Thursday, December 2, 2010
Here’s the story behind the song:
About the Song
While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, "where's the line to see Jesus"? My sister mentioned this to my dad, who immediately became inspired and jotted words down to a song in just a few minutes. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick recording at home, he received a great response from friends. He sent the song off to Nashville without much response, except for a Christian song writer who suggested adding a bridge at the end of the first chorus. My dad then asked if I wanted to record the song to see what we could do with it. I listened to the song, made a few changes to the words to make it flow better, and we headed to Shock City Studios. It was at the studio where Chris, owner and producer, rewrote the 2nd verse and part of the chorus... with goosebumps and emotions high, we were all hopeful and felt like we had something special. The demo was recorded in just under 2 hours and sent off again to Nashville... still no response. Then 2 weeks before Christmas last year, my cousins Greg and Robbie decided to do a video to see what we could accomplish on YouTube. The first day we had 3000 hits and it soared from there. We received e-mails, phone calls, Facebook messages from people all over asking for the music, CD's, iTunes, anything... we had nothin'. After a couple of meetings with Chris following the amazing response, we got serious. We headed back into the studio this past spring... this time with guitars, drums, bass, pianos, choirs... the real deal.... and here we are today. Getting iTunes set up, a website put together, and loving that thousands upon thousands of Christians have come together... remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Out of the mouths of babes come profound truths that many adults can not understand. Hopefully Spencer's observation will cause people all over to reflect on the love of Jesus, and that one day we will all stand in line to see Him. We are most thankful to our Heavenly Father to have this chance to share our music with you. Merry Christmas everyone.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Here are 23 out of a hundred uses for vinegar, thanks to the good folks at healthy & green living:
- Adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water when poaching eggs helps the whites stay formed. Add a few tablespoons to the water when boiling eggs, and if any shells crack, the whites won't leak out.
- If your leafy veggies are wilted, soaking them in cold water with a little vinegar can perk them right up.
- After chopping an onion, you can eliminate the odor from your hands by rubbing them with a bit of white vinegar.
- When cooking vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness they can induce. This also works when cooking beans, making Mexican food a far more atractive option.
- Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda and putting it down the drain. After letting this fizzing mixture sit for a few minutes, flush out the drain with warm water for a clean and stink-free sink.
- The steam from a boiling bowl of vinegar and water can loosen caked-on food and get ride of odors in the microwave, too.
- One of my favorite vinegar remedies and my personal weapon against fruit flies is to set out a small dish of white vinegar and some smashed fruit, covered with plastic wrap with some holes in it-the flies crawl into the trap, but can't get out.
- If your stemware is cloudy from the dishwasher, wrap the glasses in paper towels soaked in vinegar, let them sit, and the cloudy deposits will rinse right off.
- There's no need to use bleach on the grouting when you can let vinegar soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.
- Bring lightly scuffed or dirty DVDs back to life by wiping them down with some vinegar on a soft cloth.
- If you have water condensation marks on your wood, just rub the piece of furniture with equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil to remove them. Make sure to rub with the grain, and then invest in a set of coasters.
- If a child has an "accident" on a mattress, clean it with a solution of vinegar and water. Afterwards, pour some baking soda onto the mattress, and brush or vacuum the residue once it's dry.
- Spraying vinegar onto deodorant-stained shirts before the wash can remove the discoloration. It's also great for fighting mustard, tomato sauce, or ketchup stains.
- Adding a cupful of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine can freshen up bright colors and give you laundry cleaner. Acetic acid won't harm fabrics, but it dissolves the soap residue that can dull dark clothing. It also acts as a fabric softener, a static reducer, and a mildew-inhibitor.
- Vinegar will also loosen chewing gum stuck to car upholstery, rugs, and carpeting.
- If your car still sports a bumper sticks from two electrons ago, remove it by spraying the decal with white vinegar to saturate the area, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. (You might need to spray it a few times.)
- Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime.
- Kill weeds and crabgrass growing in sidewalks and driveways by pouring vinegar onto them. A half-and-half solution of vinegar and water can even kill garden slugs if it's sprayed directly onto them.
- To extend the life of cut flowers, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water in their vase, along with a teaspoon of sugar.
