Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Jared is finally healthy so now I can go back and talk about how unhealthy he has been for the last couple of months.

Starting the end of May...
Jared went to Joplin after the tornado hit to do some clean up work with other members of the stake.  Unforunately for him, he got poison ivy during the clean-up, which is he EXTREMELY allergic to.

I cried when I saw the way his skin reacted.  Blisters over blisters.  It was mostly on his arms.  It was very painful and uncomfortable for him for about 2 weeks.  Well, a little less thanks to some steroid prescription meds.

And then in June, Jared managed to get himself REALLY sick by eating goat meat.  He later found out that the meat he ate had been butchered and laid out in the heat for over 24 hours before it went into his mouth.  His little food adventure made him sick for about 3 weeks.  He wasn't keeping anything down and was losing a lot of weight.  I got really worried, especially as he kept going to work & kept doing school at night until the wee hours of morning, etc.  He was running on literally nothing.

The turnaround happened right at 3 weeks.  Jared had just been up all night (again) throwing up and what not and was lying on the floor in the bathroom in the morning when I found him.  He wanted to go to the hospital, he told me, but he didn't think they would do anything for him.  So, we were looking at making an appointment with a GI doc.  This was all on a Sunday.  Sick as he was, Jared got dressed up in a suit and tie and went to church.  While there, he got a blessing of complete healing.  He hasn't had a problem since.  A true miracle!

We have been under a lot of stress these last couple of months and I'm honestly surprised that he is holding up as well as he is now.  I attribute a lot of it to healthy eating and lots of running!  And of course, more blessings than we deserve!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Does anyone check this anymore?  I know I have been terrible about updating!  It's been a busy, busy summer.  I will try to update the blog, but in the meantime, here is a quick update.  From youngest to oldest.  (Yep, I'm older than Jared. By 6 months).

Miss Suzy Kaye.
Suz is 10 months old on Friday.  I can't believe how fast time is going with her.  Her current trick is standing.  She will be walking before too long- she wants to bad.  I catch her practicing in her crib.  It's cute.  She also started waving this week.  If you say HI to her, she will wave.  Her hair is kind of starting to grow.  Red as ever.  I never would have thought!  She is a cutie.  LOVE her facial expressions.

 Noah "the man" Beckett.
I love this little guy so much!  He is turning 3 in 2 weeks.  He has been talking about it non stop.  He really wants a rocking chair for his birthday.  Don't ask me why.  But if you ask him what he wants for his birthday, he will say without hesitation, "A ROCKING CHAIR!"  So, guess what?  Jared and I found him a rocking chair last week at a flea market.  It's an awesome little kids rocking chair!!!  I love it!  I'll post a picture of it later.
Noah's current loves are:  LandyCane (Candy Land), Reading, Drawing, Running (he just got a new pair of "racing shoes"), and making us laugh.

 Jer Bear
Jared is amazing.  He is still working full time and is also in the final stretch to get his Bachelors degree.  6 more weeks.  We could not be more excited!!!  Although these next 6 weeks are going to require Jared sleeping next to nothing and me giving up all social activities that occur at night so that I can babysit while he does homework/studies, etc!  But it will be worth it when he is done.  In his free time, Jared loves to run.  He's decided to do another Marathon in December with his brother, Caleb.  He also has a 5K and 10K coming up in September and October.

I took this picture today as I realize I hardly have any pictures of myself.  I'm here in my "house clothes."  Spending the day cleaning, organizing, playing with the kids, making homemade chocolate chip cookies, planning Noah's birthday party, reading, etc.  I like days like this.  They are few and far between with how busy we have been.

More updates coming soon! xoxo