Friday, December 20, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy....

I keep meaning to post, to write, to whatever, but life (yeah, that crazy thing) keeps getting in the way.  
I want to put up a post on how I made Aaron's weighted blanket for almost nothing.  He LOVES it and the nurses and staff at Primary's raved about it.
Today, I borrowed an idea a friend put up about "snow tires" for wheelchairs and in about 5 minutes made Aaron's wheelchair much safer and easier to handle on the snow.
BUUUUUUUT, there have been concerts to attend (wonderful!) and bread to make for teachers and nurses.  Plus, since I didn't ask for time off last July (seriously!) I still have to work.  And someone forgot to tell insurance adjusters that they ought to take some time off.  Instead, I think they're working overtime, so I have had HUGE work loads.  At least it'll make for a better paycheck, right?
So where's this going?  (I'm still behind, you know.)  Well, this afternoon, I took a quick break to plow through some emails that have been sitting.  I clicked on one, just to check it out before deleting it, and found that a picture of Mary and Aaron that I submitted had been selected to be part of a Christmas slide show the Mormon Church put together.  
What a tender mercy.  As I stopped and took just three minutes to watch this video, I felt the Christmas Spirit fill my heart.  I relaxed and let the love flow in.  And I remembered, remembered what is REALLY important. 

Yeah, I still need a minimum of 30 hours a day to get done what "ought" to be done.  Work is still piling up and nothing has been wrapped for Christmas.  But that's okay.  What will happen, will happen.  

I remembered how sweet last year was, the last time we get to have all our kids home for Christmas for many years.  And precious Mary helping Aaron open his presents.  See, with his challenges, we don't know how many more we get with him.  And this last year has been pretty rough on his health.  This is a picture that I will always, ALWAYS treasure.  And now we get to share it with the world.

So sit back, and take three short minutes to let the Spirit of Christmas fill your heart.  You might find yourself smiling a little bit more, too.

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.  ~Janice Maeditere

* It seems that not everyone's browser downloads the video.  So here's a link that should take you directly to it.  


  1. How did you make the weighted blanket? I need one for my little guy.

    1. Sarah, I used two pieces of fabric and some very old pinto beans for filler. It's recommended that you use one pound of filler per ten pounds of body weight, plus one more pound. I'm actually working on a post about doing it.