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Another Video

I found this Christmas miracle. It’s another video, but I had to share it. Proof that miracles do happen! They happen as responses to faith, and this family is a great example.


English: Statue representing Peter, James, and...

English: Statue representing Peter, James, and John conferring the Melchizedek Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before Christmas my elementary age kids had a short bout with whatever cold thing they picked up at school.  Not a big deal and they missed very little school.  As soon as school got out Kimber got it again.  This time she was a little sicker and we were worried she would miss Christmas due to being so sick so we called and got her a blessing.  The next day instead of being better her brother was also sick.  By the end of the day it was obvious that it was spreading and we called for more blessings all around.  It ended up being a good thing because a few children were showing signs of coming down with the cold, and two more actually needed blessings for other issues, so we did a round for everyone’s “maintenance and prevention.”  The next morning everyone felt great and no one was sick at all for Christmas.  🙂 I was so glad we received those prevention blessings.


After enjoying the holidays, I am especially happy to be able to enjoy my family.  It seems to be the goal of the holidays to be with family.  Sometimes it is not so easy to get along, but this year was especially and unexpectedly enjoyable.  Definitely a gift.  Didn’t realize how precious it was until we had such a stressful family experience last year.  Not quite ready to say I’m grateful for last year, but I do appreciate this year more.

Cold Sore Stopped

English: Glass vial containing Fleabane Essent...

A few days back I got a strange but intense itching and irritation on my lip.  At first it was just really annoying.  Then I realized what it was.  I was going to have a full-out, not fun cold sore for Christmas.  I was not excited.  Then I remembered that essential oils help cold sores most when they are just starting.  I treated my poor lip with enough OnGaurd that my tongue started to go numb.  Three days later and not an itch, bump, or sign of any sort of sore at all!  Horray for OnGuard!


We have been enjoying a lot of Christmas music around here, and a lot of great music in general.  It is unbelievable how much musical talent there is in the world.  There are people of all races, ethnicity, religions, and backgrounds who have so much talent to offer.  God does not seem to discriminate when it comes to handing out musical gifts, and we all have the opportunity to enjoy it.

(I have been a little disappointed with the exclusively secular “holiday music” played on the radio this year.  Anyone else notice that?)

Snow Day

Yesterday we had a true snow day.  It was a Sunday, so everything was canceled for everyone.  (One observation is that we got more snow the 24 hours before than we had gotten for the last 7 years combined!)  It was so peaceful not to have any scheduled activities, and no chores.  We spent the entire day relaxing, building snowmen, preparing for Christmas, and spending time with the kids.  It was almost as good as Christmas Day itself.  My kids summed everything up with the observation, it is like a snow day you don’t need to make up at the end of the year.  My daughter did feel like making some homemade bread and we relaxed to a warm pot of soup, warm potatoes, and fresh from the oven bread.


I appreciate life throwing in a good day now and then!


First snow of 2006 and of Winter.





January (Photo credit: Deadly Tedly)

Yesterday when we woke up all the kids wanted to do is to see if we got snow.  There had been a 40% chance overnight, but usually it breaks up, and we almost never get snow before January.  I told them they could look, but not to be too disappointed if there was none.  They were so excited, THREE inches of snow!  I was surprised.  I was also excited to find out that the car that had been put into the garage was the one with four brand new tires.  Our town does not even own a snow plow, so we really needed good tires.  We also do not own a single piece of snow equipment, so it was nice to have had the good car in the garage where no scraping was needed.  School started “late” because of poor road conditions, but we were all there safe and on time.

The Reach of a Life

I am in mourning this morning as we found out about the passing of the father of one of our son’s friends.  He leaves behind a wife and large family of young children and teens.

This is the second tragedy I have heard about this week.  Neither death was expected, both died of cancer, both left large, young families, and both thought they were fine at Christmas.

I had met this father only once, and the other death, a mother, I only knew the mother-in-law.    Yet both of their passings fill me with compassion and sorrow.  It is amazing the affect each life can have on people they probably never even suspected would notice.  I receive comfort and strength in knowing that there is a plan for them to continue on, and I need more faith that God also has a plan for those they have left behind to also continue on.

Year End Thoughts

Before I share one last miracle for this year, I just wanted to mention a few things I have learned with this project.  I always knew that the only way I have made it through this life is through assistance from my Savior.  I also thought I understood that He helped me daily.  It wasn’t until I started documenting these things that I have realized how completely blessed I really am.  As I take a break to celebrate this Christmas season, I just wanted to share a quick scripture.


  • Isaiah 55:9

    9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.


