Friday, June 20, 2008

We're gettin a new . . . grandma?

Tonight Trevor mentioned to Jerel that we have a new grandma. Jerel said, “A new grandma?” And Trevor answered, “Yeah for Uncle Boyce.” Jerel thought to himself “Hey we know Boyce is getting old—but come on, he’s not THAT old.” lol So he explained to Trevor that Boyce’s new wife will be an aunt. So in his prayers tonight Trevor mentioned, “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for our new aunt. Please bless her that she will be nice and not yell.”

Isn’t that soo funny?! The things kids say.

p.s. For those of you who don't know--Boyce is Jerel's brother and he just got engaged last night. Suzanne seems like a perfect match for him. We are so excited! (And he's 31.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Champion of Champions

How about them Cardinals?!! After being crowned the regular season and tournament champions for majors in Mesa Eastern Little League, they were entered in the Tournament of Champions. This tournament matches the league winners from the other District 7 leagues to determine a district champion. The Cardinals didn't disappoint. They played some top-level talent and prevailed as the Champions!! Congratulations to Tanner and the rest of the Cardinals players on a great season!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Our lovebug Shannon

I know we're not the best on doing regular posts, but the last couple weeks we've been preoccupied with some health problems that Jerel's sister, Shannon, is having. She was born with cystic fibrosis that led her to need two lung transplants. The second transplant was from living donors. Her husband (Paul) and a cousin (Mica) each donated lobes from their lungs and successfully saved her life. We have seen many miracles in her life. Now we are hoping for another.

She developed a serious form of fungal infection in her sinuses called mucormycosis. Most people are exposed to this fungus on a daily basis, but people with immune disorders are left vulnerable to this type of infection. This type of infection is extremely invasive and can spread quickly. The only effective treatment is surgery to clean out the infection and removal of the dead tissue left behind by the fungus, and by taking anti-fungal medications. Shannon has had 5 surgeries in the last two weeks, and unfortunately the infection spread to her left eye so they had to remove it on Wednesday. We have also recently found out that the infection has spread to part of her brain in an area which is too risky to operate on. What this means is that they will continue to remove as much infection from her eye socket and sinus area as they can and hope that the anti-fungal medications take care of the rest.

There is still hope! We just need to pray and fast a lot. Now I'm praying for the anti-fungal meds to work like they are supposed to. Our family fasted for her last Sunday and as we broke our fast, Chase said the prayer. He was very in tune with the Spirit and asked for things that I might not have thought to ask for Shannon. He continually asked in our prayer to bless Shannon that she would feel peace, comfort, no stress, calm, our family's love, no worries, Heavenly Father's love, blessed, etc. He must have asked about 10 different ways for her to feel calm. Shannon has felt a calming, peaceful influence this time in the hospital, which we are all grateful for. She and her sweet husband, Paul, are very much at peace with everything. Paul has written about it on their blog which you can read by clicking here.

I have included some of my favorite pictures of Shannon and Paul. Some of them were taken (by my friend Mary) a few years ago, the very weekend that they got engaged. The other ones are from their wedding. I LOVE how they capture just how beautiful she is, and their sweet love that they feel for each other. They truly are a perfect match for each other.

I struggled a lot with wavering faith after Randy died, but now I feel more . . . faithful. (I don't know how to say it better than that.) I'm learning that faith is not just a wish or hope, it is having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and trusting Him more. It is knowing there is a plan, and that He is very aware of our needs and loves us all. I feel His love and comfort and peace again in my life. It was always there, I just had to let Him wrap His arms around me. I am going to continue to follow the counsel that Elder Bednar gave in our last general conference and pray for understanding. I know that God lives, and I'm trying to trust in the plan that He has for us. I just wish I knew what it was, so that I could understand better why things like this have to happen. I just have to rely on the fact that the gospel is true and Heavenly Father loves me--even when things don't turn out the way I want them too. In fact, He loves all of us!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Baseball fun

Like many of our friends, the past few months have seen us spending a large amount of time attending several baseball games each week.

Trevor completed his 2nd year of t-ball coached this year by Aaron Jones and myself. Almost all the kids on our team this year came from families that also attend our ward so games were quite the social event as well. The kids did such a great job and we had many light-hearted moments. Of course we went undefeated (so did all the other teams) and the best part of the game was treats.

Tanner tried out and was drafted on a majors team this season, the Cardinals. We debated whether he should play on a majors team where he wouldn't see as much playing time but the level of the game would be higher or play on a minors team where he would see more playing time. He ended up staying in majors where he was one of the youngest kids but the overall experience was very positive. His team ended up winning the regular season championship and then went undefeated in the league tournament. They are now playing in the "Tournament of Champions" which is for the league champion from several leagues. They won their first game yesterday 2-0 in an exciting pitcher's duel. They finish the tournament next week which is a good thing since the weather is getting a little warm for baseball or anything else for that matter.