Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A sick little girl, a sick grandpa, and a crazy fun weekend!

The week is halfway over, but so far it has been good. We got to go visit Grandpa on Monday night, he was hanging in there. He has lost some hearing because of the baric chamber treatments, but he suprised us and could hear us o.k., and talked a little bit. When my girls went up to him to give him a hug, he treated them the same way he always has. One thing I have always loved about him, is his love for little ones. When ever we visit with him and Grandma, they always fight to be the first to hold the babies and they are both so sweet and tender with them, and the older little ones are cherished by them too. My kids adore them too.
It was good to see him, and when we left, I kissed him on the forehead and waved, to which he waved back at me. On our way out, another elderly man was sitting at a table with a half done puzzle and a few cards in his hands. He was very sweet to say "Hi" to us and it made me wonder about who he was, and what his life had been like and who his loved ones are. If we hadn't of been in a hurry, so we could go visit Grandma too, and then get the Hubby home to work, I would have sat down and had a chat with him :)
FAMILY is the most important thing in this life, and in the life before we came to earth, and the life after this time on earth. LOVE is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and FAMILY revolves around LOVE. I love it! hehe
As far as a sick little girl now, my 3 year old has the fever and symptoms that my 5 year old had about 2 weeks ago. Kind of crazy it took 2 weeks for her body to start fighting and getting rid of it.
For those that don't know, I completely switched my mothering ways to the natural healing way. It works, it nourishes, and it is just so much better all together. I don't give Tylenol for fevers like I used to when my 5 year old was little, but instead I work to treat the source instead of the reactions and symptoms. My 5 year olds fever lasted her about 2 days, but she didn't have any long lasting symptoms from it. I am hoping for the same with my 3 year old.
We started with Dr. Christopher's brand of Kid-e-Reg to regulate her bowel movements to help with toxin elimination, and I have been giving her lots of rest and water and have been putting Forever Green essential oil Kids wellness on her every hour or so. So far she is doing well. I am glad I can help her body get rid of the sickness on its own by using the fever to kill the virus, and keeping her hydrated to keep her body eliminating and healing.
Tonight is American Idol finale, I like watching American Idol, but because I am always busy I forget to watch a lot of the episodes lol, but the finale is always something I never miss! :)
Tomorrow, my sister and her boys are coming to stay with us for a couple nights for my sisters wedding on Saturday. Friday, we will be busy with getting haircuts and pictures and just having fun! I get to rent an awesome lens which will be coming on Thursday also, and I just received some ND filters for my 18-55mm lens and my sisters 20x24 bridal came in the mail. It's been fun!
On one more note, a sweet girl that used to live in my neighborhood, who is now married, got in a car accident yesterday. Her and her husband were both hurt pretty bad, and she has several broken bones. I will be keeping them in my prayers for healing and strength. Their family has been through a lot in the past years with different family members so I am hoping they will be able to see lots of blessings coming their way.
I would like to be better about blogging on a daily basis again, haha, we will see :)What are your thoughts, is it o.k. to put your personal life journal on a blogging website for everyone to see? I am not sure if it is or not. Well, TTFN!

Monday, May 23, 2011

A special prayer

I had a special experience last night with my 5 year old.
A special man came into our lives about 7 years ago. My sweet adorable Grandma was reunited with her high-school sweetheart from about 60 years earlier. I have a special place in my heart for each of my grandparents, and even though two of them I have never met in this lifetime, I still love them for being my grandpa's and living the lives they did.
So when Grandpa Mel joined our family, his sweet spirit pulled us all in like a magnet and my family and I have been calling him Grandpa since the day we met, which was also the day he married my sweet grandma.
It has been amazing watching him and all the things he has gone through in his life. When he was a boy, he was accidentally shot with a bullet. The doctors told his family he would not make it through the night.
The miracle.....he did make it through the night, and his whole life has been anything but short of great experiences all throughout. He is a good man, and a big sweetheart!
He has had a few health problems in the last couple of years and he has ended up in the hospital again these last couple of weeks. It has been really hard for him and his treatments have made him very weak. Today they are moving him into a hospice center :(
Last night I asked my 5 year old if she would say a personal prayer for Grandpa. I was putting her to bed and giving her goodnight hugs and kisses. She was in her bed and we had already said family prayer.
Grandpa is scared and unsure of what happens after this life and that is the hardest part for him, but he feels he is ready to give up. I explained to her his situation the best way I could to a 5 year old. I told her he needed prayers to help him feel safe and loved, and comforted and happy. She seemed to so easily understand. She said she would say one and proceeded right then and there to do it.
This little girl is hard to get to say family prayers. I know she has a testimony of prayer, but for some reason she has a hard time doing it in a group setting. She has excitedly told me before that she has said personal prayers before though, and I think that is really important.
So when she started to say it, I half expected that she would say everything I had told her that we should pray for, word for word. She surprised me though...and I don't think I could ever forget how sweet this little prayer was.
She said "Dear Heavenly father, please bless Grandpa Lappin that he will have...(I felt her searching for the words) butterflies in his dreams." Then she closed her prayer. It was so simple and perfect and beautiful, she took a little piece of my heart at that moment and it has been mushy and tender ever since.
Just last week my visiting teacher came over and talked to me about a talk given in the recent LDS General conference, about becoming like a little child in heart and mind. That was all I could think about last night, well that and wanting to pray for Grandpa to have butterflies in his dreams too.
If we could all have the faith of a little 5 year old, and the simplicity that their mind uses, things would be so amazing for us.
I am praying that my grandpa can know how much he is loved by our Heavenly father, that there is life after this one, and that he has many loved ones surrounding him and ready to help him, and take care of him here and in the spirit world. I am praying that he will have faith and will be able to heal and have strength, and that he will know he is worthy of being happy and loved because he is a son of God. I am also praying that his testimony will be strengthened through all of this too.
I love you Grandpa Mel! Thank you for being the part of my life that you are! I hope we can all think a little more like my little girl did last night when we are faced with challenges. Humility, innocence, faith, and love for our savior.