Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Wonderful Day

It's truly been a wonderful day today!

James mowed the lawn and edged it and it looks beautiful.

Larry made sure the weeds all got pulled out of the garden with a little help. We enjoyed having

Aaron and Andrea's 3 children over this morning and afternoon. We painted, made little cookies

in the easy bake oven and read stories. We just received a call from Jonathan... that Carrie is

needing to go to the hospital... as her contractions aren't stopping. So, Maria is going to take the

two youngest children and we are going to get the older two. So, that will be fun! I love having

the grand children and family around. Maria has been very busy lately with all that she

does to help everyone and we really need her right now as 3 are expecting babies within the

next week or two in our family. (or maybe tonight)Busy times, but we are up to it.

I am so glad that I can take my pills and not be sick.

It seems like it is a full time job to just swallow them at the right times during the day

and make sure I eat food with most of them...and then check them off my list. It's a blessing to

even have them... as they are so expensive. But, they are certainly working! Life is good!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I have so many wonderful angels that bless my life daily. I want to just name a few of them that

have been there for me today so far.

I got to go to Susan Brown's home this morning and just being with her blesses my life. Her

home is healing as well. Then Sharon Lindblom came by with fresh ripe blackberries that make

the mouth water and a bag full of peaches that are now in a basket on my counter. Larry fixed

my broken dishwasher by taking all the parts out by using a screwdriver and cleaning the

peices. Yeah! Then, Adele LeSueur came to the door with fresh whole wheat bread and

brought a sweet spirit with her as she visited in our home. Larry and I had a scrumptious

sandwich after she left, using the bread...and we needed it, how did she know? (we had also just

run out of fresh fruit) Then, my wonderful sister Helen called and we talked about a lot of things

and she was so caring and concerned about us. It just felt good to be remembered. So, I am so

spoiled again today. Angels are near by on this earth as well as in the spirit world around me. I

feel of God's hand and blessings daily.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Auction in October

I'm wondering if anyone would be interesting in attending an auction to raise money for my

medicine. I'm thinking that it might be helpful. Does anyone have something they would be

able to auction off? Please let me know by emailing me at

I hate to be so needy but we are also looking to get some tickets to Houston Texas for 2 people at

the end of September. So.....that's what we need. I'm scheduled for another pet scan and Gene

Marker test mid September and need to see Dr. Burzynski at the end of that month. Then in

October I start the rituxin series again (which I need to have every 6 months for 3 years) But

basically, I plan to be a lot better by Spring. What an exciting adventure life is with all its twists

and turns. Life is really is.

Larry and I are cleaning out the garage today and since Larry took a quick trip to DI to drop off

a load of things... I thought it would be nice to take a breather and write on this blog. Last week

was hard and I was kind of sick... but this week is a different story. I'm trying to get our house

in order before the 3 grand kids are born and the holidays arrive. It's great to feel good and be

able to do things. I stay so busy just taking my cute little pills. It's crazy but I honestly take 40

pills a day and they are all spaced out at different times. But they are working... and that is

whats important.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

An amazing scripture!

Yesterday I was reading in Psalms 41: 1-3 and I came upon some amazing verses that just got

me so excited. So.....I decided to share them on this blog!

"Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth; and thou

wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of lanquishing; thou wilt make all his bed in his


Then in the foot notes it reads "Heal all his infirmities when he is sick."

Aren't those amazing verses? I think how much I want to repay everyone for helping me with

money towards my pills and I just can't pay them back. It's so comforting to know that God will

repay them by healing all their infirmities when they are sick. I love it! What powerful verses

those are. Thank you everyone who is blessing me at this time.

By the way, my PB (cancer) pills arrived today....just in time so that I didn't run out of them. It

feels so good to have a months supply of them again.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Joyous Week!

This has been a very JOYOUS week. James and Julie are now married and they are just a

darling couple! The reception was beautiful and the Stapley family delighted us all with the

musical band numbers as well as their daughters singing a song. Yes, we are very pleased and

feel that James has married well. Julie also has done well to get James.

