Gettin' Old...

>> Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Last year's health scare had multiple layers to it. One of the biggest issues was my heart rate and blood pressure plummeted and the doctors were fruitless with their attempts at getting it back up. 

I of course eventually was released, but had to follow up with a cardiologist to make sure things were continuing to progress in the right direction and there weren't any further complications. 

Last week I had my 1 year follow up with repeat ultrasound and Holter monitor tests. 

They aren't my favorite. I dislike wearing those sticky patches...let me rephrase...I really dislike when they rip them off when you are done!!! LOL! 

So I guess my official diagnosis is that I have bradycardia. Which is a fancy word for abnormally slow heart rate. Most people's hearts beat 60 times in a minute. Mine doesn't do that. My blood pressure is still low...98/67. However, it's not the worst and I'm not having swelling in my legs or other indications that it's heart failure. Some people just have lower numbers. 

He said everything on the ultrasound looked good. The fluid around the heart that was there last year is imperceptible this year. My PVC's during the time of the Holter test were significantly lower than last year. I attribute that to my more stable state of health and mind now. 

He told me I looked pretty good but wants me to maybe lose a few pounds and get more exercise. Not my favorite thing to hear...hahaha!!! But I'm sure he tells all of his patients that...he is a heart dr. after all! :P 


Tucson Temple Dedication

>> Sunday, August 13, 2017

This was the 1st time our whole family was able to attend a temple dedication together! It was a beautiful ceremony! We arrived at the Stake Center for the 1st session of the dedication at 8:30am. We all had our special temple recommends for the event and our white handkerchiefs for the Hosanna Shout! We were excited to say the least!!! :) 

News Release from Mormon Newsroom
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Tucson Arizona Temple on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in three sessions, making it the sixth Mormon temple in the state of Arizona and the 157th worldwide. There are more than 423,000 Latter-day Saints in the state.
Completion of the temple occurs with the traditional cornerstone ceremony and dedicatory prayer. President Uchtdorf placed mortar around the cornerstone and was joined by others, at his invitation, to do the same.

“The temple is such a wonderful sign of light and of purpose, which is the purpose, which is heavenly, even the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said President Uchtdorf. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the place to find harmony between heaven and earth.”
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy; Elder Larry Y. Wilson, executive director of the Temple Department; and Elders Benjamin De Hoyos and Kevin R. Duncan of the Seventy also participated in the dedication.
The announcement to build the Tucson Arizona Temple was made by President Thomas S. Monson at the October 2012 general conference.
During the three-week open house in June, more than 112,000 people toured the temple and viewed a video about temples and their sacred significance to members of the Church. Members of local government and clergies toured the temple as well.

During the dedication ceremony the President of the Tucson Temple, Pres. James Michael Moeller spoke. He mentioned he was a descendant of Philemon C. Merrill. He was his Great Great Grandfather. He was instrumental in pioneering the Tucson/St. David area of Arizona as well as being in the Mormon Battalion that came through this area as well. 
My heart was immediately pricked! Philemon C. Merrill is my Great Great Great Great Grandfather!!! 
He spoke about how our pioneer ancestors who sacrificed so much must be bursting in heaven today at the site of this momentous day! The trek they had to take to be sealed to their families was treacherous and many didn't return. 
I had had those SAME thoughts and feelings the day we drove down to tour the open house a few months ago. I so felt my family on the other side of veil close and excitedly awaiting for this day to arrive!! My heart was beyond full that day as it is today seeing that it's finally dedicated to the Lord!  
I'm also thrilled for those Latter Day Saints who live in Tucson who now don't have to drive all the way up to Gilbert to receive the blessings and help that comes through attending the Temple regularly! It's a blessed day!


Family Temple Day- August!

>> Saturday, August 12, 2017

Since last month was a bust trying to go to the Mesa Temple we wanted to try again! :P 

The Mesa Temple is the oldest Temple in AZ. It was built in 1927. It was renovated and rededicated in 1975, and next year May 2018, it's going to close for 2 years for repairs and upgrades. 

My heart has a big soft spot for the Mesa Temple. I had lots of Pioneer Ancestors who helped build and work in those sacred walls! I always feel they are just a "little" bit closer to me when I attend that Temple. <3 

The guys went and did baptisms while Alayna and I walked the huge and lush grounds. 

You just don't see so much green in one place in Arizona! <3 

After we walked around a bit we headed into the Visitor's Center. None of the other temples in AZ have a Visitor's Center. It' was such a treat! 

I've always loved the Christus! I get emotional every time I see it. <3 

They had several new movies we hadn't seen and we stayed and watched the new Oliver Cowdry, David Whitmer movies and the Meet The Mormon: The Entertainers. They were all sooo good!!

We all had a nice time as a family. We stopped by Dairy Queen on the way home to get some cool and tasty treats! 


Boys to Men

>> Friday, August 11, 2017

My boys sure have grown into amazing young men!! 💗 💖💕 

I'm so grateful for the both of them. They are truly great people. I love hanging out with them! 😊 

The icing on the cake is that they genuinely love each other and are the best of friends!! They are always cracking each other up and making us all laugh! 💙 

1st pic. 2011(3rd/6th grades). That was the last time they went to the same school together until this year. 

2nd pic. 2017 (9th/12th grades). Time is a sneaky little thing! 


1 Year Anniversary--Weekly Temple Attendance

>> Saturday, August 5, 2017

 After being hospitalized last year, I was able to get some healing and strength back after a few months. I made a commitment that I would go to the Temple at least once a week. 💒 

 Looking back, I was probably crazy! 😵😨 Getting dressed, getting myself there, and attending, took everything out of me, and it took the rest of the day and sometimes several days after to recover. 

But... I'm glad I went. 

Today marks my 1 year anniversary of setting that goal!! 💕 

I have been taught in His Holy House things that I could not have learned or experienced anywhere else. My love and appreciation for the Temple has grown and taken on so much more meaning and purpose in my life. I crave to be there and feel God's peace. To commune with Him and be tutored by Him. Keeping the Temple at the center of my life has saved my life. It's grounded me, helped me to see my purpose, and has become my sanctuary. I cannot thank my Heavenly Father enough for all of His tender mercies, love, hope, guidance, and help this year! I love the Temple! ❤️💕❤️


1st Day of School- 2017!!

>> Wednesday, August 2, 2017

So many emotions today!!😊😬😢😵🤧😮🤓 Walker is a SENIOR, which is totally giving me palpations!💔💓 This year is going to be full of lasts with him and even more firsts. I feel like today is the beginning of the "count down". Pray for my Momma heart! 💕😬

Eli is a Freshman, hoping he finds all of his classes today.🤞 😜 I love that the boys will get to be with each other one last time. 

Walker is driving themselves to school and I'm sure there will be plenty of shenanigans!! Lol! 😂 Bonus... They even have a class together!! 💗

 Did I mention....shenanigans!?!? LOL!!

Alayna is in 5th grade, and she couldn't be more excited to go back to school to see all of her friends! This year they start rotating for each subject so that will be a fun new experience for her! 😊 
Here we go......

I of course made our traditional 1st day of school chocolate chip cookies for when they all got home!! They were devoured in minutes! LOL! 


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