Sunday, March 8, 2015

campfire cupcakes

 

Ok…look what I created…

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I was assigned to make campfire cupcakes for our camp kick-off fireside. I am not sure if they really look like campfires you would see out in the wilderness but they were delicious to eat. HA HA!!

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They were a lot of fun making.  The fire is made out of melted orange, yellow, and red Lifesavers, the logs are mini Kit Kats, and marshmallows (for roasting) is on a toothpick.  I thought that they turned out cute.

~Michelle

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Act immediately!!!

Have you ever had a prompted or a thought jump right into the conversation that is either taking place vocally or in your mind? That prompting or thought interrupts and stays for a moment to see what you will do then, it leaves as you brush it off. You continue with what you are saying or thinking and then, that prompting interrupts again. You think about it for a second and then you brush it off again. The third time it comes it is so bold and now your heart is racing, anxiety starts and you just know that you need to act or suffer a heart attack or something…

Well, that happened to me tonight. We were on our away home from attending the temple with our amazing youth in our ward.

OH…let me interrupt for as second to share a thought…

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This year, our youth have set a goal to attend the temple in behalf of 600 individuals that have passed on and are waiting for their work to be accomplished here on earth.  We have been attending a different temple each month-hoping to attend all the LDS temples in the state of Utah. Tonight, we had the privilege and blessing of attending the Manti LDS Temple. The temple workers invited us to eat in their cafeteria prior to performing baptisms for 120 individuals. It was an incredible experience and we are so grateful for the opportunity to attend the temple.

So…now back to the story.

We took pictures (in the dark) and then headed back home. Prior to leaving Provo, we had had a prayer that asked for protection to and from our temple trip. I didn’t think much of praying before we left to head back to Provo until we had been in the car for about 10 or 15 minutes. We were crazily singing songs, laughing and chatting up a storm with those in our car. Don’t worry, Whit was driving…I still cannot see that well. The thought of saying a prayer for protection entered my mind as I was talking. I brushed if off reminding myself that we already prayed. A few moments later, the thought came back and I continued with talking, singing and such...brushed it off again because we had already prayed for protection at the very beginning of our trip.  OK…the third time, the thought was so strong that my heart started beating faster and I could feel this anxious uneasiness start to feel my entire body. I opened up my mouth and blurted out that we needed to say a prayer. Immediately, I started to pray that all will be well with our group of youth and leaders and that those driving the cars would make wise choices. It was a simple prayer but definitely one that the Spirit testified needed to happen.

Moments later, as we are traveling at high speed (we were going the speed limit but it was still pretty fast) when in the middle of the road was this huge deer-standing still looking at us. Whit was able to maneuver her SUV and slow down to avoid hitting the deer. As we started to discuss what just took place and I shared the promptings that I had been having, I was grateful to have acted upon them and the Spirit was able to give me three chances to listen. If we would have it the deer, at the rate that we were traveling, we would have had some serious injuries. As I ponder the events of the evening, my heart and mind come to a sense of urgency where I need to have more courage to act on the promptings and thoughts that I have and to act immediately. I do not want to think of how I would have felt if something would have happened.

My heart is full tonight of gratitude of (finally) listening to the Spirit where my sweet little friends were protected and no harm came upon anyone of us. My goal this week is to ACT IMMEDIATELY!!!

~Michelle

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Numbing drops…wished that they would have worked.

It has been a couple of weeks and lots of happened. I am grateful for a loving family and amazing friends who have been right by my side as I struggle through the things that have happened. My heart is filled with so much gratitude lately that when I think of the blessings that have been poured upon me, my heart starts to feel those amazing warm fuzzies and tears seem to fall gently down my face. Let me back up a couple of weeks and share some of my thoughts.

On Friday, February 27th, I went in for another eye surgery. The right eye has been healing at an amazing rate so it was time to move to the left eye. When I met with the surgeon, he told me that I didn’t need to worry about the left eye hurting so much and the vision would return sooner because it was going to be less evasive than the previous surgery.

Hmm…it was definitely the opposite. I felt almost everything that went on. They tried numbing my eye and numbing it again and numbing it again. It was not numbing at all!!! Then, the surgeon started…slice!

I felt the razor blade slice my eye-I jerked.

More numbing drops added.

I felt the tweezers as they pulled the tissue off my eye…OK...NOW I AM FREAKING OUT!!!

More numbing drops…

I could feel it. The surgeon was trying is hardest to numb the eye but for some reason, the drops were not numbing it. He kept telling me that my eye wasn’t settling down.

Duh?! Would you settle down if you were feeling everything?