Larry was able to make it through the day with his eye. He is starting to be able to see out of the

top of his eye now...which is very exciting. We both had a very busy day yesterday and crashed

last night. We had so much help and support from many friends and family members. The

Stapley Family did a wonderful job with the reception set up as well... and we enjoyed working

with them.

Our daughter in law, Carrie, has been in the hospital for a couple of days and will need to stay

there due to some pregnancy complications, until the baby is born. So, I am playing Mommy to

my grandchildren. Larry and I are enjoying them but they sure keep us busy. Jonathan is

working and taking care of Carrie and seeing the kids when he can. I will be spending the night

in Queen Creek for a week so.. good luck to me. I do love my grand kids and am grateful for the

strength that I have right now. (And may it continue!)

Oh, the best news! Some wonderful and generous person donated $5,000 to my health care!

So, the pressure is off a bit right now. I can order some pills. I am just sitting here smiling:)

It's makes me so happy that Heavenly Father is looking after me! Thank you so much to

whoever donated the money and may God bless you with the righteous desires of your heart. I

am going to sleep peacefully tonight.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hospitals and surgery

It seems that lots of family members have been sick lately. Larry had his eye surgery this

morning and is home recovering. He has to lay on his left side for 3 days. His retina was

detached and his eye was hemoraging so if it wasn't for excellent skilled surgeons he probably

would have lost his eye sight.

Our daughter Christina and daughter in law Carrie, both were in the hospital this week but

fortunately are doing better. Carrie is suppose to be on bed rest but it's hard for her to stay

down with 4 children and the 5th on it's way soon. Then Joseph, our son in law, was in the

hospital many times this week. They couldn't figure out what the problem was, but have finally

discovered that he has asthma and a few other things wrong as well.

Then we have the wedding in 2 days. So, yeah, we've been busy around here. I'm still on

antibiotics for my sinus infection and have had to go off a couple of my pills for 10 days, but it is

clearing up. We are all starting to breathe easier. (That's suppose to be funny) Maria brought

in a delicious dinner to us of her famous beans, salmon, and tasty cornbread cooked with honey.

She is a sweet heart! I just kind of hung out at the house and my job was to keep Larry laying

down on his side all day. He doesn't enjoy it and tries to get up whenever he can. We will be

seeing the doctor tomorrow but he has to lay down in the car on his left side while we travel to

and from the appointment.

Besides all the health concerns, we have spent some time getting acquainted with a young

woman named Jessika Brown. She was baptized just 2 months ago by our son Elder Manning in

Washington and has moved to Gilbert AZ. Her friends and cousin were also baptized and her

mother will be soon. She's been fun to get to know and is just soaking up the gospel, making

some friends and getting situated in her new area.

So, we are all looking forward to the temple wedding on Friday and the reception of our son

James and his future wife Julie that we love. One thing that I've been learning through the

years is that blessings and trials come hand in hand. It's amazing how many blessings we are

receiving right now and the funny thing is that they often come with trials. I just want to name

some of our blessings that we are in the midst of receiving.

A temple marriage for our son to a wonderful young woman

Having a missionary serving in the field who is working very hard and having much success

Larry getting his eye taken care of so he can see well

Having 3 more grand children soon to be born in the next few weeks.

Having more work for our business so that we can pay our bills and hopefully pay for some pills

My infection is clearing up if not gone already

The tumors are shrinking and dying and leaving and yeah! I am getting better...I can feel it!

Our family is getting closer through much service

My faith and the faith of my husband and children and grandchildren is growing stronger daily

I can feel the prayers, love and strength from many loved ones on the other side of the veil

I'm getting a lot out of the scriptures and am finding hidden treasures through my studying

I feel the love and faith of so many friends, and loved ones and I need that!

We learned this month that 10,000 dollars that we had borrowed from a "wonderful secret person or

family"doesn't need to be paid back. They just gave it to us and said that if we are ever able to

donate back to Positive Impact in the future that we could do that.

They already gave 10,000 before to my health care. So....I hope they know

that they are amazing and my life has been rescued. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I've realized that you can't make it alone. It takes the faith and help of others. Thank you to all

that have helped me and are continuing to be there for me. I love you all!

I just feel so blessed and I wish the same for each of you! God is truly a God of miracles!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I love life!

