Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lake Powell 2014: Survivor

Since I am so far behind on blogging I'm doing a quick post on Lake Powell.
It deserves so much more but you can check out my kids blogs for more pics and info.
Scroll down for Lake Powell.  I'm sure there is a way to get the exact one but I don't know how
Carly    Jessi

This year was a new and exciting year because everyone was there for at least part of the time.
I can't even remember when that happened before
Here are some of the highlights of the trip.
  • Luke and Amy chose the theme SURVIVOR and planned the activities.  I loved that because I didn't have to and they did a remarkable job, much better than I would of. 
  • We were divided into teams complete with BUFFS, Flags, Torches and trophy cups.
  • We had a different activity each day.  Relays were planned, water balloon shooting, an auction, puzzles to work out together, games and more more more.
  • I always request a talent show from the grandkids and they were each amazing as they dazzled us with their talents.
  • We brought our favorite Lake Powell Friend, Sandy with us to join in our fun and games
  • Our meals were awesome, with everyone helping and working together it's not a burden for anyone to feed 20 people each meal.
  • Our big boys are as fun to watch as our little grandkids.  Boys will be Boys!!
  • We brought paddle boards this year which was a first.  Obviously a big hit.
  • Not far from where we parked our houseboat there were some resident Beavers that were incredible to watch as they swam and slapped their tales.  An old huge patriarchal beaver would watch from his cover in the bushes.  He didn't seem to mind our kayaks and paddle boards as we quietly skimmed the water to see these animals.
  • There was also lots of fishing--some with little princess and super hero poles as well as some serious spear fishing.
  • We had remarkable weather until the last day.  We luckily pulled the houseboat in its spot as horrific winds picked up.  Tyler was picked to take our overloaded ski boat over in the white caps and load it at the dock.  Of course he did great.  That is usually my job so I was so thankful for a very capable son to take over my responsibility.
  • We stopped both ways in Hanksville for hamburgers and shakes at Stan's.  This is as much a tradition as the whole Lake Powell adventure is.  
  • Eight kids under seven is doable and fun at Lake Powell
  • The greatest part of the trip is getting everyone home safe and sound with many memories to last until next year.  
 The kids shooting water balloons.
 And these cans were their target.
The big kids shooting water balloons
And these cans were our target.
Our Auctioneer, Luke
The Love of My Life and the Captain of the BOAT.
Sandy, our adopted second grandma.
And more teamwork
The Crew, almost everyone that was there.  
Our awesome planners
The tiki torches signaled it was time for fun and games
One of our Relays
The Beaver Show
The view doesn't get better than this.  
This is a blurry picture but I had to add it.
I was sitting in the boat as these 7 munchkins were out tubing, laughing and so enjoying the moment.
I thought to myself as I watched them.
"OK, this is why we do it. This is why we go to this much work and spend this much money"
Lake Powell is a children's paradise and being with family and bonding with cousins is worth it all. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Lord's Will Versus Our Will Part 2

On the morning that Tyler was supposed to be released from the hospital but was not because he was not responding to the antibiotics we received an early morning phone call from Kevin.
It went something like this:
"Uh I just rolled my car and it is upside down"
"Are you Ok?"
"Yes, Yes I am"

What a relief to know he was fine, but as the details kept coming I became more and more sick.
He was going probably 90 MPH and fell asleep.
He was in Beaver, UT hurrying to make a court date in SLC, which even if he wouldn't of rolled his car he didn't have a chance of being on time.
Hate it when we get involved in Las Vegas the night before and forgot to leave on time
 for sleep or for an on time court date arrival.

Miracle of all miracles he was not hurt at all.
No one else was involved so no one else suffered because of the accident.
Jeff went to pick him up and took a couple of pictures of his car.

When I looked at these this is when I got really sick
 to think that my son, whom I love dearly, was inside this car when it rolled.
WOW, he was protected in many ways that day.
As I told him- he must of been surrounded by angels to walk away from this unharmed.
Unfortunately I know that the Lord's will for him is not the way he is living his life right now.
The Lord obviously has a different plan for him.  
Kevin could of easily gone to meet his Maker that morning 
but I know the Lord has something different in mind for him.  
He has a great work still to do here and he has been given a second chance.

How blessed our family was that day,  Both boys are now whole and healthy.
The Lord loves each and everyone of us.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Lord's Will Versus Our Will

Recent events in the past couple of weeks have made me take time to ponder whether I really believe in accepting the Lord's will when it is different from mine or a close family member. 
I think I pass but when the chips are down it is something that needs to be analyzed.
Tyler and his cute little family had decided that this summer Ty was going to do a career change and work closer with the oil industry in North Dakota.  
He changed jobs, they gave up their apartment and Carly and the kids moved to Utah for the summer because he would be spending so much time traveling and working long hours with his new job.  They felt and I'm sure they prayerfully decided to do this.  They could save money from not having to pay the high cost of housing, Ty would make great money and then at the end of the summer they could possibly have a down payment to buy a house.  
That was their plan.
It was obviously not the Lord's plan.
Before we left for Lake Powell (Post coming soon) Tyler was diagnosed with a bladder infection.
He was struggling with it a little on our trip
 but it really flared to a kidney infection after we got home.
Long story short he was hospitalized with it when he returned to North Dakota.  
Carly flew up to be with him and I had the two girls here with us.
He wasn't responding to the IV Antibiotics and the infection seemed to be spreading so he ended up staying extra days in the hospital.
I remember laying by these two beautiful girls one night and praying.  
The thought kept going through my head that these girls needed their dad.  

I wanted Tyler to heal so much so he could fulfill his role as their dad.
Could I accept the Lord's will if His will was different from mine?
I had to truly search the inner recesses of my heart to find those answers.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine
own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

Thankfully Ty began to respond to a third antibiotic and 5 days after being admitted to the hospital 
he was released.  
Only he would have to continue IV antibiotics 3 times a day for two more weeks 
and then once a day for another two weeks.
So much for his desires to work long hard hours, He couldn't work at all for 2 more weeks, in fact because of Lake Powell, hospital stay and home health care
 he wouldn't work the entire month of June.
When Ty and Carly left the hospital they didn't have a home to go to because remember their plan was to give that up so they went straight from the hospital to the airport to come back to Utah.
He was so sick when he got here.  Having an infection that severe truly takes everything out of you.  
He was in pain, exhausted and overwhelmed with the thoughts of doing IV's in his PIC line 
on his own.
It was so fun to watch Carly and Tyler learn and care for all of his medical needs.
Ty passes out at the sight of blood and Carly literally shivers and cringes at the thoughts of needles.
I was so impressed with how they stepped up to the plate and took charge of this situation.
No--not their plan for the summer, but they have accepted it 
and I'm sure learned so much from their experience.  
They have one another and fortunately now that Tyler is down to only one IV a day he has gone back in North Dakota to slowly work into his new job.
They are faithful, they will see this through.
Maybe large medical bills will be paid instead of a down payment on a house
but they have an eternal family that will still be together here for on earth for a long time.  
This was the day he left for North Dakota.
He was feeling so much better, I didn't think to take a picture of him before.
So thankful today for Ty and his improved health.