- Wash out itchy ears with diluted vinegar to keep dogs and cats from scratching at them.
- Cats avoid vinegar, so to keep them from scratching furniture or sitting on certain areas, spray a vinegar solution on the spot.
- For outdoor areas, soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in the forbidden area to keep cats away. If kitty likes to mark his territory, spraying the area with vinegar can help eliminate the smell and deter recurrences.
- Vinegar gets rid of skunk odor. Soak the dog or cat with a half-and-half vinger and water solution, and then rise them with fresh water.
Vinegar can disinfect, deodorize, and de-gunkify just about everything. From shower curtains to sofa cushions, there's not much that it can't do. As an alternative to expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, vinegar is something you can feel good about keeping in your cupboards. White vinegar and baking soda can even remove product buildup from hair and leave it soft and manageable. A product that can clean you, the dog, your car, and your house is what I'd call a good, green buy.
by Divine Caroline
There you go! A vote and hand ups gesture for the all encompassing and magnificient, VINEGAR! Next month I will add some invaluable tidbits and interesting facts on brilliant ways we can be using our toothpaste!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I am filled with so much emotion this morning for such a wonderful month. The month started with a visit from my sister, Linda. She arrived on June 1st and by June 9th Linda was back at her home in Castle Dale, Utah. The days and time I spent with Linda during that short period was magical and memorable. We visited downtown Chicago, toured various fun sites around Chicago/Naperville/Aurora and then went to Nauvoo and Carthage IL to round out Linda's visit. Everything was wonderful! Even the weather cooperated, which for IL, is quite a feat during the rainy season! I have put together a quick little photo synopsis of our time with Linda, which I will post at another time.
I also started a new job on May 17th and of all places it is in a dental office. (http://washingtondental.com/) The dentist for Washington Dental (in Naperville) is Dr. (Randy) Vaughan! There was no training with the new position, which is so helpful in a new working environment, so my training has come from Dr. Vaughan himself, in helping me to understand the various dental instruments, techniques and procedures, the office part has come from trial and error. I am hoping by my 3-month mark that I will have most of the information down pat! Right now, it is frustrating yet rewarding when I can print off a patient's statement, send a recall notice or dental insurance out. My dad was a dentist. Mine, and most of my sisters, first jobs were working with my dad in his dental office. I feel like I am back to my 'roots' so to speak with this job; and yet the dental field has grown in leaps and bounds from when I was working with my dad, so all in all, it is indeed a NEW, LEARNING and CHALLENGING environment for me.
The first part of June in Aurora has been very wet with tremendous thunder and lightning storms so I haven't been outside much after dark. But last night I spotted them!!! I've been waiting and waiting .... and there they were lighting up the evening sky .... fireflies!!! We do not have fireflies in the Rockies or the West, so these winged illuminated insects are something I have looked forward to while living in IL during the summer months. Fireflies are magical winged fortresses of light, dancing and darting among the moon and darkened IL skies. The fireflies show up, or at least I notice them, around the time of my birthday (June 23).
The month of June (2010) has been an interesting, fantastic, challenging and electrifying month for sure! I can't wait to see what is in store for the remaining months of 2010!!!!
Lynn has his colonoscopy on Friday (7/2/10)!!!
They will not be posted online as Shelly's were. - Lynn
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
- Listening to the Spirit's inner voice ultimately makes life easier.
- "Letting go" is the only way to keep something or someone in your life.
- Everyone should have a cat because a cat makes you smile once in a while.
- Children are the best mirrors.
- Love is a commitment to growth.
- Dogs understand love better than people do.
- Angels inhabit human forms.
- "We" vs. "They" thinking creates fear and conflict. Harmony requires a sense of community.
- Quiet reflection feeds the soul.
- Books are the ambrosia of life.
- Freedom is worth the responsibility.
- Friends who listen are rare treasures.
- Ice cream can make almost anyone feel better.
- Life is a privilege.
- Goodnight hugs and kisses heal the day.
- Tight shoes don't make your feet look THAT much smaller. Vanity isn't worth the pain.
- There's a gift in every lesson of life.
- No one is an expert on you, except you.
- Sunshine promotes a positive attitude.
- Holding onto grievances smothers joy.
