For some reason I've been missing my friend Beth lately. We've been friends since-gulp!-1968 when we were seated next to each other in 8th grade English class. The teacher wanted to keep an eye on us both so he decided if he put us together right in front of his desk we would be quiet and behave.
Hah! Here we are, all these years later, and we're still not behaving. Whenever we do get together we still find ways to get in trouble, even at the ripe ol' age of 55. Can't tell you how many shops we've been in and gotten reprimanded by management.
Beth is a grief counselor (her specialty) but also works in disaster relief situations like the recent PG&E explosion near San Francisco where she worked with the victims helping them cope with the situation, then went to a memorial service for a co-worker and her daughter who were killed in the same explosion. She's a remarkable woman.
Many years ago I was asked to give a talk at a Relief Society birthday dinner. They asked me to talk about the woman who had most influenced my life. Two other women were asked to speak as well. One spoke about Eleanor Roosevelt, the other about Ruth from the Bible. I told them about Beth. How she's never judged, always been there for me. And, like a true friend, we've had some doozy fights. Our love for each other has withstood it all.
Being far away from her is hard. I have made some remarkable friendships here in Colorado, but there is something to be said for a friend who is your heart's twin. We know, we feel each other always. We don't have to explain because we've liveed each other's histories. Having such a friend is a gift from God. Not everyone is so blessed, but if you have been, treasure your friend.
This day has gotten here so fast. The years, the days, the moments having him for my son, the blessing of being his mother .... so much fun! So much joy! He has brought so much, given so much to our family. Having Arland was one of the best decisions we ever made.
He was born two months premature. He was immediately taken from me and given to a neonatologist who worked hard to save his life. The next morning Dr. Heller told me that they were only giving AJ 48 hours to live.
I couldn't wrap my mind or my heart around that.
I called my home teacher, Nathan Baker, who came to administer to my baby. Of course, because AJ was so very sick he had a nurse assigned to care solely for him on their shift. That's all they did, the only baby they cared for was him.
With AJ's nurses permission my home teachers came. They had to scrub up and put on those gowns to protect him. They gave him a blessing, and the change was immediate.
Dr. Heller had told us that if AJ lived, he would be in the neonatal intensive care unit for two months at least.
He went home in ten days.
My gratitude to my Father in Heaven knows no bounds.
Happy Birthday to my sweet boy. And many many more to come!
AJ's birthday is next week, but Stan took today off so we could celebrate together. First we went to a movie that AJ picked out, and afterwards we went up to the Smokehouse in Woodland Park for their "all you can eat" beef ribs, one of AJ's favorite things!
After dinner we came home to cake and presents. Yummo! Can't believe my sweet little guy is now over six feet tall and about to turn 21. How did the time fly by so doggone fast anyway??
AJ did a good job blowing out the candles!
The sister missionaries, Sister Chan and Sister Carter, stopped by and enjoyed the celebration with us. As Kevin said, they helped turn it into a party!
First the cards, telling him how much we love and appreciate him, and one included a poem written for him by his father.
AJ's favorite color is green. We gave him a green 4GB flash drive to use for school, and this great green shirt. Kevin gave him some new earphones for his MP3 player. I think he was happy with his gifts and the day in general. Funtastic!
When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? To surrender dreams--this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness! But maddest of all--to see life as it is and not as it should be.
I have been married for over 27 years to my husband Stan. We have two sons, AJ (26) and Kevin (24). We have two crazy dogs named Jasper and Riley. I love my life, my family and have a strong faith that directs me.
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