Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thankful Heart...

We've had a whirlwind of a summer and now that fall is settling in around us, hopefully we'll be able to settle down as well and get back into a routine. Lots has been happening...

Gavin was blessed in September over labor day weekend. It was such a wonderful day and I'm so grateful for a husband who shares my beliefs and can lead our family in the gospel.



We've been canning again this year. We've put up peaches, pears, salsa, and jam. Next year I'd like to try pickles and applesauce as well.



We've been working on putting in a yard here at our new home, which includes building a shed, planting and mulching the garden beds, preparing a garden plot for next spring, and babying our newly planted grass...hopefully it will come back next spring!

We've been camping a few times this summer, (which is an impressive feat with a newborn) Ayden absolutely loves going to the mountains, getting dirty and climbing on the rocks. He even got to bring his (toy) gun in case he saw any bears.



We've been decorating in the boy's rooms. Gavin's room is pretty much finished it's another cute little firefighter nursery and Ayden's hunting room is well on it's way.

My little Ayden turned THREE!!! I can't believe how fast the last three years have gone. For Ayden's birthday we planned a fun filled weekend down in Salt Lake. We visited the Aquarium, went to dinner at the Mayan, had a little pirate party and went to the zoo. Unfortunitaly while waiting for our table at the Mayan Ayden got sick (all over the sidewalk) and so Sean had to take him back to my parents house and he missed out on the divers and bird show. His Aunt Candis had set up a cute little pirate party with balloons and banners for him there and he just laid in Sean's lap telling him how much he loved his pirate party. Poor kid. He was however feeling well enough to venture out to the zoo the next day and he loved seeing all the animals. (He looks pretty happy in this pic ecspecially considering the previous couple of hours).



Currently I'm recovering from a Cornea Transplant Surgery. Many of you know that I have a degenerative eye disease called Kerataconus and that it's been messing with my vision for several years now. The doctors decided that my conditon had gotten bad enough to warrant a cornea transplant. My name made it to the top of the list and they were able to find me a viable cornea a few weeks ago. I can't begin to tell you how indebted I feel for the sacrifice that a perfect stranger made in my behalf. My vision in the eye that has been corrected is already improved to 20/30 while the remaining eye is worse then 20/300. The other day I was cooking dinner and looked across the room to see my little Gavin watching me smiling and I just wished that I could tell this person, and their family how grateful I am. The impact that they have had on my life is tremendous and I feel so lucky that I'll be able to pick my son out of the football huddle now, or see the expression on their faces Christmas morning (I know it sounds cheesy, but you don't realize how great it is until you don't have it anymore). So a big thank you to all of you who have signed up to be organ donors. Just know that your sacrifice won't go unappreciated.
Our family has many reasons to have thankful hearts right now, LIFE IS GOOD!!

8 comments:

Leserlee said...

I've never personally been touched by an organ donation, but Carl and I are both signed up as donors. I figure when I'm dead I won't need my organs anymore, so I should let them help other people. Just another form of service, right?

Daryl & Gayelene said...

Okay, Monica so you made me cry and I am at work. Thanks for sharing that and the fact that you can see so much better. Sure do love you and your family

Laura G said...

We've been missing you, so I was so excited to see a new post today. I'm so glad that things are going well for you. Your boys are beautiful, in the good way Sean, not the the girly way. Just to clarify so I don't get in trouble. HAHA. I'm so happy for you that the world looks different. How exciting.
p.s. new v.t. doesn't match up to my old one! ; )

Daryl said...

Monica
It dosn't sound cheesy to me at all, your comments touched me. Do you realize that the last picture you have of your house is when it was being built. I would like to see a picture of how it is turning out, before the snow flys. I would love to see how the garden boxes turned out.

Dad

Katie said...

It was so sweet to hear how you guys are doing. Your boys are getting so big. I am glad you are feeling and seeing better. Love Katie

Michelle Stott said...

Wow, your kids are so cute. That is awesome about the transplant. I hope all goes well with that.

Amber said...

I sure miss you!

Post a pic of the house!!

Deanna said...

I hadn't been on your blog in a while....what a beautiful post! I hadn't realized how bad your vision was, until you wrote that...wow! I'll appreciate those smiles and even those stuck-out-tongues a little bit more. :) Thanks for the visit today. We should do more stuff together, and not just at work! :)