Monday, July 28, 2014

A Texan 13th

I can still remember when Noah was born, the first thing I noticed
about him were his BIG blue eyes!  

Over the last 13 years I have noticed that his heart 
is even BIGGER!

Noah is such a joy to have in our family!  He is such 
a teddy bear and gives the BEST hugs ever!  He is 
also very helpful around the house and is great with
his little brothers.  

We celebrated Noah's 13th birthday in Texas 
surrounded by a house full of family.

This makes 5 teenagers in our house and 
now we have more teenagers than
 little kids in our house---wow!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We Take Comfort

Well, this Friday marks two things...

1. We are leaving on a vacation to see my brother and his 
family in Texas.  We are all so excited over here, the 
children can hardly contain themselves!!!

{Elijah long jumping at the beach}

2.  Friday is also Decision day for treatment for Paul., or the day we
 would need to let them know if he wants to do it.  We have done 
a lot of praying, pondering, and sitting in the temple 
trying to figure out what we should do.

In the end neither one of us feels right about any of the 
treatments approved for stage 3b  melanoma at this time. 
 There are some that look promising for stage 4 and we 
are hoping that they will be approved soon for stage 
3b melanoma as well.  The other treatments available
don't provide very promising results and they would
make Paul sick for a year or more.

So for now he will get checked every 6 months or so, 
and try to take some preventative measures to try to 
prevent the melanoma from resurfacing somewhere 
else in his body.  

We have looked at many natural things that he could
do and there are so, so many things that are great
for preventing cancer from coming back.  Thank 
you to everyone who gave advice and suggestions, 
I'm sure we will be trying most of them!!!

We are hopeful and prayerful that we will be able 
to prevent a re-occurrence and more importantly,
we feel really good about our decision.  It feels 
like the right thing for us to do and we are 
confident that we were guided to make 
this decision.  No matter what happens 
in the future we take comfort in that, 
and in that Heavenly Father knows 
us, our situation and what is best
for us and our family.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Wisdom of My Triplets

These three have always been referred to as my "triplets", 
even though they are not.  (Alexis and Elijah are the twins 
and then Michaela is 16 months younger then them.)

But they have always done everything together these three!!!
They really are three peas in a pod, and have been inseparable
ever since they were teeny tiny.

Why should having their wisdom teeth out be any different?  
When the dentist informed me that all three of 
them needed their wisdom teeth out, in a moment of insanity, 
I said "why not, let's just get them all done at once!!?"  

Last Friday was the lucky day.  Tension was high in the 
Schmidt household and nerves were a mess!!!  Somehow 
we managed to get there, get it done, and home again all 
in one piece,we did it and we all survived!!! 

I am so amazed at HOW differently the three of them 
reacted to the anesthesia!!!  We had Alexis who was 
so carefree and enthusiastic about being alive- seriously,
she was was going on about how easy it was and 
couldn't stop giggling at her brother.  

Elijah seemed to be out of it, babbling about seeing 
some cute girl he recently went out with, and humpty 
dumpty falling off the wall.  At which Alexis could 
not stop laughing.

Michaela was my emotional one and was very weepy
at the whole experience.  Elijah's rambling and Lexi's 
laughing just made her weep all the more. 

 So here I was driving home with three teenagers in the car. 
One was hallucinating and rambling, the other 
laughing her head off at him, and the third 
weeping at the whole scene, and I was just 
trying to keep it all together and get us 
all safely home~what a sight we must 
have all been!!!

Of course I had to take a video (to remember the whole
experience in years to come).  Although I will spare my 
triplets the embarrassment of posting it here, I think Lexi's 
statement says it all.  When I asked her what she wanted 
to remember about the experience her response was 
an enthusiastic      ~"NOTHING"~

Friday, July 11, 2014

What a Great Life!

Monday we went on a hike to the hot springs in 
Spanish Fork Canyon to celebrate our 
20th anniversary. 

The waterfall was beautiful and so refreshing  after 
the hike and the water was so crystal clear with 
dragonflies all around making it all look 
so magical and perfect!

The hot water from the hot springs mixed with
the cool water from the waterfall made it 
just the right temperature to lounge in, 
and the contoured rocks made awesome
head rests.  It was so delightful and

The natural "hot tubs" were really pretty and so 
heavenly to sit and soak in.  I seriously need 
some hot springs and a waterfall in my 
backyard!  This place is a new 
favorite for me!!!

We stayed at the campground a few miles from the hot springs
trail head and had foil dinners around our campfire.  It was 
really very romantic and relaxing.  In the morning Paul 
took me to breakfast at IHOP before we headed
 back home to all of our helpful children.  

{Thank you to all of our children for helping out so we could do this}

Then yesterday we went to the temple before 
Paul went to work.  We really wanted to go 
to the temple we were sealed in but the 
Provo temple was closed, so we went
the to Timpanogos temple instead.

It was lovely, we did sealings and 
the sealer suggested that the husbands take their wives
to lunch, so Paul took his suggestion and we 
got lunch in the cafeteria afterwards
 (I like that sealer!) 

I love being in the temple, it was the perfect place
 to be on our 20th anniversary!  

What a great day,
what a great week, what a great life!!!
Feeling grateful and very blessed today!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

20 Years of Bliss

20 years ago today I married my best friend;  
I never could have imagined all of the adventures 
that would await us over the next 20 years! 

It really doesn't seem possible that 20 years have gone by so quickly!
Then again, Paul and I feel like we have known each other and
been together Forever!!!  These last 20 years have taught us
many things, we've had our problems and trials along
with the laughter and the love. 

We became parents together 9 times over!!!  We've experienced
 unspeakable grief and unimaginable joy together.  What a ride
20 years has been!  Through it all, I wouldn't change a thing.
Knowing all the hard things we would be called upon to pass
through I'd still do it all over again, I'd still choose my
sweetheart and the life we have built together.

 Because what we are building together transcends
time and space, it's Eternal, an Eternal Marriage
and Family. 

  I am so blessed to have had these
last 20 years of Bliss with him, and I am so excited
to see what the next 20 will hold.

 Because no matter what else we are called upon to pass
through,  I know that what we have,
we will have FOREVER!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Schmidt Fourth

Paul had to work on the 4th of July, so
we went to the Spanish Fork Reservoir
earlier in the day so we could do
something with him before he 
had to go to work. 

Then we went to the Colonial Fest in Orem.

Finally off we went to Brad and Bunney's for a spontaneous
BBQ and fireworks.  So glad they were feeling up to it
after having the flu for the days leading up to the 4th.

Hope you had a Happy Fourth as well!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Inspired by God

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." ——

Quotes from two of my favoite documents ever Inspired by God!!!

Happy 4th of July!!!  Love the Schmidt Family!!!