- Help is as close as a prayer.
- Truth is simple.
- One person CAN make a difference in the world.
- Change only APPEARS difficult.
- Open minds are healthy minds.
- People who follow their bliss are the most interesting people.
- You don't own an idea until you understand it with your heart.
- There is no end to learning, you just move to the next level.
- There is ALWAYS another way of looking at things.
- Peace is a choice.
- Your life is your creation.
- It's not worth the calories unless it's chocolate.
- Whatever you give eventually comes back to you.
- New adventures help you feel young.
- It is your inner power not your weakness that most frightens you.
- Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
- Everyone has the same amount of faith, they just invest it differently.
- Older doesn't mean wiser unless you've looked within.
- Sometimes crying is the best response.
Monday, June 21, 2010
- To make your own baking power, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch.
- Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case of a grease or electrical fire. Scatter the soda by the handful to safely put it out.
- Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your car to put out a fire. It won't damage anything it touches.
- Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs.
- Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rinse the produce.
- Wash the garbage cans with baking soda.
- Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.
- Oil and grease - stained clothing washes out better when baking soda is added to the washing water.
- Clean your fridge and freeze with dry baking soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. Rinse with clear water.
- Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the baking soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.
- Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part baking soda, then add a layer of three parts kitty litter on top.
- Always add 1/2-cup baking soda to your washing machine load.
- Clean combs and brushes in a baking soda solution.
- Wash food and drink containers with baking soda and water.
- Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3-tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse.
- Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge.
- Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with baking soda and water to get ride of stale smells.
- To remove stubborn stains from marble, formica or plastic surfaces, scour with a paste of baking soda and water.
- Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a baking soda solution (3-tablespoons soda to 1 quart water).
- Run your coffee maker through its cycle with a baking soda solution. Rinse.
- Give baby bottles a good cleaning with baking soda and hot water.
- Sprinkle baking soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off.
- Sprinkle baking soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and rinse.
- For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles; place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tablespoons baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry.
- Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some baking soda on the bottom.
- Run your dishwasher through its cycle with baking soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning.
- To removed burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in baking soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.
- For a badly burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of baking soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the baking soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean the next day.
- Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry. On stainless steel, scrub in the direction of the grain.
- Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rinse and dry.
- Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with baking soda and water.
- Sprinkle a bit of dry baking soda in your ashtrays to prevent smoldering and reduce odor.
- Clean your bathroom with dry baking soda on a moist sponge - - sink, tub, tiles, shower stall, etc.
- Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water.
- Soak your shower curtains in water and baking soda to clean them.
- To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with baking soda, then rinse.
- Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth and dentures with it.
- Sprinkle baking soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots, slipper to eliminate odors.
- Add 1/2-cup or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin.
- Putting 2-tablespoons of baking soda in your baby's bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations.
- Apply baking soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to relieve discomfort. Make a paste with water.
- Take a baking soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox.
- Take 1/2-teaspoon of baking soda in one-half glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.
- Gargle with 1/2-teaspoon in one-half glass of water. Freshens and cleans your mouth.
- Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain.
- To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water.
- Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar.
- Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water.
- Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly.
- Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch.
- Use baking soda as an underarm deodorant.
- If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at the dribbled shirt. The odor will go away.
- When scalding a chicken, add 1-teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and the flesh will be clean and white.
- Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out.
- Add baking soda to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible.
- Add baking soda to water to remove the "gamey" taste from wild game.
- Use banking soda to sweeten sour dishcloths.
- Use baking soda dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.
- Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Damp a cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.
- To eliminate dog odors or just freshen up the air, sprinkle baking soda on your carpet where your dog lies and vacuum up. Leave the soda on the carpet for half an hour. It also eliminates odor in your vacuum after it has been vacuumed up. A great way to freshen up your home air during the winter when everything is closed up.
And of course, the list could go ON and ON and ON and ON, but I will end the list, or at least my list of things we can do with baking soda, right here! :)
Friday, June 18, 2010
"A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's there, as if he needed the company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station."
"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right."
"Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards that being a father to my children."
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The little shiny and pearly nodule appeared on Lynn's nose about 9 months ago. I didn't really pay attention to it because I just thought another mole was starting to form. At first Lynn thought the nodule would just go away but it didn't. When Lynn would vigourasly wash his face or dry his face with a towel, the nodule would crack and bleed as if the skin were fragile.
