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Hero of the Week

My hero this week is my good friend Mike Cox. He, along with his wife, Amanda, and son, came over tonight to help me put some shelves together. He’s a good friend. The first shelf was suppose to just snap together, but it turned into a nightmare, as it kept falling apart! Mike just stuck with it. I think it was more determination that he was going to make it work, that kept him going with it. But, after probably an hour or more, he got it! Then, he put a bookshelf together for me. The Coxes are wonderful people! They are heroes to me, and have been more than once. Thanks guys! I love ya!

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Taking Comfort in My Faith


On Friday night, my dad called and told me that my great-uncle Nick had passed away. When you hear that, it kind of hits you like, “Whoa! What did you just say?” But then, it hits you, and sinks in.
This was something we knew would be coming, as he had been pretty sick for a while now. But knowing the death of a loved one was coming, seldom offers any comfort to those faced with that loss. I think it may have hit my dad pretty hard, as a matter of fact, and I tried to offer him what comfort I could.
After I got off the phone, I really began to reflect on this. Why was it that I wasn’t so sad? I knew the answer instantly. It’s because I know where my uncle Nick is. I know that he’s not in pain anymore. I know that we can all see him again. This is such a comforting thought. Death is not the end. It’s only part of the journey; only part of the plan. I take such great comfort in that knowledge! What a peaceful feeling to know that this is all part of Heavenly Father’s plan. People mourn and experience great sadness because they don’t have this knowledge. I’m not saying that I don’t miss people, or mourn the loss of having them here with me, I just don’t dwell on it.
When I was 14, my Grandpa died. It tore me apart! I had no idea, at the time, about what would happen to him. I didn’t really believe that was the “end,” but I didn’t know that I could see him and be with him, as a family, again. Shortly thereafter, I learned about the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This gave me such joy and comfort; more than I can really put into words! That summer I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Then, when I was 19, my step-dad died, after a painful battle with cancer. I was very sad to not be able to have him in my life anymore. I was sad because I knew that my mom was totally destroyed. But, I didn’t react the same way I did with my grandpa. I knew where Jim was. When my grandmother died the next year, I was again very sad because she wouldn’t be here with me anymore. Sometimes you just want a hug from grandma. But, I didn’t mourn like with my grandpa. I knew where she was. Then, a couple years ago, my other grandma died. Again, I didn’t cry hysterically, or mourn a lot. I knew where she was. And now, while I am sad that he’s not on this earth anymore, I know where my uncle Nick is.
I know that I can be with all of them again! Oh, what joy this brings me! Families are an eternal institution. They are central to the Lord’s plan. We can all be with our families for eternity! What a wonderful piece of knowledge! Jesus Christ loosed the bands of death for all of us. Because of this we will rise again, in a perfected state, in the resurrection! We will have the opportunity to be together forever with our families. This is truly the most wondrous thing!

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Pups on the way

One of our little wiener dogs, Chewy, is pregnant. It came somewhat as a surprise to us, because the dad is so much bigger than her. We are going to be taking her to the vet Saturday, so we’ll see what he says. Right now, though, we are thinking that she’s probably going to need a c-section. But, we’ll do whatever we need to. I bet the pups will be so cute!

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Memorial Day

A lot has been said the last few days about Memorial Day. John Edwards is calling for protests against the war in Iraq to take place that day, totally dishonoring the memory of fallen soldiers. Others, though, are trying to remind the American public what Memorial Day is really suppose to be about. I wanted to share part of an e-mail I got today. The message was written by LtCol Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.):

Heroes aren’t athletes who set new sports records or Hollywood actors who make “daring” films, or politicians who make bold promises. Heroes are people who place themselves at risk for the benefit of others.

America enjoys freedom today because true heroes – the men and women of the United States Armed Forces – our courageous soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Guardsmen – sacrifice their tomorrows for us.

Memorial Day is an opportunity for Americans to say “Thank You” to our brave defenders of freedom and their families, especially the children they have left behind. In declaring a day of memorial to those who had died in service to our country, General John Logan, then Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed on May 5, 1868:

“…let us in this solemn preserve renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude – the soldier’s widow and orphan.”

I really love that last quote. Let’s remember what this day is really suppose to be about!

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Surgery Sucks!

This morning I had surgery on my left wrist, to remove a cyst that I’ve had for years. Lately, though, it’s really been bothering me, so I had to have it removed. It was actually a very simple and quick procedure, they didn’t even knock me out all the way. However, they did give me Valium and a local. The Valium made me feel really weird and sleepy. It wore off after a few hours, but I just haven’t felt right all day. I thought that since they just gave me a local, I’d be fine tonight, but I just feel, well, blah. Plus, my wrist is really hurting! My fingers are all swollen up too. I can’t get the thing wet for like ten days, kinda like a cast. So, I can’t really wash my hand. (I’ll be using up the hand sanitizer like crazy.) I can’t do dishes, so that’s going to stink, literally. Adam can help through Saturday, but then he’s headed to D.C., and I’ll be stuck with a sink full of dirty dishes. And gosh, I just realized, I’m not going to be able to give any of the kids a bath. Oh, brother. And, I can’t nurse Genevie until tomorrow morning. She’s not very happy about that, but she’s been doing surprisingly well. I know we’ll both be much happier when things are back to normal.

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This is so funny to me. According to the latest poll (which is very important to the drive-by media), the Congressional approval rating is lower than the President’s! That is hilarious to me! The liberals whine and complain about the President, and quote his approval ratings constantly. Now, they’ve got control of Congress, and their approval rating is even lower than his! According to the latest Gallup poll, the President’s approval rating is at 33%, while Congress is at 29%! HA! You thought you were going to improve things! Looks like they are just getting worse. Hey Dems, here’s some advice for you, Quit trying to defeat your own country! Quit being hypocritical by saying you’re supporting the troops, but not their mission, and then trying to set them up for defeat! Quit letting loud-mouths like Reid and Pelosi say and do stupid things, like the war is lost, or meeting with the Syrians to try to push your own foreign policy! Quit being so anti-military and anti-victory! And, while we’re on that subject, Harry Reid should resign. Period. There is no room for argument here! His recent remarks not only undermined the troops and their families, but could be considered traitorous! How awful it is that the top dog in the US Senate would say something so horrible. He should step down.
Now, liberals, pay attention here, start supporting your country and your troops! I know, it sounds crazy, but most American citizens want victory in Iraq. Now quit playing games with the military and riding both sides of the fence. If you are all so against the war, like you say you are, defund it. (Can’t do that, eh? You know that your constituents would not support pulling the funding out from under the troops. You all talk big but when it comes down to it, you got nothing.) If you aren’t going to defund the war, then quit playing politics (Harry “we’re going to pick up seats from the war” Reid), and fund the troops, support them in your words and actions, and root for your own country!

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Hero of the Week

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done a Hero of the Week, because there just hasn’t been anyone that stood out to me. However, this week, I’ve decided to make my hero of the week my heroes of the week. This week, it’s the brave and dedicated men and women of the US Military, in all branches. They should be honored for all they do! These people worry about MY freedoms and safety, and put themselves in harm’s way to defend that. Think about that for just a minute. They put their lives on the line, and in some cases loose that life, to protect all of the rest of us! How amazing is that?! These people are truly heroes!

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