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♪♫♪Happy Happy Joy Joy♪♫♪ Welcome to our blog. I never knew the journey that accompanies a family. Getting married was a big step/commitment; but adding kiddos to the mix, euphoria on a bi-polar level ;) It's incredible how much you can love your little army of kiddos. Oh, they drive us both to brink of insanity...but no matter what happens...whether good or bad...funny or will all work out! Family Verse: Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to [his] purpose."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kidney Surgery

Tomorrow is a Big Day in our family. 2 family members will be having surgery. One to give and one to receive.

My sister is donating a kidney. You see, we found out over a year ago that my aunt was in need of a kidney transplant. After some thought, my sister decided to see if she was a match. After some tests, she was not a match :( Sad day. But the doctors informed her that she was a good donor candidate, if she chose to volunteer to donate her kidney. This volunteering could result in finding a kidney match for my aunt. So, after many tests, she was cleared to donate. And they found a kidney match for my aunt. It seems like just yesterday my sister was telling me her plans of kidney donation. What an inspiration!!! And now, she's getting ready to go in for surgery to do just that. 

6 people's lives will changed forever tomorrow.....changed for the good...with this kidney pairing/swapping. 

I'm very excited for my sister and this opportunity to better the lives of others. I'm excited for my aunt....she's excited to be getting off dialysis. Lots of great things happening tomorrow.

So, I ask that you pray. Pray for my sister. Pray for my Aunt. Pray for the other lives and families that will be benefiting from tomorrow's procedures. Pray for the doctors. Pray for Peace and Healing for the participants. 


Monday, March 2, 2015

March means almost spring...hopefully

Happy March!!
For some reason, life keeps happening and I can't seem to stay on top of the blog. Thankfully, the ones I update this me or I call them. Or they keep in contact with me via text or Facebook.

Crazy how that thing called Life happens.

It's now March....which means Spring is on the horizon....if we're lucky. We had our snow days last week.

 front yard snowman...he just melted today

 Dakota in the front yard

Lilyann and her snowman

The weatherman is saying, we could have some more wintry precipitation on Wednesday. I'd be okay if he was wrong. But whatever. I love looking at the snow...just not getting out in it.
And while dealing with a knee healing, it makes for a painful recovery.
Today has been somewhat decent. Maybe because I took some good pain meds with my morning coffee or maybe it's just a good day. I'll take it.

no steri strips...woohoo...markings are from wearing my brace

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since my ACL surgery. I'm hoping for better nights. Days seem to be fine. But the nights are the roughest. I just can't get comfortable to sleep. I'm working on strengthening my quad. From what I this stage in recovery, my body is accepting the graft. And the graft is weaker at this time. It's great for me to exercise and move the knee, but not too much. I need to be very cautious. I still have a little swelling. So, I do what needs to be done and then I elevate. Sounds like a lot fun, huh?!
Kids are being helpful. Now their helpfulness has strings attached.....tablet playing time in exchange for helping mom and dad. I think it's a fair trade.

Two awesome happenings in our family.
1st off....Jed signed up for his first 5K. He runs on Saturday. Brookshire's Fresh15. I'm super proud of him and how far he's come. He's doing GREAT!!! Losing weight, eating right, and staying active. Super Proud!
2nd...I hit the big 5-0!!! not my age, lol. But I've currently lost 50 lbs!! sweetness.
Our hardwork is paying off.

So.....if you think of us on Saturday, say a prayer for Jed during his 5k.
Until I post again...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Recent happenings at The Smiths

I have so many thoughts, just not enough time to document them all.
Some of those thoughts would have y'all wondering about my sanity, I'm sure. And the last 2 weeks, those thoughts have been all over the place.
2 weeks ago, I was prepping the house, family, and myself for knee surgery. I was constantly reminding the kiddos that in _____days, Mom won't be able to jump up and get whatever you're requesting. You will have to get it for yourself. You will have to be Big Brother/Big Sister and help Mom. My big kids have truly shown me how much they can do. I just wished I had already taught them how to do dishes and laundry all by themselves. They've assisted me while doing it, but have never done it all on their own. That's the 2 things that keep me from resting and taking it easy. 
Thankfully, my sister came over each morning to help out around the house and help me with Leia. So, on to the surgery. I had an arthroscopic knee surgery. I was home that afternoon. Lots of pain and swelling...and getting used to walking with crutches. Thankfully, I practiced before surgery, so it wasn't too overwhelming. 

Fabulous, huh?!

I'm now 10 days post surgery. Believe me, those first couple of days, I kept telling myself "why did you do this? you could have worn a brace for the rest of your life. Nothing could be as painful as this." And wouldn't you know it, a few days after surgery, the weather changed. OMG!!! intense. I now know to plan ahead when the weather man forecasts different weather. Just to get a jump start on the stiffness.

Not to shabby :)

I feel as if I'm exceeding my expectations of this surgery. I can currently flex the required 110 degrees. Next therapy, I think I'm supposed to do 10 leg lifts not triggered by stem. I've started the stationary bike (felt like riding a bike for the first time...the uncertainty, but the determination to JUST DO IT!!) Is it "Debbie downer" of me to be cautiously awaiting a hurdle or speed bump? I feel like it's going so great, that I'm scared to slow down for fear of re-gressing. Silly, huh?!

Anywho...that's life with me, right now.
As for the happenings in the family the last few weeks, our oldest signed up for soccer and his first game is soon. He loves going to practice. And I love when he goes because he sleeps so well that night :) Our middle child is doing good with school. Reading is going well. Counting money, not so well. I know she knows money and how it works, I just think she gets rushed and guesses. I found a cool Money app for the kindle. So, we'll see if that helps her get the hang of it. If you have tips, let me know. :)
As for the youngest, wowza!! she's been a rare gem lately. Helping me one minute and totally "not my best friend" the next minute. But I still love her. She told me this morning "I'm a Princess." I inquired, "you are??" "yes, I'm Princess know the Princess in the white dress. Not the blue dress or pink dress. The white dress, Mom."
She's a Hoot!!
 Loving the flowers <3 p="">

I'm so thankful for the kind words, well wishes, and support from family and friends during this time. I still have a long way to go. 6 months til I can Zumba again!! (I miss it, I really do). But I need to be strong and able for myself and my family. That's the most important part. 

So, until I get a chance to post an update, silly anecdote, or informative picture...

-enJoy ♥