Lynn had his annual physical a week ago. Our doctor took a look at the nodule and recommended him immediately to a Dermatologist. The Dermatologist made a quick diagnosis and now we are waiting to get into an ENT and take care of the surgical procedure.
Lynn and I due to our fair skin are more susceptible to Basal cell carcinoma. It is not as evasive as the other skin cancers, but it can deteriorate the skin tissue around the cancerous region and can infect and affect a close nerve.
I am so glad Lynn listened to that still small voice inside of him and that he is dealing with this little radical nodule that decided to invade his precious face.
I feel so grateful and blessed to have these medical marvels available at our fingertips. The medical industry has come so far in study and treatment of cancer, of which my family is taking full advantage of.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Waimea Bay shore-break surfing pioneer, husband, and father of two, Clark Little has gained nationwide recognition for his photography with appearances on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and many local news stations across the U.S. .... "Clark's view" of the ocean that most will only be able to experience safely on land while studying one of Clark's photos. ... These incredible images of waves in the Hawaiian Islands were taken by Clark ... He captures magical moments inside the tube as surfers say."
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I was so richly blessed to have the mother I did. It was her face I saw every morning when I woke up and it was her beautiful face I saw when I was tucked into bed at night. My mother brought joy, laughter, history, the love of music, and a thirst for continual knowledge. My mother installed in each of her children valuable characteristics we hold close to our hearts. I knew God lived because my mother knew God lived. I also knew when my mom knelt to pray God heard her morning, evening and silent prayers. Above all, I knew and my siblings knew, mom loved dad and dad loved mom!
After my mom died, another remarkable, feisty, humorous, compassionate and spiritual woman entered our lives named, Francine Smith Swanson Larsen. The world may label Fran as my stepmother, but I call her 'MOM' (or if you look at mom upside down it spells, 'WoW!)! This precious angel may not have rocked me to sleep at night, but she has wiped away my tears. She was with me when I married Lynn. One mother set my foot on a certain pathway and the other mother is making sure I stay on that straight and narrow path.
Before Fran and dad got married, our family size consisted of five. Our family doubled in size and blessings when mom brought with her four amazing daughters and one remarkable son. Our family unit is now eleven!!!! All nine of us know our mother believes in God and that she loves God. We also know that God hears our mother's morning, evening and silent prayers as she petitions her pleas to God. All nine of us know mom loved dad and that dad was completely enthralled and in love with mom!!!
I am so blessed on this eve before Mother's Day to ponder and to be blessed by two extraordinary women in my life who I call, 'MOM'! I walk(ed) and talk(ed) with angels on earth and I call them 'mom'! No angel in heaven could be as beautiful or exemplary as my mom(s).
I never had the chance to meet Lynn's mother. She died from cancer before Lynn and I were married. From the pictures I've seen and stories from my father-in-law, her children and friends, she too, was admired and loved by all who knew her. Lynn's mother was God-fearing. She had a voracious appetite and love for music, literature and gardens. Lynn's mother's proudest achievement was her five beautiful daughters and two handsome sons. My mother-in-law's daughters (my sisters-in-law) radiate their mother's image to me every day by their kind hearts and benevolent love towards their own families and to complete strangers. In my sisters-in-law, my brother-in-law, and in my husband's eyes and mannerisms, I see and love Lynn's mother!!!
To our mothers and to all the women in our lives who are mothers or will eventually be mothers and who holds destiny's future in their hands, Happy Mother's Day!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I was 3 or 3 1/2 years old when I left Illinois the first time, so the images and memories I have of Chicago/Evanston are pretty vague, with exception of a few family pictures. So, when Lynn and I moved to Aurora, IL, it was like a whole new world for me! I love the fact that we live close enough but far enough away from the big city life of Chicago. I love all the art, music, history, topography, forest preserves, the busy(ness), yet slow(ness) of life. The food around here is to die for! Chicago style pizza, hot dogs, whoopee pies, cheese cakes, popcorn, etc. I know I am now living in the most beautiful state in the nation, next to Utah, California, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, etc. I can't wait to show off my adopted state and city to Linda!