Finally, it was over and I was in a great amount of pain. He told me that my tears would be bloody but not to worry about it too much. It is just the eye trying to heal itself. He sent me home with pain meds and antibiotics.

I was in pain.

I did have bloody tears

I cried.

I cried some more.

I snuggled next to my mom…and cried some more. Finally, after I calmed down…I will admit, I am a wimp when it comes to pain. I do not like it. NOT ONE BIT!!

But…finally, as the pain meds kicked in (as much as they could), I snuggled up in my new favorite blanket (Thank you Mischelle for the most amazing comforting blanket that you made for me) and ate a bowl of my mom’s delicious chicken soup. Comfort of home is exactly where I needed to be.

I am so glad that day is over and my vision is slowly returning to normal. It has been a trial and I am not sure what I am supposed to learn from it but I know that I draw closer to our Heavenly Father, it will come and I will be blessed for enduring.20150227_133626 (3)

~Michelle

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Today is my birthday and I was pleasantly spoiled. I will let the pictures tell the story…

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My desk was visited by the Birthday Fairy (aka Vieve). She also brought me a delicious breakfast!  

Lots of fun presents from friends…20150225_083537 (1)

and from co-workers….

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Beautiful flowers from Shad, Jessica and Brylie..

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Lunch at The Brick Oven and Vieve brought treats from The Sweet Tooth Fairy…

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Delicious treats to add to a fun and happy day!!!  Happy Birthday to me!!!  I had so many wonderful people wish me happy birthday by phone call (Mom and Dad kept calling to sing), text messages, emails and Facebook messages.  It was simply a lovely day.  It is fun to be spoiled. 
~Michelle

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

an IV, a camera and a much needed nap…

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I am home from the hospital!!! I was on an IV for 5 hours while I waited for the tests to be performed.  Finally, they took me to the room where they were going to perform the scope.  I quickly drifted off to sleep for a much needed nap while they put a camera down into my stomach, upper intestines, took pictures of what was happening and then, took two biopsies. I should know the results in a few days.  The test wasn’t too bad since I was asleep for all of it. 

What hurts the most is the blasted IV.  Look at my poor arm…OUCH!!!

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Now, I am just chilling in my room…pondering…grateful to be alive and HEALING!!!  

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Today has been a long day!!!!

Goodnight!!!

~Michelle

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pedicures!

The adventures of this week have begun…the good ones and the not-so-good ones. I decided that since I have a couple of not-so-good adventures this week, I needed to have a fun one to start off this week. My pedicure friends and I headed to have our toes flaunted over, our feet soaked and our calf muscles massaged. HEE HEE!!!

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This picture is kinda blurry…but my toe nails are salmon color with white flowers on them. I love a really good pedicure and we finally found the perfect place.  They even serve you a can of delicious cold Diet Coke (or any other soda or water that you prefer). 

~Michelle

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ok…let the adventures begin…

As of late, it seems like every time I turn around, a trial has been placed in my way waiting for me to overcome it. I am not sure if I should be grateful that I get to experience new things or if I should start wondering what is going on. Ok…I pick the “wondering what is going on” part. See, several weeks ago, I thought that I had come down with the stomach flu. Every time I ate and every time I did not eat, my upper part of my abdomen would hurt like crazy and I would end up throwing up. I wasn’t getting any better and the pain was starting to become unbearable. After going through this little trial for a while, I felt that I needed to seek medical help. After many blood tests, I found out that I did not have the stomach flu. Of course not!!! That would be simple. SIMPLE!! No, I cannot be simple---I have to be complex!!! I had come down with a bacterial virus that creates ulcers that grow in the stomach lining. After taking the appropriate medication for a couple of weeks, the pain was not easing up and the throwing up was still continuing. My doctor scheduled tests at the hospital and I was growing more and more anxious waiting for that day to come.

After much pondering and being able to handle the anxious feelings I was having, I asked for a priesthood blessing. Once again, I was blessed to be healed. There were a couple of phrases that really stood out.  One said that “because of my faithfulness, I will be healed and the second one was that I was told that as soon as the hands were removed from my head, my body would start to heal itself. It was powerful and the Spirit was strong as I was reminded that my presence on this earth is important and my mission is not over. I am grateful for a strong testimony of the power of the priesthood. I know that the words that are spoken and felt as hands are placed on your head during a blessing comes from our loving Heavenly Father. I know this. I don’t only believe it…I know it. I am so grateful for the peace that is brought into an anxious heart when the Spirit touches the heart and calms the mind. I know that the adventures that I will be going through this week, the outcome will be His will. I know this but the little part of doubt seeps in and creates that anxiousness but the Spirit quickly comes in and calms everything down.

Ok…let the adventures begin. I can do this…I can!