Thursday, June 23, 2011
I should be sleeping right now but my brain won't shut down. When I come home from work and have some things that I need to get done it takes me longer to finally get to sleep. This morning when I got home from work I made a cake for our "team day" dinner at work tonight and baked some chicken and made chicken salad. I am excited to eat both of them...yumm-o!
JD's company party is today. He is golfing with the couple we have played with the past two years and another guy he works with. I'm sad I'm missing the free golf day but sleep is much more important. I am missing the picnic/dinner that DHI hosts tonight too because of work but I am never very comfortable there anyway. I had to convince JD before he left for work that he needed to go even though we wouldn't see each other until the next morning and I think he is going to bring me a surprise to work tonight anyway so we can say hello and good night all in the same breath.
Oh how I love that man and his kind heart and unending love for a sometimes cranky wife like me. I love my job and the people I work with and the babies I get to cuddle while I'm there but one of the biggest benefits is how close we live to the hospital so JD can just swing by when he wants to at night (always around 9 pm after my first rounds are done and he is willing to just hang out if he needs to while I wrap things up with patients) so we can say good night to each other. He has come to the hospital everyday this week...I think the ladies I work with might be a little bit jealous that my handsome hubby can and does come by to see me...I love that he does and realize just how lucky I am.
I knew this would do the trick...I'm getting droopy eyed and ready for some sleep...but only until 4 pm so I can finish the cake and maybe go pick up some new scrubs for work.
Until next time...
PS I'm considering attending one of the "private" schools that are in abundance here in Utah for nursing school. I could be done in 5 semesters or less because of the classes I have done already- the one hold up is the cost of tuition...OUCH!! but I would more than double my salary once I'm a RN. Things I'm pondering right now...
Monday, June 20, 2011
I am so grateful that I have the dad that I do. My dad taught me how to be a hard worker and to take pride in the work that I do. I always have my dad's voice in the back of my mind encouraging me to be a better person and work to my best ability in whatever I do. I appreciate the relationship I have with my dad more than I did when I was a kid- I think that just simply comes with age and experience and FINALLY realizing the sacrifices that your parents make for you to have a good life.
I appreciate his support and love not just for me but for my husband. I never realized just how lucky I was growing up to have parents that supported me when I participated in a variety of activities until I got married. Besides my husband I really think my dad is my best and biggest cheerleader.
I love you dad!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The articles are written by a husband and wife team, Gary & Joy Lundberg
A Wake-Up Call for Husbands
Just a quick excerpt from the article. *Click the link above to read the whole article*
Here are a few questions to ask yourself and act...
• Do I come home after work and plop down in a chair with the TV remote in hand?
• Do I kiss my wife in an affectionate way when I come home from work and ask what I can do to help?
• Do I give the kids a quick hug and then send them off to their mother when they need some help?
• Do I take care of my own clothes by hanging them up, putting dirty ones in the hamper, including my dirty socks?
• Do I help with the laundry?
• Do I tell my wife how much I appreciate her and all she does?
• Do I get specific in my compliments to her, such as “Thanks for making this delicious beef stroganoff. You know how much I like it. It was really good. Thank you so much.”
• Do I help clean up after dinner and help wash the dishes?
• Do I help fix meals? (Particularly important if both of you are employed)
• Do I really listen and act on what she wants, or do I ignore it?
• Do I keep my promises to her?
• Do I take her on a weekly date?
• Am I honest with my wife?
• Do I speak to her respectfully, never in a demeaning or insulting way?
• Do I kneel and pray with her and tell the Lord how thankful I am for her?
• Do I look after her when she’s ill?
• Am I completely faithful to my wife?
A Wake-Up Call for Wives
It’s now time for the wives wake-up call.
A reader by the name of Bruce summed up our intent perfectly in this comment: “Marriage, like almost everything of importance takes maintenance. It is far easier to maintain and enrich your present relationship (if you haven't messed it up already) than to establish a new one. Besides, if you don't change, the new relationship will not last either. The fun things that brought you together can keep you together.”
Joseph F. Smith’s counsel to wives, after giving counsel to husbands, is as true today as it was then. “The wife, also should treat the husband with the greatest respect and courtesy. Her words to him should not be keen and cutting and sarcastic. She should not pass slurs or insinuations at him. She should not nag him. She should not try to arouse his anger or make things unpleasant about the home. The wife should be a joy to her husband, and she should live and conduct herself at home so the home will be the most joyous, the most blessed place on earth to her husband. This should be the condition of the husband, wife, the father and the mother, within the sacred precinct of that holy place, the home.” (Gospel Doctrine, 283–84)
Tips for Wives
• Give him time to unwind.
When wives pay attention to their husbands needs, he will be more inclined to pay attention to hers. Find out what your husband needs and wants by simply asking him.
• If something continually bothers you, let him know
Don’t let it build up and then explode, or end it with divorce papers. If something is wrong, let him know. This is most effective when done out of the heat of the moment. Always being kind and respectful, not hateful in your response.
