Thursday, June 25, 2009

Do you ever realize how fortunate you are?

I have been spending my summer with my children. We have been going like crazy, and I am utterly exhausted most days. They do silly things that set me off, and the baby has been exerting her independence in the worst way right now. However, during all of this, have I ever stopped to think about how fortunate I am? I have three healthy, beautiful, content children. We have had our scares with each of them, but nothing that has caused life to stand still for any long than a couple of months at most. Kinsley has continued to battle her allergies and Dilon has his asthma problems. Damon and Dilon both have heart defects, but overall, they are very healthy children.

There are so many around us that would trade places with us in an instant to have the health that we have. I think of little Morgan and all she has been through. Thankfully, they are getting somewhat of a normal summer!

Poor little Connor Cruse and his family rejoiced when his NB tumor was dead, only to have a new cancer form, and now they are running out of options. I can't imagine what a battle this has been for them for the last four years.

I think of little Justin Schnell and all of his health issues. He is only going to be in seventh grade and has seen more hospitals in his life than anyone should. And now they need prayer again as he is having lung problems again.

Kevin's uncle, Gene, has had a rough time with his cancer as well. They got the much needed answer to prayer Tuesday when tests showed that his blood was clear of the blasts for the first time in months.

But really, how often do any of us sit and count our blessings for the small things in life. How many times do we tell the Lord how thankful we are that our children, parents, spouse, family and friends are healthy? How many times are we grateful for the drink spilled in the back seat of the car? How many times are we grateful to have children that are healthy to take places? And how often do we just assume that a baby will be born healthy and then stop and realize what a miracle it is when it actually happens?

My children are happy. They are healthy. They are having a fun summer. And I am so very thankful and grateful to God for that very fact!

Here are some videos from today of them in the pool. Damon finally decided he would swim today. He swam the best he has all summer. It was near the end of swim team practice and Dilon was tired in the first video, but you will see they were both wound up when it came time to go down the slide and jump off the board!


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Monday, June 22, 2009

June is almost over!

I can't believe that June is almost over! It has flown by. Our minister discussed that very topic yesterday about how when you get older, time flies faster. Boy does it! It is hard to believe the boys have been home for a month, we have finished harvest, and are right on our way to the Fourth of July (my favorite day of the summer)!!!

I have so much that I want to post here to catch this blog up. It has been a wild time in the Fisher household, which is becoming nothing out of the ordinary! I also realized today that I need to post new pictures. The pictures from November show my baby girl! I have a much bigger girl today! Hard to believe in three months she will be two! She is proving to her family everyday though that she is getting closer to the terrific (lets leave terrible out of it) twos!!!

In the coming days, I am going to post about harvest this year. It was a memorable one for so many reasons! Of course, the freeze provided less than desirable yields. And this year, Kevin and I cut wheat by ourselves for the first time. We have always done it with his family, and decided this year we would venture out on our own. The five of us worked hard, were exhausted for ten days, and have memories that will last a lifetime! I can't wait to share some of it here on this blog! I will be bored stiff someday when my children grow up and don't ride in a wheat truck with me anymore!

Kinsley has discovered the potty. She isn't potty trained, but she does manage to stay dry for several hours during the day and most nights. I have mixed emotions about this. Crazy I know. With the boys, they were content with their diapers. They weren't fully potty trained until well after their third birthday. But it was okay! When they did it, they went all the way. No bed wetting, very few accidents, and they were just done with diapers PERIOD! I know Kinsley loves the potty, but I don't want it to be something that we try to do, and then we regress. I think that would cause more frustration and disappointment for her than anything else! So we are just going to play that by ear for the rest of the summer and see where it goes!

The boys are....Well, BOYS! They are having a good summer. The one thing I have yet to hear is that they are bored! They are having a good time at the library and are enjoying their time on the swim team. We are considering letting them continue that this winter. It is something for them to do and keep them occupied. We will see how it goes. They are also excited that Transformers comes out this week. They have been counting down to that movie all month long. The wheat truck was full of stories about Megatron and Optimus Prime!

Stay tuned for the Harvest 2009 post. You won't want to miss how I am now known as "Pepper" by one of my six year olds, and many other interesting tidbits!