Friday, June 8, 2012
I have also observed with some anxiety the process in which we elect citizens to serve. Regardless of whether or not your opponent is kind or mean...it is a divisive process. I have also observed that the "rhetoric" most voters are SO TIRED OF is our own fault! We won't elect "sensible"...we want you to tell us pie in the sky. That is what gets the cheers and the votes. Then we wonder why our elected officials are not keeping their promises. It would be impossible. The truth is, it doesn't seem to matter all that much. On a state level statistically only 25% of the people vote...a city election...11%. The sacrifices made by our founding fathers, the risks they took, the blood and lives lost for our ability to have freedom to choose and this is how we respond? I understand there is voter fatigue and many don't go to the polls because they are disillusioned. Well then, you deserve the government you have and you leave the 11% to work hard to overcome the imbalance. I need to qualify that I have been in the 89%...until now.
Our youngest daughter Annie is attending BYU and has one year left before she graduates. She is at a point in her life where she is trying to make some very important decisions. The greatest desire she has is to be exceptional and she is trying to decide between all good things. We had made plans to go to Boise for Memorial Day weekend and had decided to council with her when we were all together. It is important to note that everyone was there with the exception of Kendra and family as they are in Syracuse which is to far to come for a two day weekend!
Bob and Annie had found a quiet place in the home where she could receive the council and blessings of a loving father. Through out the evening Annie's siblings had joined in and the by the time I had arrived there was our precious Annie surround by the people that love her more than anyone else in the world. It was a sweet and tender moment for me. I listened as each of them gave the most profound and loving council. The only motive we had was to help her. There were no hidden agendas or power plays. No special interest groups or lobbyists. No money to be made. We simply wanted what is best for Annie. As I have pondered on that beautiful evening a thought equally as profound came to me. Family is the best and purest form of government. I have had this thought before but this experience gave it real color. If you want a great society it begins with great families. There seems to be more effort in protecting and defending our Party than our families. Our families are not here for the "Party"...it is here for us. Families, in all their diverse varieties, is the best way to govern and the harvest can be bountiful!
So what can I do? I'm not a fighter so I will not be doing that. What I will do is stand firm and be clear and I will do it with love and compassion. "Here I stand...I can do nothing more." Martin Luther
Monday, October 24, 2011
I made a quick to trip to see Kendra and Nathan in Syracuse New York this October (2011) to help set up for the arrival of our twin grand daughter and grand son. We were going to paint the walls a pail yellow but decided to go with the white on white with a touch of green and orange.. You will see the pictures as we our project evolved. I experienced my first Craigs List adventure...pretty cool and found a JoAnns that was closing its doors so most everything was 75% off! We It was quite a whirl wind for three days but we got the nursery finished with one hour to spare before I leave for the airport to head home! I know there are some of you anxious to see our finished product so here it is. I'm pretty sure Nathan still loves me but I am also certain he will be happy to have peace and quite reside once again in their home. So enjoy it Nathan because come come Dec/Jan it's all but over!
It was finally
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Here he is!!!!
7 lbs. exactly
OK, I just posted but they just checked her and she is at an 8! A little of the cervic is hanging on but the nurse can feel his head and said it won't be long before she starts pushing. Chelsee is really feeling this so they upped the dose. Not helping much. I change my time to 10:45!
The nurse just suggested with all this Brayden following that we start a college fund. You can deposit your donations into Kristen Sanders bank account. She promises not to spend it on a Christmas gift for Christi...or Ben (he made me say that).Chelsees Halloween Costume...Darth Vadors Good Twin Sister. Actually, the baby has not responded to the stress very well and so the nurses here have tried to help him out with some oxygen. It has worked perfectly. His heart beat is going strong. She was really having issues with shaking and wanting to throw up so they gave her some kind of drug and sat her up and she feels all better! His head is a stage 0 which means it is resting on the cervix. She can feel each contraction enough to know it is there and they are very close together. Her greatest discomfort is just the intense pressure which is just going to get worse!
Dad and Mom awaiting Brayden's birth.
So Chelsee was suppose to go in to be induced 24 hours ago but the hospital was slammed with other deliveries so we were put in a holding pattern ALL DAY! By evening we just decided to go to bed and hope we could get some sleep. That seemed to do the trick because at 11:30pm Ben came to our room and said the hospital called and they finally had a room. We should have gone to bed at noon. So we got here around 12:30 and she was put on the drip around 2:00. Ben, Kristen and I took turns fight over who got the couch/bed or the up-right chair. Much to our surprise at around 5:00 am Dr. Huish showed up! He came in and found that she was at a 4 and 80% effaced and then broke her water! He does not mess around. That went quickly and I told Chelsee she needed to order that epidural STAT! And I was correct! She started feeling the real contractions right away. The epidural didn't seem to go as smoothly as I have seen before. She seemed to be in a lot of pain but she was strong and calm through the whole thing! It is now almost 6:30 and the sun is just at the horizon. Kristen has been great about texting everyone. So now that you are all awake we will keep you posted through text and my blog. Here are some pictures as we began this process of bringing baby Brayden into the world. He's going to have red hair. Just wait and see.
Our best guess on when he will arrive:
Kristen - 11:00
Ben - 12:00
Christi - I think they are pretty close so I'll go with 11:30.
Anyone can join the contest by just commenting.
Bens brought his pillow and looks like Chelsee did too...
Just settled in for the long haul
It was soooo cold in the room.Thankfully everyone agreed with me. We are now defrosted and listening so some of Chelsees concerns. They are many. Here is the latest:
"What if the drug from the epidural goes to my heart and stops it?"
She is just like her Dad wanting to watch the monitor the whole time. She is finally settled down and going to sleep. She will need it for what's coming up.
We just skyped with Meagan Nielson and now Kristen is doing her hair.
More a little later.
This is the first picture of Chelsee pregnant I could get! She is due in two days. I will be posting "appropriate" pictures in the hospital to keep everyone informed. Now I am going to wake Chelsee up and find a trampoline...get this show on the road!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
To Kristen Sanders:
My daughters BFF
My adopted daughter
My Hair Stylist
Opening your own salon took some real courage and I just want you to know I am so proud of you!
Thanks for making me feel beautiful and covering the gray!
Located in Vintage Studios
1511 S. Higley Rd. Suite 101
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I was giving a lesson today in which we discussed Helen Keller. She asked a young girl what her observations were after a walk in the woods. The girl replied, "Nothing in particular." Her response was:
"At times my heart cries out with longing to see all these things with physical eyes but if I can get so much pleasure from mere touch, how much more beauty must be revealed in sight. And I have imagined what I should most like to see if I were granted the use of my eyes - even for three days!"
The question was then posed, what would you like to see?
So I made a video for my class so they could see what I would want to see first. It helped me remember what matters most.