Thursday, February 21, 2013


Unfortunately this post won't have any pictures. I just have a lot on my mind and need an outlet. So as most of you probably know, my beautiful little 5 month old niece is waiting for a liver so that she can get a liver transplant. For her blood type (completely normal--A) she has the highest need in the Western US. She is a very sick little girl and needs a liver badly. This whole thing has been so many ups and downs. Mostly downs, but you know. I have felt so much guilt that I haven't yet met and held that sweet little girl.  Yesterday afternoon she got a liver offer, and we were all so elated. Late last night, the liver offer was declined. I have no idea why. My heart goes out to the family of the potential donor. I can only imagine how awful it would be to lose a child. I'm praying with all my heart that my brother and his wife don't have to find out.  It would be a hard decision for a family to donate the organs of a lost loved one, I can get that.
 I proudly proclaimed "YES" when I turned 15 (not a typo, thanks Idaho!) and got my driver's license and they asked if I wanted to be an organ donor. I didn't know much about it, but the idea of saving others' lives if I died young was very novel to me.  Now that I know more about the process, I am definitely still an organ donor, but Jacob has told me it would be very hard on him to donate my organs.
Since the very beginning of this whole thing my heart has ached for the family of whoever ends up being little Saylor's donor. My heart aches knowing that Saylor will get to live because another baby died and their family was selfless enough to donate their organs. It's very humbling.  I never thought that I would be related to someone who has had an organ transplant, it always seemed so distant to me, like something in books and movies, not something that could happen to me or my family. Please pray for my sweet niece and my brother and his wife.
Are you an organ donor? More than 6,000 people in the US die every year waiting for an organ transplant. That's 19 people each day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Life Lately

Life has been going well here in WV.  I feel like so much has happened that I don't even know where to start! I think for now I'm just going to say where we're all at
Samantha-- loves it here. The transition here was surprisingly easy. She sort-of misses people back in California, but she is really good about enjoying life in the moment and not dwelling on other things. She has lots of friends here. Her and this other little blond girl in our ward became instant friends, and they are so cute together. You know how sometimes there are people you just click with automatically and friendship is SO easy with them, and you are immediately close? I feel like she has experienced that. She loves our house, she loves the trees and the deer. She is doing really well.
Jase- Jase is still my little buddy. He has grown more attached to me, but is actually doing okay in nursery, thank goodness! He is still my mostly chill little boy. As long as he is well rested and well fed and I hold him when he wants he really doesn't have any complaints about life. He loves cars, and since moving here has a new obsession with trains. There is a lot of coal mining here, so there are constantly trains hauling coal. We see multiple trains every time we go anywhere, and he loves it! Also, a lot of his behavioral issues have been getting better as he hasn't been spoiled constantly, ha ha :)
Jacob- is suuuper busy with school. He gets up at 4 every morning to study (don't worry, he goes to bed early) and studies alllll day. He puts in 12-15 hrs a day for school, so it's pretty crazy. I'm so proud of him for working so hard for our family.
Me- I've been keeping plenty busy.  Pretty much everything falls on me now (don't get me wrong, Jacob helps out when he can :)) so I've been getting used to that.  I was thinking about it, and you know, the PA students that don't have a wife or family have things they have to do. Grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning the toilet, cooking, ironing (the program's dress code is business casual) etc. And while I now have to take care of pretty much all of that stuff, it's like a trade off. Because Jacob doesn't have to put time into these other things, he does have a little bit of  time to spend with his family. And I love it. It's totally worth it.  It's not all bad either. The kids and I do stuff pretty much every day. Whether it's story time, play dates, having friends over, play group, going to the park, grocery shopping or whatever else, we do stuff a lot and keep busy. I've loved getting to know all of the young moms in the ward. Everyone is so so nice and incredibly friendly. There are a ton of us, and it is really nice to have that support.  I like it here a lot, though I miss the sun. I'd say so far, probably 70% of our days here have been gloomy/rainy/snowy/etc.
Hopefully a fun post to come soon with some pictures!