Just because God does not bless us out of our current trials does not mean that He has stopped paying attention to us.  Just because He doesn’t prevent us from learning doesn’t mean He doesn’t shower us with gifts.


Anyway, today you get a longer story than I’ve done for a while.  It is yet another DI/thrift store find.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I have all but stopped shopping at our DI because the quality of the items is so low, and the selection so poor.  Being the shopping season, however, I stopped in last week to look for a few Christmas items.


As I was looking around I noticed a large collection of air purification machines.  There were about 20 of them.  Our daughter recently developed some complications from allergies we didn’t know she had.  My husband and other daughter have sensitive lungs.  Another son has had some recurring health problems we have not been able to figure out, but we’ve wondered if there is something in the home that triggers them.  We live in an old and poorly constructed home that is extremely dusty and has poor circulation.  We had purchased air purification devices in the past, but had little success with them.  They are expensive to purchase, then require constant expensive filter changes to continue to work properly – and with little to no noticeable results.  I looked at one of the nicer machines sitting at DI, but decided I was not about to pay the $50 to see if the larger systems worked any better – assuming it even still worked.   I did feel that I should ask my husband’s opinion, however, because he is the one that has been really bothered by the air quality issues.


I forgot to mention it to him that night.  I knew that by the time I could go back the next week anything decent and in working condition would most likely be gone.  I decided to mention it to him anyway, because I am trying to act on every prompting I receive.  He was immediately interested and asked me to go back the following week and see what was left.  He has actually been earning a little more recently, and said it would be important enough to him that he would purchase new filters as well if I could find a good machine.  He even approved the $50 price tag if the machine looked like it would work.  I didn’t want to spend that much on an unproven, used device.


Despite my personal hesitations, I decided I would probably enjoy a quick shopping trip anyway, and went over to DI shortly after they opened Monday morning.  Almost all of the devices were gone.  There were only 2 left.  One looked very old, and the other one was the $50 one.  I checked out the cheaper one and decided I probably couldn’t even get filters for it if it did still work.  As I walked over to the expensive one, I started to get a little more excited.  It had all the bells and whistles, a working remote, multi-day auto programming, etc.  They had also dropped the price to $25.  All I needed to do was plug it in and make sure it turned on.  The plug was missing.  And it wasn’t a standard plug in.  Probably why it wasn’t sold.


One of the items I had planned to look for that trip anyway was a cord for another Christmas gift.  I practically ran over to the section that housed the cords.  I didn’t find the common cord I was originally looking for, but after about 10 minutes, and going through practically everything else there, I found the one for the air unit.  The non-standard cord that fit perfectly.  I plugged it in and it turned on.  There was even a sensor telling me it needed new filters.  I was prepared for that, so I went ahead and purchased the unit.


When I got it home, we looked it up on the internet to see if we could find filters.  Good news and bad news.  Bad news, the filter itself cost $60.  Good news, this was a top of the line, super duper high quality upgraded unit that retails for over $900!  We were so excited we decided to test the unit out with the old filter in.   Even with the used filter, within 5 minutes we could all tell a significant difference in our air quality.  (Unpaid testimonial:  rolled it into a bedroom where we have chronic bed wetting issues, and in about 10 minutes the smell had disappeared!)


I am so excited for our new filter to arrive, we will be using this unit heavily.  I am obviously excited, but the kids are at least as excited as I am.  And we still don’t know just how much this is going to help our family.


Part of me can’t believe how blessed I’ve been this year, but the other part of me suspects that if we really understood that God is behind all these little things, we would be able to see His hand in all of our lives at least this much.  It is simply a matter of gratitude, thanksgiving, and perspective.  “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”


Merry Christmas everyone!






English: The IQAir Air Purification System (Sw...




Recording a quick miracle that I couldn’t blog last week due to the holidays.

Went with my daughter on a quick trip to the thrift store to get some shoes while I was on vacation.  Only had about 20 min to find shoes and get back.  My super hard to fit shoes for daughter fit in the first pair that she picked up.  Because we found them so quickly I told her she could pick out a stuffed animal for her cousin.  I had wanted to look for some items for Christmas, but just didn’t feel like I had the time.  The stores back home are so small that I had given up finding things I wanted, and felt blessed to find the shoes.  I knew the odds of finding a Star Wars lightsaber were pretty slim anyway, and didn’t want to wast my time, so I just went and helped look at the stuffed animals.

I have no idea who dropped 5 Star Wars lightsabers in the stuffed animal bin that day, but I will have some very happy campers on Christmas Day!