This website is a good one to answer questions about symptoms, what the disease actually is, etc.
Lennis had Crohn's Disease for three years before it was diagnosed. We had been married 6 months when he was finally correctly diagnosed. We have been married for 27 years. That's 30 years worth of Crohn's. bleh...
Chronic illness, including Crohn's Disease, robs the sufferer of dignity, self-esteem, the enjoyment of everyday things, a pain-free life, and many other things. However, it teaches patience, love, appreciation for the scarce, pain-free times, endurance, charity, and faith.
Yes, I said faith. Heavenly Father allows trials so we can grow--so we can become like Him--which was our greatest desire in the pre-existance. I admit that most of the time I am sick of growing and don't want to progress if it means the suffering that comes with it. How fortunate I am to have a Guide that knows all, and sees the big picture. My mortal eyes cannot see the important, eternal things--but His can, and He will led us all home, if we allow Him to.
Even though Lennis and I know this, it is still a struggle everyday. Discouragement seems to be a constant companion, while fighting to overcome depression, and hopelessness seems to be in vain. He is in the hospital again for the second time this month--discouragement abounds. Even when he is not hospitalized, his quality of life is what my sweet daughters would say "not so much".
So...., even though we get so very discouraged, and feel we cannot handle all the pressures, trials,and struggles that Crohn's Disease brings to our family, We vow to let Him led us home to His care, to His love, to His rest. Lennis and I will make it through Crohn's Disease and whatever else may come--because our Savior lives, knows us, and loves us. He alone has made it possible to come home to our Heavenly Father--home to His rest.
It is sunny and pretty outside today Lyndsie visited me today--I miss her I miss Ian--he has been in Brazil for one year this Wednesday I hate chronic illness--it really sucks I'm not feeling very strong today It is suppose to snow tomorrow Micah has a football game tomorrow--guess it will be in the snow I will have some yummy hot chocolate tomorrow--in honor of the snow I want to put up my Christmas tree If it snows then it is legal to put up my Christmas tree.....right?
I Love: grandbabies my family my friends my job Pleasant Grove football to be warm going to the pool that I have a missionary son serving in Brazil BYU the smell of rain
I Hate: that I am cold all the time that my old body is falling apart that I feel lazy most days that Lone Peak beat PG in football last night...SOOOO lame! that my house is not organized like I want it to be dog hair weeds, especially bind weed chronic illness when no email comes from Brazil on Monday the smell of coffee bad grammar
I decided about 30 seconds ago that I would post some random thoughts...just cause.
Random Thoughts (idea stolen from Tess)
1. You may have noticed that I have very few ideas of my own...I steal good ideas from others!
2. I love my 3 doggies, but still can't figure out how we ended up with that many.
3. I HATE dog hair! (go figure, see #2)
4. I painted my living room this spring and have still not hung my pictures because I can't figure out where to put them and how to make them look good.
5. I have no patience with parents who do NOT watch their kids. You cannot believe how many parents let their kids run wild in the Museum (where I work). It also amazes me that they let their kids climb on the furniture here. I see it EVERY day! Unbelievable!!
6. Even though I love the shoes I wore today, I don't think they match my outfit very well--hope no one noticed.
7. I never get everything done that I need to do--frustrating!
8. I am really good at being lazy lately!
9. I have four BYU Football posters hanging in my office. I bet that is a huge surprise!!
Ok, I have to admit that I faithfully follow several blogs. Checking your blogs has become my obsession--I check them daily. Because of this you have all inspired me! Several of you write such neat/cool things about your life, your dreams, random thoughts. I LOVE reading your blogs, so I've decided to give it a try.
Confessions: (idea stolen from Brandie)
1. I am addicted to Facebook. Yes, it's true. I check it about 3 times a day! I LOVE keeping up with everyone!
2. I am aware that almost no one reads my blog--which is mostly ok. I do it for mostly for me anyway.
3. I am totally bugged when people use the word "anyways" when it should be "anyway".
4. I often mourn the fact that I was never able to be what I wanted to be the very most--a stay at home mom. Then I feel guilty because I have so many other blessings! (and I really do love my job!)
5. I am obsessed with Musical Theater--I can blame my Mom for my original interest and my son, Ian in my renewed interest. My childhood is filled with memories of listening and dancing to tons of music, especially "Fiddler on the Roof", "Hair", "Oklahoma", etc. My latest passions are "Next to Normal", "Aida", "Phantom of the Opera", and "Les Miserable". I would spend a week in New York every year and go to musicals on Broadway if I could!
6. I am addicted/obsessed with football! I love football, all football, any football! I have actually figured out how to watch football EVERY day of the week in the fall!
7. I secretly want to be a football referee! (see number 6 above)
8. I will post several more confessions later about my obsession with football!!
9. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, being a Grandma! Just call me Grammy!
10. I am SOOOO proud of my kids and their righteous choices. They bring me great joy!
For Pioneer Day this year, in addition to our traditional Cul-De-Sac BBQ, we had a pie eating contest. This consists of paper plates loaded with chocolate pudding and whipped cream. Everyone lays in a circle on their tummies and eats the 'pie' with no hands. At the conclusion of the contest, a gigantic pudding fight ensued! It was the best!!
On Saturday, July 18, 2009, we celebrated Gramma Pete's birthday with a family reunion. We had a wonderful time with wonderful family--and even Gramma would have been proud at the amount of laughing we did!
Eli, the football player!
AnnDee keeping cool--it was hot!
Joni & Patty
My wonderful daughters!
Sarah and Cody...cheeeeze!
Micah, the one-man volleyball team
AnnDee and Lyndsie losing to Micah in volleyball! (He cheats!)