Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More than you ever wanted to know about Crohn's Disease...

Since Crohn's Disease has been a part of my life with Lennis for more than 30 years now, I thought I'd post a small rant about it. (Yes, I guess I am ranting a lot lately!)

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.

"I need Thee every hour"
We will be ok.

Monday, October 26, 2009


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?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Gotta love fall!

Here is the cutest little grandson ever, with his first pumpkin ever!
I love this little man!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Rant About Football

Tackle football is played with pads, lots and lots of pads.

You have your

two knee pads,

two thigh pads,

two hip pads,

even a tailbone pad---and that's just the pants!

Then there's

the shoulderpads

and anything else the player may add such as

arm pads,

wrist pads,

look wow I'm cool arm bands,

a flack jacket,

rib pads,

yes there are lots and lots of pads.

Then there's the helmet! It is filled with padding,

special padding,

complete with a chin strap.

Don't even get me started on the dozens and dozens of types of braces a player can wear.

Why, you may ask, do I rant about this? I am getting to that.

Tackle football is a CONTACT sport. They pad the boys up. The are suppose to hit the other player--after all that's most of the fun .

If I went to a

BYU football game,

a Pleasant Grove High School football game or even

a little league football game, I would EXPECT the players to hit and tackle each other.

Wouldn't you?

Why then, oh most holy of referees (yes I'm talking about last night's game), do you throw the penalty flag


and again,

and again,

because the players, the padded up players, hit and tackle each other?

Time to get out my referee shirt....I'm hitting the field!

(Thanks, I feel a little better.)

Friday, October 16, 2009


This is Pleasant Grove--this is where I live!

This is BYU--this is where I work!

I live and work in heaven!! I LOVE my life!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"There must needs be oppostion in all things..."

I Love:
my family
my friends
my job
Pleasant Grove
to be warm
going to the pool
that I have a missionary son serving in Brazil
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

Just saying....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Random Thoughts

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!!

10. I really like Lennis!

Friday, October 9, 2009


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!