Apr 10, 2012

Going on 5 Days!!

I am just so excited this morning that I had to write about my good news.  I know this won't seem like a long time for most of you, but for me, this is HUGE!  For the past 5 days I have felt GREAT!  I have been outside playing every single day.  On Saturday Dave and I drove down to my parents to spend a little bit of time with them because we were going to be with Dave's family for Easter.  I wanted to see them and spend some time with them before the Holiday so I could celebrate with them a little bit.  

Mom and Dad out enjoying the beautiful weather right as we showed up
We got down there and I helped my Mom do the Easter baskets for the grand kids and make fun little bows on the top of each basket, we got her clothes ready for her to fly to WI this week to see my sister, and then I showed her my little garage sale find.  (I went early Saturday morning and found an awesome ornate big mirror with a fantastic frame that was gold, and I'm going to paint it some fun color and give it to her for Mother's day!)

Dave, my Dad, and I headed outside to play around for a bit.  I pulled out the razor scooter and rode up and down the sidewalk while my Dad and Dave talked, and then my Mom came out.  It was such a gorgeous day that we pulled out the Frisbee (aka the flying saucer because it's HUGE!) and started to play.  I can't tell you how much fun we had.  It was so wonderful to feel the sun on my face, and to feel good enough to play.  This was the 1st time in a very long time that I wasn't hurting, nauseated, or weak.  I played for about 15 minutes and then I had to sit down, but even then I sat in the sun and watched them all continue to play and chit chatted with them.  

Dave and I love spending time with our families.  We find so much joy in being around our parents, siblings, and especially the grand kids.  Dave and my Dad have a really special relationship which I feel so blessed for.  They are just like best buddies.  It's a relationship that I am so thankful for.  I always wanted my father to love the guy I was married to, and I didn't just get that, they just happen to be best friends as well.

Dave outside in the sun playing Frisbee with me
After the great day we had with my parents, we had an equally great Easter with Dave's family.  After we went to church and taught my cute little 3 year old kids, we came home, changed, and got ready to spend the day with the Strasburg clan.  My mother in law had made an amazing dinner that I wish I could have eaten.  She made an amazing Easter ham (which unfortunately is one of my foods that I just can't eat) that everyone enjoyed.  Then she had these cute little individual carrot cakes which were to die for.  We had so much fun sitting around talking to everyone.  After dinner we all headed outside again to play with the Frisbee Dave and I had brought.  Now, let me describe this Frisbee to you.  It is like the world's fastest and longest distance Frisbee ever made.  Not only does it soar, but it flies so far with minimal effort.  There is also a definite learning curve when first starting to play with this thing.

The first group to try to tackle this high flying Frisbee was Dave, my nephew, and me.  They both got it down pat in about 3 throws each.  Now as for me, I was throwing it way past them, to the FAR left of them, or the Far right of them, or 10 feet in front of them on the ground.  To say the least, I never quite got it, but I sure did have a blast!  The sun was shining, we were out in our shorts, and we had an amazing time.  It was just so great to have enough energy to play for a little bit, and then to be able to sit down and stay outside while everyone else continued to play.

After the games, I had made sugar cookies and frosting to frost with all the kids.  It was so much fun to frost cookies with my little niece, sister in law's, and nephew.  To see their cute creativity come out, and watch them having so much fun with Aunt Jilly was a blast!  I was just so thankful to have had 2 full days of feeling good enough to do stuff.  

I know all these things sound like such normal everyday activities, but for me their not.  I normally don't get good enough days to do anything above and beyond what is absolutely needed, and that's fine.  But when I am so blessed with feeling good and having energy I love taking advantage of it.  The weather was amazing this Easter weekend, and being with family and friends was the perfect way to spend it.  Getting to be outside and playing with Dave again was such a joy.  Just a little "Easter Miracle" in my book.  :)  I hope you all had as great of a weekend as we did.  I'll talk to you all soon!

Apr 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Just a picture and short note for you on Easter..
{Written by Jilly for Mormon.org}
When I became deathly ill 1 month after my husband and I were married in the temple, I really gained a new love and respect for my Savior. I was heartbroken thinking that I was going to leave my new eternal companion and spent hours and hours on my knees begging him to save me so I didn't have to leave my sweetheart. It was after a particular surgery where in recovery the nurses kept telling the doctor's that they were losing me. I had a very special experience where I knew that I had the option to choose to live, or return home to my Father in Heaven. God was going to let me either come home and be out of pain or give me the chance to go back and live with my husband but continue to suffer. He let me know that he would be with me, but it would be painful. All I cared about was being with my husband if even for 1 more day. I instantly woke up in screaming pain, and have struggled with my health for the last 3 years of our marriage, but he kept his promise. I'm alive and I wake up every day to see my sweet husbands face, and for that I am eternally grateful. That is why my Savior, Jesus Christ, is important to me.