• Listen to him
Many women complain that their husbands just don’t talk much. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that, generally speaking, men aren’t as inclined to talk as women are. They’re just made that way. However, they would talk more if their wives would really listen.
• Let your husband know how much you love and appreciate him.We must remember “what is good for the goose is good for the gander.” Both husband and wife deserve kindness and respect.
Now on a much more positive note, a Relief Society president from California, wrote the following: “I think most of what you said in the husband article applies to wives. Many times we don't tell our husbands how much we appreciate them. Often they feel they can't do enough to please us and that we are never satisfied. I think it is critical to keep your relationship alive and growing. It is important to keep your romance and courtship going. You need to flirt with your husband, make him feel desirable and let him know how much you appreciate him.
• Be sexually willing and responsive
President Spencer W. Kimball said, “There are many aspects to love in marriage, and sex is an important one. Just as married partners are not for others they are for each other.” (Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 73)
• Put the needs of your home and family first
Some of the men who wrote us expressed frustration at the way their wives were neglecting their responsibilities at home. Some reported that their wives spent hours on the computer social networking with friends, ignoring the house completely.
This letter gives you a flavor of the frustration some husbands are feeling. Another man wrote us telling of the neglect he received from his wife. Without going into all the details he shared, we’ll quote his final statement: “I see so many of the young women of the Church growing up believing that some prince charming will see to all their needs and they won't be expected to do anything that requires effort or that may make them feel the slightest bit ‘uncomfortable.’ Yes, they are daughters of a king and they are princesses, destined to become queens. And, we were all sent here to work and to sacrifice and to take up our crosses and follow our Savior. That requires at least occasional discomfort, even for the royal princesses.”
We hope these letters from men will nudge women who fall into this category to wake up and more clearly see their vitally important role as a wife and mother. Please know that we understand that most of you wives reading this are already diligently fulfilling this responsibility.
Sister Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President, in General Conference Oct. 2008, clarified the role of women of the Church when she said, “Latter-day Saint women must be strong and immovable in family. They can and should do families better than anyone else. We, as disciples of Christ, can and should be the very best in the world at upholding, nourishing, and protecting families. We do this as we:
1. Understand and defend the divine roles of women.
2. Embrace the blessings of the priesthood.
3. Form eternal families.
4. Maintain strong marriages.
5. Bear and rear children.
6. Express love for and nurture family members.
7. Accept responsibility to prepare a righteous rising generation.
8. Know, live, and defend the doctrine of the family.
• Believe him when he says he loves you, and be forgiving
Every spouse will at some point make mistakes, some more serious than others. We have observed that when repentance and forgiveness are genuine marriages can flourish. Years ago a local church leader, in a private conversation, said, “My wife doesn’t get hysterical, she gets historical.” Leave past mistakes alone and move on.
President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled: “If there is forbearance, if there is forgiveness, if there is an anxious looking after the happiness of one’s companion then love will flourish and blossom. The prescription is simple and wonderfully effective. It’s love. It’s plain simple every day love and respect.”
• Accept his compliments and say thank you.
For some reason many wives have difficulty accepting their husbands compliments. Maybe they don’t feel good about themselves, and if that’s the case, please don’t put that onto your husband. Thank him when he praises or complements you. Believe him. Don’t give him reasons why you’re not what he says you are.
So here it comes: Wives, accept your husband’s compliments! Why in the world would anyone point out her faults and bring them to her spouse’s attention. That’s just crazy.
• He needs compliments, too.
In a MensHealth.com survey 38% of men said they are rarely or never complimented by their partners, and less than 25% are regularly complimented. When your husband does something for you or the family make sure he knows you appreciate it by saying thank you. Be specific in your compliments and expressions of gratitude... You do it because it’s kind and respectful, and it shows him you are noticing the good things he does. It will inspire him to want to be an even better husband and father.Anything you notice about his physical appearance that you like, let him know. And be sincere.
• Be a lady.
Is there a difference between a woman and lady?
And yes, ladies can do all kinds of tough tasks and still be a lady. It means she acts in gentleness, but can work like a trooper. She is strong, and yet is respectful and gentle in her strength. She doesn’t curse or act vulgar. She speaks in loving ways. She embraces her femininity. That’s being a lady. Remember, it’s an attitude.
President Faust said, “Femininity is part of your inner beauty.” (Ensign, May 2000, 96) So let it show by how you act.
• Be 100% loyal and faithful to your husband.
That’s what you want from him, so be sure to give the same to him. If ideas pop into your head that someone else is more attractive than your husband, or more successful, or more patient, and that you wish you could be with someone like that, recognize that that is Satan speaking to your mind. He rejoices when you let those thoughts stay because he knows it will cause you to be unhappy in your marriage and want to seek someone else.
Don’t flirt with other men. Never. It’s not cute, it’s cheap and disrespectful to your husband. You wouldn’t want him to do it, so don’t you do it. Keep your romantic feelings and thoughts for your husband only. Never let them stray.
Speak kindly of your husband to others. To share his faults, and they all have some (as do wives) , with friends or family members is a type of betrayal. It causes you to concentrate on his short comings. Instead, tell about his good points, and focus there. When you do that you’ll become more and more aware of what a great guy he is.