4) Within the next few months, Lynn and I will have five nieces and nephews graduating from college. Three nieces will graduate from high school and head off into a world of endless possibilities and adventures. Carrie, our niece, received a mission call to Washington DC (South) and will leave for the training center on June 30th. We have another nephew who is serving a church mission in the South Africa region. Four nephews have returned from serving the Lord on missions.
5) Our brother-in-law will be returning home from Iraq, hopefully by Mother's Day, safe and sound!
Lynn and I are truly blessed to have such a wonderful and extraordinary siblings, parents, nephews and nieces!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Here are just a few pictures from our glorious day in March!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
As we are coming upon the Easter Season, it is a hallowed and special time for me. This is a time when I think of the inhumanity of man and also the charity and love of my Savior.
Monday, March 29, 2010
'10 Ways to Use Clear Nail Polish You Might Never Have Guessed
We all know that clear nail polish is a great finishing coat for a manicure, and I'd guess that most have even heard that it can be used to keep a run in a panty hose from spreading, but there are scores of other uses for the stuff in and around your home. Some of the most surprising tricks - for everything from waterproofing matches to threading needles - are as follows:
Making jewelry last. To extend the life of costume jewelry and to keep it looking bright and glossy, give beads a thin layer of polish. It helps prevent fading and tarnishing.
Sealing envelopes. In lieu of licking envelope flaps to seal them (not only can this be ineffective, but does anyone find that taste as gross as I do?) dab on a little polish to keep them glued nice and tight.
Threading needles. Rather than get frustrated when attempting to thread a needle, run the cut side of the thread through the polish brush. Roll the thread between your fingers a couple of times; the polish will dry immediately and the thread becomes stiffer (and much more easy to get through the eye of the needle).
Keeping belt buckles pristine. To ensure belt buckles stay bright and shiny, shellac them with a coat of polish to prevent oxidation.
Securing buttons. Brush on a dollop of polish in the center of your buttons to keep the threads from coming undone. If you have a sweater or dress with pearly buttons, give the whole thing a coat of polish to keep them luminous.
Fixing window screens or shades. If you have a tear in a window shade or screen, paint on some polish to keep it from worsening.
Waterproofing matches. As any camper can attest, there are bigger drags than a box of soggy matches. To waterproof them, paint the flammable tips with polish.
Wood floor repairs. A bit of clear polish is fantastic to touch-up minor dents and little scuffs on wood floors.
Avoiding rust stains. You know those rust rings that form on your tub is you leave shaving cream in the shower? Just varnish the underside of the can with a little polish to keep the metal from scraping.
Shoelace protector. To stop shoelaces from unraveling and fraying, dip the ends in clear polish."
by: Emily Hsieh, Shine Staff - March 18, 2010
One thing this article did not mention that I know clear nail polish is good for is car/truck windshield repair. When a rock from a moving vehicle cracks your windshield, immediately dab the chip (the outside window) with clear nail polish. Similar to the nylon logic, this will keep the chip from growing and cracking through your windshield.
CLEAR NAIL POLISH IS MY FRIEND!!!
"The dos and don'ts of loading your dishwasher
Saturday, March 27, 2010
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Life is like a train ride, it read. We get on. We ride. We get off. We get back on and ride some more. There are accidents and there are delays. At certain stops there are surprises. Some of these will translate into great moments of joy, some will result in profound sorrow.
Some people consider their journey like a jaunty tour. They will just go merrily along. Others, will encounter many upsets, tears, losses on their journey. Others still, will linger on to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.
That's okay ... Everyone's journey will be filled with hopes, dreams, challenges, setbacks and goodbyes. We must strive to make the best of it ... no matter what.
Remember that at any moment during our journey, any one of our travel compaions can have a weak moment and be in need of our help.
We too may vacillate or hesitate, even trip ... hopefully we can count on someone being there to be supportive and understanding.
Personally, I know I'll be sad to make my final stop ... I'm sure of it!
My separation from all those friends and acquaintances I made during the train ride will be painful. Leaving all those I'm close to will be a sad thing. But then again, I'm certain that one day I'll get to the main station only to meet up with everyone else. They'll all be carrying their baggage ... most of which they didn't have when they first got on this train. I'll be glad to see them again. I'll also be glad to have contributed to their baggage ... and to have enriched their lives, just as much as they will have contributed to my baggage and enriched my life.
