"But behold, I will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."
~ 1 Nephi 1:20
Today was one of those days that was emotionally and physically challenging, yet one that I never want to forget because of tender lessons learned. Since this blog seems to be more my journal, I am going to share it here.
It started off as any other summer day with going to the gym and then the pool. At about 11:30, I was sitting next to Kirsten on the piano bench helping her with her music theory. She got frustrated with me and flayed her arms out to the side, exclaiming "I got it, okay!" And in that same instant stabbed my left eye with two pencils.
It was instantaneous, intense pain. I could not open my eye. I ran to the bathroom to assess the damage only to realize that my eye was bleeding and I could not see. I sank to the floor, sure that I had just lost my eye. I was crying hysterically, not knowing what to do.
Just then Kirsten walked in with tears streaming down her face and a bowl in her hand. She told me that she had gone to her room to say a prayer for me and that Heavenly Father told her to bring me a bowl of water. I placed my eye in the water and blinked multiple times. After repeating this three times, my eye was cleared and I could see, although it was fuzzy. I just hugged Kirsten and cried more, knowing that she had felt the prompting of the Holy Ghost and had the faith and courage to act on it.
After trying to get a hold a few family members, I felt prompted to call my friend, Holley. She brought her oldest son over to watch my girls (Katie was napping through all of this) and drove me to the optometrist. It turns out that Kirsten missed my cornea by less than one milimeter. I have a 3 mm long cut on the conjuctiv (white part) of my eye from the point of one pencil and a bruise on my eye from the eraser of the other. Had she gotten my cornea, he said I might have lost vision in my eye because of how deep the cut was. As it is, I have to use an antibiotic cream for a week, avoid my contacts for 10 days, and just treat the pain symptoms.
So I feel like I can look back on today and thank the Lord for his tender mercies. That my cornea was missed and there will be no permanent damage, just pain for a few days. For wonderful friends who are willing to drop everything and rescue me and my family. And most importantly that my precious daughter was taught an important lesson through all of this of how the Lord speaks to her, personally, and answers her heartfelt prayers.
May we all look through the trials of our lives, whatever they may be, and seek for the tender mercies of our Lord, for I truly believe that they are there.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Kirsten had her first piano and violin recital on June 16th. The recital was at our house this year since I do not have as many students as I have in the past. I tried to post videos, but the files were too big to load. I am going to try to reduce the quality and post them later. Pictures will have to do for now!sds
She played Musette and Ladybug Boogie and did such a great job.Then she played Variations of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on her violin and was accompanied by one of my piano students, Megan Hope.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Just like everyone else in Texas, we spend our summers looking for activities that involve either air conditioning or water. Anything else would kill us. I think that we hit the jackpot this time. I took the girls to an indoor play area in Plano called CooCoo's. It has an arcade, nine giant bouncne houses and a train. Kirsten took off immediately and loved all of the bounce houses.
Katie was enthralled by the ski ball game. She did not quite get it though and kept stealing other kids' balls and climbing up ramp.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The girls and I just got back from a fun-filled week in Chicago visiting my sister and her family. We had so much fun and took close to 200 pictures. I have narrowed it down, but not by much, so here is your fair warning that there are a ton of pictures in this post!
I flew out on Tuesday June 5th with Kirsten and Katie. They were fantastic on the plane even though it was a really late flight. My sister and Kaley picked us up and I stayed up until after 1 am visiting with my sister. Wednesday morning got off to a rough start. I took the kids to the park about 8:30 in the morning because everyone else was still sleeping. Not too long after we got there, Katie was going down a slide and got her right shoe caught and flipped her leg behind her. When she got down she tried to walk and fell over. She could not put any weight on her leg at all. So we took her to an urgent care doctor where they took x-rays and thank goodness ruled out any broken bones. It turns out that she hyper extended her hip, pulled her quadricep and sprained her knee. She was not a happy little girl. So we spent most of Wednesday recuperating and visiting. Once she went down for a nap, I took Anne to Costco - she had never been there before!
On Thursday we headed to downtown Chicago. Our first stop was the Children's Museum. They has some really incredible exhibits. One of Kirsten's favorites was the circus room which among other things, included a tight rope.
Kirsten waited in line very patiently for over a half an hour to climb up the pirate ship.
Kaley was a great sport and went up right behind her
They even got to do water painting on a stone wall, which considering how much Katie loves to draw, was a total hit!
Looking out at Lake Michigan.
My beautiful nieces, Sarah and Kaley
We got home pretty late that night, but I headed out with Sarah and Kaley to the 10 pm showing of the Hunger Games. They still had not seen it and I was more than willing to see it again. We went to this great old theater in downtown Downers Grove. It was like stepping back in time and we had a blast.
Friday we spent the majority of the day swimming and then setting up for Sarah's end of the year party. She has such a great group of friends. They were so kind and respectful and even let Kirsten hang out in the backyard with them for a few hours.
On Sunday we dressed Kirsten, Katie and Emily in their matching dresses from Easter, so of course we had to get tons of pictures. Emily insisted on having their pictures taken by the roses and Katie would hardly stop hugging her long enough to look at the camera.
We had such a great vacation and loved spending so much time with Anne and her family. It is hard being so far away from my sister, but I love how we have been able to stay close and have our kids be so close and have strong relationships despite the distance. As much fun as vacations are though, it is sure good to be home. Kirsten and Katie missed their daddy terribly and have hardly left his side since we got back. Now it is time to start figuring out what to do with our summer!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Katie was so good and loved cheering on her Aunt Megan!
Megan receiving her diploma
Kirsten had her ballet recital on Saturday. She decided to just be in ballet this year and has really improved her grace and skill. We will be getting the DVD soon, but here are some pictures. She is the second from the left.