• What if your husband abuses you?
No woman should ever have to endure a physically abusive husband. If that’s your situation, talk to your bishop or a professional counselor. Even if her husband appears to be a righteous priesthood holder. If it’s serious abuse, wives, call the police when it happens. Get yourself into a safe place. You must take care of yourself and your children.
“So what's my advice to [women considering marriage]? Get an education. Get a skill. Be prepared in life to support yourself. Learn about finances. Live on your own before you ever get married. Know that you can take care of yourself. nances run in your family? How are decisions made? Observe for a long time the interactions of fuDate someone for a long time. Know their family. Here's a question to ask him: ‘Did your Dad ever hit your mom?’ (You know, your dad who has been a bishop, in a stake presidency and is a temple worker) Did your Dad ever hit you or your brothers and sisters? How were problems resolved in your home? How are fiture in-laws. Bring your mom and dad along to get to know these future in-laws and listen to their observations. Think, pray, read up on marriage and relationships. Counseling before marriage might be helpful. Learning about boundaries might be really helpful.”Every morning he awakes and he must think, ‘What can I do to make my wife’s day better and brighter and make her glad she is married to me?’ because he does thoughtful little things he knows would make me happy. He always has a smile for me and a warm hug, and takes the time to talk with me at the end of his busy day.
“I, in turn, awake thinking, ‘What can I do to make my husband’s day better and brighter, and make him glad he is married to me?’ I ENJOY creating a happy home for him, caring for him, cooking his favorite foods, dressing nicely for him, and waiting for his arrival at the end of his long work day with a smile and hug and kind word!
We look for the best in each other and don't get bogged down in trivial little annoyances. We are so blessed to have been brought together by the Lord. This knowledge makes life a joy! We look to each day and each night together and are grateful to know that we are joined together forever through sacred priesthood ordinance.
Gary Lundberg is a marriage and family therapist, his wife, Joy, is a song writer and author; they present marriage retreats, firesides and seminars and write books on creating happy relationship, see their website at http://www.garyjoylundberg.com
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
My plan kind of backfired (no pun intended) because when I got off the table at the spa I couldn't stand up straight. It took a lot to get myself together enough to go change and get home. Don't get me wrong the massage was excellent and I will definitely go back and see the same therapist. She had an excellent touch but massage just wasn't what I needed right now. My muscles were already inflamed and then I forced them to be warmed up even more...not my brightest idea. So once JD got home from teaching last night I took some ibuprofen and it seems to have helped with the pain. Before I did that though I had to get up to use the bathroom and JD had to help me. I'll be honest it was total agony trying to stand up and actually walking the 1o steps to the bathroom. I haven't experienced pain like that before and broke down in tears. I felt terrible not just because of the pain but because of the look on my sweet husband's face. He was trying to help me and not hurt me more but he had a look of helplessness on his face. It broke my heart to see it but at the same time I fell in love with him just a little bit more. I am hoping that everything is feeling better by tomorrow night because I am scheduled to work and not being able to walk well is a big issue with my job.
Next, we went to the temple on Saturday. Nothing earth shattering happened while we were there but I mention it because it because JD is always the one that encourages visits to the temple- one of the many things I love and appreciate about him. He is such a good example and always trying to be and do better. I am always so happy after we are there and for the peace I feel when we are there. I love that no matter what the "noise" is that is going on in our life it is completely peaceful in the Lord's house. What a blessing to have a place to go to get away from the static that seems to surround us outside the temple not to mention the blessing of a temple that is just 5 minutes from our house.
Next, we are about to start our third IUI. I have had mixed emotions about it for some reason. I am hopeful because we had success getting pregnant last time although it ended in a miscarriage and I fear that we will have another miscarriage. I also think one of the things that has me worried is we are still fighting with insurance about the first ultrasound we had done during our last cycle with Dr. Foulk. I'm sure it will all get worked out but at the same time if we have to pay 50% of every ultrasound it adds up very quickly. All of the ultrasounds after the first one during our last cycle was covered because they coded things differently/correctly and because we had met our deductible so we just have to make sure they do that again this time. We are very hopeful for success again this cycle and hopefully without 14 days of injections in my belly this round...although I would do a month's worth of injections if that's what it takes to add to our family.
Finally, we are hoping to buy a house sometime this summer or early next fall- hopefully! The biggest obstacle is JD finding a different job and where that job will be located. We found out last year that he was being paid much less that he should be for his experience and degree at the company he works for now. We are grateful for the job he has now but the company is very conservative including their compensation and JD wants to spread his wings and learn new technologies which isn't available there.
We started a job search about 6 months ago and have had quite a few interviews but no offers of employment yet. We feel very strongly that when the right job comes along we will know and it will be a good fit for both him/us and the company he will work for. When that happens we will start the search for a home to purchase. I am so proud of JD and the hard work and time he put in to earn his degree and his desire to improve and grow in his chosen career.
I haven't forgotten to make a post about our trip to Denver...it's coming I promise!
Until next time...