We're all on this train ride together. Above all, we should try to strive to make the ride as pleasant and memorable as we can, right up until we each make the final stop and leave the train for the last time."
- Author: Unknown
A wonderful and humble opportunity has presented itself to us. Lynn and I, on Friday, were asked to be Ordinance Workers at the Chicago Temple, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are extremely excited and nervous to undertake this sacred and holy calling in the House of The Lord. Once a week (every Friday from 12:30-6:30pm) and without pay, we will dedicate our time by serving God and our fellowmen and to do that service in His House is an honor and a blessing.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Lynn and I arrived at Mercy and met with a countless number of medical aides and nurses and then met Dr. Seigfried for the first time. Dr. Seigfried took his time to explain to me, and to Lynn, what the procedure involved. What they would do to me in the surgical room, the type of anesthesia he would use, if I had any questions, etc? Even if I had wanted to make a mad dash for the door, an IV was in my hand and I was in the lovely hospital gown attire, so there was no way out, I was in too deep already.
Lynn kept assuring me for weeks that the worst part of a colonoscopy was the prep time. Lynn had already endured 2 colonoscopies, so he was my expert witness. I still was not convinced that the prep was the worst part of the procedure as the nurses were wheeling my bed (w/me in it) down the long hallway to the surgical center. Is it just me or are all hospital corridors extra long when being wheeled to surgical centers? In the surgical center, I was given oxygen and the nurses said I wouldn't be strapped down like I was during my other operations, so I was pretty relieved about that. The propophol they were using was like an off and on switch. On, I was out like a light. Off, I was (somewhat) awake. The last thing I remember in the surgical center was a nurse giving me oxygen and another kind lady saying, 'it's time to sleep!" and that is all I really remember except when my dazed and somewhat bleary eyes started to focus on Lynn! :)
I can't remember much after the 'it's time to sleep!" stage and until I noticed Lynn; however, Lynn says after the procedure he could hear me talking up a storm all the way down the hall, thanking the nurses (I'm glad I was thanking them ...) for helping me and chatting about everything. I can't remember any of this conversation. I do not remember anything from the surgical completion to about 30 minutes later when I became fully conscious of my surroundings. Dr. Seigfried arrived after I was awake to talk and show me the results of my colonoscopy. -- Prognosis: Me = Good, Colon = Excellent, Next Visit = 5 years! :) Dr. Seigfried did not have to remove any polyps, which meant my diet would not be restrictive. I was cautioned though to eat light during the next 24 hours.
I am somewhat relieved that my colon came out with flying colors. There are so many real life horror stories of men and women dying of colon cancer. One of the major news anchors, Katie Couric's, husband died quite young, due to colon cancer. Katie has been trying to raise the publics' consciousness to the hazards of colon cancer and how to prevent it.
I came home from my colonoscopy with pictures, 28 glossy colored pictures of my intestines and colon. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with all of these pictures. When Lynn had his 2 colonoscopies, he came home with 2-8x10 sheets of 4 colonoscopy pictures, 8 pictures altogether. My pictures are rather small, but I still have 28 pictures!! What am I to do with 28 pictures from my colonoscopy? Should I cut them up and send a picture of my colonoscopy w/each Christmas card or should I turn them into framed art pieces and hang them on our wall? To save all of you the thought of getting one of my highly valued photos or for the mad rush to our house to see the art exhibit, I decided to post the colonoscopy pictures here on our blog. That way no one will feel deprived or feel 'unloved' for not receiving a photo. You can see the pictures for yourself and on your own timetable! Now, if there is one particular photograph that you'd love to have hanging around your house or in your wallet, just let me know. I will pop it into the mail for you. :)
Speaking of colonoscopies!!! If you are over 50 and haven't had one, please do so. If your family has a medical history of colon or adnominal cancer or if you are young and are worried about your health, get a colonoscopy. It is a relief to you, to your spouse, to your children and those who love you! Lynn was right. The preparation for the colonoscopy was the pits, the procedure itself was a cinch!
* I hope you enjoy the pictures!!!!