to visit.  It was a complete gong show (as usual), but the kids loved getting to sit on his lap and tell him their Christmas wishes.  Ben asked for a Batman cave and Emma asked for an American Girl doll.

Fun fact:  We have a picture with (this) Santa every single year since the kids were born!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cute Kids

When the kids got ready for church today, they were so cute that I just had to take some pictures of them.  (No bias here... lol)

Ben just couldn't smile normally... what a funny boy.
Such a little poser!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Specialist Appointment

Lennard had a specialist appointment in Calgary this afternoon about his wrist, so we arranged for my parents to watch the kids (after school) so I could go with him.  We left as soon as the kids went to school and had enough time to wander around a few stores and then go out to lunch together at the Olive Garden.  It was such a delicious lunch and was a highlight of the day.

We got to the hospital in good time and managed to find the Hand Clinic (we were glad for the touch screen directory that gave us directions!).  As we met with Dr. White, he looked at the x-rays and said that he thought that maybe there had been some healing, but just to be sure he sent Lennard for a CT scan.  He was an 'add-on' so it took them almost an hour to get him in, but thankfully it got done and we were able to catch Dr. White again before he left for the day.  

As he looked at the scans, he said that unfortunately it doesn't look like it's healed at all (or very minimal).  He also said that for scaphoid fractures it can take up to 12 weeks to heal and that he'd really like to see if it would heal on it's own first.  Lennard really considered pushing for surgery (and I think he would have more if I wasn't there), but in the end he decided to wait.  Dr. White says that for scaphoid fractures there is about a 50% heal rate at 12 weeks.  Not great odds, but if it will heal on it's own without Lennard having to go through surgery... it may be worth waiting another 4 weeks.

He has another appointment on Jan 9th, will have another CT scan, and then, if it hasn't healed, will be scheduled for surgery on the 10th or the week after that depending on the doctor's schedule.

Dr. White also wanted Lennard's wrist to be re-casted to keep it immobile. 

 Lennard was not happy about that...although, he put on a good smile for the picture!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Birthday

It's Lennard's 40th birthday today!  Since I gave him his birthday gift last week, we had a fairly low key day.  Lennard took the day off work and as soon as the kids were off to school, we headed in to Lethbridge.  We went to Cora's and had the most delicious breakfast!  (Lennard took his splint off so that he could eat, but put it back on as soon as we were in the van... I guess it was his birthday present to himself.)
The rest of the day we just enjoyed spending time together.  We wandered through some stores, got a few errands done and had a great day.  We got home in time for Emma to get home from school and to pick Ben up from Shannon's.  Emma had to get ready for dance quickly and then while she was gone, we started putting up moulding in the front entry!  After a few "speed bumps", we got the window and door done and now can start laying out the plan for the rest of the wainscotting.

We had dinner and then pulled out a 'Too Tall Cake' from M&M Meatshop for Lennard's birthday cake.  We attempted to do four sparklers, but by the time two were lit, they were out before I could get the other two lit!  lol.  We sang anyways and he pretended to blow out the candles.  Happy Birthday, sweetheart.  Love you more each and every day.