Life is wonderful and it's great to be feeling so good again! I was just thinking about 3 things that

I love... that all start with a "D", and I've been enjoying them today. They are Dancing

(especially ballet...that I don't even know anything about but dance around the house pretending

to be a 53 year old ballerina) and Decorating (my grown kids think I'm crazy to be

redecorating so often .....but I love it!) and last but not least...Delicious Pies

( sugar) that our kind neighbor brings over occasionally! So...those are the Three D's

that I love! It seems like I appreciate life even more now since it could have been snatched

away from me so easily.

I remember one of my mother's favorite quotes that has taken on much meaning

in my life. It is "Life is fragile...handle with prayer." I've found that to be true!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Doctor's appointments

It's been a great week with lots of activities. We had a bridal shower at my home for Julie,

James' darling fiancee. (With the help of my wonderful sister in laws who brought all the food

and decorations)
Also, for the past week, Larry and I have been working hard at bringing over

all the stuff from the apartment side to our side to get it ready for James and Julie to live there.

It's kind of a trick to find places to put everything. James' old room is now the sewing room...

........the storage room....a library full of books...a craft room...full of decorative items....

and all the pictures....and more. Wow! I am a pack rat I guess. We've changed almost

every room around trying to find places for things and then changed pictures on the walls again.

It's crazy, but fun!

We were also privileged to have one of Thomas' converts from Washington visit us. Thomas had

found and baptized a young lady named Jessica Brown just a couple of months ago, and she

ended up moving to Gilbert to live with an aunt. So we got to visit and find out all about Thomas

or "Elder Manning" and how he is doing. It was great to see the fruit of his labors.

Yesterday and today have been full of doctor appointments. I went to the primary care

doctor as well as my oncologist and also had a CT scan. I have a sinus infection and have been

put on antibiotics for 10 days. So....they have taken me off of a couple of medicines temporarily.

Anyway...about the tumors. Dr. Kellogg said that they are continuing to shrink and the largest

one was measuring 2.5 cm at the last visit and now it is 2 cm. I am so blessed to have 5 very

amazing doctors. They are first and Heavenly Father, who is in charge of primary care doctor and staff who sent me in to get the enlarged gland biopsied,

Dr. Hernandez, the surgeon...he is so inspired and very accurate. Then there is Dr. Kellogg, who

is my oncologist. I must not forget Dr. Burzynski and his wonderful staff who are treating me

with all the medicines that are working to kill this cancer. What a team. It's interesting that all of

my doctors are very close to the Spirit and are prayerful. I feel very blessed. I am just in awe

with the everyday miracles that we are experiencing.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Interesting Experience

This past week, when we were on vacation, we felt the distinct impression that we were going to

be blessed financially to be able to pay for our pills and bills. We were excited when Larry

received a call from a man named Gary just a couple of days ago, who was interested in working

for our company. He told us that he has had years of experience in the floor business doing

commercial jobs. He has a lot of contacts and was looking to partner up with a small business

and help it to grow and earn some money as well. So, Larry and I met with him in our home and

we were very hopeful that this man was sent to us as a means of blessings us financially. We sat

down together and from the very beginning, the Spirit whispered "Do not hire this man." As the

conversation continued, we were more and more impressed with him and his experience. He

told us that he randomly felt that he should call us. Again, the Spirit whispered, "don't hire

him." Then, we felt an over pouring feeling to share the gospel with him. We showed him

Thomas' large temple painting with was hanging on the wall and asked him if he had ever seen

it. He said he hadn't and that he had never heard of the Mormons or the Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints. We were very surprized. Words just poured out of our mouths and

together we told him about the great apostasy and the restoration of the gospel, modern day

prophets and temple marriage. We invited him to go to the visitors center where he could feel

greater peace and receive more direction in his life. Then, he opened up to us and told us about

his past and his business breakup with his partner last weekend... and other problems with the

law. We realized that he was suppose to call us, but not to be hired to work for us. I know the

Lord cares about all of his children and desires to bless us with the righteous desires of our

hearts. We will continue to try to do our best and move forward as we anxiously await the

promised financial blessings to be able to pay for our pills and bills.