Saturday, September 18, 2010

Loving Life in Texas


I wish I had a picture for this but I don't since I wasn't there! THANK YOU Pete and all who were involved for giving Sarah a going away party before she leaves for the Ukraine! Thanks Mom, Lisa and Hailee for surprising her, thanks Ann for the beautiful cake with the babushka's on it, and thanks David and Angela and Karen and Kyle for all of your love and support. I am so grateful to my family for filling in for Scott and I. Sarah we love you and are so proud of you. We are excited to hear all about your experiences in the Peace Corps.

Este son Hermana Bullock y Hermana Christenson, 2 of our Spanish missionaries who do such a wonderful job preaching the gospel of Christ. Elder Stringfellow wanted to take a picture because it's not often that we find 2 people (not in preschool) shorter than me! Oh by the way, it's P-day, that's why they're dressed so casual. Do you love my pretty pink necklace?

The other night a storm was brewing and the sun was setting and I had to take this picture before the moment passed. This was taken from my deck, we see the sun set from our big picture window right by our dining table most nights.

When we get those big rain storms it produces big mushrooms. This picture doesn't look to impressive but it really was when I was taking it. I guess I needed to lay down beside the mushrooms just so you could tell how big they really were. I've been wanting to take a picture of the cows we pass each morning on the way to the Mission office, they are always surrounded by these large white birds that eat the bugs that come out when the cows eat the grass (I guess). But the road is so narrow with ditches on both sides that we never have. The other morning there was dew falling on that field and it was so beautiful. You'll have to ask Elder Stringfellow about the "dew point" that morning because I don't know enough about it to blog about it!!! (or so I'm told)

I know this is kind of a gross picture but I just thought I would show one of my reactions to the shot I have to take every night. These last for 2 or 3 days and are very itchy and sometimes painful and always irritating. Occasionally there's not much reaction at all. I do a different spot every night and rotate each week; both arms, both thighs, my hips and stomach. These shots to not cure MS, nor do they help any symptons that you're having right now. It is to help the MS flare-ups to not happen as much and to prevent long term damage. I'm having a hard time wanting to continue them but I am going to a seminar this week put on by the manufacture of the drug and also seeing a neurologist this week to get a second opinion and make sure we're on the right track. I would like to feel sorry for myself (and occasionally I do get a little down), but there are too many people who have it a lot worse than I do so I try to count my blessings, which I do have so much to be thankful for.


  1. LOVE the mushrooms mom! ;) Glad you blogged about them. You should've made dad lay by them so we could see their real size! Sure he would have enjoyed that. just kidding dad!

    I was so sad to miss the bye bye bbq too. at least now we aren't the only ones missing out on things!

    So glad to hear you're going to the 2nd opinion dr this week. Call me and tell me about how it goes. Love love love you.

  2. i just showed quintin the picture of you mom, with those two sister missionaries and he sighed and said oh thats so cute. :) you are so cute!

  3. ow! i don't like looking at the picture of your arm. glad you're 'loving life in texas'. you guys are great.

  4. finally got time to catch up on blogs... thanks for the shoutout! it's ok you weren't there but i missed you!