Monday, August 31, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things...

Life is getting better and better every day. Oh, of course I still have many "post-brain surgery" issues I am dealing with, but everyone has a few quirks, and I am no different! I still am not normal, but then again, I never was "normal" to begin with! :)

As the summer comes to a close and the new school year begins, I can't help but think about how much I love this time of year. Because I missed so much of the summer while I was in the hospital, I think I am even more grateful this year for the great moments I did have this season. Please allow me to indulge myself by recalling a few of my favorite things from this summer... (You will see that most of this list includes not "things" but people and experiences. I have definitely concluded that things, while fun, are not important in the scheme of things. It is the people we love and surround ourselves with that really matter.) Now, back to the list!

1. My husband is my best friend, and tops the list of my favorites, anytime of the year! He is also a great father, and as I found out this year, also a wonderful caregiver. To quote one of my dearest life-long friends, Brad White, Tolan is "one heck of a good man". I second that. Our little family is definitely a clear favorite!

2. The family I grew up in is an easy favorite, and although this isn't a great pic, I love those in the photo, (3 of my brothers, Scott, Brandon and Brett, my hubby, my sister, Tami, and my brother-in-law, Dave). I love that we are now old enough to all get along and that we all know how amazing our parents and family truly are! (Wish Tami had been looking at the camera...she is a definite favorite and a beauty!)

3. My 4 children are my favorites and I love it when they try new things! I love to watch their excitement and trepidation as they take on new adventures in life! Trenden going tubing down the river in Morgan, UT, earlier this summer was a fun adventure...I would guess this was the first of many tube rides down the river. 3. (Continued...) Casen right before his first soccer game on Saturday (giving me the ultimate "thumbs up"). 4-year old soccer has got to be one of the cutest things in the world to see! Watching as he stood on the field and put his arms in the air and said, "what do I do, Mom?" was another super cute moment.

3. (Continued...) Daven on his first horse-back ride on Saturday at the Seibert's house in Mountain Green. He LOVED it and we couldn'tget enough of his huge grin! Daven's smile and darling laugh are definitely some of my favorite things!

3. (Continued...) Lindi on horseback was also adorable! Watching her grow and blossom is another favorite. :) She has been wanting to go horseback riding for a long time. Although this was just a little ride around the corral, she loved it and can't wait for more!

4. Relaxing in my backyard by the waterfall is absolutely one of my favorite things to the spring, summer and fall. Watching Casen water the plants is also a blast (we were nearly flooded out by the time he finished.)

5. Gardening is one of my favorite things, but watching Daven put the veggies in his wheelbarrow and take them around the yard is even better! Gotta love this little guy!

6. Friends are some of my favorite "things"! In this case, my good friend, neighbor and Health Care in America Contest winner, Belinda Jackson, getting her winning basket! I love all my friends, wherever they are throughout the world, and I am grateful for my good neighbors who are close enough to share in the daily triumphs and tragedies of life! Love you, Belinda!

7. New hair styles are one of my favorite "pick me up" feel-good things! (Especially since I am still missing 1/3 of my hair and more is falling out! At least a fun new do can hide all the "shaved" parts! Oh, and I love the fact that one of my young women at church told me how to do my hair this way. (A little egg white and sugar mixed together and you, too, can have curls for a day! Thanks, Emilie!)

8. Smiling is one of my favorite things, even if my smile is still crooked and drooping, I still love it and love when people smile back at me. (Or these days, give me a strange look when I smile crooked at them! It is ALL good!)
9. The first day of school is always a favorite! It means a fresh start, a new beginning, fun new backpacks and clothes and a return to the "daily schedule"!
10. Going to Church is one of my favorite things. There I can feel the Spirit of Christ and come to know my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, better. There I can hear great talks (like those yesterday from Rose Bell and Noah Myers) and be inspired to seek out opportunities to become like Christ, then be encouraged to REMEMBER all the wonderful things, moments and people I already have been blessed with in this life!

So much to be thankful for, my life, family and Savior, most of all. Let's all "Count our many blessings" today; it helps to start by thinking of your favorite things!

ADDENDUM: #11. Crying tears of joy is one of my favorite things! Just a few moments ago, I was eating a snack when all of a sudden I realized I was eating with the food on the right side of my mouth...and I could feel it! I ran into the bathroom and looked in the mirror to see if I could "see" the difference I could feel. No one else in the world would be able to see it, except maybe me and Tolan (since we check all the time), but there is another small part of my face, right above my mouth that I can move! Tears of joy are flowing!


britt said...

thanks for sharing that Jodi. It was inspiring to read about the simple pleasures that make you happy, and has helped me stop and appreciate my own simple,but wonderful every day pleasures!
Once again, you are an inspiration.

Cami said...

Your blog is one of my favorite things! Your beautiful outlook on life keeps me smiling and like Brittany said, inspires me. Love you, Cami

Nichole Giles said...

Yahoo! Recovery is a great thing, and each time you discover another little step forward, it must be so encouraging. I'm glad you've had a good summer.

It's going to be a good year full of triumphant moments.


Quote of the day:
“Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being.” ~Daisaku Ikeda

Belinda said...

Tears are shared!!
I am soo excited for your every progress!!!
Love you too, and thanks for helping us appreciate all and who we have x

Belinda said...

And thank you for the special basket - it was overwhelming - I must share!!!
Love ya x

Flints Facts said...

Jodi, You are so amazing!!! Thanks for always lifting my spirits!! I am so glad you are enjoying life again and making progress! Keep enjoying the simple things in everyday life as I have learned to also do. Love you!

Anonymous said...

Jodi...thanks so much for your blog. You inspire me and give me courage. I love you and many prayers have been answered. To see you look so beautiful as you did on Sunday I know that Heavenly Father lives and is very mindful of us and our lives...what a blessing to see you win this battle. Our trials are not only for us but for those around us. You have not been the only one who has seen the miracles surrounding you but we have all been blessed to see the Lords hand in all things. Thank you for being you.

Love Nancy

Elizabeth said...

Ooooo, I'm so happy for your #11!!
Love, Chad's wife (Beth)

Melissa and Jessie said...

Jodi, I am so glad to hear that you are progressing so much. Thanks for helping me today to appreciate all I have! Love you,

Carolyn said...

Aloha Jodi,

AWESOME! Thank you for sharing your favorite things and blog as it reminded me to stop, ponder and appreciate my favorite things in life, too. We all get caught up in the business of life and often simply don't make the time to stop and appreciate the finer things in life. You are an inspiration to us all! You're looking FANTASTIC!!!

Lot of alohas and love,