The amount of snow that has fallen is incredible. The school district cancelled school yesterday. Unfortunate for the Christmas performances, parties and gifts to be enjoyed that day. But a fun day to play in the over two feet of snow. Here are some pictures. I decided to play too. The kids buried me in it. It has warmed up some and is starting to melt a bit. Maybe some will stick around for a white Christmas.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Violet was listening to a story on tape on tape the other night. I guess she was tired. First she feel asleep on on her feet with her head on the chair cushion. When I went to take her picture, she kinda woke up a bit and then climbed up on the table. Personally, I would have chosen the couch, or maybe my bed as a new sleeping venue.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I know, you are shocked, a new post. You know how life gets. Vaughn is doing better. He is a much happier guy now. Seems like after about the 4 month mark, the colic gets better. He is on a bottle (sad for me) and also baby food and cereal. I was not giving him enough calories, so we needed to supplement. He then decided he pretty much just preferred the bottle, it fills his tummy up quicker. He loves to suck on his fingers and doesn't enjoy his pacifier anymore. He is growing and chunking up!! At his 4 month check up he was only 11 lbs. Not so goo. He had dropped from the 25th%tile to the 3rd%tile. Now he has been getting formula and cereal for over a month. He is still pretty pukey, but using the formula for spitty uppy babies seems to help. He does keep the "solid" food down better.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
We are only three days from Myra Joanne Andrew's 3rd birthday. Third birthdays in our home are special for a very good reason. Whenever one of our children turn three years old we are reminded of our daughter, Elaine, who has yet to turn three in life; though she would be nine years old now if her life had not been cut short.
Elaine Ruth Andrew lived to be one day shy of her third birthday. We had already purchased gifts to give her. We had decorations ready. We were excited for her to be three years old. She was getting so big and so smart.
As any parent may do, we had a future in mind for Elaine. Her's, we thought, would inevitably be full of appointments with Cardiologists. Eventually she would need a heart transplant; the extra strain of being born without the Right Ventricle chamber would wear out the heart causing failure in her teenage years. After a heart transplant she would have to take medications every day to ensure the new heart would not be rejected. It is not the life you choose for your lovely little daughter; we loved her so much we excepted it without any hesitation.
Something went wrong with her little heart early that shattered all of the expectations we had for her life. After a particularly difficult bout with a cold she was left acting extremely tired and worn out. We took her to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City where the doctors discovered that her heart was already in failure. At two and a half years old she was struggling to stay alive. A heart transplant was her only hope for survival.
She was in the hospital for five weeks waiting for a heart. That much time in heart failure was extremely trying on her little body. We did what we could to make things enjoyable for her. I would sing along with songs from "The Wiggles" and do the dances she used to do only a few months earlier. She smiled a tired smile for me and attempted to move with the music. She wanted to dance with me but couldn't.
She wanted to go home so badly. If you mentioned home she would cry. We put up a sign in her room to let the nurses know that talking about home made her sad.
Though her spirit was strong, her body was too worn out to go on any further with her. The doctors recognized that she didn't have much more time to live. I sat in a rocking chair holding Elaine while Melissa sat to our side holding Elain's hand. Her body died there in my arms, early in the morning, April 19th 2004.
After a long and tiresome struggle, instead of going back with us to our home in Orem she went back to her home in Heaven to be with friends and family there. We were so sad to see her leave us here on earth because we could not yet be with her where she was going.
Because of Elaine third birthdays are special for us in our family.
Posted by Darin at 11:44 AM
Sunday, September 26, 2010
FLY BUTTERFLY FLY
You came to us so gentle and so pure
For how long you would be here we were unsure
But we knew each day we got to share with you
Would make our lives more complete and more true
You see you taught us to love more than we know
With your broken heart you made our whole hearts grow
So as you look up to us we will give to you our heart
And promise to take care of you and always do our part
While you are here rely on us to get you through
To help you do the things that you cannot do
We know you will fly when your job here is done
And your place in the heavens you have rightfully won
But first you must let go of all the earth binding strings
That are way too heavy to carry on butterfly wings
Now our angels are up there and free from all pain
But we still feel their breath in the breeze before the rain
So fly butterfly fly and take with you our love
To each of our angels who are watching us from above
Now we look up to them with a prayer in our hearts
As they promise to take care of us and always do their part
Because you see now they are helping us get through
And doing things for us that we cannot do.
