Saturday, June 19, 2010

My Dad

Meet my dad.

My dad and I are alot alike. He may or may not know, but much of who I am today is because of things he taught me and examples he has given throughout his life.

I remember my dad always helping people.

He used to drive the "Feed the Needy" van from our church. I remember going a few times with him to deliver the food and I learned about the good feeling that you get inside when you help people. It also made me feel gratitude for the things I had. I also had a huge feeling of thankfulness whenever we came home from the store with bags full of groceries, I still do.

My dad used to go early in the morning to the chapel in our church and pray. I learned that private and personal prayer is important.

My dad used to leave doughnuts and sodas for the garbage men on garbage morning (back in the day before a machine picked up the can). I learned it's important to say thank you, especially to those who take your garbage away.

Once a Chevy bronco flipped over close to our house. My dad immediately called 911 and ran to the car to make sure that everyone was okay. I learned it's important to be a helper, not an observer.

We had a stray dog or two show up at our house. Instead of shooing them away, my dad put a leash on one of the dogs and we walked around the block, hoping to find the owner. Sure enough, a lady drove by in tears because she was so happy to have found her dog.

Action, action, action. My dad is a man of action. I learned to do something when there is a need, not wait for someone else to do it.

My dad didn't get mad at me when I came home from school (I was in 8th grade) and I told him I had just slapped a boy named Kyle across the face because he said girls don't belong on the basketball court. My dad saw the hours and hours I practised and he had even invested a lot in my ball skills. He took me to many a Husky women's basketball game and had taught me that I could do whatever I wanted as long as I worked hard and practised. He taught me without saying so, that it probably wasn't the best choice to slap Kyle, but girls can definately play ball. My dad believed in me.

My dad always helped me learn about whatever I was interested in. I recieved a microscope, a chemistry set, a telescope, many an art kit, a bike, a piano, a garden plot in the back yard, a fishing pole and even a motorcycle. I wasn't spoiled, but I was shown how fun it can be to learn about this amazing earth we live in. I would say that's one of the reasons why I went to college is because I learned how great it is to learn.

My dad is a hard worker and he makes sure things are done right. He is a good neighbor and is one for random acts of kindness. His grandchildren adore him and think it's the greatest thing ever that he has a motor home and dogs! He even has ducks.

Thanks dad for all you have done and do for me and for us. I wouldn't have chosen any other dad! Happy Father's Day! We love you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Thank you all for your support and prayers. Sorry to post those graphic pictures, I'll probably take them down in a day or two.We are happy to announce that the findings of the pathologists are in our favor and Ben's tumors were benign.

However, through all of this I learned from a friend that such has not been the fate of her family. My dear friend, Kristen, who I met in college, is the mother of 3 beautiful boys and 1 angelic girl. Her baby girl was born 1 month ago and it was 2 months ago her loving husband was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.

They are full of faith and goodness. I haven't been able to stop thinking about this sweet family and the great burden they are shouldering.

I wanted to post their blog which has links of ways you can help if you are able.

Kristen and Josh our hearts go out to you and we are praying for you day and night!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tumor Free...Again

Ben is very good at many, many things. He is an excellent teacher, a food enthusiast, design junkie, husband, father, scholar, gardener, driver, linguist, an avid reader, and tumor grower.
When Ben was 15 he had a tumor removed from his neck.
When Ben was 21 he had 5 tumors removed from his neck.
Now Ben is 28 and he just had 4 tumors removed from his neck.
His poor neck!

Here he is in his before shot sporting the surprisingly cozy and sterile paper gown with built in warming system (the gown can be plugged into a hair-dryer type contraption for instant warmification).

Here he is perky and happy afterwards. They used dermabond on the incision so he only had 2 stitches on the ends. The surgery went well. One of the tumors was between the jugular vein and carotid artery. The Dr. said it took about an hour to carefully remove that tumor. The Dr. had a bit of a triumphant glow about him and I believe I would too if I had just done something of that magnitude!
The other tumors ran down along his neck.

And a few hours later, viola! Home again, home again, jiggity jig! Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been that easy, Ben has been taking it easy all week and trying to let his body heal. He is quite sore and stiff (although he doesn't admit to it, but shows it by going and having a rest for a few hours). We have been extremely blessed and things have gone better than expected. Thank you all for your support and prayers!

We haven't gotten the pathology reports back yet, but all of the previous tumors have been benign and the Dr. seemed confident that these would be too. We'll keep you posted!
Thank you Nellie and Michelle for watching our kids and thank you to all of you who offered!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

For Rent

For any of you in Rexburg or who may be moving to Rexburg, we are trying to help our landlords find renters. We will be moving in late July, so the house is available in early August.
Here are pictures and info: