Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Being thankful. It seems that so many in our country are not thankful for how good things are here. Sure, many are unemployed. Sure, some are homeless. Sure, some don't know where their next meal will come from - but I think compared to other countries we have it really good here. If there's a 10% unemployment rate - doesn't that mean that 90% are working? And, as far as homelessness and the hungry - this time of year especially people give. Maybe we could give to the needy during other times of the year too. In April, July, September people are hungry during those months to.

What our Thanksgiving plans are:

We're heading to Redmond to be with my parents, Jon & Tamara. I am thankful to have family to share holidays with.

What I am thankful for: (you might want to grab a cup of tea - this is going to be long)

Living in United States:
  • Freedom
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom to go where I want, when I want
  • Freedom to spend money when I want on what I want
  • Freedom to eat what I want, when I want
  • Freedom to chose which doctor I want to see
  • Freedom to chose where I want to live
  • Freedom to chose who my friends are
  • Freedom to talk on the phone ...
I think the list could go on and on with this subject.

My family:
  • Thankful that my family all gets along
  • Thankful that I have parents who are still together and love each other
  • Thankful my brothers, sister in laws, parents and I are all on speaking terms
  • Thankful for my husband who loves me
  • Thankful that into my 30's I still have both sets of Grandparents
  • Thankful I have a big family - love my cousins
  • Thankful my family goes to meetings

My house:
  • Love our new first houme
  • So glad that we could buy a home
  • Thankful the first house we looked at and agreed on became ours
  • Love the wood floors we put into our house
  • It's fun to look at what we've done and dream about what we want to do to the house
  • Glad our 2 furry beasts, Fluffy and Buggers, like our home too
  • Happy that I want to have more company over and try to keep our house clean
My job:
  • Glad I found a job that I like
  • So happy that I do more than just answer the phones
  • Impressed that I work with 3 women and we all get along
  • So thankful that I have a manager who treats me FAIR!
  • So relieved that I actually get to go to doctors appointments - even once a month ones without a huge fuss being made about it
  • Glad that my manager knows how to and is willing to answer the phones
  • Thankful that I have been here for 9 weeks now and have not been pulled aside and talked to about petty things that I forgot to do ... like what happened to me at Lightspeed.
  • Happy that employees here are actually encouraged to talk with others!
My husband:
  • Thankful that my husband is my biggest support
  • Thankful my husband has a job and works so incredibly hard
  • Happy my husband is a handy man and can fix almost anything that's broken
  • It's been so fun to grow together with my husband
  • So glad he's realizing that "what makes wife happy makes everybody happy." :)
  • Happy he's become more social
  • Thankful that we have become best friends
  • Thankful that the biggest 2 disagreements/fights in a marriage (religion & money) is taken care of in our household.
  • Thankful I love my husband
I think for now - that is all I will put. There might be more that will be added later ... but I think that's quite a lot to be thankful for.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving everybody and please remember to be thankful all year - we truly have SO MUCH to be thankful for!

update on Grandma

My dear Grandma has been through so much. I don't really know where to continue from the last post that I wrote about Grandma. Tuesday morning they got her heart working again but had to keep her 'open' because of the swelling. She went back for surgery on Thursday to get 'closed' up. She wasn't talking and that was a concern but nurses were saying that she was exhausted. She still wasn't talking much Sunday morning so they did a CT scan but didn't find anything. Tuesday afternoon (11/20) she still wasn't talking a lot so they did another CT scan. The results came back empty again - they were looking to see if she had a stroke. Wednesday morning they had to drain liquid off from her lungs. She asked for Grandpa to be by her side Wednesday. I think all of the family members are worried about Grandma and wondering what all this means. I am so thankful that my dad is planning on being there with Grandpa Thanksgiving day and the day after. None of us know what this means or why this is happening to my dear Grandma - but we do know that it is in God's hands. Dear Grandpa and Grandma - I'm thinking of you two and love you so much!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Definition of Grandmother from


any kindly, sweet old woman who will happily boost your self-esteem and write you letters and love you. tends to know lots of neat old songs and obscure, off-color jokes. generally much cooler and less scary than one's actual mother.

Yesterday, I wrote a post about Grandma. Looking back on it today - it wasn't quite what I was thinking of writing about my Grandma. So, I am going to give it another attempt.

My grandma is an amazing woman. I think any lady who has had and raised 8 kids is amazing - but my grandma tops everyone else in the amazing factor. I am lucky to be the second oldest grandkid - the oldest granddaughter! I have very fond memories of going to Grandpa and Grandma's house for family gatherings. When I was younger, I remember I couldn't wait until I could find the toys and play with my cousins. I remember us kids running around in the basement of their Enumclaw house and running on the treadmill. Of course, mom would always give us the warning "Don't run in Grandma's house." I remember going to their house for Sunday morning meeting when I was small and I knew even then they had something special and lasting. I remember the Smith family going to a hotel to celebrate our Christmas holiday because the family was getting too big for any one house to accommodate us. The grandkids would run in the hallways, shouting to one another and racing each other to the swimming pool. Grandpa and Grandma would get us kids the same presents often - the granddaughters would get something doll or barbie related and the grandsons would be legos. I think it was an easy for us grandkids nto to be jealous of each others gifts and so kind of Grandpa and Grandma too. Around 10-11 pm the snacks would come out again and then games would be brought out. Midnight was probably the earliest anyone went to bed! As I got older we grandkids were shown Grandma's "junk" drawer where there was always goodies. If Grandma knew we were coming, there would always be some sort of homemade treats, cookies, cake, pies, etc - and we were allowed to have seconds. As I got older I was anxious to go to Grandpa and Grandma's house to visit my Aunt Amy, who is 3 years my senior, but often found her gone visiting her friends. I was disappointed but loved spending time with the Grandparents. Now, as an adult - I feel so incredibly lucky to know both sets of my grandparents. I have a different kind of an appreciation for my grandparents than I did as a child. As a child I looked forward to hugs and what I could receive from Grandpa and Grandma. As I have gotten older my appreciate for them has changed and I find myself wondering often what can I learn from them. What can I do to help and how can I be an encouragement to them? I have never heard Grandma speak an unkind word or talk poorly of someone. She is incredibly encouraging and always ready to give a hug. I can't believe I haven't yet mentioned her sense of humor. Grandma has the best sense of humor and is always ready to crack a joke with that sweet twinkle in her eye. I love my Grandparents and am so thankful that I have the privilege of knowing them in my adulthood. I hope that I can be even 1/2 of the wonderful person my Grandma is.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

my Grandma

My dear sweet Grandma. I love her. A little over a week ago (11/3) her heart was racing so Grandpa called 9-11 and they took Grandma to the hospital. The report was not enough rest and too much coffee. (Apparently, one can have too much coffee). 3 days later on Tuesday, her heart was doing the same thing so they took her back to the hospital. At the hospital, they started to do some tests and saw that Grandma had some blockages in her heart. They were going to see if they could put stents in and call it good. After doing some tests they realized that stents wouldn't work with Grandma. So they planned on open heart surgery Friday 11/9 - however decided to wait until Monday 11/12. They scheduled a triple bypass and ended up doing a quadruple. The word that night (last night) was that everything went well and Grandma was out of surgery, recovering well. I went to bed, happy and satisfied and looking forward to the next time that I would see my grandma. Well, at 4:41 this morning, I awoke to my phone vibrating over and over again. I groggily opened my eyes and saw an incoming call from my dad. I didn't get the call in time, so he called again and he told me that things weren't looking good for Grandma and that they rushed her back into the OR. Her heart had stopped and at that time this morning, they weren't sure if Grandma would make it. Of course, I couldn't sleep after a phone call like that, so I stayed up, called mom, cried and thought of my sweet Grandma and my dear Grandpa that was beyond worried about "Mommy." I went to work, worked all day and waited by my phone for updates - and got them throughout the day. Grandma made it through her 2nd surgery - same surgeon for both surgeries! Thank you Mr. Surgeon for your dedication to helping others. As of tonight, we wont know anything for a couple of days - it will be a long recovery because of how long it's been thus far. Grandma is stable but still in critical condition. Grandma - I love you. I am sorry you've had to go through all of this. I cannot wait until I see you again - whether it be in this life or my spirit recognizes yours in the next life.  Grandpa - I admire your love for Grandma and your dedication to stay by her side through everything she is going through. I really appreciate your comment that "I may not understand everything that is happening or why, but God is in control and I want to be willing for His plan." Grandpa and Grandma - your love for one another has inspired me from the time I was young. I have never met another couple like you two and love your example. 63 years together - 62 years married - that is pretty much unheard of these days. I love you both probably more than you will ever know. 

My sweet Grandparents at their 60th wedding anniversary!  

Such love for each other after 60 years! I love this pic - they still know how to kiss!

Looking at their present a book from the family. This picture just reminds me of how they look at life - together and helping each other turn the pages. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Molding Project

Dennis came up with a very good, no it was a wonderful idea for our home. Now, I know that I am being risky putting this out there on the blogging world, in case someone out there copies and trademarks OUR idea ... however I will show pictures of this project. We tore out all of the molding in our house when we tore up the flooring. We knew that we would want to add molding at a later date - and Dennis wanted to get it done before our housewarming party. He had a specific special thing in mind that he wanted to do especially for the hallway. He bought some molding, put on different colors of varnish and asked opinions of what people's favorite was - even Don & Jenny gave their input via skype - thanks guys! The decision was made and then the huge project of staining and varnishing it. He even got up at 4 am one Friday morning so that Saturday he could start installing it. Then the molding was cut and routed. Once the molding was installed in the living area of our home, Dennis got to work for the hallway molding. He cut holes in the molding 3 inches apart and put lights in the holes. He added outlets into the crawlspace and drilled holes in the floor. The string of the lights go down into the little holes and plug into the outlet and are controlled by a light switch ... I know that I'm rambling. So, basically the hallway molding has lights shining, which makes a wonderful nightlight for us and the company that we have. Please see below for pics ... and please don't copy our idea and trademark it and sell it to Home Depot and get rich ... 

The molding ready for varnish

See the different colors of molding?

Here is a sample piece with lights

Dennis taking a break with a fire - his favorite thing!

Molding in the hallway

Our house was really messy for a while - furniture pulled away from the walls

Another shot of the mess

Dennis installing molding behind the piano

Even molding in the kitchen!

Dennis getting ready to install the hallway molding

Putting the lights into the holes

Kitty hanging out, interested in what's going on

Dennis taking a break

Still big smiles!

The hallway lit up at night, isn't it pretty? :) 

We'll be taking custom orders here really soon - charging minimum of $2,000 for a hallway like ours. Stairways and more than a hallway will cost more money!