So fly butterfly fly and take with you our love
To each of our angels who are watching us from above
By: Laurie Tye
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I want to post about the walk. It was great! So many things to share and fun pictures. I am heading out to Seattle and Canada for the next few days. You will have to make do with this picture. More to come!
Posted by Melissa at 9:45 PM
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Mormon Messages "Voice of the Spirit" **
It was interesting that the man walking to the pawn shop passed by murmuring voices, whining voices abhorring work, seductive voices, flattering voices. He passed them all easily and without much effort. When it came to the commercial voices he paused a little longer to look at the luxury car. It seems like the mists of darkness are filled with commercials and advertisements for what we "must not do without". Spending time, money, energy for that which is of no worth. There are very subtle lines drawn dividing what has worth, what has some worth and that which is of no worth at all.
Is food important? Of course but what about eating out at fancy restaurants or purchasing costly foods?
Is a house important? I would say so, for safety and security of a family but how big and how much property?
Is a car important? Yes, to get from place to place but what kind and how much should be spent on it?
On and on this list can go. Amazingly this is all about items that will only last while we are on this earth. They are not eternal in their nature. Not eternal and yet we spend almost all of our time, effort, thinking on them. In fact what else but earthly items/services can money buy? Items/services on earth where moth eat and rust corrupt.
I do not think that spending money is bad. Without it education would be difficult to obtain. The creation of the "Perpetual Education Fun" of the LDS church was in an effort to provide money for education. The birth of my children cost money due to hospital stays. My daughter Elaine was born with a heart defect and would have died within days of birth but due to very costly surgeries she lived until the day before she turned 3 years old. I could never have placed a dollar value on what I would have spent to have her alive for 3 years but I can look back at the bills and tell you how much money it did cost.
I guess this is why it is so important to read the scriptures and pray so we can be guided by the spirit as President Faust says in this talk. We can be guided by the spirit to not completely loose track of our eternal goal! The lines dividing worth that started out looking subtle and vague end up being solid and having substance like an iron rod.
** This video can be found on LDS.org or http://www.youtube.com/user/mormonmessages
Posted by Darin at 5:14 PM
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Not the wet kind of waves, but the invisible ones. Thursday morning Christina, Sarah Benson (Miss Springeville/Mapelton) and I were able to participate in a 25 minute radio show called "Utah Families", hosted by Rebecca Cressman. It was a great experience. I really had no idea what to expect. It was quite fun, and I would do it again in a heart beat! We were able to talk about Intermountain Healing Heart, the services provided, Sarah shared her story about being diagnosed with a CHD at age 17 and of course we invited the community to attend the Walk for Healing Hearts in September.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wow, am I really this old? I know I must be to have 5 kids and all, but sheesh...10 years of marriage. Quite the milestone I do believe. Yippie for us! We haven't really been able to celebrate this year *boo*. We are hoping to plan a get a way vacation for the two of us for next year sometime. Babies kinda need their mommies (and daddies). In 10 years Darin and I have not ever had a night alone, away from our kids. For many people this is so strange because they do it all the time. It will be strange next year, for sure. I am looking forward to the quality time with my spouse. Sometimes life just bombards you and it is easy to lose site of the romance, especially when you are changing diapers and dealing with little people's needs all the time. I wouldn't change it though, we love our family and our wonderful children.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Do we own a dog? Not the last time I checked. Then tell me why do I have a fresh pile of poo on my lawn about every stinkin' day? Yesterday there were two. I get that they are animals and pretty much go where they please. If I had a dog, I'd try my darnedest to keep the crap to myself. Please don't let your animal roam free. We live in a neighborhood, not the outback. I don't enjoy the stuff that gets squished all over my shoe and spread through the house. It's stinks and is gross. I don't throw my kids' diapers' on your lawn (maybe I should find the culprits and implement this practice) so don't let your beast treat my nice green lawn like a toilet. It stains. Thank you!