Sunday, February 17, 2008

Emergency Room Excitement

Well we finally had the 'opportunity' to go to the emergency room. We actually jinxed ourselves by commenting to someone the other day that we have survived for over eight years without having to go to the ER for stitches or broken bones. To make it worse, we jokingly said that Abigail would be our first to have the 'experience'.

I was out camping with the scouts when Sherrie called me in a panic. Abigail had cut her lip wide open and it was obvious that stitches would be needed. Sherrie ran the boys over to our wonderful neighbors, called me and headed to the hospital. I finished unloading my gear at camp and did the same. We met at the hospital, and poor Abigail was quite nervous and holding a wet rag on her lip. Luckily we got right in, and into a room. Abigail was silent and obviously frightened, but was so brave as they gave her an IV. Because the cut was on her lip, it required a plastic surgeon, and as they wanted her to be calm and motionless, they needed an iv with some drugs to keep her semi-sedated. She was incredibly patient and calm, the best the nurses had seen, which was amazing considering what the little 3 year old was experiencing. They got her sewed up without too much problem, and we were able to get out fairly quickly. Thanks to our neighbors and hometeacher who helped out with the boys. It is sure nice to have them close. So without further ado, here is Abigail's new (and very temporary) look. Imagine some women pay big bucks to have such full lips!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Tribute to a Great Man

Many of you know we are members of the LDS church, and last Sunday the president of the LDS church passed away at 97 years old. I think the news spread quickly, as I found out not even two hours after his passing. I won't go into any details of his biography, as there are better sources for this. Our kids recognized him and loved watching him speak (even as young as they are).

There is little you can say to someone who inspires you to be a better person. He was a unique person who recognized and preached about serious traps in life, among them gambling, anger, pornography, honesty, and integrity. His words were always infused with a deep love and ever present optimism. One would have a feeling that through faith and work, sin could be overcome, and there is reason to hope and work for better things in the world. If ever God called men as prophets to testify of Him, Gordon B. Hinckley was one of these men.